Second-Hand Milk

Neil Girrard

“For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

This passage clearly exposes (for those who have ear to hear) the fallacy and trap of routine sermonizing and teaching. But we need to be sure we recognize the word pictures the writer has chosen.

That we even have to review in such detail the basic truths of these word pictures is an indication of the depth of deception which is upon the people who claim to belong to Christ.

Let us consider then what the writer of Hebrews is telling us. The person who gains his spiritual knowledge and insight through the agency of another person is incapable of knowing what is right, true and good in God’s eyes. Because he has not interacted with God for himself he is not able to know what God requires of him nor by what principles and notions God would have him order his life. Instead, he is free to use his own ability to decide what is good and evil (the tree which caused all of man’s problems in the first place) and practice whatever “religion” he likes (as Cain attempted to do) all in the name of Christ.

Those who have obediently followed God wherever He has led them (usually this has meant abandoning the “church” and enduring some form of wilderness experience and training) are the who are better able to recognize what is good and evil in God’s eyes. Thus the routine sermonizing and teaching of the “church” can now be seen as a symptom and ingredient of the apostasy, the great falling away from the faith, and not, as we once believed, a part of the genuine way of Christ and God. And this is but one example. Those who are enamored with “church” and who routinely gain their “truth” through teachings have no ability to know what an abomination they really are in the sight of God.

Let he who has ears hear.

Hebrews 5:13-14
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