"Proactive in our Faith"
“Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened (read verses 1-10). When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure. So, they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.” Matthew 28:11-15
As far back as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, propaganda was used to spread lies to deceive people. The soldiers who were guarding Jesus’ tomb sought out the priests to share with them what had happened. The priests bribed the soldiers and told them to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ Pure propaganda. It is the strategy of deceit and is so prevalent today.
A 2021 study revealed that people spend an average of 3.5 hours a day on their phones visiting various social media and news sites. A Lifeway Research Study concluded that 32% of churchgoers say they read the Bible every day. How often do you read or listen to different media platforms in comparison to reading and listening to the Word of God?
The apostle Paul strongly urged the church, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Here are four important disciplines that protect us from being deceived by propaganda: (1) Prayer (2) Bible Reading (3) Walking in the Spirit, and (4) Fellowship with the Saints. “See to it that no one takes you captive…” The call is to be proactive.
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly of God
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