The Battle Against Disinformation In The Church

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Paul, an apostle — not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead Galatians 1:1

Today we begin a journey through the book of Galatians. It's only six chapters, and it will maybe take you 20-minutes to read the book in its entirety. So I would encourage you to do that. But I am going to take about six weeks to get through this. And I hope our daily journey blesses you.

In verse one, I want you to notice the word "from." Paul says he is a man called "not from men" but "from" Jesus who was "from" the dead. And using the preposition "from," Paul legitimizes three things: the message he preached, Jesus who gave him the message, and what Jesus did to legitimize the message — he rose from the dead. And thus, Paul established why he had the right to write to the churches in Galatia. But Paul is not trying to elevate himself, his work, or his message. He is trying to elevate Jesus, his work, and his message. Paul is simply a messenger of the message.

So why is this so important?

Well, it's important because of all the disinformation that was circulating in his day. People were perverting the message of divine accomplishment and mixing it with human achievement. So just when you thought you were living in times of excessive disinformation, you are not. The opponents of the message in Paul's day were just as twisted as they are in our day. We battle with untruth just like people did then. Nothing's changed.

And yet, in verse one, Paul tells us how to find truth in a world of disinformation. We find truth by testing who the message is from, what they said, and what they did. That's it. Let me say that again, who the message is from, what they said, and what they did. And in the same way, Paul followed Jesus, what he said, and what he did.

And this is what every God-fearing man needs to be doing today. When you hear something that sounds like disinformation, you need to assess who it is from, what they're saying, and what they're doing. If you find in them any hint of a lack of integrity between those three things, then you need to go to God's Word immediately and see what doesn't match with who Jesus was, what he said, and what he did. If something doesn't match, then don't follow! I don't care who it comes from. It could come from a pastor or even me — cause, fellas, the most dangerous disinformation in our day comes right from the church, which is the topic of this book. Disinformation in the church.

ASK THIS: What disinformation is there in the church today?

DO THIS: Share it below!

PRAY THIS: God, may your Son and his truth reign supreme in our lives and your church. Tear down the stronghold of disinformation and cleanse your church of lies and untruth.

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17 thoughts on “The Battle Against Disinformation In The Church

  1. Nick says:

    “Enemies within the church” documentary is full of examples of how far the church has been corrupted.
    Thanks pastor Vince for a great devotional!

  2. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I love that song and try to live it out myself daily. I don’t always succeed, but without aims we all wander aimlessly.
    One of the biggest disinformation campaigns I have seen is that there are FACTIONS in the Body of Christ. That the Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, or Christian beliefs are the ONLY right choice in terms of religion. What all these different factions of belief in Christ are failing to realize is that the Church was NEVER supposed to be a BUILDING. The Holy Spirit indwells in the Church, and the Holy Spirit indwells in US when we declare with our mouth that Jesus is Savior and believe in our hearts that God rose Him from the dead.

  3. Randall A Pauley says:

    WHY HAVE SO MANY STARTED USING THE WORD DISINFORMATION?

    LET’S CALL IT WHAT IT REALLY IS…LIE’S!!!

  4. Bill B. says:

    Instead of disinformation in the church, I would say a lack of information regarding addressing the current events in our country and around the world. Many churches just won’t go there.

  5. Chris Caliguire says:

    YHWH (I think it may have started as only 2 characters) is Hebrew characters that were not meant to be pronounced but grunted. Because even speaking God’s name was not allowed under the law because it was so holy they didn’t want to misuse and be taken as blasphemy. (Think of how that applies today OMG) . Then I’m not sure if it was Hebrew or Greek that turned those characters into Yaweh so it was the first common translated noun that people could speak. And the translations rolled on from there. Elohim if I recall is angels (heavenly hosts) although I may be wrong. I was studying Michael Heiser book, The Unseen Realm a couple of years ago. It’s a slow technical read like a college course but really neatly breaks things down pertaining that may pertain to your comment

  6. Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

    Thanks Pastor Vince! Another great lesson, and from just one verse! Your gift of unpacking THE Scriptures is amazing, to the Glory of our God! Jesus IS, has always been, and will forever be THE Truth, and the ONLY way to THE Father. Hence, why Paul preached Christ, His life, death and resurrection alone! Keep bringing THIS Truth my brother in Christ! 💪

  7. Sheldon says:

    That we can lose our salvation. Jesus offers to us eternal life and that is not base on our performance, on our believing in the finish work of Jesus.

  8. Don B says:

    I don’t know where to begin on this question as there is so much disinformation in the church today, not all of of them, but many, it blows my mind. Satan knows this and has capitalized on this through the ages. Churches have split over disinformation, many of the splits that have happened of late had to happen and for good reason many churches/splits have embraced bad theology and are applying a false truth from a ‘false teacher’ misinterpreting what Jesus said, and doing the opposite of what Jesus did. We are in a time in the church that we have to test everything we hear, now more than ever, and we need to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us through this ‘maze’ of disinformation

    • Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

      Being a pastor myself, I can tell you that many pastors/ leaders have forgotten that THE church belongs to Christ, not them. Being a pastor is a calling, NOT a profession. Pastors have been entrusted with Christ’s church to equip and lead them for the works of ministry in association with their gifts and callings. The goal MUST be to fix our eyes on Jesus and His commands. In Him, and them are the abundant life He promised in John 10:10. Rich blessing to you brother! 🙏🙏

  9. Stephen George says:

    I have been struggling with the greek translations of the name of Jesus from Joshua, YHWH or Elohim to God, Adoni to Lord. Can you give me your understanding of this complex situation?

    • Chris Caliguire says:

      I replied to your comment this morning but it looks like a fresh post vs a reply to you so not sure if you got the memo 🙂

  10. Robert Miranda says:

    Biggest disinformation and i know its a big topic.
    “That we are saved”.
    Jesus was eating with the enemy.
    The enemy followed, partook and believed in Jesus. He also probably witnessed all the healings n miracles and also maybe did a few. Also cast out a few demons !!!
    And satan entered him the gospels say. He was possessed.
    The son of perdition. Judas.
    And some christians sincerely believe he went to heaven !!! But the gospels are very crystal clear where he went.
    If we do not u’stand the parable of Judas, we will not understand the message of Judas. ( Brent Miller – Eating with the Enemy – a movie soon to be released ). Encourage all to watch it please. 🙏🏻

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