Don't Twist Scripture to Fit Society's Standards
"Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." Acts 17:11
Discernment is important. I’ve written on it in the past, but what I want to make clear is we don’t just need to discern things such as the writings of Rachel Hollis; we need to discern everything. I would urge you to measure everything you read, hear and watch against the Word of God. Don’t take my word for things because I’m a writer, but question what I write.
Social media has given us a gateway for sharing thoughts, opinions, and even the Gospel throughout various mediums. Through these avenues, we are given a platform to spread the truth of the Gospel, but at the same time, this availability is given to everyone. Where there is a truth spoken, there are “almost truths” spoken as well. While there are solid, sound websites, blogs, and podcasts, there are an array of sites which broadcast a distorted and “progressive” view of the Gospel that ignores the truths of Scripture.
As women, we are emotional creatures, and sometimes we can read things that are “almost right” and run with it. We can look for how these sites, articles, and blogs make us feel, and we can ignore when they don’t present Gospel truth. When we don’t spend time in the Word, it is so easy for us to take someone else’s word for it, and let them teach us instead of investigating Biblical truths for ourselves.
We live in a shifting culture, but God never changes. We can’t mold Scripture to fit society’s standards. I urge you, sisters, to check everything you read. We are called to discern the truth and speak it. Don’t trust your friends; don’t trust your favorite authors, bloggers, or even myself. Let the Word of God always be your foundation, and the Holy Spirit will be your guide.
Father, help me to always seek the truth, even when it is uncomfortable or I am confronted with my own sin. Help me to be discerning and speak the truth with grace. Guide me daily Holy Spirit in all that I read, watch, and listen to. Amen.
What is something you’ve read lately that may have you questioning things? Are you spending more time in the Word of God than you are in books, blogs, and podcasts? Make the Word your priority this week.
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.