Click-Bait, Prognostication, and The Threshing Floor
The Bible says prognostication is witchcraft. Yet, Oh! How we love to prognosticate! I admit it! I’m guilty as charged! Sports, finance, politics, religion; there is no end to the list of distractions that we love to waste our mental faculties attempting to unravel.
After all, we are commanded to be “wise as serpents” and to “seek wisdom” right?
That we are, but we are also required to remember that in that quest for knowledge we are as grains of sand on the seashore of eternity, we are so small, so insignificant and that any wisdom gleaned is opaque at best and our righteousness is as filthy rags to the Ancient of Days. We are further instructed to be cautious with what we do with that understanding, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgement if we cause one of God’s “little ones” to stumble. God forgive me, for I have, at times, crossed the line between my quest for wisdom and my desire to be correct. We all have.
However, unfettered by the conviction of sin, onward the unrepentant march, chests puffed out in pride in regards to their cleverness, how much wisdom they have obtained, how “brilliant” their peers and their detractors alike think they are. But inwardly they are dead. There are so many “intellectuals” in this world, so many political pundits, so many economic geniuses, so many (false) prophets, so many diviners, so many prideful, arrogant fools regurgitating each others’ opinions around the internet these days it’s no wonder our children are confused. As a general rule, the adults who are currently controlling the world system of information are irresponsible and/or the mind-controlled minions of Satan.
Many websites, sadly, “christian” and anti-Christian alike, have in their employ, false scribes, liars, diviners and prognosticators.
How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?
Suffice it to say, if you are not a regenerated Christian, seeking the Creator daily for His truth, His wisdom and His will, I could care less what your opinion is. It is useless waste and will be treated as such. However, on any given day you could well be the donkey through which God chooses to speak. It happens!
The goal of the modern-day false scribe is “click-bait.”and deception. It doesn’t really matter what you say, as long as it fits the over-arching political bent of the website for which you write. Just get people to come to the site. One can take a definitive, controversial stance one day, walk it back the next day, get fired by one website for drawing too much public heat, then be hired by a competing website that wishes to capitalize on your fifteen-minutes-of-fame to gain more site clicks.
Journalistic integrity is, in large part, dead. Spiritual integrity is an even rarer commodity, which, sadly, generates considerably less traffic than inflammatory rhetoric. Trust me, I know!
As a writer, a Christ-follower and an occasional babbling fool (when proffering hasty opinions), I have made more than my share of unwise definitive stances, a flaw that I intend to remedy in the future. My caution, in regards to definitive stances is to consider the source of the information you have and then shine the Light of the Word of God on that information and see what you have left.
The world is full of fools and they all have a blog. They all have an echo-chamber into which to cast their tripe and I, for one, am done sticking my head in their chambers of re-education.
The echoes within the chamber of Scripture are echoes of Truth. That is my quest; to find and share that Truth, not to be blown about by “every wind of doctrine.”
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
There are many deceivers and con-men recklessly (intentionally?) tossing their prognostications around our precious inter-webs, but God has not left us without Godly leadership and wise men who have dedicated their lives to prayer and study of the Holy Writ.
They are out there.
Reverend Steve Williams correctly stated:
The written Word of God is above all else, it must come before any prophecy, knowledge, wisdom that emanates from an individual with the title of “I heard from God,” or “I feel.” This is not an indication that God cannot speak to an individual, He can and He does. From C. H. Spurgeon to Peter Marshall, Billy Graham and John Piper. God speaks to people.
The key to knowing whether what is spoken or taught by a person is, does it line-up with the Bible? The spoken word from an individual must be confirmed by the Bible. There are no new revelations, no new words that will contradict the Bible, if those are heard or read, the speaker or writer is in error.
The Word of God stands eternal, never changing and never wrong. We, on the other hand, can be wrong, with what we feel, what we hear, how we hear, how we read and how we receive. As the Apostle Paul wrote by the direct influence of the Holy Spirit, “we know and prophesy in part,” 1 Corinthians 13:9. (emphasis mine)
The Word must be first and foremost in our hearts and minds, in our desires, and must be our guide; remembering that everything we feel, we hear and think we know must be measured by the Bible.
Rev. Williams’ Biblically accurate statement used to be common sense Christianity. Now, such a statement, believe it or not, would garner considerable disagreement even among those who claim to be Christians and that, my friends, breaks our Father’s heart.
His Word is our anchor, without it we are lost; driven and tossed by the ramblings of every charlatan with a keyboard.
“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.” -Augustine
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