A leader is aware that deception comes carefully packaged as the truth. It will seem harmless at first, but it can become destructive to thinking and relationships. Adam and Eve fell in the garden to a wisely twisted question from Satan, did God say? They ate the fruit from the forbidden tree.
Do you believe the Word of God is completely trustworthy? Did you accept the premise that the Bible has several mistakes? Can you believe everything you hear about others. . . from others? Do you practice poise amid conflicting truths?
John 19:39 (ESV)
39 uNicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus5 by night, came vbringing a mixture of wmyrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds6 in weight.
The King James Version of the Bible will say one-hundred pounds. Which is correct? They both are correct. The KJV is directly translating the one-hundred pounds (Greek) which was the weight of a Roman pound. It was approximately 11.2 ounces. In standard weight today, it would be seven-five pounds.
As we move from innocence to experience we find a subtle shift in truth. What appeared harmless in the past has now become malicious and destructive. It will turn the massive heart of belief into a sinking wreck. The unsinkable becomes our own personal Titanic!
When you run upon difficulties in God’s Word take a deep breath and relax. Calm your heart to patiently seek the truth no matter how complicated the difficulty might be. Seek wisdom from someone who is well trained in the original languages of the Bible. A Kingdom Leader always has godly leaders around them who can conduct the search for truth together.
Jim Jones deceived many back in 1978. He wrote a book on the errors in the Bible. He convinced others to trust him instead. We pray that you are not fooled.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
u ch. 3:1, 2; 7:50
5 Greek him
v [Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1]
w Ps. 45:8; Prov. 7:17; Song 4:14
6 Greek one hundred litras; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 19:39). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.