Are You Toxic?
I’m Steve Arterburn with a New Life Moment.
Do you think it’d be wise to store liquid drain cleaner or weed killer for your lawn in an empty soda can? No! These are highly poisonous—potentially deadly—substances. They need to be labeled as such so no one mistakes them for something they’re not.
Don’t you wish that some of the ideas falsely passed off as “Christian” came with a label that read: “Toxic, Keep Away!” Unfortunately they don’t. Consequently, many well-intentioned Christians are unknowingly having their faith laced with spiritual strychnine.
If these toxins remain undetected they’ll inevitably result in spiritual sickness—the side effects of which include doubt, discouragement, despair, cynicism, or in some cases, even an abandonment of faith in God.
Are you, or perhaps someone you love, playing with spiritual poison? We all crave the truth, but when the truth is dispensed in untruthful ways, it’s highly toxic. Look for the fruit of God’s spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control—as a first check on whether your faith and your church is toxic or not.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.