It is very common, and popular, for believers to find a favorite teacher and use him/her for all our spiritual feeding. At times, they will become infuriated if anyone speaks a word against our chosen one.
Now, I have 2 good pastors I like. I trust them on nearly everything. They are good teachers, grounded in the word.
Here's Pastor Mike
Here's Pastor JD
Both really good guys. I admire them. But I check their work - if what they say isn't rooted in the Bible, then I reject that message. Not that it has come up, but I am careful.
You see, I get my primary feeding from The Bible. That's why I get up an hour early every day, study the Bible, pray for others, ask God to reveal His Word to me, etc. Vital.
I feel like a positive failure if I don't do this. I have made it a major priority and that is the one time Ron does not disturb me. That was a hard fought battle, let me tell you - it took years, but he respects that now.
I don't care if he bothers me any other time. I'd rather he not wake me up unless he needs to go to the hospital, something is on fire, or a cat is hurt - and he respects that.
Point being: make the Bible your primary spiritual food. Don't rely on man to teach you about God, rely on God to teach you about Himself. He will always honor that:
God doesn't like intermediaries, that's why He sent Jesus to atone for our sins. He wants us to have a "direct", personal, private, relationship with him.
That's why, when I want "Bible Lite", I go for a Bible Promise book. They are very easy to understand. I do use a small sprinkle of man's teachings - but I always run them past, and through, the Bible to ensure I'm getting fed "right".
I even ask God to protect me from false teachings. Do you know how many prosperity teachers we have in Houston? We are infested. I'm a human being. I had better ask for some protection.
That said, it is good to find a good Bible-teaching pastor and/or an excellent devotional to add to your regular Bible study diet. If you find one, it's a blessing. Enjoy it/them, but always, always, run it past the Bible. As you continue to read the Bible things will ring true, or false, in your soul.
That's it. Have a good one.
To the troll:
This is MY blog. I don't HAVE to post your comments. You want to attack my faith - you can. God bless America and praise God for the First Amendment. But I don't have to post your attacks on my blog. I stated this clearly in the comments section: inappropriate content will be deleted.
I don't care what you think of me, or my faith. Name call all you want, you won't get a pulpit. Have a nice day, I am praying for you.