She told me she belonged to a church in town that didn't stress Bible teaching and explained: "My doctor recently detected a melanoma on my back. I promised God I’d go to a Bible study if He’d let me live, and He answered my prayer. So here I am.”
Over the next few months, I had the pleasure of praying with Karen to receive Christ and introducing her to the basics of Christianity. She continued to be devoted to her church, but faithfully came to Bible study at my church.
I didn't address this. Instead, I concentrated on the Bible. I wanted her to know and rely on God’s Word so she could evaluate her church doctrines and traditions herself.
Sometimes I’ve tried to micromanage people’s spiritual views, but each Christian must learn to "examine everything carefully" for themselves and "hold fast to what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
*Karen is not her real name. I wish I could do a follow up on her, but we lost touch after I moved, so I didn't feel comfortable using her real name.
** Please don't misunderstand my point: We need sound teaching in order to grow, and there are times we should address specific beliefs, but the most important thing we can teach a new Christian is to compare every teaching to the Word of God. And to do that, they must know God's Word for themselves.
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