Be Careful Little Ears

information-age-359x366Every age, or era of time, is often labeled by historians and sociologists that reflect the dominant and prevailing events that most influences culture and society. Our period has been known as the Post-modern and Information age. Where only 70 years ago, the means of communication and media was limited to the Telephone and radio, now it’s sheer scale is astounding. Through internet, mobile phones, Skype video calls, social media, 3D TV, Bluetooth, etc. media and communication has advanced dramatically.

While the advancement of technology and information has largely benefitted humanity, there are however, some negative impacts from the rise of the accessibility and scope of information. For example; there are so many forms of media that are filled with content and information that are not necessarily true. In fact you don’t have to travel far in cyberspace and Google to read varying opinions and views on any given subject. Blog pages for instance are becoming as numerous as websites themselves. Blogs are web pages owned by individuals or groups where they disseminate content subject to their own personal opinions. We even have one for our Church and myself.

One blog’s information will differ from the next and the next. There are so many different opinions out there. This has been the result and, in part, a contributor to the prevalent philosophy that there is no absolute truth and that one’s opinion is as valid as another’s, regardless of whether it is based upon truth or not.

This is why John warns us; Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

‘The Message’ paraphrases this passage as;  “My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you.”

how-to-use-google-search-more-effectively-infographic--b83ee803b6This is a message that we must adhere to in our day; to not believe everything you hear or read on the internet or any other form of media without first testing it’s validity. Something said or read may sound very convincing but it must be put to the litmus test, that is; Does it stand the test of scripture?

There are two questions we can ask in order to test whether a matter or idea is true:

“Does the Bible speak directly about it?” If it does, follow the Bible’s instructions.

“If the Bible does not say anything about a specific matter, does it contradict the principles of scripture?” If the answer is no, then it is worthy of further exploration.

If a matter contradicts scripture we must be mindful to reject it and to warn others. John further writes: 2 This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. 3 But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here. 1 John 4:2-3 (NLT)

A person may sound convincing and prophetic but if what he is saying is contrary to the Word of God, then they are not from God and may even have the Spirit of Antichrist particularly if they question the Deity and humanity of Christ. Don’t swallow every pill that’s given to you, don’t believe everything that you hear and read from the media to be true, but test it through the Word of God.

 

This is a blog post from Stanley Harveythe Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Risen

14500While the western world celebrates this Easter holiday period as merely some token of what many may or may not believe as the crucifixion of Christ. There are those who do not believe that Jesus is the Lord or that he even existed at all. Then there are those who do believe that Jesus lived, walked the earth and died a cruel and agonizing death upon the Roman instrument of torture; the cross. I believe this to be true because there is overwhelming historical, documentary and even personal evidence to affirm this.

Not only did Jesus die and was buried in a tomb but the Bible account of His resurrection also stands as one of the most controversial topics from all disciplines and religions. Simply because if Jesus died and was buried but did NOT rise from the dead, then he is just another man. In fact he would be even worse than that because he promised and predicted that he would, thus he would have been a liar and a failure.

However, since He did resurrect from the dead, the implications are enormous. Jesus was constantly tested and without fail he proved His deity and power with miracles, signs and wonders. His own death was the ultimate test of this, proving He had power over man’s ultimate futility. Secondly, Jesus proved that the words He spoke were true and that not even death could falter them.

The implications upon humanity is also huge. Since He proved that He is in fact God, and that what He said is true, then we must do everything in our power to hear His words and do them. The great news is that Jesus can be trusted, his words are reliable and we have the hope of resurrection one day, which gives meaning to our lives today.

Paul said “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Cor 15:19.  The great apostle is right, in that if our lives are limited to only our earthly existence then that is a very daunting and depressing prospect. Thank God our hope is for more than a great life here on earth with Christ but that we will reign with Him for eternity. This ought to lift us out of misery and depression. One day we shall be free from the shackles of this human body and the limitations of life on this planet. One day we shall be unleashed and truly free. This I reiterate not only brings meaning to our conduct; our living right, doing good and discipline which will be worth it all, but this brings us joy and joy unspeakable. Be encouraged today; be not weary in well-doing for you shall reap in due season if you faint not.

Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20

 

This is a blog post from Stanley Harveythe Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.