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20th April 2024

Listening Ears

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust,

that He might bring us to God.

 1 Peter 3:18

There are many groups vying for listening ears, and there are many anxious to listen. This is nothing new. When there were only two beings on earth, having heard directly from God, they chose, instead, to listen to Satan’s deceptive voice. We must remember that a deceptive voice will always call God into question. This is the age-old story of Adam and Eve.

There are at least three questions to ask.

One: Is Christ worshipped as Lord and Saviour? Some cults dismiss Christ completely or suggest that He was only a great teacher. Some claim salvation is not to be found in Christ. Many deny that He rose from the grave. The Bible says that salvation is found in no one else (Acts 4:12, 1 Peter 3:18).

Two: Is the Bible (God’s Word) central as the one true guide to faith and practice? Cults and false religions often ignore or even deny the full inspiration and authority of the Bible as the Word of God. They often add or substitute a set of man-made teachings (doctrine) not found in Scripture. We must even be cautious of translations of Scripture which twist the meaning of the Bible’s clear teaching.

Three: Is involvement with other believers centred in a Bible-believing church where Jesus Christ is worshipped and obeyed? While the church is not perfect, it is important to belong to a church whose foundation is God’s Word.

Ask God to help you decipher between truth and lies. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). God will always lead people to His truth.

Bible Reading

1 Peter 3:18-22.


Dear Lord, Grant me a discerning spirit to know truth and falsehood. Keep me I pray, in the narrow way. In the Redeemer's name I ask. Amen.



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