Summary: God is not the author of confusion.

The Corridor of Confusion

Pastor Vern Hall

The Free Gift Gospel Mission

Kingsport, TN

1 Corinthians 14:33- For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Introduction: When I was a young in my faith I had many questions about the Christian way of life. I had many questions about the Bible and about Jesus Christ, and about other religions. And like so many other young converts, I would take my questions to those people who were supposed to be my brothers and sisters in the Lord seeking help and guidance. But instead of help and guidance, I was met with scowls of indignation and protests. These people who were supposed to be faith filled Christian encouragers took the attitude, “How dare you even question these things.”

That was a very painful time in my life. It was never as if I was doubting the Bible or questioning what the Bible says just for the sake of being contrary or argumentative. I wasn’t just trying to stir up trouble. I just wanted to get a better understanding of what these things mean. What better resource did I have in my life than to approach professing men of God whom according to the Bible were supposed to have such of depth of Biblical knowledge that they could even “convince the gainsayer,” but more often than not I was given a response such as “just trust the Lord”, or “just believe the Bible.” Well praise the Lord! I want to say right now friends, I rejoice in trusting the Lord and believing the Bible. We ought to tell people to trust the Lord and believe the Bible. I’ve said it myself and will continue to say that to those who may need to hear it, but when that response comes about to cover our inability to answer basic questions of faith, because we’ve not done our homework in searching the scriptures, that type of response tends to be found wanting and furthermore I’ll say God is not pleased with us when we neglect to study his word and we neglect to give a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear.

When Satan gets a young Christian in that corridor of confusion it can be a very dark and lonely experience. I want to say this to each person here this morning, if you are in that corridor of confusion, you’re not alone. I’ve personally been through that way before, and I’m here for you to help you in any way I can, but most importantly, Jesus Christ is here for you and He would have it made know today that God is not the author of confusion. But don’t let the enemy work you over like he used to do with me. Just because you have questions doesn’t mean you’re full of the devil. We all need time to grow in faith and develop in our spiritual maturity. So this message is for you who are standing in the midst of that corridor of confusion this morning. May the Lord use these words to bring you out and lovingly reinforce those basic truths of the faith he’d have us to learn. If the Lord would use us this morning, I want to mention a few points that will help us thought that corridor of confusion.

I. Don’t Just Take the Preachers Word For It!

The first thing I want to say is never just take the preachers word for it. Now there are still a great many so called preachers out there today who will tell you that you ought to just believe what they say and their word is the final verdict on the matter. Their word is the word of God

and there is no need for you to question the matter any further. They give the word….you

believe it….and that’s final. Friends, don’t buy into it. Any man who claims to be a preacher and says he has an exclusive handle on the truth and nobody knows the truth except him in a

lunatic. Likewise, when you find a group of people, cult, or so called church who claims they are the only ones who know the truth, and THEY are the only ones going to heaven, you’ve

found a confused bunch of people. You see, Satan has his fingerprints inside that corridor of confusion and he has his minions and helpers scattered far and wide. Don’t believe anybody who says they are the only ones going to heaven, because the Bible teaches me that anyone can go to heaven who believes and trusts in Jesus Christ. He’s the way, the truth, and the life, and

you’ve believed in him you’re going, I don’t care who are or what assembly you belong to.

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