SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2013.
UNWHOLESOME TEACHINGS IN THE CHURCH
IN no other time is the Church of God in trouble than now. All sorts of teachers have risen and some with unwholesome teaching moving from one Church to another. It is not surprising, therefore, that some members of the Church have fallen prey to this sort of teachers. But how long then should the Church leadership continue to sit and watch while souls perish everyday?
Apostle Paul saw the danger ahead, in his days, and was bold to point out to the young Timothy of what some men will do to the teaching of the original gospel. These teachers are clever, they have already known that some men have itching ears and can take anything, hook, line and sinker. They are not like the mature Christians of Berea, who will hear the word of God, go home and dissect it to see if it is in line with the original gospel.
It is on record that the type of teaching and preaching given out by these teachers is only to suit their desires. A greater number of them are, now, after money and as such dish out any type of preaching that will not hurt those who listen to them.
Empty and deceitful prophecies are released rather than revealing the whole counsel of God. We saw this type of preaching and prophetic utterance in the days of Jeremiah and the Bible cautions us: “Do not listen to the word of the prophets, who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord. They continually say to those who despise me, ‘the Lord has said, ‘you shall have peace’ and to everyone, who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘no evil shall come upon you.” Jer. 23:16-17.
Paul’s prediction of the perilous times has caught up with us. Unfortunately, though, when some church congregations are over flowing some people mis-judge it as a sign of spiritual growth. Yes, they can have three or four services in a day, after all, money is the in-thing and the state of souls really is not their concern.
One is greatly worried about the rate of these unwholesome teachings going on in some of these churches today. But we’re to be comforted according to the holy writ ‘not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven,’ Matt. 7:21. I think time has come for real men of God to sit up and give their congregations the undiluted word of God, which gives eternal life. The statement of the Ethiopian Eunuch is highly instructive here, ‘how can I understand unless there is someone to guided me?
Therefore, we commend the Bishop of the Diocese of Evo, Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu in his recent charge to the faithful. Speaking on the theme, The Word Of God Is A Great Treasure,” he said, “it is in the real study of the word of God that souls are recovered unto the Lord.” According to the Psalmist: “Your word is lamp to my feet and light to my path” Ps. 119:105. Indeed, we need the true word of God than the poisonous substances being dished out in some churches. May the Lord help His Church!VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.