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I have been hearing a lot lately about the controversy of a new Christian book called, “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. I have not read any of his books before, but I heard lots about him when I worked at a Christian bookstore in Florida. Hearing about all this really made me think about being firm about what I believe. There are so many different speakers and authors out there, how do you know who to listen to and believe? The answer is the Bible. How well do you know your Bible? If someone walked into your church on Sunday and from the pulpit told you any old thing, would you believe it because you are at church, or would you test it against the Bible? It’s the same thing with what we read and listen to.
When I worked at the Christian bookstore in Florida, there were so many books that were popular. Some of them I would have read, but most of them I probably would not of. I try to look at the background of some of these authors. I look at their church websites, I see what they believe. Does it line up with what I believe, or is it some, modern mumbo-jumbo that someone made up? It’s the same with speakers on the radio. There are some great Christian radio stations out there, but that does not mean you should listen to every speaker. Is what they are preaching line up with the Bible? Who is the speaker? Is it someone that your pastor would listen to?
I think a lot of people today take for granted the things they read and listen to. They think because it has a “Christian” label on it that it must be good. But that is not always true. You have got to wade through the bad to get through the good. Does that mean every Christian book out there is bad? Of course not, but if you picked up a book today, would you know if what it was saying lined up with God’s Word or not? I am not saying you need to become some theologian, but I think more people need to learn and KNOW what they believe and stand firm on that. No matter what anyone else may be reading or preaching, and no matter what may be popular at the time.
What do you think? Do you know for sure what you believe? Could you read any old book out there and test it against the Bible?