Spiritual Junk Food

"There will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food". Image credit

For me, it’s appalling how people who claim to be Bible believers fell for the “prophecy” of the self-titled Prophet Sadhu Sendar Selvaraj of the Voice of Jesus Ministries. They may be sincere but they were sincerely wrong. In their desire to hear a “fresh word” from God, they glossed over glaring inaccuracies in his predictions. 

Sadhu Sendar Selvaraj. Image credit

For example, Selvaraj declared that, “There is a place called Mindanao, and below that strait is a place called Compostela. The Lord said that there is an appointed typhoon to come upon that area. …many people will die.” (Source: Local Pulse) But, as my friend Rev. Dr. Doy Castillo wrote on his Facebook page, “It is important to note that Compostela is in Mindanao not below Mindanao or below some strait. Since prophecy is God’s message, wouldn’t it be reasonable to believe that the prophecy would include geographic accuracy?” (Nabuenyo) Some would accuse us of nitpicking. But, if the God of truth really spoke to Selvaraj, we should expect that our Lord won’t make mistakes in such a small detail as geography. 

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The Apostle Paul already warned us about such things: “You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4, The Message) I’m afraid that, in their pursuit of the sensational, they settled for empty spiritual calories. 

"I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food." Job 23:12, NKJV. Image credit
Despite the sad spiritual condition of those so-called believers, Paul commanded Timothy to remain faithful in proclaiming the Word of God, that is, the Bible. “Proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.… keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.” (vv. 2, 5b) Instead of chasing after modern-day prophecies, we are to seek the timeless and timely Word. We are to feed on real spiritual food. 

Brethren, flee from error and focus on the truth.


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