November 26, 2001
”A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Galatians 5: 9)
Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Commonly called “yeast,” the word “leaven” as used in the Bible signifies evil and, in particular, false teaching. It doesn’t take much false teaching eventually to corrupt a church. Just as a little yeast causes a little lump of dough to become a large mass of dough, so does a little false teaching eventually cause a lot of serious trouble.
We live in an age of much false teaching. How can we guard ourselves against it? We an do so by pressing in to the Word of God with every fiber of our being. Only knowledge of the Word of God and obedience to it can keep us from error.
Too often, Christians are quick to believe everything they her without measuring it against the Scriptures. But we must always weigh heavily whatever we listen to and determine whether what we are hearing is of God or not. We must not blindly accept whatever we are taught, no matter who is doing the teaching, including me. Like the believers in Berea, we must search the Scriptures for ourselves (Acts 17: 11).
The Bible calls this “testing the spirits”: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many fake prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4: 1).
The importance of doing this cannot be overestimated. In fact, had I blindly accepted what was being taught to me in the church of my youth, and had I not searched the Scriptures for myself, I would not have been born again. By searching God’s Word for myself, I learned that “ . . . unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3). I also learned that I had to receive Christ personally as my Savior and Lord in order to become God’s child: ” . . . as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1: 12).
As a teacher of the Word of God, I am extremely sensitive to my responsibility rightly to divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2: 15) for teachers will be more severely judged: ”My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3: 1).
So, ”take heed what you hear” (Mark 4: 24). Weigh it against the Word of God. If it agrees with God’s Word, take it to heart. If it does not, don’t.
Your sister in Christ,
Copyright 2001 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.
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