What are you rooted in?
The absolute foundational truth is found in Jesus the savior. He, by The Holy Spirit, is our teacher and when we read his words found in the Bible, He will testify to the truthfulness thereof. I’m not talking about fuzzy feelings in the bosom or an emotional manifestation. If you are truly seeking God and are willing to be taught as a child, he will talk to you! You must have a strong foundation, rooted deeply in spirit and truth, to not be led away by various doctrines of men. Every day, people are led away because the pure gospel of Christ isn’t rooted in them, deceitful workers of iniquity snatch away what little truth they do have, and lead them away from Jesus and eternal life.
In Galatians Chapter 1, Paul states, "I'm surprised that you're so quickly deserting Christ, who called you in his kindness, to follow a different kind of good news. But what some people are calling good news is not really good news at all. They are confusing you. They want to distort the Good News about Christ. Whoever tells you good news that is different from the Good News we gave you should be condemned to hell, even if he is one of us or an angel from heaven. I'm now telling you again what we've told you in the past: If anyone tells you good news that is different from the Good News you received, that person should be condemned to hell."
If you are not deeply rooted in truth-if you are not rooted deeply in the pure gospel found in the Bible-how can you protect yourself against those teaching “another gospel”? If you truly know the Jesus of the bible and then someone comes to you trying to share a false gospel, you will recognize it for what it is! Please protect yourself! Get to know Jesus. Walk with him and talk with him continually! Jesus teaches the lesson well in the parable of the sower.
Matthew Chapter 13, "That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Thankfully we have a forgiving Father and if we have been led astray he will still welcome you back with open arms. If you, like the prodigal son, turn to the Father to seek his forgiveness and truly root yourself in his word, living in his Spirit & Truth, you will be saved! Now is the time because we don’t know how long we have on this earth. Once we take our last breath there is no turning back. I pray you will truly seek to know the one and only God. I pray that your roots will grow deep in truth and spirit, that you will gain eternal life in Christ.
Joseph R. Stansel