by Steve Preston
“And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me” (Nehemiah 6:12-13, ESV).
If Nehemiah had believed everything that he had heard, the walls of Jerusalem would not have been rebuilt.
In matters of religion most people will believe anything they are told is true. If a well-known preacher on television says that a scripture has a particular meaning everyone will believe because after all, why would they lie?
Satan uses a variety of means to get people away from God, including deceiving sincere people into thinking they are right when they are not.
Paul writes in Romans 10:2 about Israel: “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.”
The Jews continued to believe that the Law of Moses was the standard by which they should live. They were deceived into thinking that the old law would save them.
Timothy was exhorted to “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2).
Why give Timothy such a charge? There would be a time was coming when people would not “endure sound teaching” and “turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Today the exhortation is the same. We must always “preach the word.”
Scripture also tells us, “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1).
God gives us everything we need to know the truth. We have the Bible. Whenever someone talks to you about the scriptures, check with God in His word before you believe it.
Your soul depends on it.
Steve writes BibleTalk, short messages from the Bible, twice weekly.