~”What then is Apollos? What is Paul?”~
I’m often bothered by how readily we take after the teachings of people instead of directly from the Word of God. We get into debates about minutiae of our faith because of what teacher we most closely line our beliefs with. One person reads books by Jim Berg. Another listens to sermons by Tim Lucas. And I’m sure neither of those guys wants people to follow what they teach. Rather, they’d prefer believers go straight to the Word of God.
“Don’t take it from some guy with big hair yapping about how great this Book is,” yells Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church in Morristown, NJ.
Man is flawed. I think we all know this in our minds, but so many of us fail to actually live this out. The teachings of one man or many men cannot save. Their teachings have no power to change lives. But God’s Word does because it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
So I urge you, brothers and sisters, go to the Scriptures. Don’t follow a dogma blindly, if for no other reason than the ability to give a well-thought out response to the questions plaguing the minds of outsiders to our faith.