Monday, February 8, 2010

Trading Truth for Lies: A Book Preview

I have recently begun a new book as a supplement to my daily quiet times entitled "Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I also bought the accompanying study guide to go with it and have finished the first section which covers the introduction and first chapter. I thought it would be beneficial to share some highlights with all of you ladies (and guys too) as I work my way through this study.

So, here's a hint at what to expect: From now on, each post about this book will list the lie that women have been told and the biblical truth that we can use to battle the lie. And there really is no end to the lies we have been told. This book will cover just a few. Which ones have you believed and what bondage are you in as a result of it? You might be surprised. You might be so convinced that it's the truth that the suggestion of it being a lie will put you on the defensive. Many of these lies are as old as Adam and Eve and many more have been introduced within the last 50 years in the form of the feminist movement. I pray that we would all be open to exposing the lies and run desperately after the truth.

In order to identify the lies, we have to identify the liar. Satan is deceptive and sneaky. He knows full well that the best way to attract flies is with honey, not vinegar. When he lies, especially to Christians, his lies are always sweet, always beautiful, always appealing. We accept them not because we have necessarily decided to disobey God, but because we have convinced ourselves that they are truth.

Finding the truth is really much simpler than we make it out to be. Too many Christians today believe that the Bible is out-dated, full of ancient stories, and no longer culturally relevant. Too many of us pick and choose which parts of the Bible we want to listen to and dismiss the rest. If we see something we don't like, we toss it out with the excuse that people back then didn't know any better and now we have a more advanced and culturally acceptable way of living. I'm pretty sure that when God said that "ALL Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training," He meant ALL. And I'm also pretty sure that if He only meant for us to follow his commands for a while and then abandon them later, he would have specified that bit of information. So, if we want to find the truth, we need to study His word. We need to take everything we hear and hold it up against what scripture says. His word alone is the method of measurement.

"That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth." Acts 17:10-11

If Paul, whom we as Christians admire so much for his wisdom and teaching, was questioned and held accountable to the word of God, why then do we so quickly believe and accept the words of our Christian friends, even our pastors? They are no less human than we, and everything we hear MUST be tested against Scripture.

"There are no harmless lies. We cannot expose ourselves to the world's false, deceptive way of thinking and come out unscathed." -Lies Women Believe, p. 38.

"The forbidden fruit was 'good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom.'... If it hadn't seemed so attractive, do you think Eve would have fallen for the offer?... Of course not. What makes Satan's offers so alluring and so deceptive is that they look so right." p. 36.

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