Heresy, the Threat to Hope

Today's Bible reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


Since early times the other great threat to hope - which is still just as much of a threat for us today - has been false teaching.  Satan knows that persecution by itself has more often than not strengthen the Church.  As one of ancient saying has it: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”

Satan has adopted a more subtle strategy to rob believers of hope.  He has tried to replace the “foolishness” and “weakness” of the preaching of the cross with more popular systems based on human wisdom.   He has tried to inject a solid dose of legalism and the Law into the Gospel of free grace.

With the possible exception of Philemon, there is no book of the New Testament which is not both a witness to the truth of Christ and a strong attack against error.  There cannot be white without black!  The waiting church is always the church militant – still struggling to confess the truth in the face of error.

Prayer: Loving and Almighty Father, we thank You that You are in control and that we are included in Your Master Plan.  As we await Your final consummation we pray together with all Your people: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! This is most certainly true!”; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.