What is the most widely read magazine in the world?
That’s the print voice of the Jehovah’s Witnesses for those who haven’t been visited by any members of the cult lately.
While the “apologists” and “online discernment ministries” rip apart the Body of Christ with accusations and innuendo the real dangers to the church are flourishing.
When you read the passages about false teachers you will find that they almost invariably are marked by the fact that they offer a false Christ or deny His deity as the Witnesses and Mormons do.
If you read the sites of Lighthouse Trails or Apprising Ministries you will look long and hard to find anything about these movements.
Real apologetics don’t lend themselves to shrieking headlines and brazen accusations…it’s hard work and requires skill and knowledge of the Scriptures and a heart broken for those caught in real demonic deception.
Real apologetics isn’t the promotion of one sect of Christianity at the expense of other brethren…it’s offering the real Jesus to the world and pleading with people to be reconciled to God.
We have the ministry of reconciliation between the world and God and then between brethren who have found Him.
The other stuff is from the pit.
Now at the end of long, hard week…an encouragement to prayer;
“But if God knows what things we have need of, before we ask him, where lies the advantage of prayer? If he is ready, of his own free will, to assist us, what purpose does it serve to employ our prayers, which interrupt the spontaneous course of his providence? The very design of prayer furnishes an easy answer. Believers do not pray, with the view of informing God about things unknown to him, or of exciting him to do his duty, or of urging him as though he were reluctant. On the contrary, they pray, in order that they may arouse themselves to seek him, that they may exercise their faith in meditating on his promises, that they may relieve themselves from their anxieties by pouring them into his bosom; in a word, that they may declare that from Him alone they hope and expect, both for themselves and for others, all good things. God himself, on the other hand, has purposed freely, and without being asked, to bestow blessings upon us; but he promises that he will grant them to our prayers. We must, therefore, maintain both of these truths, that He freely anticipates our wishes, and yet that we obtain by prayer what we ask.”