Words Without Knowledge

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? - Job 38:1-2

Did you know that, after years of touting slogans like "Fats make you fat," the experts are now saying that they were wrong?  Come to find out, all that fat-free living caused a spike in blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity.  Oops!  Their bad!  It only serves to remind me why I don't listen to these "experts" for health and nutrition advice.  They don't know what they're talking about!

Unfortunately, the same misinformation is taking place in churches throughout the world, but especially, it would seem, in America.  Words without knowledge.  Feel-good sermons.  Tickling the ears and telling people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear.  Do you realize there are pastors out there teaching that everyone is going to Heaven?  Or how about the teaching that good works is the way to true salvation?  These so-called experts on the Bible are leading people to Hell because they're either too ignorant or too ashamed to tell people the truth.  And when these lost souls stand before the judgment seat of God, what are these "experts" going to say?  "Oops, our bad!"  Unacceptable!

Sadly, we can't keep people from spreading their lies and false doctrine.  What we can do, however, is spread the truth.  It's not too late for us to stand up and say, "No, what they're saying is wrong, and you need to hear the truth.  Jesus is the only way to Heaven, and if you don't accept Him, you will spend eternity in Hell."  No, it's not a pretty message, and yes, many will be offended by the fact that we've labeled them "sinners," but even if the truth hurts, the fact remains that it sets us free!  We need to get busy letting people know what the Bible says.  It's about time they heard words with knowledge!

I'm a firm believer that if you don't know what you're talking about, you should just be quiet.  Unfortunately, many disagree.  Their flowery speeches and feel-good messages make them popular and wealthy, so they'll tell people whatever they want to hear as long as it keeps the pews filled and the money rolling in.  Disgusting, isn't it?  It's one thing for a preacher or pastor to make a living; it's quite another to get rich by darkening the counsel of the Lord.  Woe unto these false prophets when they stand before God!

But my message today isn't to them (because they probably won't give me the time of day), but it's to you.  What are you doing to spread the truth of God's Word?  When you hear someone spouting false teachings, do you speak up or simply let it slide?  Let's face it, Jesus is coming back soon.  How many people will miss Heaven because we were too afraid to stand up for the truth here on Earth?  It's a convicting thought, isn't it?