Would God ever lead a Christian AWAY from the truth?

I’ve been ‘running’ a church service now for approaching 4 years, and weekly Bible studies for the last 8 years or so, and during this time I’ve seen a number of Christians come and go. The ones who have stayed are those who are passionate about learning the truth of God and His inspired and preserved word. They ask questions, they interact, they want to learn new things, and they also love sharing their understanding of the word and what the Lord has shown them, to name just a few of their character traits. The wonderful fellowship we all enjoy with one another is in one accord, with Christ at the centre. We all have a shared interest to LEARN together.

The ones who have come and gone after a short stay, I’ve noticed, seemed to have had a similar attitude with one another – they didn’t want to hear or learn the TRUTH; not just about God’s word, but also about the Christian life!

These people were more interested in either wanting to run their own fellowship group, wanting to be the person who ‘knows everything’ within the group, wanting to be in a group that just read the Bible with no care about what version it was, didn’t want to listen to exactly what God had to say through His inspired and preserved word, had no belief that God has indeed preserved His word, had no interest in rightly dividing the word, never wanted to be corrected when they were clearly in error, and so on, and so on. Basically, they all shared the same type of rebellious, disobedient, and proud attitudes, and had no intention of coming under submission of a local church.

So, my question is this … did these people remove themselves from a TRUE, Bible-believing fellowship (that the Lord obviously led them to in the first place), OR, did God remove them so as to not disrupt the genuine Bible student? I wonder.

2 thoughts on “Would God ever lead a Christian AWAY from the truth?

  1. Caz. says:

    Mm, very interesting!
    In 1 Corinthians 14:26, Paul said “Let all things be done unto edifying.” And in 1 Peter 1:22 it says “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” It’s all about obedience to the truth of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and then loving your brothers and sisters in that way, ie – in Christ.
    1 Timothy 3:15 says – “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” Seek only the truth of God’s word!
    Psalm 84:10 – “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

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  2. Mark says:

    Sadly, sometimes separation is a regretful necessity, and (believe it or not) can actually be for the good of all concerned. Contentions, if they are allowed to run their course unchecked, can literally destroy entire assemblies and ruin fellowship. I have seen such things happen on more than one occasion. Paul and Barnabas were compelled to seperate (Acts 15:39) – possibly over former ties to levitical law (Galatians 2:13). I am certain neither actually wanted to and it was the last thing they desired.

    Additionally, 2 Timothy 2:2 states, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

    Sometimes it is simply time to move on. The Lord moves people around as and when is necessary for purposes that we don’t always understand at the time. Individuals like that could be at an assembly for decades… or perhaps even just a few months. I have seen myself how this has played out and, although i personally may not understand it at the time and it may even be very painful, the reason for it gets revealed in due time. A “light bulb” moment, if you will.

    I think to label anyone who leaves an assembly as “all sharing the same attitudes” (rebellious, prideful and disobedient) is unfair to be honest. There can be a multitude of reasons – and, lets be honest, some certainly do leave for the wrong reasons and with those exact attitudes that you have described. However some are compelled to leave because staying would cause significantly more harm than good. It is not rebelliousness, pride or disobedience that dictates such actions – quite the reverse. Some pray to the Lord, fervently so, for guidance in such troubled times and to leave is given as the clear answer.

    I have departed two assembles in five years having spent over a year plus in each. Neither was pleasant (at all) experience nor something i deliberately sought out. The Holy Spirit however was as clear as crystal that it was the right thing to do. I now run a small and faithful house church and have done so for two + years now (the longest yet). However, i recognise (in light of 2 Timothy 2:2) that had i not been in one assembly or another, and taught by the right people… i would never have been able to do so. For that i give humble thanks.

    Just some thoughts for reflection.

    The Lord bless and keep you all,

    Mark

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