We are not Gnostics; the path to salvation is God’s amazing grace, not man’s amazing knowledge.
With that being said, to neglect God’s word when we have the choice to do otherwise is profoundly foolish – tantamount to a starving man refusing to eat a buffet that sits before him. In an age where we are consistently and willfully subjected to misleading information (typically in an effort to get us to buy one product or another), it is critical that those of us who are able to steep themselves in the Word do so.
This is all the more critical in a church that is brimming over with ear-tickling false teachers who stand to make a fortune telling us what we so desperately want to hear: that the way we’re living our lives is perfectly fine, that the God of the bible is intimately concerned not so much with our service, but with our satisfaction.
“Name it and claim it!”. “Live your dreams!”. While not all of us have the luxury of formal training in hermeneutics and biblical Greek, a careful, personal study of God’s word - combined with the accountability that fellow Christians and a Godly pastor can provide - ought to guard us well against such damning and witless heresies, and further protect us from a world that is determined to drown us in an ocean of lies.
I don't have anything against Twitter. No, that's not quite right, I don't have anything against Twitter in principle. In principle it's a useful forum in which people can engage one another minus the verbal diarrhea to which people like myself are prone. And to be clear, there are many people using the platform that I've come to admire deeply. These are people who understand the narrow path, who refuse to be categorized by political or denominational stripe because Scripture, not the culture around them, is their final word on matters. You know who you are; it's been a tremendous blessing to know you.
In practice, however, Twitter is where some of humanity's most ungodly characteristics come out to play. It's where people, in direct opposition to the above admonitions from our apostolic fore-bearers, are slow to hear, quick to speak, in a rush to become angry; it's where foolish arguments seem to be the norm, rather than the exception.
I wish I could say that I haven't been a part of this; but I have. Despite the fact I know in my head and heart that such behaviour is both stupid and wrong, here I go again admonishing complete strangers for opinions that I can't possibly grasp in 280 characters or less. And to what end? Has God asked me to correct peoples' theology or political proclivities? Has Jesus said to me "the plank in thine eye is removed, go ahead and remove the motes in the eyes of others"? No, of course He hasn't.
My engagement in such fruitless debates has a word: sin. And as with most sin, one of the surest ways to overcome it is to remove the temptation altogether. I can't very well get into foolish arguments on Twitter if I don't have an account, can I?
Unfortunately, this takes away my ability to share my blog with an enormous community of believers, which is the only reason I signed on in the first place, and the reason I've justified staying connected for as long as I have. So if you're reading this today and you enjoy my writings, I'd invite you to submit your email address and opt in for future updates. From there any means you choose to share this site is very much appreciated.
My Yeshua our Lord bless you with His wisdom and grace.
Colin McComb lives in Edson, Alberta with his wife, Gail, and their three lovely children.