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From one generation to the next line-upon-line of false teachings -based upon cleverly twisted doctrines are reinforced and perpetuated --until they have become "etched in the stony hearts of His people" by means of instructing people to go "to the Bible" and "see for themselves." At face value "to look in the Bible to see for yourself" may seem like the best way to "know truth from error" but it completely ignores the fact that anyone (including Satan himself) can "use scripture" to support almost anything you want people to believe. And while people are busy seeing "for themselves" and are industriously "searching the word" according to the understanding man has given them, week after week, year after year God's people are stuffed to the gills with what seems to the eyes and ears of men to be "biblically sound doctrine" and so, man continues in his folly -and the LORD continues to call THE CHURCHES TO REPENT: because we have departed from the Truth in our apostacy and He bids us all to return to HIM in Spirit and in Truth! (to return to Jesus Christ: to be "pent up"-hid in God in Christ.)
Meanwhile, men build institutions of higher learning (dung) so that men can teach men how to teach and what to preach... seminaries churn out multitudes "who went but were never SENT BY GOD with what they went with" filling the missionary field with armchair analysts and singing shrinks, an army of virtual dung beetles -who wrest (turn and twist the meaning of) God's written word and harden the people's hearts against the Truth by His Spirit (while HE stands outside knocking...)
The flock of God is force fed trampled down fodder and given muddy waters to drink by those who leaven the Truth of God's word with a woman's touch --which is men adding their own ungodly counsel via the mind/souls of men. It is the perverse counsel of the serpent to the mind of man: from Eve to Dame Folly, from Jezebel to The Mother of Harlots --the counsel of the mind of man mixed with reason and logic concerning what God hath said and thoroughly leavened with the lie -that focuses on man and what he thinks he can be, -is wickedness: "I suffer not a woman to teach."
This vanity fare and the folly it births is hallowed in the hearts of God's people since they believe what they are told (having a pulpit mentality) God's people believe that the instruction they are given is "scriptural guidance" because they are told that it comes from the word of God (which is a 1/2 truth) and then we are to "go to the word" to hear from God and to get confirmation from "the Bible" (another 1/2 truth) concerning whatever we hear -but very few (if any) have noticed the subtle shift in focus that has taken place. God's people are not being directed to the Lord, they are being directed "to the word" (to scripture itself) -not to the Lord Himself, who is the Living Word -but to the Bible itself. And more correctly stated: God's people are being directed to man's understanding of scripture both to lead and to confirm what they teach. (The perfect formula for folly.) His people should be directed TO THE LORD and taught "to go to Him" and to "ask Him" who is th Living Word to take us to His written word and by His grace reveal HIMSELF not only as as: The Way, but also as The Truth and The Life.
Once we've been directed "to the word" we are then taught how to become the "Judges and Discerners" of what is or is not truth: and to affirm or reject whatsoever is or is not right in our sight -according to what we see "in the Bible." After that pattern is established, we are taught how to "use the word" for empowerment to enable or equip us (another 1/2 truth) so that we can "know for ourselves what is truth and what is error" -as though our understanding of the letter of the written word of God IS THE SAME AS seeking the "Counsel of Him" by Him who is: The Fountain of Living Water: who is HIMSELF the "Living Word." Add these things together with the natural tendency of man to follow whatever seems right in his own sight according to the counsel of his own mind and man becomes "unteachable" in what-he-knows-that-he-knows-that-he-knows. You then have the perfect recipe for the "apostasy of Christianity" with it's bastard child: "Christianized Humanism."