Who Do You Lend Your Ears To?
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).
The word “pluralism” means many beliefs and philosophies that co-exist together. In modern societies, pluralism can lead to widespread acceptance of ideas and lifestyles contrary to God’s Word. Paul word to the Colossians warns them of those who would take them captive by empty philosophy and deceitful schemes.
Some Christians seem to do well when surrounded by strong believers who support them. But when other voices try to persuade them to believe things contrary to the Christian faith, they begin to wilt. Paul cautions his reader not to lend their ears and hearts to those who seek to turn them from the simplicity in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). In countries like ours where many philosophies abound, we need to be diligent not to succumb to the pressure to conform. Too many no longer believe what they used to hold dear. They have been worn down by the relentless pounding of the modern spirit that says, “All beliefs are equally good; don’t judge anyone one or anything.” But if we give our ears to such talk, we no longer remain faithful to Christ.
In order to withstand the pressure to conform, we need to develop deep convictions (i.e., strong beliefs) from the Word of God. We need to daily refresh our hearts and minds by praying and reading God’s Word. We need to renew our minds leading to spiritual growth and transformation (Romans 12:1-2). When we take the time to grow spiritually, we will have the strength to withstand all the voices that vie for our attention. We must remain faithful to God and not turn from His truth.
Israel thought they could honor God with their worship and also serve other gods. They practiced certain rituals from God’s Word, but also served the gods of wood and stone (see 2 Kings 17:33). Be careful what you hear and be prepared to compare it to the Word of God. No Christian can be prepared to do this without a good working knowledge of God’s Word. We cannot live by the faith of our parents or friends. We need to stand on vital principles learned from the Word of God (Ephesians 6:14), and live by the truth of God’s Word.
Our lives must not be characterized by compromise and attempts to please people not friendly to Christ. We must not only believe God’s truth, but also take a stand for the truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). We should “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). We cannot do less than this.
Are you prepared for battle? Will you take up the cross daily and follow Christ? Will you be faithful to His truth even though the forces of error encircle you? Jesus said we need to be faithful unto death, and He will give us a crown of life (Revelation 2:10).
Posted on Wed, November 25, 2015
by Sam Petitfils