by Benjamin Munsell | September 24, 2018MORNINGTIME 2890
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, THOU SHALT BE A GOOD MINISTER OF Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of FAITH AND of GOOD DOCTRINE, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE UNTO ALL things, HAVING (THE) PROMISE OF the LIFE that NOW is, AND of that which is TO COME. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because WE TRUST IN THE LIVING GOD, who is THE SAVIOUR OF all men, specially of THOSE THAT BELIEVE. 1 Timothy 4:6-10. These are some serious words of warning and exhortation about what Preachers should Preach. Who can be a "preacher " these days? ANYONE who will go through the required program, collage, or institution set up by man, to teach those things man wants them to teach. For example, each denomination has their own set of standards taught in their own denominational seminary. And it's sad to say, many of those denominational seminaries have teachers who don't Believe the Bible. Whether you're a Preacher, Teacher, or Joe-sheeper, IF THE BIBLE ISN'T THE STANDARD, than any standard will do. Christ and His Words must be THE Standard to Live, Learn, Preach, and Teach by, otherwise, you have an un-christ-like standard, and that describes itself. What's the answer? CHRIST, AND HIS WORD. Just how close to Christ do you want your theology to be? Or, just how far from Christ are you willing to go and still call yourself a follower of Christ? Forget everything and everybody, it's just you and Christ, (as a percentage), how close to Christ are you, and how close do you want to be? Does His Word change you? Or do you change His Word? Have you ever asked the Holy Spirit to scrutinize YOUR WALK with Christ? Or can someone else tell you better than He? Do you seek man's approval? Or Christ's, to, Be Blessed?