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Summary: Most Christians agree daily reading of the Bible is a right and responsibility

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A CHRISTIAN RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY

Acts 17:11

Most Christians agree in order to assure spiritual growth Christians should read the Bible daily. They should verify what they have been taught. Luke tells us the Bereans were more noble-mind in their character shown by their open-mindedexamination of the Scriptures than the Thessalonians. He does not criticize or condemn the Bereans. Confirming what we are taughtis a basic Christian right and responsibility. It should be done in a spirit of humility. Pastors and teachers should have no

problem with the confirming of what they preach and teach. They should encourage it.

There should be no conflict in what the pastor preaches and the teacher teaches and what is written in the Bible. This does not mean there is not the possiblity for minor disagreement in what is preached and taught which might be due to a lack

of spiritual growth. However, if “warning bells” begin to go off too frequently and too loudly in the verifying of what is preached and taught they should not be ignored. The “warning bells” are the voice of the Holy Spirit warning believers in Christ what has

been preached and taught, even though it may sound like it has been based on sound doctrine,it did not come from the Holy Spirit, but an imposter.

The apostle Paul told the Galatians, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!"(Galatians 1:8-9). It is clearly stated in the Word of God we are to evaluate everything (1st Thessalonians 5:21) and "test the spirits to see whether or not they are from God" (1st John 4:1).

We need to remember all correct preaching and teaching must start with the proposition, "every spirit that confesses that Jesus Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God" (1st John 4:2) and includes the following, all or some which is denied by false

teaching. In Jesus Christ "all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form" (Colossians 2:9). He came into the world to die for all mankind (John 3:16), He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (2nd Peter 2:24), His work was deemed acceptable by the Father (Romans 3:21-26) and we are saved

on the basis of our faith in Him and in His work alone and not by our own works ( Ephesians 2:8-9). Apart from faith in Jesus Christ, there is no way to approach the Father (John 14:5) and the true believer in Jesus Christ follows Him and His teachings through- out his/her life on this earth (Matthew 7:20; 1st John 2:4).

If we are to follow Jesus and His teachings, we must learn about Him and about His teachings. This comes from two sources: (1) the Bible and (2) accepting the authority of legitmate, prepared Bible teachers and pastors. Regarding the second source for learning about Jesus and His teachings, it must be remembered all correct teaching is ultimately derived from the


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