If we are tempted to speak out against another teaching we need to make sure that we understand the teaching we are speaking out against. So many times I have heard someone speak out against a teaching and when I listened to it myself, realized that the person speaking out had not understood the entire message. Sometimes we hear one thing we disagree with and then anything else that person says is wrong in our eyes.
We need to test the teaching we are receiving by digging in the word of God for ourselves, so that we can understand and know what God is telling us. We need to remain open and ask God to reveal what we need to hear. It’s amazing what we can learn from someone when we stop needing to be right.
We need to start looking at ourselves as part of the Kingdom of God and understand that God has given us all different visions and different people to reach. We are not in competition with each other; we are all a part of the bigger picture. We will disagree with others doctrines from time to time, but before we speak out we need to be careful that we are not speaking out of pride.
This has been a struggle for me many times as God has been shifting my thinking. He has been revealing some things to me that are contrary to what I have believed most of my life. The temptation is to speak out against others that are seemingly teaching things that I used to believe. What God has said to me is that there are some that are not ready to hear the message He has revealed to me and that’s ok. God will reveal what they need to hear when they are ready, because He knows how we think and when we are ready for more.
1 Corinthians 9:19–23 19“For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. 20 And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law, though not being myself under the Law, that I might win those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some. 23 And I do all things for the sake of the gospel, that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
In this scripture Paul talks about meeting people where they are. Isn’t that what God does for us?
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