To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Undermining The Ministry

Churches need to have the faithful bringing of the Word as part of their dna. Whether it be through preaching times, bible studies, one-to-one-studies or whatever, the Word needs to be relentlessly brought into the church.

I fear though that no matter how faithfully and powerfully the Word is brought, much of the benefit is being dissipated by what people are watching, listening to and reading outside of church. The problem has always been there, but it has been exacerbated by the internet. There is now such easy access to everything and anything that people easily fall into the trap of feeding their souls on what is junk at best and poison at worse. The likes of Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer are so pervasive online that the undiscerning so easily fall under their sway.

So what needs to be done?:

  • There is the challenge of teaching about discernment.
  • We have to be more open about who the false teachers are out there.
  • We need to confront false teaching.
  • We need to encourage the people to come and ask the shepherds what they should be listening to and watching.
  • We need to confiscate everyone’s phones and computers until they have learnt that to make sure they will only listen to healthy teaching. Well perhaps that’s going to far, but I feel like doing it sometimes.
  • I need to keep loving the sheep. I despair at times, but I need to keep leading them into green pastures.

(Originally published in Venabling on 25th September 2017)

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