Separating the facts from the fantasy is a fairly regular routine. No special skills are needed and one does not need a “How to” list from experts. Virtual reality, cosplay and slogans are the main tools of the false forces. No-one should think that a list of ingredients, fine print, very small print, and huge billboards are unrelated to the proliferation of alternate ideas about the real and the false. We have no choice but to put into these categories much of what passes for intelligent and effective Christian doctrine.
There are far too many people opining about things they have not seen. One can watch a lot of videos and read a lot of books, but let us be sure that it is not the quantity of material one consumes but the quality of one’s sources. Real knowledge is arrived at through inquiry. Merely repeating what we have heard does not make something factual or reliable.
Filtering out the false
Critical cautions can come in a dream, from reading the text, or from the behaviour of a beetle. Instruction in the truth is a matter of being alive and eligible. Truth has a destination to which we travel and we do so with our own truth. Incorrect or corroborated statements have no place at all in our growth arrangements.
Source and Sources
Our security comes down to – not walls – openness and deliberate testing of what people are saying. If we have to consider who is speaking before we give yourselves permission to ask the diagnostic questions then we are enmeshed in the deception network.
Dead people are locked in on food and drink, dedicated to Moses and any prophet of their choosing, and we will find them repeating catchy phrases, intimidating converts, and making the same claim as the desolate house Israel-Judah.
The Old Testament is still informative but it is not an authority since John the Baptist. It is pure laziness on the part of interpreters of the gospel to keep slamming audiences and readers with the same old tired mantras of the law and the prophets. Yeshua on the scene meant an urgent and dramatic change was in the making, and with the exception of the disciples as his remnant the Jewish economy became rubbish.
We have lost our credibility when we teach people that the new covenant has the old covenant at its centre. If a person is distracted by the number of pieces of literature they are expected to read in addition to the bible then the answer is to get back the Bible.
No two ways to interpret
The terms of the new covenant says that the new covenant will exclude the words of the old. That there is a new arrangement: no confusion.
For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Hebrews 8:8
That new arrangement veers away: no confusion. The old and the new, the ex and my new spouse, cannot occupy the same space.
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. Hebrews 8:9
How many times since becoming an adult have you been told what to think and what to do by someone with no authority over you? It is happening every time someone spouts off about the moral law of God.
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. Hebrews 8:11
Why do people cling to nonsense like “the Law of His shows God’s character”? Why do we find people who still try to pretend that they are teaching people about the Kingdom of God and His great message of salvation? They have, just like the Hebrews at Sinai, refused to hear the divine voice, and they have refused to accept the death of Christ as the end of the “marriage” to sin, death and the law.
If we are unable to introduce people to Jesus, and if we all unable to find what it was that Jesus taught so that we can teach people to observe, then we understand because people are not looking at Jesus, but looking at Moses and God knows who else. They are probably not even reading the words of Yeshua. Now that’s the place to begin to settle one’s house on the foundation: the very words of Jesus.
The vast majority of teaching experiences that we have seen in the modern era are mere window-dressing: there’s nothing there. No one is really asking any hard questions so no one is really trying to answer them. Those teachers who seem thrilled to keep reciting things that their ancestors have said over the centuries since the apostles died may likely be dead (unsaved and without a calling).
People are afraid to teach what Yeshua taught because his teaching is still a call for radical thought, and we do not need not need to think if the pie-in-the-law and the law-is-the-pie doctrine is our treasure.