Hello beloved brethren! My how I missed you all during this past week. Ordinarily when we travel I can find pockets of internet here and there, along with a little down time, to read your posts and write a little myself. This time was a little different and I found myself in some challenging situations. I’ll tell you a little more about those difficulties in later posts. Right now, my desire is to reintroduce the point and purpose behind our twisted Tuesday’s.
I had a conversation with a very sweet little girl a while back, while she was making bracelets with Kayliegh. She started explaining to us how when you die you get wings and become an angel. I know this young lady, and her family, to be church goers. How did such an unbiblical teaching make its way into her thought process?
What does is this have to do with Twisted Tuesdays? In my own little homeschooling world communicating with others is limited. I witness when I can, I discuss issues of the Word when they come up, but mostly my days consist of math, history, science, reading and writing, Bible study, repeat. Vacations have a way of throwing us off kilter. They give us an opportunity to spend more time with the lost. There are so many errant views of Christ, it’s enough to make your head spin. My nightly readings with Kayliegh are currently in 1 John. All throughout the epistles we see that there were many false doctrines already rearing their ugly heads.
I was reminded why I had such zeal to write on the scriptures that were twisted so often, when I saw the lost holding confidently to a false christ that can not save. They have false hope. They have created a god in their own image. They are following doctrines of demons. I had a chill as I listened to someone explain the terror they felt over reading ‘Lord, Lord’ And He answers ‘Turn from me workers of iniquity, I never knew you.’
That’s it! That’s why I started writing to begin with. To give God the glory, to encourage and edify the body of Christ, and to speak truth into darkness. There’s enough misconceptions, and false doctrines, to fill a thousand blogs for all eternity, and new ones pop up daily. I’m clearly not the best person to be writing against these falsehoods, many others can and do present a case far better than I’m capable. I’m not being self loathing, just honest. I needed to have my mind renewed, my zeal fired up, to recall that we all have a purpose in the body of Christ. John Owen was one of the most intelligent men to ever preach. John Bunyan, Owens good friend, was a tinker…one of the least educated men to preach. Owens loved to come and listen to Bunyan preach. God used both those men at the exact same time.
Several weeks ago I read a blog by someone thinking about throwing in the towel, calling it quits to their blog. The things they said stuck with me, it can be very discouraging to write about God. It can be discouraging to get into endless debates with the lost who see the light but love the darkness. It can be discouraging when believers disagree with one another. After all, it was over disagreements on doctrine that got Bunyan thrown into jail for 12 years. How many anabaptists were drowned simply because they were using believers baptism?
So long as we live in a fallen world there will be plenty of reasons to be discouraged. But cheer up! Christ has overcome the world! I was having a particularly difficult morning when one of you sent me that very encouraging comment! What a difference it made to my day, when a dear sister decided to put aside whatever she was doing, and encourage me. Let us not grow weary of doing good, dear friends. Be like that kind sister, displaying the love of Christ in her attitude toward me.
This is the reason for twisted Tuesday, to tear down every high and lofty thought that sets itself up against the truth. All for the glory of God, Who is worthy…truly worthy…of all praise and honor and glory! Sing praises to this thrice holy God we serve! I hope you can have patience with me this week, beloved, as I get grounded again in the reasons why I write what I write. And as always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.