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Like many evangelicals today, I thoroughly enjoy C.S. Lewis. In fact, I have probably read more books by C.S. Lewis than any other author, and he has had a profound impact on my theology and my walk with Christ. So it came as a bit of a shock when someone pointed out to me that his theology isn’t always biblical. To name just two, he denies God’s omnipotence, and he denies the inspiration of certain passages in the Old Testament, such as the imprecatory Psalms.

In our sermon this week, Tom will be preaching on apostasy, when a believer abandons the Christian faith, and one of the applications that the Scripture passage makes is that we are not to listen to apostates when they try to lead us astray. So what is my point in mentioning C.S. Lewis? Am I calling him an apostate? Absolutely not. Am I saying that you should never read his books? No. He has a lot of great things to say, and I am almost always edified by his words. My point is this: the danger of reading C.S. Lewis and the danger of listening to apostates is the same. In both cases, they have really good things to say (“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”). And in both cases, they say things that contradict the Bible (“the ultimate loss of a single soul means the defeat of omnipotence… In creating beings with free will, omnipotence from the outset submits to the possibility of such defeat”). Just because someone has something good to say at one point, does not mean that they will speak the truth at every point for the rest of their lives.

Therefore, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit” (Col 2:8). Submit every thought to the authority of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). As you read and as you listen to Christian speakers, remember that there is only one book and only one source of truth that you can trust completely: the Bible. Even as we listen to our own pastors each week (and as you read what I write), we should always be asking, “Does this line up with what Scripture teaches?” In all things, we are to be subject to God, and this includes our thoughts. Let us love God with our minds by testing all things in the light of His word.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 13:1-18
Sermon: Purge All Apostasy

SONGS

For All the Saints (Indelible Grace)
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Who is On the Lord’s Side? (Shane Martin)
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In the Hour of Trial (Jeremy D. Goodwyne)
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Jesus With Thy Church Abide  (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: Song of Moses (Aaron Keyes)
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Song of Response: The Church’s One Foundation (Indelible Grace)
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