What Is It That I Said That Was Wrong?

By Bill Brinkworth

I have been very blessed since I have been saved.  The churches I have been a member of for the last 37 years are good, KJV, separated, Bible-believing churches.  From those pulpits, and my own consistent studying, I have learned much about and from the Bible.

After dealing with people for many years, I have noticed a phenomenon that is increasingly worsening.  Christians, and those that may not be saved but attend church are increasingly less and less knowledgeable about the things of God.

All the mumbo-jumbo to create “easier-to-read bibles” has not decreased the Bible ignorance in this world.  All the increased media presentations of the Bible also have not aided in increasing biblical understanding significantly.  Although a positive impact to many, much of television preaching has taught wrong doctrines and certainly has not helped much in getting people to join a local church as God requires.

Although the main responsibility rides on the shoulders of the individuals, as they are to search out and study the Scriptures for themselves, some of the blame can go to many pastors.  Afraid to offend people and lose a filled pew seat or financial donation, they filter out what God really wants them to unashamedly proclaim.  Instead, they preach a message from their own intelligence that they think will not hurt feelings, not make anyone mad, and leave them with happy thoughts.  Gone in many areas are the God-called preachers that are burdened for the lost souls that are in their midst, and that will tell the truth; however hard it is for many to hear.

The hard truth sowed by many people of God and preachers in my life made a difference.  I figured if it changed my life, it will help others also.  That is when I started teaching and writing so that people would hear all the Bible says about many subjects.  I come short many times, but that is my burden and desire; that more will hear, learn about, obey, and live the way God wants them to live.

For all these years I have done my best.  I have heard few rebuttals, but those that I have heard, have one thing in common.  They say I am wrong, but it never has anything to do what I said or wrote.  Often, I hear, “I think you’re wrong.”

“What have I said that is wrong?  Am I missing verses? Did I forget to say something or did I use wrong words?  Is my doctrine incorrect?”

The answer I hear all too often is, “No, I just feel you can’t be right.!”

Well, my dear friends, it matters not one bit what I think, what your friends think, what your “godly” grandmother thinks, what you church assumes, or what you believe or feel.  The only thing that matters is what does the Word of God say about the subject? 

Opinions are ever-changing and often wrong.  Church doctrines are also often changing, many times contradict God’s Word, and are often man-made.  Only God’s “opinion” matters in the scope of spiritual matters.  It is His eternity and His Heaven.  His rules count.  Ours do not if they are not aligned with His.

If one’s feelings, “church traditions”, “church teachings”, “we’ve never done it that way before”, or popular thinking does not line up with what God preserved for us to know, they are wrong!  It does not even matter if a popular TV evangelist or head of a denomination declares it.  If it does not agree with God’s commandments it is not of God and should be ignored.

So, the next time you feel the preacher, a friend, or even myself is wrong about something, your “I don’t agree with you” is not enough.  Pray about it.  Study what the Bible says about it, and study more about it!  Then you will never say “I feel you are wrong”, you will safely be able to state, “The Bible disagrees with what you are teaching because it says ….”, and then tell and show them.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man.  All the good of the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through the Book.  But for it, we could not know right from wrong.” — Abraham Lincoln

This ariticle was featured in The Bible View #644. 

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