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Truth or Fable?

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Put it to the Test

Something strange happened at a Jacksonville FL “mega” church this Easter, 2018. The pastor of this 12,000 member church told the congregation that he had seen Jesus in person 3 days earlier on Good Friday. You can find the story as reported by the Christian Post HERE. How much do you want to bet there is a book coming?

The scariest thing about this event is that so many seemed to be ok with it. The article noted above doesn’t seem to have any issue with it. How is this possible? You can even find a video from this church service that shows the huge crowd laughing and engaged as he tells them of this supposed event. 

The issue is this:  Where do we find truth and how do we discern what is and isn’t truth? For the Christian there should only be one answer: 

THE BIBLE. God’s Inspired Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

1 John 4:1 Tells us, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

We are to test the spirits. Test the Pastors’ Words. Test the Books you read. Test them by the Word of God. It is the only place I can go and KNOW that I have truth.  We need to test EVERYTHING according to it. 

No. This “pastor” did not have a personal meeting with Jesus. This did not happen and the least discerning Bible believing Christian should be able to easily “test” this to know that he is not telling the truth. He very well may have met something, but it wasn’t Jesus. 

Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven, just like Colossians 3:1 says He is (“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God...” (It’s important that Jesus sit and remain at God’s right hand)). It is there that He makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34). Peter writes about our loving Christ, though, now we do not see Him (1 Peter 1:8-9). 

These are just a few of the many reasons we must reject such foolish declarations even from the Pastor of some “mega church” in Florida. 

We must be people of His Word and just as we read in 1 Timothy 4:7, “reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.”

May God give you a hunger and thirst for His word. May He open your eyes to see and your ears to hear. May you grow in the richness of the joy of your salvation as you seek Him in His word and life. 

Amen.