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Danger Lurks – How are You Protecting Yourself?

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Pebble Beach – by Lisa@The Warming House

Several years ago, our family spent Christmas in Hawaii. I sat on the beach one day watching huge swells on the water. The waves rose up, crested, curled, and thunderously pounded the shore. Suddenly, there was a commotion as lifeguards raced down the beach on their ATVs, ran full-stride into the water, dove into a huge incoming wave, and swam out to rescue someone near the rocks. Moments later, my oldest son walked up to me and asked if I had seen what happened. Apparently a 10-foot wave had come up unexpectedly crushing him and my husband under water for about 20 seconds. It churned and tumbled their bodies like two cats in a washing machine. When they finally came up for breath, a rip current pushed our son near a huge outcropping of jagged lava rock. He was helpless against the power of the surf. Each new wave pushed him perilously closer to their sharp edges. The lifeguards saw what was happening and reached him in time to save him. He was one wave away from being slammed into the rocks – and potential death. I am amazed that the lifeguards were able to see and assess his situation so quickly (considering the large number of people in the water) and save him from danger.

Let me tell you – there’s overwhelming danger in our world today that’s even more perilous than those rocks in the ocean. I’m not talking about dangers related to crime, terrorism, or war. I’m talking about one of the greatest dangers of our time – the waves of untruth. Untruth that threatens to overtake us and slam us onto a path of generally accepted beliefs and practices that have the potential to destroy us. Untruth that leads us away from a relationship with Jesus Christ and the future He has planned for us. Untruth that keeps us from our entrance into heaven.

I see untruth all around us . . . 

  • In the lives of those who set themselves up as “religious” persons. Instead of looking at the Bible as a whole and allowing what it says to define their beliefs; they formulate their beliefs apart from the Bible then take a little snippet of scripture out of context to support what they’re saying. This is not truth. Truth is discovering who God is and what He has to say. God has made it clear in the Bible that in the end times false prophets will arise (in the church in particular) who will “malign” the truth.

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality,and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words . . .” 2 Peter 2:1-3

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

  • I see untruth in our culture as the world attacks those who follow the teachings of Christ – consistently striving to make them bend away from truth by pounding home the false message that they’re “bad,” heartless people because they believe and live by principles established by God. To many, truth is relative to the situation at hand. There are no absolutes.

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.  They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,  always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7

  • People worm untruth into our homes today like never before through social media (Facebook, Internet sites, Twitter, Blogs). Josh McDowell spoke at the Bible Institute I recently graduated from. He detests internet blogs and urged us not to believe anything on the internet unless you know the source and can check it out. Only a tiny percentage of bloggers write with a true Biblical perspective.

Here’s why. According to studies by the Barna Group, only 3 million Christians (out of 95 million professing Christians) between the ages of 18-41 have a Biblical wordlview. (9% of older adults and only 3% of younger adults) A person with a Biblical worldview interprets and responds to life in light of God’s principles outlined in the Bible. Only 3 million out of 95!

So what do we do?

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2a

Our minds are renewed through Bible study.

“Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2b

This is discernment. Discernment keeps us from being tossed around on the rocks of untruth. Discernment is what the lifeguards had. They were well-trained and knew exactly what to watch for. They recognized the danger present and took action to avoid disaster. As we study God’s revealed will found in the Bible, we gain a trained eye in the world. As we hold the world’s claims and values up to His Word, we are able to adequately test/assess and discern between those things that are of God and those things that are not. We can then take action to avoid disaster.

Understanding the Bible is essential as we maneuver this life. It’s essential for you personally. And as a parent, it’s essential for you to share what you know with your kids so they will be equipped to face what the world throws at them.

Never assume that what you read or hear is true – even in church. Check everything you hear and read (especially on the internet) against the truth of the Bible. That includes my blog. It is very important to me to handle God’s word accurately. I am committed to presenting truth – but I’m human and will never know all there is to know about scripture or God Himself. So PLEASE check what I say here against scripture – and feel free to correct me when I’m wrong.

How are you protecting yourself? Are you studying the scriptures? Do you have a Biblical worldview? How are you guarding and equipping your children?

With Full Confidence in God’s Word . . .

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