Today was a big day because I had a major Mandarin test after finishing Book 3. It took over 2 hours to complete this written part. I am so grateful to the Lord for allowing us to learn this beautiful language & for leading us to this point. I still have the oral test tomorrow & Chinese characters test at the end of the week. Then we hope to finish 2 more books before our 2 years are up. I can’t wait to start on book 4 next week. We will truly appreciate your prayers this week as Jeanette and I are in test week.
Language is such an integral part of culture. It is through language that people’s minds & hearts are set free, visions shared & reached, what is right & true preserved, and life’s meaning & enjoyment found. This is even more so in our Christian culture because everything we believe in & all of our endeavors to love God & His people rest on God’s Word, His truth & how it is understood, lived & shared.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 explains, “And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
No wonder our enemy’s main attack on these last days is against God’s Word to misinterpret, dilute, undermine & challenge the truthfulness of its claims. Currently, these battles are taking place not only out in the world, but in our seminaries & churches as well. Where truth is convenient, self-serving, adaptable to trends & experiential, the power to save lives & glorify God is lost. It matters not how cool, how popular or how fast it is growing, if it is not biblical, “their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work (1 Corinthians 3:13).” But in the meantime, untruth can cause a lot of damage to unsuspecting minds.
God’s truth has to be protected so that it can be proclaimed in its full potency. I was reminded of this crucial Christian responsibility last night as a missionary couple from Singapore led us in a special session where we discussed how we are to respond to wrong theology disguised as truths in our world and even in our churches.
Here’s a real life example from one of the Asian countries. Please read & think about how we should respond as Christians.
There is a church that is rapidly growing. The pastor of the church is cool, dynamic, and a great communicator. He excites people, but he does not hold to Trinitarian beliefs. He still preaches about Jesus & many inspirational messages. Nevertheless spiritually sound-minded Christians are concerned because many of their friends & children who are moving to that part of town due to work & school will probably end up at this church. How do we protect our loved ones from embracing false theology without looking like a self-righteous judge, especially when this church & its pastor are so popular?
This is not an isolated event. In our world, scenarios like this are more common than we would like to admit. As missionaries in Taiwan, we can see firsthand what wrong theology can do to an individual, his family & generations to come.
As we serve where God has placed us, wherever it may be, let us be diligent in reading & studying God’s Word. So many lives depend on it.