Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:
Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
There is a growing generation of Christians who get their theology, their passion, and their paradigm from what they watch on Youtube, read online and/or elsewhere. And yet when I speak to them, they cite the same illustrations, with the same talking points. But unfortunately, at times, what they are saying isn’t lining up with what I’ve read in the Scriptures.
In the last two chapters I’ve read in Mark, Jesus warns His men not to be deceived. In Mark 12, we see that Jesus reprimanded the Sadducees as erring greatly, for the simple fact that they didn’t know the Scriptures. Yesterday and this morning’s reading have reminded me of the importance of knowing truth. And we know that truth is found in and validated by the Word of God. I am not exempt from these warnings, or from deception. My prayer is that I, and we, would be people of the book. Might the Word of God be where I get my theology, my passion, my doctrine, and my paradigm. For when I do, I will not err, and I will not be deceived.