“Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”I Timothy 1:2-4
I was once sent a link to a pastor who had sermons on YouTube by a friend from work who was encouraged by his messages. The pastor was intense and “in your face” and I was impressed by how he preached with such enthusiasm. I immediately liked the pastor’s style and soon began sharing these messages with others whom I thought would be just as excited and encouraged as I was. I would play the messages and listen to them while I got ready for work, and I would be fired up to start the day. Soon after listening to messages, I started to decipher things that didn’t seem to add up in the messages he was preaching, but I liked the preacher too much to let that stand in my way of being encouraged for the day. I thought there was not much harm in what he saying, so I continued to listen to this preacher. I sent one of his messages to Rebekah, my wife, and I was eager to hear her response. I asked her what she thought of his preaching, and I excitingly waiting for her answer, but she did not share the same response I did.
She told me to be careful about some of the things he was saying, and I was not happy with her reflection on one my favorite internet pastors. We went on a walk, and I argued every point she brought up. I was basing my argument on logic and reasoning and she was basing her argument on the truth. It is hard to measure a crooked stick against a straight one, and I soon found my logic and reasoning lacked both. I was not happy with what she told me, but I knew I needed to quit listening to this pastor. The pastor stated a lot of truth, but the other parts he mixed in brought about confusion and questions. I had to apologize to Rebekah for getting mad at her, and I had to quit listening to this pastor. I was disappointed but I knew it was not good for me and did not edify me or the others I was sharing it with.
What are you sharing with others that brings about questions rather than edification? To what and who are you listening that does not line up with God’s truth? Are you truly listening to what others are saying? Does it line up with what God says? Do you read your Bible enough to know what is truth? Are you willing to stop listening to fables and endless genealogies even though you enjoy listening? May we be truth seekers of God’s word and may we desire to edify one another in the truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.