Friday, August 11, 2017

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Often when Jesus would finish His discourse, He would say, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


It should be obvious that He was speaking about something more than simply allowing sound waves to penetrate the eardrum.

Or, as the lyrics so vividly portrayed—

People talking without speaking
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

Parents often tell their child, "You're not listening to me," when the child has not done as requested. Of course, the child is thinking, "I'm listening. I heard every word you said."

The depth of intended meaning is missed.
Hearing is proven by doing.
Jesus spoke in parables—little stories of similitude—to illustrate a point He was making. However, the story may not have been immediately clear to all who were in the range of His voice. Thus, the injunction to hear if you are listening, or listen if you are hearing.

If you hear, then you will do, or you will deceive yourself into thinking you're cool and everything is just hunky-dory. (James 1:22)

Jesus also told us to pay attention to what we hear and how we listen. (Mk. 4:24)

This warning, coupled with Proverbs 4:23, has taken on significant meaning in this day. It is a dire warning which apparently few are heeding. (I would love to be wrong on this point.)

Our times have given us the opportunity to "hear" a thousand voices giving forth on the same thing from a thousand differing perspectives. There seems to be little discernment within the populace as to what is valid or valuable, (unless it is vindictive.)

While that is understandable given the basic nature of humanity, it is more than disconcerting to find it within the Body of Christ.

There is no standard other than opinion by which people judge what they hear.

The Bible, the Word of God, is now only something to which we refer as having read recently. It is hardly ever referred to by the younger generation as the guide for life. Instead, they have been taught to follow their feelings, emotions and opinions as their guide for truth.

Current leadership in the church aids this deception by not declaring any absolutes from the scriptures. People are encouraged to "find out for themselves" what something means.

That discovery process is hardly ever preceded with any research as to what has gone before, or what those more learned and experienced have come to understand. Discovery of meaning now begins and ends with "what I think/feel."

And my heart aches, often bringing me close to tears (Rom. 9:1-2) for what I see. That is, until I recall what the scriptures say about this.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2Ti 3:1-5 KJV)
This passage is often used to point out where we are at the time in God's economy. Usually, the reference is to what is happening in the world, and, to be sure, these traits are in abundant supply with those outside the kingdom of God. That is, all except for the last one—a form of godliness.

To whom could the apostle possibly be referring if not the "mixed multitude?" (Ex. 12:38; Matt. 13:38)

It is only within the church where we will find a "form of godliness" among those who deny its power.

At the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal, this was often quoted when referring to those who denied the possibility of modern-day gifts of the Spirit. However, to deny the power of godliness is much more than simply denying that tongues are for today.

David Guzik has this to say about denying the power—
When we talk about the power of godliness, we often mean it in the sense of “power to give me what I want.” But this is exactly opposite of what Paul meant here. The power of godliness that men will despise in the last days is the power it should have to guide their lives; power in the sense of rightful authority – and many, many, today deny that God has the power to tell them what to do through His Word.
The Word is no longer the guiding force in the life of those coming into the things of God in this hour. They have grown up in a culture of emotivism where rationality is relegated to the results of a shallow thought process beginning and ending with feelings.

Without a standard, truth is left to wander about from experience to experience, ever flowing with the vicissitudes of life, and never coming to rest upon anything solid.

Without a standard, preachers and teachers are allowed to assist the wanderer, helping them to feel that such instability is God's best. A recent article in Christianity Today brings this to the fore with just a small statement about the new willingness to "experiment" —
"They see the strength of weak ties—it allows them room to experiment and to work with all kinds of different people."
The Bible, however, presents a different perspective—
"Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth." (Eph 4:14 NLT) 
This is given as the result of having solid teaching from those whom the Lord has given to the church. (Eph. 4:11-13)

In order to solidify their position at the top of the deception, they have named themselves apostles and have joined the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

Hundreds of thousands have been influenced by this new program, including many from very traditional denominational churches. It has become anathema to speak against this move in any way, even if only to raise questions.

One of the major tenets of the movement established by C. Peter Wagner, is that of "extra-biblical revelation." While the principle, in and of itself is true, it has been permitted to gain the ascendancy among the people of God who are following this lack of reasoning. 

The Bible is not the guide to determine the validity of revelation, but the source to which one turns if challenged. Now that challenges are rendered useless, they are virtually ignored—as are the plain teachings of the Word.

Slowly but surely, one-by-one, people are finding their way out of the morass; but the juggernaut is capturing more each day than are leaving.

Leaders, writers, pastors and apologists of much greater status than I are beginning to sound the alarm about the music, the teaching and the lifestyle coming forth as "fruit" of this deceptive movement.

He who has hears to hear, let him hear.

If you have had your doubts; if something in this article has stirred you to think; then I URGE you to find your way out. "From such turn away." (2 Tim. 3:5)

1 comment:

  1. I dint know that Hearing could be such sensitive issue that you are discussing it on your platform.Or you can say that I had not put my concentration ever on this topic.But now I know how important is this!

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