Last weekend, my family took a short trip to Tulsa. Once we arrived, I discovered that I had not packed anything to sleep in. So I went to a certain store based in Bentonville to get some shorts.
So I picked up some of the cheapest shorts I could find. Well, I also happened to notice that it was a little cold outside. So when I saw some light jackets on clearance (since I didn’t have a jacket either), I looked at the hangers, grabbed a large and headed for the checkout.
I walked to the car and removed the tags from the jacket and put it on. It was snug, very snug. But I thought, well, maybe I should have bought an extra large, but I don’t have time to go back in and exchange it.
When I got back to our hotel room, I took off the jacket and, for whatever reason, looked at the size...it was a small!
After getting somewhat miffed at the hanger and the size not matching at the store, I was sort of excited because I could fit in a small sized jacket (not very well, but it zipped and everything.
Suffice to say, the jacket fit Jamie perfectly and she now has a new light-weight jacket (which she needed anyway, though not for this past weekend).
Friends, Satan works just like that. He packages things in such a way that they look right, but after you’ve bought into it, you find out that it is not the right size.
One prime example of this is churches. When we look at churches, Satan tells us, “Attend the church of YOUR choice;” and, “If you don’t like something about YOUR church, just find another to go to...it doesn’t matter what is being taught...just as long as YOU are happy.”
Nothing could be further away from what the New Testament teaches. The noble Bereans searched the Scriptures everyday to see if what Paul was telling them was true (see Acts 17:11).
In 1 John 4:1, John says to “...test the spirits...” because “...many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Then, in 2 John, John warns his readers that if anyone receives a false teacher they take part in his “wicked work” (see 2 John 11). Many other references could be given that stress the importance of doctrine (what is being taught).
I challenge you to do the same. Search the Scriptures to see if what is being taught is what The Word says or if it is something man devised. YOU might like it, but it is still of man’s design, not God’s. Even if it pleases YOU, the real question that must be asked is does it please God? When it comes to worship, if HE didn’t come up with it, then it is not pleasing to HIM.
And if you ever find that I am not teaching what The Word says, please let me know...I am smart enough to know that I don’t know it all and that what I might know might not be right 100% of the time.
I urge you: attend the church of Jesus’ choice!