Madison Christian Church

April 18th 2016 Devotional

Alvin Plantinga has written a book which I am reading entitled, Where The Conflict Really Lies.  His main point is that there is only a superficial conflict but a very deep agreement between science and our faith in God.  And on the other hand, there is only a superficial agreement but a very deep conflict between science and naturalistic atheism.

We do have good evidence for believing what we believe as Christians.  It is wise for us to educate ourselves on the issues so we can defend our faith to unbelievers and also prepare our younger people in the church to know why they believe what they believe etc.

But one of the greatest threats to many Christians comes not from the ranks of the “New Atheists”, but in the form of false teachers and ideas that go against what Christians have believed from the very beginning of the church as described in the pages of the NT.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”  Paul warned the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:28-30  “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things to draw away the disciples after them.”

There are some very “twisted things” interpretations being foisted upon Christians.  So until the day I die, I want to sound periodic warnings to fellow believers to be on guard.  Compare what you hear and read with Scripture and if something is unclear, feel free to discuss it with me or with one of our other elders (Rory Lithgow and Ted Shoemaker).  We would be glad to study the issue with you.  Many false teachers have come out of churches because people were NOT being on guard.