MINDS LIKE CONCRETE

Some Christian’s minds, where some things are concerned, are like dried concrete — all mixed up and permanently set. In other words, they are determined to believe what they have decided to believe regardless of what the Bible may clearly and consistently teach that is contrary to what they believe. Sad.

Why do some people in pulpits and in pews allow their minds to operate like this? The reasons vary. Some have decided to take the positions they’ve taken because it’s the popular position, the status-quo position of those in their particular circle. These are like the pastor I once heard, who upon listening to and examining a position on Scripture that differed from his own said, “I can see that this might be what the Bible actually teaches on this, but I’m too far along now to change. I’m just going to stick with what my pastor believed about it.” Tragic. Winston Churchill once commented on this sort of thing. He said, “Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

Too many people who claim to be fundamentalists, etc. love tradition more than they do truth. The same goes for many who claim to be anything but fundamentalists in their approach to the Bible. These types are often more concerned about having the approval of their peers than they are about the biblical accuracy of their position. They like “convenient,” "comfortable," truth. They wouldn’t admit it, but they are no different than the non-Christian crowd today that says, “You have your truth, and I have my truth.” In other words they don’t really believe in absolute, objective truth.

Some men hold positions these days that they will fight and break fellowship over. Problem is, a little commitment to the Bible and a little study of history would reveal that what they are making issues of were never made issues of by Bible believing preachers and other Christians in the recent and extended past. In other words, they have created new gnats to strain at and new imaginary motes to see in the eyes of their brethren.

Too bad that there is any such fighting, breaking of fellowship with, and disparaging of others because of the pride, ignorance, pandering and laziness of men who have let their minds become like concrete that is all mixed up and permanently set. Too bad that there are men, especially those in ministry, whose attitude is, “My mind is made up, so don’t confuse me with facts.”

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

—John 8:32

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