By: Theophilus Izobofolo
THE FIRST AND THE LAST QUESTIONS GOD ASKED MAN AT THE FIRST FALL
The second question God asked man in the Bible was “WHO TOLD YOU” or “who gave you the information”? In Genesis 3:9-11, the Bible says, “Then the LORD God called Adam and said to him, “where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
And He said, “WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”. What do we make out of these questions? The most important thing was NOT what Adam did, but who gave him (Adam) the information or who was the source of his information? That is, “Who told you that you were naked?”
Do you know the last question man will ask Christ on the last day? In Matthew 7:22-23 the Bible says, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness'”.
Again, what do we deduce from this question? The most important thing will NOT be what they did, but who they did those things for? or who hired them to do those things? Because, it was not Christ that actually sent them, that was the reason He would said to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness”.
Today, there are so many churches with different teachings and doctrines, so the question is, “Are they all following Jesus Christ?” (Matthew 28:20; Luke 6:46). It is not possible that with their different teachings and doctrines they are all following the same Christ?
The Bible teaches the truth, and this truth does not contradict itself. Churches that contradict one another cannot all be following Christ. The word of God is not contradictory. Jesus Christ, the Word of God cannot contradict Himself. He hates contradictions as well because they import divisions. He hates divisions and dissentions, and urges His body the Church to be one, even as He and His Father are one (John 17: 21-23).
Jesus Christ will always be absent in places where there are divisions. For He had said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew. 12:25).
The Bible also says “For God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians. 14:33). The fact that some churches are moving in opposite directions means that Jesus Christ is leading people in opposite directions. Is your Jesus moving you in opposite directions?
Jesus is not an author of confusion and does not approbate and reprobate. When people try to justify divisions among the churches, they make Jesus ridiculously hypocritical. Religious dissentions, divisions, and confusions are not caused by God or His word. They are caused by worldly men and women whose sole purpose is selfish, not serving God and following His word diligently.
Division “openly contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to the world, and inflicts damage on the most holy cause of proclaiming the Good News to every creature”. The division among Christians is a serious reality which impedes the very work of Christ. Division contradicts the truth of the Gospel, an essential element of which is the call to unity as a testimony to the world (John 17: 21-23), so that non-believers who meet missionaries each preaching different versions of the Gospel will find it very difficult to believe their different messages.
Divisions and disagreements result because people follow doctrines invented by men and not by God. As more and more human opinions developed, new groups begin to be formed, each like the New Testament church in some ways, yet each holding special human practices and doctrines which make them different from the church of the Bible and from each other. Many people today are following men instead of the Scriptures by which Jesus lived. They allow others to “interpret” Scripture for them, choose a church for them and make decisions for them.
Though they have Bibles, their Bibles are just for public show. How many of them who carry Bible, have actually studied the Bible as a whole? How many of them know what the Bible says in Joshua 1:8 or in Deuteronomy 6:6-9 or in Psalms 1:1-3 or in Psalms 119:99,100 or in 2 Thessalonians 1:8 or even in 1 Timothy 2:4?
You that believe that a man can establish his own church, if God should ask you just as He asked Adam, “Who told you…?” (Genesis 3:11), what will be your response to Him? Or you that believe that a woman can be pastor or bishop of a church, if God should ask you just as He asked Adam, “Who told you…?” (Genesis 3:11), what will be your response to Him?
Adam said it was the woman that gave the fruit to him (Genesis 3:12). The woman said it was the serpent which beguiled her (Genesis 3:13). Whom will you blame? Will you pass the buck to your pastors, or to your priests, or to your general overseers? Can’t you quote two or more scriptural verses to authenticate your stand? Why not hold God by His words?
This is the more reason you shouldn’t believe everyone’s interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. Rather, examine the Scriptures and examine yourself whether you are in the faith. Check to see whether those things that are being said are indeed true, according to the Bible.
Think about the Berean Jews. They didn’t just believe what Apostle Paul had preached to them, but rather, they went home, searched their Scriptures daily to see if those things were so (Acts 17:11). That should be your attitude, too.
Remember this verse: “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness'” – Matthew 7:22-23.