“For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their Folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”II Timothy 3:6-9
I have a friend in Chicago who is highly religious in what he believes but not one you would call spiritual. He was careful not to miss mass service on Sunday, and he was a faithful parishioner every Sunday as this was quite important to him. He came out to Arizona to visit me, and he desired to go and see the Grand Canyon. We went out to see the Grand Canyon on Saturday, and he woke up quite early the next day on Sunday to attend mass. He was engrossed in the rituals of the church, and he actively participated in giving up something for lent although it would often border on the ridiculous. He would give up hard liquor but then consume large quantities of beer. He was always seeking ways to become close to God, although the ways he was seeking were unbiblical and not found on real truth
We often debated the truths in the Bible, and he struggled with the fact that God could forgive the “worst” of sinners. His beliefs were based on things he did as opposed to what Jesus had already done. I would give him the truth and he couldn’t fathom a God who would forgive every sin because this was coming from a sinner who never attended mass and a sinner who was unworthy of such forgiveness. He was even trying to learn about religion but not able to come to the knowledge of the truth. He became one who pursued foolishness and was corrupted by the things of this world.
I prayed for my friend although I was not always a good friend to him. I would sometimes participate in these foolish endeavors even though I had the knowledge of the truth. I felt bad that he pursued the truth but was not able fully to grasp it. The knowledge of God’s Word seemed too easy to Him, and he continued on in his pursuit for truth in all the wrong places. I am not sure if he ever found the Truth, but as I recount this story, I am reminded to pray for my friend.
Are you one who is led away with various lusts? Do you seek for truth that is outside of God’s Word? Do you seek your own truth or God’s truth? Do you make close friends with those who have corrupt minds and draw you from the One whom you should be seeking? May we not lead people away from the truth, but may our lives point people to the way, the truth and the life.