We often hear that we must “practice what we preach.” But there is one big problem with “practice what you preach.” It all depends on what it is you are “preaching.” When some convictions are put into action the results can be catastrophic or cruel, insidious or just plain evil. “Mother Teresa” practiced what she preached, but so too did Adolph Hitler. Osama bin Laden practiced what he preached, as did the Unabomber.
If only the religious world “practiced what it preached,” many say, then the community of faith that confesses “Jesus is Lord” would be the #1 source of love and peace in the world. But once again, we need to consider carefully what is being “preached” and who is doing the “preaching.” Friends, there are many religious folk who are preaching doctrines contrary to the teachings of the New Testament. The doctrine of salvation through faith alone is one of the many kinds of preaching that lead men astray. James says we are not saved by faith alone (Jam. 2:24). The world is preaching many things, but all that is preached we are not to practice. Before we practice any preaching make sure it is true to the Scriptures. Paul said, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Cor. 13:5). “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Pet. 4:11). “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name [or, the authority] of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17).
If you are going to “practice what you preach” make sure you are in line with the Scriptures.
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