Persuaded, but without Knowledge
PhilSanders, April 12, 2005 8:48:00 PM BST
by Phil Sanders
Helena Modjeska (1844-1909) was a popular actress with great emotional style and superb ability. She demonstrated this ability by giving a dramatic reading in Polish, her native tongue, at a dinner party. Her listeners, who didn’t understand the language, were in tears by the time she had finished. If they had known what she said, they would not have been so impressed. She had just recited the Polish alphabet.
Paul said some people are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). They may know a lot about religion, they may even know a lot about Christianity, but they are never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Paul said of his kinsman, the Jews, “that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness” (Rom. 10:2-3). It matters whether or not we know the things God teaches and whether we are willing to submit to it. We can never assume that because people know the truth they are willing to obey it.
The best thing we can do for others is to teach the truth, live honorable lives, love others, and be unafraid to speak out when we have opportunity. Give your friend a tract or a tape. Invite them to church. Say a good word about Jesus now and then. Never give up on them. There may be some event or some problem open their eyes to look for heavenly help, and you may be able to talk to them. Pray for God’s wisdom and God’s help.
We can live our lives in total commitment to the Lord. Paul told Timothy, “evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it” (2 Tim. 3:13-14). Though the whole world be ignorant, let us live as people who know and love God.
helenh205, 10/13/05 1:51 PM
Persuaded Without Knowledge
Yesterday my cousin died,she and I were taught the gospel,neither of us obeyed at that time,she and I wer both baptist,we found comfort in the once saved always saved and we both didn't undestand Paul being so chavinistic,that was back in the mid 80's,Years latter I was taught the Gospel again and I obeyed but she never did.One of the scrptures that influenced my decesion was Ephesians 5:19,For years music was my spirit uplifter more so than preaching,and denominations know this,a good chior insures big numbers,Ephesians 5:19 taught me that God was the one to be pleased and I needed to give him what he desired not my own,unfortunately my cousin died yesterday believing that music should be altered to please the masses and draw them to God,she accused me often of following my sister who taught me the gospel,I told her I was following scripture.people say it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you believe something,but my cousins beliefs got so weird during her 15 year illness,it desturbed the whole family,she wouldn't have a much needed surgery and turned to faith healing,she declared to the family that she was healed and God didn't want her to die like that.Than she went back to teaching school,I believe she was probally into that name it and claim it doctrine,but if she had of agreed to that sugery she would probally be alive today,and folk say it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you are sincere.I loved my cousin she was a beautiful person but she was one of the people who delayed my decsion of obeying the gospel.I'm so sad that she couldn't be convinced that she was sencerely wrong.
ronreynolds, 4/27/08 10:18 PM
Titanic and How We Leave the Lord
Just wanted to thank Richard Mansel for all his articles. I used this one in my sermon today at church.
I'm not a regular preacher, but we are taking turns until we get a new one.
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by randal @ 1/20/09 11:55 AM
Titanic and How We Leave the Lord
Just wanted to thank Richard Mansel for all his articles. I used this one in my sermon today at church. I'm not a regular preacher, but we are taking turns until we get a new one. Thanks again. A Christian Friend, Ron Reynolds
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Persuaded Without Knowledge
Yesterday my cousin died,she and I were taught the gospel,neither of us obeyed at that time,she and I wer both baptist,we found comfort in the once saved always saved and we both didn't undestand Paul being so chavinistic,that was back in the mid 80's,Years latter I was taught the Gospel again and I obeyed but she never did.One of the scrptures that influenced my decesion was Ephesians 5:19,For years music was my spirit uplifter more so than preaching,and denominations know ... more ...
by helenh205 @ 10/13/05 1:51 PM
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