Lately I’ve had occasions when fellow Christians have asked me “who’s your favorite tele-evangelist or Christian author?” When I respond that I don’t watch tele-evangelists or read Christian authors from the New York Times best seller list, I get the strangest looks (and attitudes). Almost like I am “not in the groove with the Church”.
1 Corinthians 1: 11-13 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
Actually, I would rather use the time I have to read and study The Word of God. I know there is only one way to study God’s Word. So when I pick up my Bible, I humbly pray and ask Our Heavenly Father in faith believing to guide me. Through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit I am able to understand the Truth. Quickening the Holy Spirit before I begin to read the Bible is more than a spiritual formality to me. It’s essential for me to fully appreciate and understand Scripture. Since the Bible was written by God through man, it only makes sense that it’s best read by man through God. The Holy Spirit is almost like a “decoder”— the discernment the Holy Spirit allows the Word to be fully understood by any believer seeking the Truth.