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Shouldn't we be in one accord?

Submitted: 2/7/2011
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Question: I don't know of anyone recently nor could I pinpoint who it was, but I have heard of more than one preacher/church/saint use/sale/listen to material from a different faith. Shouldn't we all be in one accord? I don't know if maybe I am using that 'one accord' correctly. Isn't that why we have certain individuals appointed over the apostolic/pentecostal churches?

Answer: Our primary source for learning should be from our spiritual leaders and other knowledgeable and experienced people of faith. Frankly, I want to learn from someone whose life I can examine up close, someone who is living out what he is teaching. This is one of the big problems with TV and radio preachers and with the authors of Christian books. We have no way of knowing what kind of people they really are. Occasionally we may learn something through the media. For example, a couple of years ago Joel Osteen's wife was thrown off a commercial airliner for failing to obey a flight attendent. That reveals something about her character and perhaps her husband's.

This is not to say that there is nothing to be learned from non-apostolic people. But we do have to be careful and learn how to 'eat the meat and throw away the bones.' This is why it may be wise to consult with an experienced person when selecting reading and listening material.