It’s Time to Cease

Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
There are teachers everywhere. In every nation, school, university, church, synagogue, and mosque. Parents teach their children; journeymen teach their apprentice; truly teaching is taking place everywhere. Teaching is very important and powerfully influences the student whether the teaching be true or false. Every teacher is thoroughly convinced and mostly an expert in that which he instructs, and pours his life into teaching others of the discoveries that he deems so necessary for the student to learn. And there are a million disagreements or maybe better said, preferences in what should be taught and not taught, and how tasks should be performed and not. To disagree on the method of painting a house, no big deal. One plumber chooses to first use Draino to clear a pipe, and another plumber bypasses Draino and goes straight for the snake to unclog, it makes absolutely no difference as long as the drain becomes functional again. But the writer of the book of Proverbs is not instructing his son on repairs, landscape projects, or faulty equipment. To err in one of these activities may cost time and money; but to err from the words of knowledge causes the individual to compromise in the areas of doctrine, separation, and service to the Saviour.
Now there are two ways to ensure that the Christian does not err from the words of knowledge. The first is that the individual must have a relationship with the Word of God. Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I HID in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. The act of hiding is intentional and not by accident in order to protect for future usage. Objects that are hidden are very important to the individual who has secretly and strategically secured these items knowing the high value and worth of these in time of need. For this reason the Psalmist HID the Words of God’s knowledge in a very secure place in his heart, and he was protected against the instruction of others that would cause him to err.
The second way to be sure the Christian does NOT err from the instruction of others is by being careful of who it is they listen to. One cannot live in this world without hearing erring words of instruction. But, one can live in this world and NOT listen to or give his heart to the erring instruction that he hears. How easily are you influenced by others? Some of God’s people are so uninfluenced by truly helpful Pastor’s or teachers being stuck in their own ways; some of which ways are not even God’s. Why hold a line so strict that is not even God’s view? At the other spectrum are brethren who are carried about with every wind of doctrine and deceived by cunning men. It’s time to cease, hearing the instruction that causeth to err.
~Pastor Kaiser

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