During the time of the apostle Paul, he once wrote to Timothy as recorded in 2 Tim 3:1-2 saying, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, un-thankful, unholy.
He equally said in 2 Timothy 3:13 saying, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. It is highly unfortunate that these evil men and women and impostors had taken over most of the church of Christ, deceiving and being deceived.
For that reason, many saints or genuine born-again Christians are victims of their deception, as many had backslid or made shipwrecks of their faith by following these impostors that answer pastors.
In view of this, the apostle Paul in his own time considered a similar situation and that may be what motivated him to write to Timothy as seen in 2 Timothy 2:15.
He counseled Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 saying, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
Like Timothy, if we are ever going to escape these pollutions in the world without becoming victims of their deception, then we must heed the words of Paul as said in 2 Timothy 2:15.
That is to say, we are told to “Be diligent to present our self approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
It is only when we present our self approved to God that we become a worker who does not need to be ashamed. It is equally, then we shall rightly be dividing the word of truth.
Rightly dividing the word of truth is very crucial if we are ever going to live balanced Christian lives. Otherwise, we will be victims and casualties of the deception of these impostors that claim to be pastors.
The apostle John the beloved was equally concerned that he wrote to believers in 1 John 4:1 saying,“beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world”.
Remember what was said while discussing building a healthy, strong, or robust faith for exploit. In that post, we understood that faith comes by hearing and hearing or understanding the word of God. It is this you know genuine men and women of God.
These are men/women whose messages build your faith in God or point to God and not those that point to self or against God. Genuine men/women of God preach the raw gospel, while these impostors only preach motivational messages of money and how you will make it big at the expense of your soul.
God equally promised in Jeremiah 3:15 saying, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding”. However, one unfortunate issue is that some believers instead are giving heed to sorcerers that turned pastors.
The major action of these impostors is that they do everything to prevent their unfortunate members from knowing the truth of the gospel, just as what happened in Acts 13:6-8. That Acts 13:6-8 says, and when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-Jesus:
Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
Another unfortunate issue is that these impostors are so vocal and popular, like the man called Simon in Acts 8:9-20. According to that verse, it says, “but there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him, they had regard, because that of a long time he had bewitched them with a sorcerer.
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they came down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
If you don’t wish to be bewitched, like the men and women of Samaria. Then we need to “be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
To be able to do that, I wish to ask you, “do you go to church and who is your pastor”? Does your so-called pastor discourage you from listening to messages of other men/women of God?
I join the apostle Paul to say, “be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. Shalom!