A person who is always on edge and wound up, ought to learn to relax. One who is worried about so many things, ought to stop worrying, be calm and relaxed; knowing that God loves us and cares for us all (1 Pet. 5:6&7). On flip side, there is a part of our life, which we have no time to relax.

Peter, by the inspiration of God said, "You therefore beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness" (2 Peter 3:17). Jesus, before he was crucified said to Peter, "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:40&41).

There are other numerous examples in the Bible which show that Christians are to be the kind of people that are always on watch or on guard, looking out for strange teaching and being prepared for the time of temptation. When we begin to say to ourselves, "It really doesn't matter how we live," even while we listen to and understand the facts of faith, beware; for seeds of indifference are now planted into our hearts. Spiritual gates will open wide for error to find its way into the hearts of the indifferent. This is also how error creeps into the church, very subtly and over a period of time, not over night.

Examples of this are evident as we look at the divisions of the church, in the late nineteenth century and in the 1950s. Many will say it was instrumental music, the missionary society, and the sponsoring church arrangement that split the churches. I don't believe it is a complete and fair statement to say that these issues caused the divisions. The issues were merely vehicles that drove a wedge between two different kinds of minds and attitudes. The cause of the divisions can be traced to the kind of hearts and minds that many brethren had when they became members or had developed over a course of time.

1 Peter 4:11 says, "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God." The Scriptures also teach, "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Col. 3:17). We must have authority by Jesus Christ for the things we say or do. These passages are used by both strict and loose minds. The strict mind, that is, not severe in a bad sense but an exact and accurate mind, speaks where the Bible speaks and is silent where the Bible is silent. The loose and lenient mind may speak where the Bible speaks but also speaks where the Bible does not speak. To some degree, the loose mind in matters of faith, has no respect for the silence of the scriptures. It is also evident that the loose mind does not practice what it preaches (does not make application of Col. 3:17).

It's not time to relax! Loose thinking in matters of faith is alive and well. Be on guard against this disrespectful behavior toward God.

Other material on this subject see: Let God Speak! Also, concerning the silence of God, read Leviticus 10:1-2 and Jeremiah 7:30-31.