Has the time come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine? I implore you to stand firm and be careful not to be too zealous about the traditions of your family and the gospel preached by false prophets. "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ" (Colossians 2:8). We are seeing too many people willing to accept anything except the Word of God. How could this happen in a Christian nation?
It is happening because false prophets are telling us, "Do not judge," "Mind your own business," or "God will take care of it." Unfortunately, this advice leads to seeing no evil, hearing no evil, and not speaking against corruption. Jesus did not say: "Go into the world and tell people to live any way they please and do not worry about pleasing God. Do not follow the commandments or correct others. Do whatever makes you happy." I have never read those words in Scripture, and I am confident that none of you have either.
However, I read that God calls some to teach others to obey all He commanded (Matthew 28:20). Wake up, open your ears to the voice of the Lord. The enemy is sowing discord, and we allow their voices to drown out the truth. We are witnessing people following liars and evil brutes who are focusing on demonizing people and the laws of the land. This type of behavior and assault on people and governing authorities is not in the gospel; it is a sin and lawlessness. Scriptures say: "Everyone who sins also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law" (1 John 3:5).
Open your ears to the truth and understand, "The time is coming when people won't listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear" (2 Timothy 4:3). Believe me when I say God provided the church with leaders who have a responsibility to equip the saints and build up the body of Christ. The church should be the exporter of sound doctrine and sober-minded, self-controlled, and respectable citizens who are no longer tossed back and forth by human traditions and vain philosophy. Instead, we witness people claiming Christ and using religious doctrine for evil purposes, such as preventing someone from giving a person water who is standing in a long and hot voting line.
This kind of behavior is contrary to the Scripture that says: "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself" (Philippians 2:3). Let us labor together. There is still time to instruct our children and persuade our neighbors to take the narrow road and open their ears to the truth.
Minister Nettie Pennington, Associate Minister, Springfield MB Church