Last weekend, I heard a testimony from a pastor from an impoverished country. Quote: “Pastors are passionate about the Bible, but 90 percent of the pastors are under-taught. What little they know, that’s what they teach.”
How true that is: “What little they know, that’s what they teach.” This guy could be describing some pastors right here. The U.S. has a plethora of wanna-be’s in every berg, city, and county. In God’s economy, however, I sometimes wonder what ratio is truly preaching the whole counsel of God.
We can observe that some tend to stick to their five favorites: “What little they know, that’s what they teach.” They gain a few tidbits under their belt, and regurgitate it—ad infinitum. The result is very sad: the churches are starving… to death. : – (
Oh, be assured—God will speak to those to whom He chooses to reveal Himself. It is these souls who do not remain in a place that teaches merely limited parts of the Great Tome of God.
However, what is left is what I’ve heard called “the church of the revolving door.” It is very sad—but those who do not exit a place like that are in the very grave danger of becoming an “under-taught,” cloistered cult. I’m convinced that this is not at all pleasing to God.
His intent for His Holy Scriptures is to be a lamp… and a light… living and powerful… piercing… a discerner of the… intents of the heart… like a fire… like a hammer… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. … All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable…
So today I have a riddle for you: What is simultaneously at the top and at the bottom, inside and outside, in the light and in the dark, rich and poor, good and evil?
I’ve decided not to post the answer. If you’re learning the Word in a place that teaches all of it, the answer is as plain as the nose on your face.