But what does the book say, should be on the tongue of every Christian. Confusion seems to spread like wild fire among the Christian community. The office of Benny Hinn was recently raided. One man writes, “I see the devil is at it again.” Another one writes, “Hinn is a false prophet.” Both of these folk have different beliefs and they both can not be correct. There is no middle ground here. Benny Hinn is either a false prophet or he is not.
How do we know concerning Hinn? or Can we know? The only real test is by checking with what God says in His book the Bible. Why? Because we should NEVER go by our feelings. Feelings change. Gods book does not change. What our feelings tell us has nothing to do with anything when it comes to “Thus Saith the Lord.”
When this life is over and we our judged by our maker, the question will loom, What did we do with Jesus? What did we do with the book He wrote? Did we believe Him and believe what He said? Did we take the time to discover what the book says? Or did we really not care about what God said? The proof of pride is caring what we believe instead of believing what God has clearly said.
It must always be, “What does the book say?” What does God say? Anything less is shaky and dangerous ground.
The book has the answer. Yes, we must take time to find out but God has not left us to drift and develop and contrive our own beliefs. Two different beliefs can be and is confusing but the Bible says:
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
1 Corinthians 14:33
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39
God had the Apostle Paul write:
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
Daily these folk searched the Scriptures. Not just when they felt like it but each day these folk spent time and effort finding out what the Scriptures had to say. Notice God uses the word “NOBLE.” Noble in the English dictionary means, “having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals:”
Can you back up what you believe by showing in the Bible what and why you believe? If not we should search the Scriptures to find out what God says. Gods thoughts are many times much different from our thoughts:
6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah chapter 55
God says in this Scripture, “My thoughts are not your thoughts.”
Notice also in the above passage that God points out that seeking the Lord is by searching the Scriptures. “My word is what counts, so says God.” “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” [Verse 11]
The Bible is such a wonderful book. The Bible is way above all books ever written. Find out what God says. Search the Scriptures. Ask for Gods help. Be diligent and do so with a purpose not only in order to get the correct beliefs but to please God. More later as I recall…….