Are you eating garbage?

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.”
1 John 4:1-6

Reading the above verse I would assume you know what I’m talking about. I’m talking about things that pose as Christian but are not really Bible truth. They mention God, some promises, being successful, etc. Let me tell you things like this are GARBAGE. They are going to hurt your soul and not build it up with Gods Word!!!  Look at how the Psalmist describes Gods Word!!!

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

So if it’s not tasting sweet and like honey, it must be garbage. What is funny though is some people can make garbage look pretty appetizing.  Why does this garbage look appetizing to us, because it’s from the world, our sinful nature wants that garbage so we feel good about selves.  It’s like going to Mcdonalds when you know you could go home and have a steak dinner. It’s horrible!! Something I’m likely guilty of at some point in my life. We turn to these books because they look good, they don’t point out sine in our lives, and they don’t convict us. They make us feel better about living in our sin. The Bible does inspire us, it does give us hope, peace, love, and joy. Those are some pretty good feelings, but it’s also like a double edge sword.  Look at what Hebrews says,

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12

It cuts through us. It finds the intentions of hearts and pulls them to the fore front and says hey what about this. You can’t hide sin from God, and one of the many ways He likes to point it out is through His Word!!! No self-help book that is intended to satisfy the worldly side of us using inspirational verses will ever bring you to your knees before God. God’s word brings you back to the Gospel, it reminds you that this world is not about us, it’s not about our government, and it’s about the Lexus that you think God owes you. It’s about God and His Glory!!!!  Any person or book that makes it about you and making you feel good smells of brimstone and was hatched the very depths of Hell to do one and thing and that’s to hurt your relationship with God.

So I’m not saying you can’t read Christian books. I’m saying approach them with discernment, look at what you are feeding your soul. Because if you start feeding it garbage it’s going to start looking like a landfill, and all that inspirational crap it feeds you, only last so longs and it goes away. The Word of God lasts forever. I’ll provide a list of Authors I like to read. I’m saying they are prophets are anything, but they are pretty solid.

So as always thanks for reading and always welcome feedback and comments. All verses are from the ESV.

Authors I like to read, and I’m sure there are more.

Al Mohler

Russell Moore

John Piper

John MacArthur

Charles Spurgeon

John Calvin

Billy Graham

David Platt

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About Jonathan Parrish

A man who fears and loves God in all that do, which is to bring him glory.
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