BYM ONLINE DESK Blessing English Emagazine March 2020 - Page 2

Dear Remnants, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! What pleasure it is to share with you what the Lord burdens me through this letter each month! Hope you have noticed the phenomenal increase in the number of preachers these days. Though it is welcome news, it is sad to note that not many lead an exemplary life and practice what they preach. Many a times, the Word of God is compromised and adulterated for personal gains and popularity (2 Cor 2:17). Since they call themselves as 'servants of God', many sheep in the Shepherd's fold are led astray. Christ Himself and the Apostles have repeatedly warned about such preachers in the Holy Scriptures - Mt 24:11, 1 Tim 1:3, 2 Pet 2:1, Jud 3-4. Being flooded with false doctrines, the best way to defend ourselves is to be like the Bereans “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:10, 11). They not only received the Word with all eagerness, but they did a personal homework to check whether what has been preached was really in the Scripture. This made them to be more noble. The reason why people simply accept whatever is preached from the pulpit is because, they don't spend sufficient time in studying and meditating God's Word and do not verify what is preached with the Bible. The Bible admonishes us to search from the Book of the Lord and read. Not one will fail and not one will lack her mate (Is 34:16). Meditation and systematic study of the Scriptures should be our daily practice. If we chose only certain books and chapters for Bible meditation, we will miss the whole counsel of God and will be dwarfed in our spiritual life. Such person is unskilled to the word of righteousness for he is a babe who cannot discern both good and evil (Heb 5:13-14). Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Thessalonians advises us to “test all things and hold fast to what is good” (1 Thes 5:21). What is preached should be examined with other passages of the Scripture whether they agree or not. It is said, “Scripture interprets Scripture” and the Bible is the best commentary for the Bible. If the preaching or teachings are not based on His word and is purely on visions, dreams, individual experiences and fables, it should not be accepted (2 Tim 4 : 3-4). A reference to Jeremiah 23 : 28-29 is appropriate “Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord.” To escape all these evils and stand before the Son of Man, let us give ourselves to the study and meditation of His Word. Maranatha! Yours in His Service, A. Lionel | March 2020 | Page 02