It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction today. Whether it’s advertising, political discussions, or the news, we shouldn’t automatically believe everything we hear or read. It’s even more confusing when claims come from a widely accepted authority or charismatic personality.
This problem isn’t new. It was also an issue for the early church. Paul wrote to Timothy, warning that people were susceptible to following eloquent, compelling speakers. "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2 Timothy 4:3)
We all want to have our ears “tickled” to a certain degree, and that’s why it’s good to have friends like Paul and Timothy to remind us of the truth. But even more than that, Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth”, dwells in us. When we yield to Holy Spirit’s control, He will guide us in the right direction.
We build our foundation of truth by spending time with the Lord. Outside sources can be helpful for education, but at the end of the day, we should stand on God’s Word and rely on Holy Spirit who will not lead us astray. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)
As we face the barrage of information spam, let's stand firmly on the supremacy of God's Word.
Mike and Daphne