Every so often I will go to the Christian Book Stores, to look for a devotional book, study materials, movies, music and other items etc. I spend a lot of time when in the store just looking around, one of the reason my wife dreads going with me if she knows that I will be stopping at the Christian store. There are so many books and study materials to choose from. How do you know what is the best ones? Most of the time I notice it is a matter of preference, people tend to buy the materials of the preachers or teachers they like. And I understand that because I also tend to stick with the preachers and teachers I like. However many of the things sold in Christians Stores are not even Christian. I see books on many different topics and from many different people from a wide range of views.
Now I am not writing this to tell you whose books, study Bibles or materials to buy, I do wish to warn you that not everything in the Christian store is Christian. It is so easy for new believers as well as older believers in the Faith to be deceived to believe something is good just because it is sold in the Christian store. I am not going to call out any names in this letter but my prayer is that you will truly take this into consideration the next time you walk into a store that sells Christian materials.
The Word of God warns of false teachers deceiving many people to believe in false Gospels and today they are everywhere. So please before you just buy something marked Christian, be sure you check and see if what they teach is sound Biblical teaching.
The Word of God must always be our filter when listening to a preacher, reading a book, listening to music and watching movies. If what the preacher, book, music or movie is teaching does not line up with Scripture, get away from it. There have been times I watched or listened to preachers or teaching that at first sounded Biblical until I started digging into the Word of God and seeing the conflicts between their teachings compared to the Bible.
Trust the Word of God over all materials sold in the Christian Stores, again if they don't line up with Scripture............flee from it!
By Ricky Gantz
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