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By Tim Lamb, Entiat, WA
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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Message: Overcoming Ignorance

By Tim Lamb

When we don't understand the details of our faith is can be difficult or embarrassing, and it can also result in some down-right heresy being uttered.

When I was a young man I wanted to be a godly man but I went about it all wrong. I didn't read my Bible on my own but I surrounded myself with godly men hoping something would rub off. I was invited to a bible study attended by men much older than I and in trying to be like them I began saying "AMEN" whenever somebody said something important sounding. After the meeting my Pastor took me aside and explained that Amen meant "So be it", it was a voice of approval; I can't remember what I, in my ignorance, had approved of during the course of that meeting but I was very embarrassed.

I heard a story recently of a woman who did not know her bible well but attended church regularly. When a wealthy fellow in the community decided to follow Jesus he showed his appreciation for the little community church by donating a small table for holding the elements during communion. On the day the table was unveiled for it's inaugural communion the woman was aghast to find on the front trim these words, "This Do In Remembrance Of Me". How dare that man think himself so important that we should think of him, she flustered, until the words of Jesus in Luke 22:19 and 1 Corinthians 11:25 were made known to her.

I think foolishness in ignorance should be forgiven as the truth is revealed; ignorance being the enemy of godliness some times. But when one is "Willingly Ignorant" it is very dangerous and needs to be exposed.

The Minister giving the invocation at the presidential luncheon following President Obama's second inauguration Monday made some serious errors but most of the world watching will never know. He thanked God in the prayer for the liberty to defend "...our understanding of good". Proverbs 3:5 says "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding." There is no arbitrary goodness. Jesus said "There is none Good but God", therefore it is HIS understand and His goodness we should seek, not our own.

This man also closed the prayer "...each in our particular god's name...". How many "gods" does he think heard that prayer? He finished with "...and I in Jesus Christ...Amen". Do you think Jesus would value a prayer offered up in the name of Allah and Apollo and Baal and Buddha and Isis and Thor and Zeus? We pray in the Name of Jesus Christ alone. The only Name by which we can be saved! Acts 4:12

Last week I was privileged to see amazing creatures of creation. Eagles and hawks and deer and coyote all doing what they are supposed to do and several looking me right in the eye from thirty to forty feet away. I also was privileged to see beautiful mountain scenes and rivers in various stages of winter ice cloaking; beautiful, dangerous, awe inspiring. It was especially fitting that this sign was in front of a church in the Methow Valley on the day when most of this occurred.


Romans 1:20 teaches us that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to believing in the one and only Creator God. We can forget verses and stumble over phrases and make fools out of ourselves trying to speak "Christianese" but if we are in obedience to the Lord we will continue to learn.

2Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth."

But false teachers are warned about in the prophecy of the "Last Days". Teachers who question God's position as Creator and teachers who would lead a prayer to other gods and teachers who would seek any understanding but God's Goodness; these we are to be watchful and weary of.

Salvation does not require a lot of knowledge. Only that we are not ashamed of what we do know, that Jesus is Lord; and in our joy, that we seek the truth in his word.

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