by Eddie Snipes

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Defending Faith Against False Teaching (2 of 10)
Eddie Snipes
1 Chronicles 16:21-22, Proverbs 27:5, 30:5-6, Isaiah 40:12-18, Jeremiah 12:1, Psalm 73:3, Matthew 6:19-21, Acts 17:10-11, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, 1 John 4:1, Jude 3-4, Revelation 4:1-3

This series will ultimately lead to a study on suffering, trials and tribulation. Before we can effectively study what the Bible teaches about this part of life, we must first lay a solid foundation. Why do Christian - even great men and women of faith - endure hardship? If suffering is the result of sin and prosperity is a trophy of righteousness, then why do so many wicked men prosper and have good health? The prophet Jeremiah was bothered by this when he wrote the following passage:

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?

In Psalm 73, the psalmist said, "I was envious of the boastful when I saw the prosperity of the wicked". Very seldom do we see these issues addressed in the church. Because hardship makes us feel uncomfortable, churches sidestep the issue completely. Before we can understand this topic, I feel it is necessary to clarify doctrines growing in popularity that are not based on scripture, but on the desire of the human nature to have utopia on earth. The church today is being blinded to eternity and focusing solely on the temporal. The church is blind to the joy of suffering with a purpose greater than the pain. Churches are making a shift because they are not willing to look beyond their immediate circumstances and therefore, they turn away from God's purposes and seek their own. The Bible teaches us that in the last days, people will not endure sound doctrine, but will instead pile in to teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. In other words, they don't want a gospel that asks them to deny self and conform t ...

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