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“They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

In 2011,the Baltimore Sun ran a syndicated piece about atheists in the military that desired to become Athiest Chaplains. According to the writer, Captain Ryan Jean was “one of about a dozen military atheists that see the recognition of lay leaders as a step toward the appointment of ‘nonbelieving chaplains’, who would be responsible — like the priests, ministers, rabbis and imams now in uniform — for responding to the spiritual needs of service members.” Huh?!

As Paul wrote this verse, he was dealing with “religious leaders” who had no clue what they were talking about. Simply put, just because we have religious opinions does not mean we are scholars on the subject. Yet, many are fooled into false beliefs on the basis that someone makes a good argument. The Bible proves itself to be an authority because it’s been tested for years against the authenticity of history, doctrine, and practice. Yet many fall because of a desire for slick packaging over time-tested truth. 

One day there probably will be Athiest Chaplains and Athiest Churches, a misnomer that would leave us torn between despair and humor. People will get for themselves what they want, no matter how ridiculous it may sound. Come to church today and find out what God desires: The Truth that will set you free! You are loved today! Believe that!

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I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God…You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬ NLT)

In 1796, a physician named Edward Jenner decided to test a theory. Jenner noticed that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox were later immune to smallpox, which was killing millions. He tested this theory by infecting a boy with both. The boy remained healthy, and the world’s first vaccine was born. The cows, for their part, were honored when the term “vaccine” was coined — “vacca” is Latin for cow.

Vaccines work because it takes a piece of the disease to stimulate the body to fight it and prevent the real disease from happening. In the same way, some things that sound religious really aren’t, but because it leaves such a bad taste in our mouth, it prevents us from accepting real truths. It’s one of the oldest tricks in our Enemy’s playbook.

Questioning things isn’t bad if it presses past skepticism to a hunger for spiritual truths. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater! Stay in tune with God’s word so that nothing can lead you astray! Recognize the truth! You are loved today!