Summary: This word “ignorant” occurs 13 times in the Bible and is connected with some important spiritual facts we should all know. That is why today we cover the spiritual Truth that false teachings about Christ are alive and abound in our world.
Ignorant Series: Scoffers, Cults, and Us
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word “ignorant” means unaware or uniformed. I would like us, for the next few weeks, to look at some spiritual facts that you may be unaware of or have forgotten. Most of the time we forget important spiritual truths when it comes to God and our relationship with Him. I am not sure why we forget such important matters, but I know it to be true. That is why God had Israel erect monuments and write down accounts and tell stories about all the events that took place in their relationship with Him. They forgot easily! We forget easily! This word “ignorant” occurs 13 times in the Bible and is connected with some important spiritual facts we should all know. That is why today we cover the spiritual Truth that false teachings about Christ are alive and abound in our world.
In the past two weeks, several events have taken place that leads me to this message today. I had intended last week’s message on death to be the final sermon in this series, but God has other ideas. I would like to share these events that happened in the past few weeks:
1) Josephine Ungard told me about a letter she received. It came in the mail and the envelope was covered with Bible verses and Christian statements. Inside was a request for money and this group would pray for you. She asked if I had seen it and I had not. Perhaps some of you received a similar letter, many have. I got one eventually. I could not decide if this was a good group of Christian folks or a group out for money masking as Christians. I threw it away and told Ms. Ungard to do the same.
2) At the Light Up the Levee event, 2 Mormon youths approached us in the booth area and asked if they could set up a booth about families and Jesus Christ. The person in charge asked them if they believed Jesus was the only way to Heaven and they agreed. They set up a booth. Ward and Jennifer Reeder were there promoting drug and alcohol related information and were “disturbed” by this. I was as well.
3) The same 2 Mormon fellas came and visited our church and looked around. They found the Lookout for that week and it happened (Godly coincidence) to be on cults. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was listed and they were concerned with this. After talking with them awhile, I invited them back to study and read with me anytime.
4) Jehovah Witnesses came to my house the other day and left a great pamphlet on Jesus and salvation, but I noted it was from “Watchtower” publishing and I tossed it away.
Why tell you these stories? I want you to know that Satan is alive and well in our world as well as cults who pervert the Truth of Scripture to suit their own beliefs. That would be my definition of a cult: a group that changes doctrine in a manner not consistent with Scripture. They walk our streets, come to our homes, go to your neighbor’s homes, and are on a mission to convert all they can to their belief system.