How Dare You Question Me?

For the record, that is not coming directly from me😀. Any one of you can question me at any time. But I know you have encountered those who will not allow you to test what they say to see if it is true. When you and I refuse to test what we are told, especially from Scripture, we leave ourselves open to all kinds of confusion.

For several years, I was taught biblically that certain things were wrong without being given any Scripture to support it. I later began to study for myself and discover the biblical basis for some of those beliefs. There were, however, some explanations that made sense on the surface but did not totally align with the context of a passage or the whole of Scripture. It was manipulated to fit a denominational and cultural framework.

As I continue to grow in my faith, I realize the importance of going back to the way I was earlier in my walk with Christ and ask the hard questions. In Acts 17, the Bereans were commended for searching the Scriptures to see if they aligned with what was being taught – “Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts‬ ‭17:10-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

I know many of us grew up in a culture that taught us that it is rude to question what someone teaches us. When it comes to biblical matters, God allows you to do so. Don’t let someone shame you because you have questions! Don’t let them call you unteachable or make you feel guilty for wanting to be rooted and grounded rather than accept something that you will later question more than you did in the beginning! Faith does not equal ignorance. Study and possess a biblically-grounded faith. You will be a better follower of Christ as a result.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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