The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
Hello, I want to talk to my friends and family about a very serious topic. I wanna talk about the heart. I want to share my own personal story about how my own heart deceived me. I grew up in the Pentecostal or Apostolic tradition and I was ordained to the ministry at the age of 12. However, as a young adult, I was deceived by the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The way that they were able to deceive me was asking me to rely on feelings and emotions as gauges of truth. Even in evangelical churches, I find many ministers want people to go off of feelings and that is not biblically sound. Jeremiah teaches us that our heart Is a very deceitful thing, who can know it? I like to take a second to ponder the question that the scripture asks us.
Should we have an emotionless faith? I would say nay, God is an experience designed to impact each part of our daily lives. God wants us to connect with him and his son via the Holy Ghost and his expression in our lives. However when we get into trouble is when we replace sound doctrine as taught by the master Yeshua and those men called to be his apostles with feelings. How many of you go to a church service and you “think” you’re feeling the spirit, and you dance, and you sway, you fall out, but you leave the service just as broken as when you walked in?
How many times have you been to a church service where nothing but doctrine is read but no experience that connects with the believer? So what we have to figure out is how to find that happy balance between having a relational experience with God but in the confines of sound Christianity. The first thing I think we should remember is if a service or minister is speaking something that is not biblically sound, RUN!
When I left Mormonism I was so desiring to have relational experiences that I ignored warning signs that were in the bible. I am not one to say that God’s word can be contained only in the sixty-six books of the bible. I am not a believer that God cannot speak to believers today, nay! However, God has said one thing that I think is very important for all of us to remember.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Hebrews 13:8
If God is the same, then why would he speak a word today that contradicts what he spoke in the past. So every prophetic word, every move of the Holy Ghost must be examined by the Holy Bible. So many people nowadays have been decided by fallen angels who masquerade as heavenly beings. God knew these religions would come to pass and even included directives by the early church for when these things came to pass.
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”Galatians 1:8 (KJV)
So I hope that this was a small blessing to you all and I will be continuing on this topic in coming weeks! God Bless You!
Bishop Kenneth N. Green otherwise known as Mar Jehoshaphat (his religious vocational name) was born in Denver, Colorado and is married to Lady Rachel Anne Green. He has been involved in ministry for almost three decades. He loves to write and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. You can find out more information about him at this webpage here.