According to…?

poluicao-das-aguas-subterraneas_“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

In the days of long, long ago, us neighbor boys were quite the explorers. Up hills and down hills, over here, over there and yonder. We were the Lewis and Clark’s of the local creeks, woods, fields and meadows. We covered a lot of ground in our valley and the surrounding high country.

One day we ventured into an old barn. Bonanza! A ladder went up to a broad beam overlooking a near empty hayloft. Upon further inspection, we concluded there was enough loose hay to make a nice cushion. Soon one boy after the other ascended the ladder and then descended with a joyous shout, leaping into the air and falling to the hay far below. All had a great time. Then we got thirsty. That was a problem. Nobody wanted to make the trek home. Of course being the explorers we were, we soon discovered water coming from an underground pipe in the field below the barn. We reached down and cupped our hands and drank. The spring fed water was cold and tasted excellent. With our thirst satisfyingly quenched, a return to the hayloft was at the ready. Then, for whatever reason, I got down low and looked inside the pipe. That brought an instantaneous horror. It contained every color of scum and filth one could imagine hanging in grotesque shapes from the top and all around its surface. I sounded the alarm. Everyone took a turn peering into our water conduit. Convinced we would all be dead by nightfall, we went, each to his home, to say goodbye to our families and wait the inevitable.

Though we all survived that day with nary a tummy ache, I have never forgotten the dichotomy of that cold sweet water and that filthy disgusting pipe. I am reminded of it every time I witness our world system disgorging its philosophies and principles. The dispensations of political speak, political correctness, progressivism, tolerance, social justice, and on and on, flow like the water from that ghastly pipe. It is deceptively made to look and sound good and right and fair. Who doesn’t want good and the right and fair? But be warned, brothers and sisters, we must carefully inspect and discern who is talking to us, and what is being meant. The fact is: we see many professing Christians being cheated by such deceptions. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matt 5:6) There is another channel available to us, and it has no resemblance to that filthy pipe. It is the clean, pure, sweet word of God, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, and within, is no deceit. It addresses all the issues of life and living, death and dying, and does so with the perfection of truth and wisdom from the One who fashioned it all.

Indeed, Beware brethren, from where and from what you cup your hands and drink. If it is not according to Christ, it is according to…?

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