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Drifting Away

by Raymond Elliott

The inspired writer of the book of Hebrews gave an exhortation in chapter two encouraging those early Christians to "...give more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them." There is a constant need to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and sound doctrine to every generation. There is the danger of the untaught not learning and of the taught drifting away from that which they have learned. The apostle Peter felt it necessary to remind his brethren of those essentials which they already knew (2 Peter 1:13; 3:1). Paul warned Timothy about a time when certain ones would no longer "endure the sound doctrine", thus the need to "preach the word" continuously (2 Timothy 4:1-4). There is presently a yearning among many in the church to learn 'new things'. Of course we should not extol traditions to a position of inspiration. Personally, I'm not interested in propagating mere tradition; however, there are objective truths revealed by the Holy Spirit that are essential and must be studied, examined and proclaimed.

The desire to imitate other religious organizations in practice and teaching has caused many people to frown on the old ways of safety and security. Others, not studying the Holy Scriptures are lead away by "every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men in craftiness, after the wiles of error" (Ephesians 4:14). Often when one expresses a desire for 'new things', it is simply a rejection of 'old truths'. Presently there is a prevalent attitude that the Bible is antiquated and should be relegated to the 18th century. The 21st century, they say, demand a more liberal view of the Holy Scriptures. In other words, our culture should determine the interpretation of the Word of God. What may have been acceptable in the first century is out of date in the thinking of modern men and women. Such rationalization has led to a digression and apostasy from the teaching of Jesus Christ and the holy apostles and prophets.

Oh that we today, as disciples of the Lord, would possess the same spirit as did the psalmist when he exclaimed in Psalms 119:97, "Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day." His will for us to follow is both relevant and refreshing. Let us never grow weary in hearing the words of salvation. It gives strength and guidance in our earthly pilgrimage. And if obeyed, the promise of eternal life when the journey on earth is finished. (2 Timothy 4:4-6).

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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