A Worthless Witness, a Useless Report, and a Profitless Audience

Friday, August 2, 2013

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:16 KJV).

Today’s Scripture is a valuable lesson from Israel’s history. We need to learn it… and quickly!

One can never discern who is more misinformed about what is really going on in the world—the mainstream news media, or the gullible public who listens to them and parrots their “information.” Many news outlets report about topics that have little to no relevance to their readers: profit, not quality news reporting, is usually the goal. Even once well-respected news agencies and “conservative” reporters seem to repeatedly discuss the same worthless stories. Consequently, they distract the public from learning about the most important issues. As a dear Christian brother in the ministry confessed, “If you want to run me out of the room, turn on the news!” (A hearty “Amen!”)

Dear Christians, we should be aware of what is occurring in the world, and we need to analyze it from the Bible-believing viewpoint, but remember that prolonged exposure to the media’s programming and literature will only lead to depression. Those journalists and anchors discuss news from an unscriptural, worldly standpoint—usually their comments are just worthless speculations void of true wisdom.

Satan polluted Israel using false prophets (see today’s Scripture). The nation was so misinformed by these self-proclaimed “servants of God” that their resultant national idolatry brought God’s wrath upon them. Israel believed that so-called “wisdom,” but God said it made them “vain” (worthless, empty, useless). Even today, sadly, many Christians are so saturated with the world’s “wisdom”—even in many alleged “Christian” churches—they have almost no understanding of what Jesus Christ said in His Holy Bible. Their Christian lives are distracted, which does exactly to them what it did to Israel’s spirituality—it makes their lives “vain,” worthless, unacceptable to God.

Hearken not to the world’s “wisdom”—that goes for the mainstream media’s reports… and the denominational churches!

An Open Mind and an Open Bible

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going” (Proverbs 14:15 KJV).

Indeed, have an open mind… but have an open Bible too!

Not long ago, I attended a professional scientific presentation that involved a recent environmental issue—the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill—and the news media distorting scientific information for the sake of sensationalizing. Newspapers and television newscasts hyped up the public, and their biased reporting caused an already scientific-illiterate public to become even more uninformed. They shied away from reality, choosing rather to focus on “worst-case scenarios.” As the news industry knows, sensational reporting sales more magazines, newspapers, and television programs.

The lecturer did a great job explaining the issue and the media’s intentional distortion of facts. However, he did not have spiritual eyes: he failed to understand that the media does not only deceive the public concerning scientific news, but also regarding political, economic, social, and more importantly, spiritual news.

Beloved, remember, the mainstream media is just as much an element of Satan’s policy of evil as the religious, economic, educational, and social systems. They are all anti-God and anti-Bible, for Satan is “the god [ruler] of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). This arrangement and the time period it dominates is “the course of this world” (Ephesians 2:2): the deceptive, anti-God system that has ruled the world ever since man’s fall in Genesis chapter 3, will continue until Christ’s Second Coming.

Today’s Scripture says, “The simple believeth every word.” The word “simple” here means “silly, seducible, foolish”—one who is naïve, unwise, who believes anything and everything he or she reads or hears. This is contrasted with the “the prudent man” who “looketh well to his going.” Being “prudent”—acting with the future in the mind—he is cautious about what he believes (and how it affects him in the long-term).

Be open-minded, but have an open Bible too! “Prove [test] all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). That which disagrees with the King James Bible rightly divided is of Satan’s policy of evil. Be ye prudent… and vigilant!

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