Bible Research Tip
I know most preachers are busy people and time is at a premium. However, we cannot allow that to endanger our work.
When we’re called upon to speak or write about a false doctrine, we must examine the bigger picture. The easy choice is to read all the people we can access that agree with us, collate the material, paraphrase it and call it done.
Friends, we must resist this urge with all of our being!
If we take the lazy road, we’ll do our audience a great disservice. Intellectual honesty requires that we spend far more time engaging those in error before coming back to the comfortable confines of truth. Of course, we must be very careful that we do not step in the traps of Satan (Galatians 1:6-9).
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” [Friedrich Nietzsche].
We must adhere to Scriptural truth at all costs (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 3:17). We can neither add to or take away from Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).
Truth was settled before time began (Psalm 119:89), so it’s a waste of time to try to change it now. We can glorify God by standing for truth or we can support Satan by upholding error (John 8:44).
With that being said, we must do all we can to understand the subject we are studying. Anyone who has taken the right path and studied the error first has come back and found ludicrous arguments by writers who obviously didn’t lay the proper groundwork.
Imagine if we rushed through the assignment and read five authors that took the same lazy path. Accordingly, we become yet another “authority” who stands up and looks foolish by arguing against something that doesn’t exist.
How does that do God or His people any good?