I’m aware of the irony that this website is built around the reality of Christ’s existence and that ‘stonetheprophets’ is rooted in the spiritual, and yet, everything that follows isn’t some super-spiritual insight or enlightenment; nor is it a claim to have the answers to all the mysteries of the universe.
On the contrary…
Too often, men can unknowingly lead others astray by claiming or even desiring to be more than they are. Lest you forget, I am a man with internet access(somewhat) and a cell phone. Yes, I know Christ. Yes, I call myself Christian. But I am not Christ. I am not all knowing. No, far from it.
I often find myself set in a slightly difficult position. It typically starts and goes like this…
Online, I offer up an opinion or insight on the spiritual state of the country or on things touching on Biblical themes in general and before the dust settles, someone will ask me for my thoughts on this topic or that, regarding God or biblical matters.
Sometimes I can immediately tell that it’s someone just testing me to see if they can have a little fun with what they perceive to be some religion buffoon. Yet, other times I get a sense that a question is coming from a sincere place of wonder and the inquiry comes with an air of honest truth seeking. It is in those particular moments, I’m at a loss and I find myself on pause. Call it being over precautious, but the last thing I want to do is give someone a wrong piece of information or mislead someone, even if it’s coming from a place of sincerity. I’m no teacher or bible scholar. Not that one has to have a degree to have sight or understand the hidden mysteries of God.
There is a huge responsibility in the position of “spiritual adviser”. I take the scriptures very seriously—so when the Bible says that we shouldn’t rush or desire to be masters or teachers because there is a higher level of accountability that comes with such position, I take it to heart. We live In an age where anyone and everyone considers themselves wise in their own eyes, readily offering up spiritual guidance through youtube or other platforms(for a nominal donation of coarse, but only if you find their videos and info to your liking) and I can’t help but wonder if these multitudes know that they are going to have more to answer for when standing before the throne. If there is a question brought to my attention, and I can tell that it’s imperative that it gets answered, I’ll pray and go in head first, mainly because I know that God will look at the intention of my heart; but if it is some ‘endless answer’ question regarding things that typically lead to more questions… and I sense that the purpose behind the question is to put me in a corner and thus, someone achieves a glorious “gotcha” moment, I kindly pass. Those questions are better suited for those that find joy in endless debates that never seem to have a finish line: those questions that typically end with no resolution but leave everyone exhausted, demoralized, and no one walks away better off. For me, in many areas, I’ve had to learn to be content in not knowing a thing. Some things simply are not going to be answered until we see glory. If that doesn’t work for you, I’m truly sorry. I have no further answers, although for your sake I wish I did. Sure, I’d love to know it ALL. The ins and outs from before creation til after The Revelation, but I won’t.
I can’t—and I’m content with a childlike faith in many areas… more than content. I’ve learned to delight in the mystery. This isn’t a cop out, it’s only the truth. I enjoy the wonder. I enjoy the mystery.
I’m no spiritual guru. I know Christ, and He knows me. He leads and instructs me in Spirit and by Word. When I find myself straying from his call, he never fails to pull me back into the narrow and helps me carry on from where I left off. My religion isn’t on a Saturday or Sunday. It isn’t on Wednesday night. My religion is life in is Christ and I do my best to live accordingly 24/7. Do I share the Gospel of Christ? Yes, I gladly do and am grateful for the privilege. But do I try to explain what God was thinking when he created the mosquito? No, I do not.
In closing, am I the most qualified for giving spiritual advice or insight over the internet or through a keyboard hurricane? Most likely not. While I am happy to help whenever and wherever I can, I’m careful to test my own heart to be certain it is not pride nor vanity seeking opportunity, but rather, true spiritual charity flowing from God and, in turn, my spirit. I often give warnings to my fellow believers and friends that they should be as diligent as possible in doing as much seeking truth and praying before they allow just anyone to speak spiritual things into their lives. As John says in the Word, “test the spirits”. These are not the days and times for trusting stray sheep. We are outnumbered by wolves by a large margin and they are hungry.
If we abide in Christ, coldness is an impossibility. We should be aware of this fact because we definitely don’t want to allow our love to grow cold and end up keeping all of humanity at arms length. But, let us be wise—even more so as darkness accelerates.