Is The Church Teachable Today?
Is the Church Teachable today or have we become at ease with what is taught from television and church pulpit? Perhaps we have become so smug and so pleased with ourselves that we think we can thumb our nose at God and dare Him to correct us. Many are so caught up in trying to get God to please their lustful desires they miss God’s all important spiritual message. The following verses very much describe those who call themselves “Christian”.
Three of the worst things a born-again child of God can do is: 1. Fail to rightly divide the Word of truth; 2. Fail to try the spirits; and 3. Become unteachable. Failure to rightly divide everything we read or hear concerning our spiritual lives will cause us to fall prey to many deceptions. Failure to try the spirits of preachers, teachers, other believers and people in general will cause many to believe false doctrine and/or place one's stamp of approval on false ministers.
So, again I ask, “Is the Church teachable today?
Non-teachable means we will no longer grow spiritually. Non-teachable means you may stay trapped in false teachings. Being unteachable means you could receive "strong delusions" from God because you do not have a love for His truth. (II Thess. 2:11-12). No longer being teachable means you miss so many wonderful things God has in His Word.
When we are no longer teachable, God leaves us sitting in our obstinate ignorance and moves on. Even though it is hard to fathom, I have met people who thought they had "arrived spiritually", and would not receive teaching or help from anyone, because they didn't think they had anything more to learn. Many children of God are deluding themselves with this arrogant idea whether they will admit it or not. And like it or not, sometimes God sends help, rebukes, warnings and correction, as well as knowledge through those we would rather not admit know more than we do.
The very best thing a Christian can do is realize, we, as God's children, never "arrive" at the place where there is nothing more to learn. We never get so spiritually mature that there is no more room for growth or, at times, correction. Even Peter had cause to be rebuked by Paul (Gal. 2:11-14). We must continually seek truth from God's Word, obey it, and as a result, we will not get too far off the right path and will make headway in spiritual growth. Even memorizing the entire Bible, from cover to cover, would not produce spiritual growth or make one a spiritual expert. You may know how to quote God's Word frontwards and backwards, but understanding what it really mean and applying it to your life is another thing. Spiritual growth comes from learning truth from God’s Word, surrendering to God's plan for your life and living daily in obedience to Him.
Another thing that makes some no longer teachable is they have accepted the false teaching so widespread in the Church today and refuse to read God’s Word and ask Him for the truth. Perhaps it is just easier to accept a counterfeit than to ferret out the truth for oneself. But it is also deadly.
Once before I mentioned God speaking to my heart about counterfeits; what are they and would I recognize such? When most people think about counterfeits, it is usually fake money that is conjured up in their minds. But, in truth, there are a variety of other counterfeit things. People in the clothing business have their designs copied, there are counterfeit diamonds and other precious stones as well as counterfeit gold. Counterfeit leather goods are very popular. Bottles of counterfeit perfumes are sold by the thousands, due to the high cost of the originals.
How many of us can recognize any of these by just looking at them? Most people cannot tell if a dress or suit is made by a well known designer or is just a copy. Counterfeit diamonds are so much like the real thing it takes a machine to tell the difference, even for an experienced jeweler.
Would it surprise or shock you to know there are also counterfeit people, including some that preach and teach the gospel? Do you ever wonder why so many counterfeits? Ever wonder why so many false teachers, preachers and prophets? The price is too high to obtain the genuine. The cost required to be a true minister of God is very high. The original or genuine of anything is always so much more costly than a counterfeit. So it is with the genuine things of God.
It is very costly to become the kind of vessel that God will anoint and allow His power to flow through. It is far easier and much more profitable to be a counterfeit.
The devil has counterfeits that are far more difficult to identify than any of the counterfeit items made by man. The devil has a counterfeit for everything God has and the purpose is to deceive humans. What other reason would there be? The devil's counterfeits come in many forms; i.e., religions; preachers; teachers; prophets; evangelists; pastors; believers; miracles; tongues and he even counterfeits the slaying power of the Holy Spirit.
You see, the counterfeit is so very, very close to the real thing it takes an expert to recognize it. As I said before, I don't know any spiritual experts, but I know some who "think" they are. How do we become knowledgeable enough to identify counterfeits? By asking God to show us the truth, staying teachable, trying the spirits and rightly dividing the Word of truth. We must also yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to teach us, by whatever method He chooses, as we increase in spiritual maturity.
Several counterfeit ministers have been exposed for what they really are and the tricks they use, to the surprise and shock of most Christians. That exposure reveals the extent to which Believers are deceived. Can we really say the Church is teachable today when there are so many that will not acknowledge a counterfeit when it is revealed to them?
Why is it so easy for Believers and non-Believers alike to be drawn into deception? Why do they believe counterfeits and error so easily? Because of selfish desires. Their desire for big houses, big cars, money in the bank, success in business, having things their own way, being their own boss, a good social standing in the world and feeling good about themselves, are far more important than the things of the Spirit.
Another reason people are subject to deception is the times in which we live. Read on.
The Living Bible says it this way,
Many times, in the Bible, we are told to beware of false prophets, apostles and ministers. We are told they transform (disguise) themselves as apostles of Christ. Do we learn from these warnings in Scripture? We are told Satan, himself, can disguise himself and appear as an angel of light, therefore, his ministers will act like ministers of righteousness. Are we astute enough to recognize them? That warning tells us they will look like Christians, act like Christians (outwardly) and preach like a Christian minister except they will introduce error (deceptive lies) into their sermons. Satan may even confirm their false teachings with counterfeit miracles and possibly make some people fall to the floor as he imitates, what is called, the slaying power of the Holy Spirit. This is simply the power of God or His Holy Spirit present to such a degree that people cannot stand up. (Acts 9:4 & 22:7; Rev. 1:17).
Another scripture says,
Huge followings, mega church buildings, giant ministries and enormous amounts of money are "not" the fruit of which Scripture speaks. ... read more
First Peter 2:2
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