One of the great things about being a Christian today is the abundance of Bible study tools, commentaries, sermon audio, teaching videos, etc.
One of the worst things about being a Christian today is the abundance of Bible study tools, commentaries, sermon audio, teaching videos, etc.
I go back and forth on the greatness and worstness daily. Two verses come to mind:
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
This verse makes it clear that it is good to have people helping with advice. Without someone leading you into the light, we’d all be in darkness. Yet no one is sufficient of themselves to do all the directing. Everyone is fallible. We each have our blind spots that will lead the blind into ditches. Have a multitude of people who can help you.
Which brings up the next verse:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears
“Heap to themselves teachers” means, gathering teachers en masse. Heap them up. Get as many as possible. Keep looking, searching, collecting, and bandwagon jumping from one to the next while you remain largely the same. If this isn’t a description of modern Christianity, I don’t know what is.
So, which is it: a multitude of counselors is a good thing; or collecting counselors is a sign of doctrinal death?
If you listen to counsel to be corrected, to find the truth, to be given sound information to build on, then by all means, seek a multitude of counselors.
If you listen to a multitude of counselors merely to keep searching for the guy that is going to tell you what you want to hear anyway, to get more exciting thrills, to have a new fandom to go buy new books for, then by all means, knock it off.
The question is this: do you want to know the truth?
If so, find people who can help you learn it.
If you don’t want to know the truth, and you’d rather just know what you already know just more so, then just stop.
Christianity is not a solo endeavor. The Body of Christ, the many members in one body, are there for your edification and for you to edify in return.
We don’t gather to encourage one another to persist in delusion. We gather to build each other into Christ. Seek teachers that help that, and be the kind of person who can help edify others.