Gal. 5:9-10 “This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.”
One of the things that we should be careful of, as believers, is the leaven – what you eat. In other words, it is not everybody you listen to. Not everyone who calls himself a man of God is actually a man of God. It is not everyone’s sermon you should listen to. Some of such sermons can actually destroy your faith. Kenneth Hagin is an avid reader. I love reading books myself. In one of his books, Kenneth Hagin was sharing that his friend loves books just like him. So, whenever he visits his friend, he sleeps in his library, trying to read as many of his friend’s books as possible.
On one of such visits, his friend came back from work and saw him in the library as usual. His friend told him that he wishes he had not read a particular book. ‘You are a strong man of God. you are so advanced in the faith; how can you say you wish you had not read a particular book?’ Kenneth Hagin responded. His friend then explained that the book sowed doubts in his heart, and he was still struggling with salvation till that day.
This is a man Kenneth Hagin described as well advanced in the things of God. Be careful! You are exposing yourself if you read everything out there and you cannot afford to do that. Some people have said to me, ‘Pastor, there are amazing revelations in the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses.’ My response usually would be, ‘I have not even finished reading the first five which are in the Bible and you want to introduce me to the sixth and seventh?” The truth is, every single time you look into God’s Word, you get new insight even on scriptures you have read through and through. My point is, we have not even exhausted the canonical scriptures, why are we worrying yourself about what is not missing? Matt.16:6 (AMP) “Jesus said to them, “Watch out and be on your guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Eph.5:15 &17 “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise… …understand what the Lord wants you to do.” As believers, there are some things that Pentecostals and Methodists, for example, will never agree on until Jesus comes. But it does not mean we cannot love each other as brothers. We do not need to see eye to eye on every issue before we can work hand in hand. As long as we both agree that Jesus is Lord, accept Him as Lord and Saviour. Let us focus on the salvation of souls, on helping people find and know the truth – His name is Jesus. The more truth people have, the more they can recognize error.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, please open my eyes to see as I ought to see, in Jesus Name. Amen!