Saturday, October 20, 2007
“YOU JUST NEED TO LISTEN CLOSELY”
You will hear this kind of statement when a preacher’s critics either do not want to, or cannot, bring a particular charge against his preaching. This is not the Scriptural way to “try [test] the spirits whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1). We are commanded to listen to every man’s message very closely and test it by the standard of God’s written Word -- “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Any who add to or subtract from the teachings of God’s word are not sent of God (Revelation 22:18-19).
The Lord instructed us, “Take heed WHAT you hear” (Mark 4:24), and “HOW you hear” (Luke 8:18). Only a fool refuses to listen closely and carefully to any preacher who claims to be preaching THE Gospel of Christ which is either the savor of death unto death or life unto life (2 Corinthians 2:16).
When you listen to messages closely and carefully, I hope you hear the message of God’s grace that glorifies God so as to inspire worship in spirit and in truth, exalts Christ both in His Person and His finished work so as to leave you with no hope of salvation but in His blood and imputed righteousness alone. I hope you hear the message that God uses to save His elect and edify His children to grow strong in grace and in knowledge of Christ. So, please, please, listen closely, and see if what you are being told is true as it stands on the perfect, inerrant Word of God.
By Bill Parker