There have been many awakenings for me since I joined the ministry and this includes the fact that the more you do in Christ, the less normal you look to the outside world. Those who have yet to accept Christ see the Christian who has sold out to Christ as an odd individual because they do things differently and this has become more obvious to me over the last few months.
This has nothing to do with how a person looks physically or what type of social status a person holds. These things have nothing to do with your standing with Jesus Christ and whether or not you inherit eternal life with Him. For me, this is very reassuring because there have been times when I was not at my best in terms of both my physical appearance and my position in the world system.
These things have nothing to do with your standing with Jesus Christ and whether or not you inherit eternal life with Him.”
Earlier today, I had a phone conversation with an acquaintance who was telling me about so many problems in the world and many I agreed with but I have noticed that this individual does not take the time to actually get informed on most matters. In fact, most of the world problems that he knows come from news corporations and how these companies want the viewer to see the world which is dangerous.
Because of this, when I present new information to him, he does not know how to take it. Usually, when I present a different point of view to him then he quickly tells me that he has to go do this and that. During the phone conversation today, he got a bit defensive and was rather quick to turn the attention away from his perspective to questioning my responsibilities which is a tactic that is used by those who have nothing to add.
During our conversation, I told this individual that I was disappointed that he kept listening to all the lies after these personalities have been exposed. Honestly, if you keep listening to the same thing over and over, it’s foolish to expect anything new to happen and after all the corruption and scandals surrounding news companies, I have a hard time understanding why so many people continue to tune in. Thinking about it, though, it hit me: these people are indoctrinated.
Merriam Webster defines Indoctrination as “instruction in a body of doctrine or principles” which is important for an individual to have. Doctrine is important for Christians but for Christians, our doctrines must be based on the Bible but far too many denominations have gone away from doctrines that are based on God’s Word and this is even worse for non-Christians. Long story short, doctrines that are not based on God’s Word are dangerous particularly in a system that is controlled by Satan and most, if not all, news corporations are secular.
“Doctrine is important for Christians but for Christians, our doctrines must be based on the Bible but far too many denominations have gone away from doctrines that are based on God’s Word and this is even worse for non-Christians.”
When I tell people stuff that is new to their thought process then I usually met with some type of resistance. This is not always the case which is good but for the majority of people that I come across, there is a particular perspective that they come from and if my perspective is different than their mind is made up: I’m a conspiracy theorist. This goes for almost every topic/subject we can talk about whether its politics, religion, history, sports, and on and on and while I consider myself a logical person that looks at things thoroughly, there are many that suggest otherwise.
This used to bother me but as I have gotten older and grown into Christ, I have learned that I cannot let it: “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself” (Proverbs 18:2). Christians who desire to live by the Word of God and do their best to live by Godly instructions will often be met with criticism particularly by people who have no real doctrine. If you have to have someone tell you what you believe then chances are, you do not truly believe what you claim and scripture explains it like this: “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matthew 15:14).
An important lesson that I hope readers will take away from this is just because the secular world deems your conviction as radical and/or label you as a conspiracy theorist does not mean that you are wrong. It does not mean that your thinking is radical or that the way you see the world is dangerous. As a Christian, we are called to be leaders and teachers of men and this does not always mean the numbers will be high: “So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes” (Deuteronomy 10:15).
Even if just one person reads this message, I hope they will come away with knowing that God’s Word still means something. Despite how the secular world and in many instances, the secular church, has changed the meaning of God’s Word, it still means the same thing today that it did thousands of years ago. To the secular world, this makes believers radical because customs and traditions do change over time and that’s okay but God is still the same today that He was yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow that He is today: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). In short, our doctrine is the Word of God and we are to stand for this doctrine even if we stand alone.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”-HEBREWS 13:8