Searching the Scriptures
Are we Searching And Noticing the Divine on Sunday morning during our church services? Are we really listening, checking what our pastors are saying against Scripture like the Bereans were doing. The Bereans “searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth.” (Acts 17:11 NLT)
We might think we are “safe” in church, but listening intently to the teaching we are given, and making sure it lines up with what we read in our Bibles is a must! Being in the Word daily, knowing what it says, helps to safeguard us against being led astray by anyone, anywhere, at any time!
Recently, I was listening to a well known pastor. He was giving a great sermon, and then he said something that made me question him. What was that he just said? Is that right? I even asked my friend who had heard the same sermon online. She said she, too, had questioned that one statement. Let’s see if you know the right answer:
Who was it that anointed Jesus with perfume and her hair?
Was it #1 – Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha?
Was it # 2 – A woman in the city, which was a sinner?
I had an idea of who I thought it was, and my friend agreed with me, but the pastor mentioned a different person. There was only one thing to do! SEARCH the Scriptures to check up on this pastor!
This search also took me to this site: http://www.tektonics.org/af/femanoint.html Take a look at it yourself, if you’d like to find out who it was. It lines this question up against Scripture. It has to! Even the internet gets things wrong!!!
The answer to this “dilemma” is not really what’s most important here. What’s most important is that we all need to be like those in Berea. We can’t just ride along on the coattails of our pastors, or anyone else who is teaching us the Word of God. We need to be sure we know the Truth when we hear it and identify the lies when we hear them! Then we won’t be easy prey for our enemy the devil!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8