Table of Content
- Be Mindful of their Doctrines
- Would you Visit a Shoemaker to Get a Hair Cut?
- How do You Determine Who Should Teach You The Word of God?
- Who should teach you the Word of God?
Be Mindful of their Doctrines
Who should teach you about fasting? Today, that’s a question many Christians should be asking themselves. Jesus’ words regarding your teachers are still relevant.
There are still “Pharisees” and “Sadducees” in the world and they shouldn’t be the ones informing you about the things concerning the kingdom of heaven and fasting.
“Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”, (Matthew 16:6).
“How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?” (Matthew 16:11).
“Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees”, (Matthew 16:12).
What your teacher believes is not different from what he or she teaches. We can only teach what we believe.
The dogmas of a Bible teacher should never be different from those of the Word of God. Never interpret it. Always allow the Bible to explicate itself.
Sometimes, the people of the world operate more rationally that those of God’s kingdom. And scripture agrees with this.
Would you Visit a Shoemaker to Get a Hair Cut?
“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light”, (Luke 16:8).
Would you visit a shoemaker to have your hair cut? Or would you consent to a farmer to build your house? Or contract a podiatrist to remove your cataract? No, right?
So, should a non-believer and one who has never been on a fast teach you about fasting? What could he teach that you couldn’t discover by reading? Nothing!
Why is this important? Whatever you believe—wrong or right—it’s extremely difficult to relinquish and accept something new, unless the Lord aids you in doing so.
Consequently, when the truth comes, you will not recognize it. You may not accept or believe it. Ultimately, this one feature could prevent you from being saved by Christ and forfeit eternal life.
The people of the world connect with the appropriate people to satisfy their worldly needs, but some Christians are deceived. They couldn’t careless who feed them with spiritual food. So, who should teach you the Word of God?
How Do You Determine Who Should Teach You The Word of God?
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”, (2 Timothy 4:3).
As this relates to fasting, these unsaved teachers make the Word of God of no effect, (Matthew 15:6). They modify the biblical fast and introduce new features to appease the contemporary unsaved person who fasts.
Then they teach this as the Word of God, and the true Word of God gets ignored. They lead the simple and ignorant astray.
Subsequently, unsuspecting Christians fast and pray according to their teachings, but experience no change. As a result, they declare that fasting doesn’t work.
Nothing is wrong with the biblical fast. Whose report do you believe? That’s where the problem resides.
It’s Not Everyone’s Responsibility
Ultimately, their teachings result in disobedience to God. Which Believer disobeys God and prosper? An unsaved person could prosper in sin but not a Believer. You are either in or out.
The Bible informs us how to fast. And it reminds us never to add or subtract anything to or from the Word of Good, respectively. And this includes all information on fasting.
As a precaution, ensure that whomever teaches you the Word of God is a Believer in Jesus Christ. And that all his or her teachings conform to the Word of God, not confront it and this includes fasting.
Do you desire to experience real and positive changes in your life and that of others? Then, as a Christian, you should be very vigilant. Who should teach you the Word of God, is not everyone’s responsibility, neither should it be taken lightly.