“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil Company corrupts good habits.’” — 1st Corinthians 15:33
It’s that time of year again, cold and flu season. Everyone is mindful of the guy next to him sniffling and sneezing, we are dodging the one with the cough, and the traditional handshake has been reduced to maybe a fist bump. All this to prevent being compromised and getting sick.
I wonder if we are privy to the infectious disease that comes from surrounding ourselves with bad doctrine. I see more and more concepts being introduced as though they were infallible. We see in 1st Corinthians 15 Paul addressing the misconceptions of the resurrection of the dead. He goes over the preamble of the foundation of our faith as a means to protect us from being infected. He seems to focus on the building up of our faith in order to combat the false teaching.
Taking precaution is the best way to battle the dangerous germs that infect us. There’s a belief that being out in the cold and rain will make you sick, but the truth is only a germ can infect you and make you ill. So the best way to stay well is to maintain a healthy regiment. In the same way the best way to know the truth is to be in God’s word.
I often talk to guys who have given way to false fables and abandoned the truth of the Gospel. They’ve given in to falsehoods that seem to be legitimate, but are germs. We should always be encouraging one another in truth. Just like your wife or mother is telling you to take your vitamins and eat your veggies, we need to be challenging each other on our spiritual diet. Paul had a lot to say to young Timothy about those that spread falsehoods. Jude starts his epistle with the reason he is writing, “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” He goes on to explain “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ”.
So two things to keep in mind, we are responsible to be in good fellowship and have men who point us to the true scriptures and we need to be men who come along side others, especially those young in the faith, with the same motherly concerns of not catching a germ.
The word of God is the best antibiotic to cure the false belief that can make us ill, Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Psalm 33:17