To assume something is to believe we understand the situation before us and make choices and develop belief systems based upon our assumptions.
• We may assume something is correct based upon what someone has told us.
• We may assume something is right based upon majority acceptance of an idea.
• We may assume something is right because it may just feel right and/or logical to us.
• We may assume something is right because it appears to be working at the moment.
Assumptions are dangerous because they may or may not be based upon facts. In this scenario an assumption is the first step to deception.
The only way to stay clear of assumptions are to check the facts. The reason more people don’t is because we don’t want to offend the person who told us something in the first place. Experience has taught me to always check both sides of the story. When people become offended by my choosing to check facts rather than assume what I was told is the gospel truth…it always throws a red flag up for me.
Assumptions are made in multiple situations. It could be marriage conflict. It could be work conflict. It could be ministry conflict. It could be biblical doctrines. You name it, if you assume something to be true without checking the facts deception is probable and the enemy is sure to slither into the situation.
There is far too much assumption among God’s people that what they are being taught is gospel truth. Just because a popular preacher, teacher, or writer tells us something is right doesn’t necessarily mean that it is.
Some today are telling us the gospel should not be offensive to people and that we should avoid offending them in sharing it. If we genuinely love them we should not offend them by what we say.
…Many assume this to be true and yet nothing could be farther from the truth.
If speaking the truth in love is offensive, so be it.
• Yes, you are a sinner headed for eternal damnation.
• Yes, you must repent of your sin and accept Christ as your personal Savior to be born-again.
• Yes, only genuine born-again people go to heaven.
• Yes, Jesus is the only way to the one true God.
…No, this is not a self-discovery that you are already saved and may live any way you want and go to heaven.
If preaching the gospel is not supposed to be offensive than why did the early church suffer so in being bearers of the good news?
• Were they not kind enough in their presentation?
• Were they simply not educated enough to present the gospel properly?
• Were their messages not filled with enough worldly wisdom (fleshly teaching) of the age?
• Did they not smile enough in their delivery?
• Did they not mix the message with enough funny stories to make it palatable?
• Did they not dress hip enough or sophisticated enough to draw the respect of the listeners?
…Or was the message so radical in the face of false teachings and humanism that it actually spawned hatred in many?
It’s time the people of God became like the people of Berea!
Acts 17:10–11 (NASB95) 10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.