Confused?

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV) “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

1 Timothy 3:14-15 (NKJV) “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

The reason why the church is “the pillar and the ground of the truth” is because they’re stabilized by the Lord in His Word. The Word must be rightly divided and lived correctly in order for it, the church, God’s people, to be the pillar and the ground of the truth. If the church is confused, then it can’t be the pillar and ground of the truth.

The most confused persons are the ones that aren’t in Christ. Then there’s the tares among wheat (see Matthew 13:18-30) attempting to bring their confusion among those that are walking in the truth.

Remember, tares are poisonous. When they grow with wheat, it’s only then that they’re distinguishable. But for a few, the poison is only noticed when processed with wheat. By then, it’s too late.

And when you give them the truth, which is the Word of God to bring people out of confusion, into understanding the truth, the warfare is intense. People do get upset when you refuse to be as confused as they are.

It’s a shame when people defend the indefensible. You can’t defend confusion.

Remember when the Lord Jesus was among the spiritual leaders of His day? They quarreled with the Lord Jesus because the Sanhedrin replaced the Commandments of the Lord with their commandments, called the traditions of men.

Matthew 15:1-9 (NKJV) “Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. “He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.

Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'”

And that’s where the confusion sets in. Since people don’t want to keep the Lord’s commandments, men suspends God’s commandments and replaces them with man’s commandments.

Then people pretend to be following the Lord’s commandments.

When you question them about what they’re following, as soon as they say what they’re following, it exposes them. You do a side by side comparison. One must be right and the other must be wrong. Both cannot be right, and both cannot be wrong.

Either they’ll repent and return to following the Lord’s commandments, or they’ll fight you to the death to continue in man’s commandments.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NKJV)

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

You can’t justify following confusion. And you can’t justify following error. You can’t justify following fables or myths. But this is what people will follow. Fables/myths, error, and confusion.

Proverbs 14:15, Isaiah 33:6 and James 1:2-8 underscores why people are unstable and double minded.

The moment that a person refuses to be confused anymore, is the moment that they become singleminded. They begin to pursue the truth. When people try to persuade you to accept their version, you take it to the next level and do an examination. Acts 17:11 is reinforced.

You refuse to take a person’s word for it. You set out to investigate it yourself.

And once you’re convinced in your own mind that you have reached the correct conclusion, no one can move you from it.

Therefore truth compels you to refuse to be confused anymore. Truth compels you to stand for the truth. Truth compels you to challenge what you know to be false.

But you can’t help people that want to remain confused. And you can’t make them come out of confusion. You have to leave them where they stand. As much as the truth is given, people will call it whatever they want to call it.

So don’t get mad if people want to stay confused. And don’t get mad at them if they think that you’re the one that’s confused. Don’t be mad if they believe that you’re crazy.

Just pray that they come to the knowledge of the truth.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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