World issues in the news, past history, health issues, and ongoing wickedness examined
in the light of the King James Bible

Steve Van Nattan






The folly of choosing Ignorance as a Refuge
in the 21st Century

By Steve Van Nattan









A self-imposed ignorance in a preacher, or any Christian man, is aggravating, yes, but can a theologian be ignorant on purpose?

Yes, especially if he is a Reformed theologian. I have found, more than once, Reformed theologians who refuse to study eschatology, the doctrine of the End Times, simply because they are terrified of controversy. They will tear your face off if you dare to disagree with John Calvin, but they want to be at peace with everyone about the End Times. So, they are willfully lacking in any opinion for the end of the Church Age as taught in the Bible. I have known several Reformed men who were bright professionals who admitted to secretly reading books about prophecy and the Rapture. My uncle was one of them. The reason they read in secret was because some Reformed pastors actually rebuke members who study prophecy. Over 25% of the Bible is about prophecy. To rebuke a saint for craving knowledge of prophecy is blasphemy.

Lest we only pick on Reformed men, consider the Fundamental Baptist preacher who cannot talk about various doctrines. What help is he to the men in his assembly?

The most aggravating example is to find a preacher who tells me, "We are King James Version only in this church." Then I ask him his thoughts on some aspect of the history of the Greek texts of the New Testament, and the old boy draws a blank stare. You are NOT KJV only if you have no knowledge of the controversy over the two families of Greek manuscripts. The history of the Greek texts makes it very clear that it is a battle between the Whore of Rome and Jesus Christ himself. If you are one of these ignorant ones, FEEL FREE TO START HERE AT THIS JOURNAL. You need desperately to gather more knowledge.

God has an opinion on such ignorance:

1 Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

Ironically, the famous favorite Bible translation of the Reformed Movement, the Geneva Bible, has this footnote about those who choose to remain ignorant:

"The church ought not to care for those who are stubbornly ignorant, and will not abide to be taught, but (the church should) go forward nonetheless in those things which are right."

Do not waste your time trying to convince a willfully ignorant person to get busy and form an opinion on anything. And, if that man is your pastor, you need to find another church to attend. Ignorant pastors produce ignorant kids, and yours will be no exception if you don't go find a church where the pastor is plowing deep.



Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Solomon told us he was frustrated with the knowledge he had gathered in his lifetime. Solomon did not suggest we all seek to be as dumb as possible. What is implied here is that there is knowledge that can become obsessive or oppressive, and it does not satisfy the soul.

So, how do we decide where to seek knowledge and where to avoid it?

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

In Paul's day, Rome and Greece were the cultural and academic centers of the world. Paul, who was himself a Jew from Greece, had been trained as a Rabbi, and he had experienced the lust for knowledge. Paul went up Mars Hill in Athens, and he found the elite of the Greek philosophers, and what were they doing?

Acts 17:21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Nothing has changed. The topic on Mars Hill was not based in story telling. It was all about new things. This is what you can find on YouTube. I personally find that YouTube can be seductive in the extreme. I love to watch the buses on the narrow roads in the Himalayas creeping along barely staying on the road. But, it becomes addictive. And, after a session of "new things" like that, what do I have to take away that I can feel edifies me? Nearly nothing. Maybe you like to watch Russian truck drivers blast through mud holes with overloaded trucks. Or, do you get a buzz out of the high speed police chases on the Los Angeles Freeways? These things are not intrinsically evil, but they clutter the mind with rubbish of no lasting value. And, I have found that they can become the plot, in the middle of the night, for a very frustrating dream. At that time, I regret the "new thing" even more. In my dream I am on the road through the Himalayas, but I am walking, and I don't know which way is home.

Story telling, and books about exploration and discovery, are great if you need distraction. They leave you with facts about other places and times which can be useful in conversation later or as sermon illustrations. Missionary biographies are ideal for free time reading. Make sure they are about missionaries before about 1950. Most accounts after that are about missionaries who were mainly given to social work and very little about the Gospel. Look for missionary stories copyrighted long ago for the same reason. Find them at Book Finder or the Wayback Machine.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Many of the new things in this life come as an evil report. Witness the news media, Drudge, and social media. From that perspective, Paul recommends that the saints keep life simple as to evil and develop their minds on good things.

Today, we have the Internet dumping immeasurable loads of evil on the world. Drudge Report is a virtual treasure trove for anyone hungry to feast their soul on the wretched world out there. So, it takes an act of the will to NOT CLICK where you know very well you will be taken to evil reports and vile depravity. Stop wasting the time of the Holy Spirit asking him to protect you from evil online. FLEE it.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Mia Culpa time. I have a problem with this. My old perverse nature, which hangs around trying to send me back down the road to those old appetites, sees the headline, and CLICK! That is when the Holy Spirit zaps me with conviction that I am headed for the Slough of Despond, which is a filthy pond at that. The speed at which I click back out determines how my fellowship with the Lord will go for the rest of the day. It is all about that voice behind me.

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Scott McNealy — a cofounder of Sun Microsystems said this about decision making:

It’s important to make good decisions. But I spend much less time and energy worrying about “making the right decision” and much more time and energy ensuring that any decision I make turns out right.

In Isaiah above, we see that there are times we "turn" to the right or left. So, how do we make sure that, when we "turn," we end up making a decision that, as McNealy said, "turns out right?"

1. Do not stop your progress in life by standing still..... take a turn and keep in motion. The captain of a ship cannot steer a ship that is not in motion. You will not hear the voice behind you if you are dead in the water.

2. But, be very alert to hear if a voice tells you to go another way. That is how to make sure your decisions turn out right. Scott McNealy seems to be alone in the task of making sure his decisions are the right ones. You are never alone with Jesus Christ.

So, in terms of knowledge, do not hide in a corner and shut out everything around you. That will get you no knowledge upon which to act in wisdom. Keep looking for knowledge, BUT, listen for the voice behind you that says, "Click out of there my child, that knowledge is rubbish and will only destroy your peace and fellowship with me."

We had to leave our work with Sudan Interior Mission in Ethiopia in 1974 because of a Marxist coup. Christian Ethiopians were being accused of being the friends of Imperialists, and the mission decided to quickly downsize from 300 missionaries to 12. National Christians should not have to suffer persecution for being the friends of Americans, only for being the friend of Jesus Christ.

Our family were among the first to leave. We did everything to get ready, sold most of our possessions, and moved to the mission headquarters in the capital city to wait for a flight back to the USA. But, we could also move on to join another mission somewhere in the world and continue being missionaries. We were in motion but also wondering if we might hear the voice of God behind us.

The word got to George Machamer of Gospel Furthering Fellowship in Kenya, the next nation south of Ethiopia. My wife and I had grown up in Kenya as kids when our parents were missionaries in the region. George Machamern took it upon himself to send us a letter inviting us to join the GFF at once and move to Kenya to help in the work. There was that voice, and it came in the mail like a voice out of the blue. We then moved to Kenya and became part of the work of the GFF.

As you obey the Word of God to get more knowledge, be always alert for that voice behind you as God tries to redirect your knowledge gathering.



We need to talk more about information gathering on the Internet.

Are Google and Wikipedia your main source of new ideas?

If so, you know very well that there are many voices on every topic, and they often disagree. I have found Wikipedia articles to often be in violent contradiction of the facts I know from my own life experience. This is because of two problems.

First, revisionism has totally warped world history over the past fifty years. The Liberal and Conservative sources both lie and prevaricate about the alleged "Facts." "The science" is also now a very common expression used to claim the writer has the correct facts. In fact, "The Science" often simply does not exist. "The Science" about Covid has turned out to be retracted and altered over and over by the talking heads, government agencies, and alleged "experts." For example, "The Science" on Climate Change is refuted by hundreds of scientists around the world who have other information.

The second problem with fact gathering on the Web is that some people simply love and make a lie. It is the End Times, and lying is endemic in all areas of life.

Lying, and the lust to hear lies, is now endemic, and soon God will step in, and he will change men so that they have zero resistance to lies. God wants humanity to condemn themselves just before he judges them.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

We must stop grabbing "facts" online at face value, and we must assume that every source could be lies. Prove everything by finding several sources, and even then, avoid all "facts" that seem too extreme to be true. When you pass along a lie online, or in social media, you are not excused because you are sincere or did not know it was a lie. You are a liar because you passed on lies.

A word of caution: l predict that the next big lie will be that space aliens are real. They are NOT, and if they produce any alleged reality, I am convinced they are devils playing tricks. God says nothing about aliens from outside the earth ever participating in earth life.

Also, the 2020 US election has shown us that many Christians can be deceived by a man with a vile filthy mouth who lies to exalt himself. We Bible believers must never let ourselves be suckered into such a drama again.


Do you come to an issue or subject with presuppositions, or do you seek the truth, whatever you find?

This trick is as old as humanity. It is a fault we all have fallen into at times. We decide what the truth is on a topic, and we then avoid sources which give us contrary facts. We glean only "facts" from those who agree with us. This is very obvious on Fox News and CNN. They lie, and they have no remorse. Do you quote them? If so, you will make a fool of yourself if you haven't already.

As the graphic illustrates, when we take action on presuppositions that are in error or ungodly, our life will be directly affected by false assumptions. We saw how Donald Trump was allowed by God to be President. Many Christians assumed that Trump was God's choice to save America. This showed how quickly some Christians forgot that Jesus Christ is the only one who can save America. Trump is not morally qualified to save anything. We now know that he was a frequent flyer on Jeffrey Epstein's Lolita Express plane that flew men to his Virgin Island estate to violate under aged girls. Sadly, some Christians have not yet figured out right from wrong in this story.


How often do you seek out the old men at the gate for the old ways?

1 Kings 12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

Rehoboam did what the young men advised, and he ended up with civil war, and the kingdom split into two kingdoms.

A college buddy of mine and I got inspired. We decided it would be a great service to God to start a camping ministry for Christian youth. We would buy horses, set up a coral, and then take young men on a horse back hike through the High Sierra Mountains of California. Nothing like it existed, so we felt some pastors and parents would like the idea. We felt a bit unsure of ourselves, so we went and told an old godly ex-missionary what we had in mind. His advice was, "It sounds like a great ministry, but you guys set out to go through Bible college. Finish that part of your life, and then see if the Lord still wants you to do the trail camping." We knew at once that he was right. I still believe it was a good idea, but as it turned out, neither my buddy nor I still had the zeal for this thing after we had graduated. Going forward with the thing would have been a disaster.

In the end though, you are the one who should make the final verdict. Older men can be fools sometimes. Examine all things by the Word of God. Job 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

One of the deadly aspects of the modern mega churches is that almost all of them have only young men as leaders. The pastor is also young in many cases, such as Joel Osteen when he started preaching. Youth is a time of much energy, but young men lack the experience that is gained by long life. Also, when any ministry is targeted to appeal to young people, it will become shallow and silly and based on amusement. A wise pastor is eager to have a balance between younger people and mature older people in his church. This is also very important with younger and older Christian women in the church.

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

A man followed me to become pastor of a church I left. He at once offended the older members, both in his preaching and personally. So, the older members went off to other churches. The church became unstable, and the pastor eventually fled, looking for greener pastures. The church finally joined a doctrinally unstable church in town, and the church ceased to exist.

Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.



So, what is the wise way to deal with worthless knowledge that I already have?

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

FORGETTING, in this verse, means to do it on purpose. It is possible to consciously forget old knowledge. Here are some suggestions:

1. Get rid of old photographs that remind you of the knowledge of evil. I am talking about far more than any porn that should never be on your computer. I am talking about photos and graphics that might be funny, friendly, and actually innocent. But, they take you back to other days when you were obsessed with conspiracies and fixations with things that took your mind away from Christ. Nothing is innocent, in your history, if it takes you back to bad days and away from Christ.

2. Books. Preacher, this is for you. How about all those books on the cults? Was there a time long ago when you were obsessed with researching the New Age Movement, or some other movement? Did that era end with you walking far from Christ? If so, BURN THOSE BOOKS. Do not give them to some other preacher. I did that once, and I regret it. Furthermore, you pastors who are my age and in your 70s, you have no business going to war anymore. Your job is to feed sheep and prepare young men for Christian warfare.

3. Take a seat in the gate of the city. In 2 Samuel 18-19 the battle of King David against the followers of his rebel son Absalom raged as David sat in the gate of the city of Jerusalem. When word came that the battle was won by David's forces, and his son Absalom had been killed, David fled from the gate and went up in a room on the wall and wept. Joab soon came to David and rebuked him for leaving his seat where the old men and leaders sat. Joab predicted a rebellion of his troops if David did not assure them that they had done well in battle. David at once returned to his seat in the gate, and the troops were encouraged and remained loyal to David.

You, my dear old preacher friend, belong in the gate teaching and motivating the young warriors for Christ. You DO NOT belong on the front lines. You are deluded if you believe you can wage war on Satan in hand to hand combat like you once did. You should be there in the gate when the young warriors come home from the battle, and praise their zeal and godly prowess. Where is the gate of the city in 2022? The picnic table in your back yard, IHOP, the round table at the local cafe. Every young warrior needs to know he can find his pastor "in the gate" when he needs to talk about the victories and the defeats.

When the old Christian men no longer sit in the gate of the city, the joy is gone. Jeremiah talks of this in his day:

Lamentations 5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.
15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

I used to visit the round table at the Hill Top Cafe, where the old farmers and coon hunters gathered at the local cafe. You need an invitation to sit at that table, but once you are there, you are privy to the priceless secrets and gossip from your community. That knowledge will then tell you who to visit in the hospital and where you can take the Gospel to a troubled soul.

4. Whatever you do, sir, get off of Drudge. Stop clicking those mockeries of the President on YouTube. What blasted good does that knowledge do you? And, to Hell with the that Covid and vaccination conspiracy please. When you go to Facebook, encourage, add humor, or exalt the Word of God. I am a member of three train groups. They have no bad news to distract my mind. When a group starts making me have morbid thoughts, CLICK, good bye y'all.

If you are a sho nuff country boy, you will love these Appalachian people on Facebook. And, I hear more Gospel there than from some Christian sites I have visited.

True Appalachia hills people and places!

5. Do you have a hobby robbing you of a healthy mind? It could be hunting or fishing. Are you into guns and fishing tackle worth many thousands of dollars? You do not need to be in and out of Bass Pro every five days to become ignorant and dull spiritually, but it helps. You only need one rod to go pier fishing. And, you only need one good rifle to shoot a deer. I have met a fair number of very spiritually ignorant men who were fantastic hunters and had an arsenal of guns enough to wage a small war.

Maybe you are the dumb-as-a-rock fellow who has his head under a hood restoring a 1957 Chevy. You are wise to 327s and quarter race cams, but you are dumb as snot to the Word of God. And, this can be a preacher. I have known a few. You imagine that that 1938 Plymouth with a hemi head engine and slicks will win all the teen age boys in town to you. It will, but how many of them will stay to pray and get saved?

There is nothing more worthless than a preacher who is wise unto horsepower and stupid as a Missouri hog unto the Word of God.

Now, what about YOUR hobby? I only hit on two common ones? I also told you above about the preacher who was obsessed with John Wayne memorabilia. What seemingly innocent hobby is calling you away from the wisdom in Christ?

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

What are you "forgetting and leaving behind" in order to press toward the mark for Christ?



We are far more technologically proficient than we are wise.

And, wherever technology is taking us, we are only partially in control. This is because the producers of technology, and especially social media, have learned many tricks to keep us addicted to technology. Most importantly, they have learned how not to get caught drugging us with their products.

Think about this..... name one person in your life to whom you have become much more devoted, and who needs you more, since you went on Facebook. Please count only those not in your extended family. One, or maybe two? And, how many "friends" do you have on Facebook? Sixty, or 260? So, what do you call the people whom you have not grown closer to? Or, are you so drugged by Mr. Zuckerberg that you really believe all 260 of your "friends" are devoted to you, and you to them?

Now, since I just shocked you a bit, let me review the ways technology robs us of knowledge.


Artificial Intelligence

Are you going to let Artificial Intelligence do all your thinking and knowing for you. We have all gotten quite addicted to Google Search. We merrily search and search, while ignoring the fact that Google stores all our searches, profiles us, and sells us to companies who then target us for advertising. And, then there is the fact that the US Government finds ways to get our data and profile us without consulting us to see if they really got it right. The most serious issue is this..... Have we lost our sense of wonder, and have we forgotten the days when we had to work at learning new things?

You may mock at my question if you want to, but I am convinced that Google, and many other Internet sources, have made us lazy and ignorant of much about the world around us. There are many things you cannot learn unless you go have coffee with some old timer who has a full life of experience. I personally have a huge reservoir of experience and knowledge of the world out there, and hardly ever am I asked to respond to such things as, how to know when a leopard has been around, how to cross the bottom of a volcano safely, what a Marxist coup feels like, how tea is processed, and how to find Indian arrow heads in the Mojave Desert. If you Google for these things, you will get pages of results. But, how do you know those sources were there and experienced what they are talking about. The Web is loaded with experts who are a lot more spert than they are ex. They are expert at copying and pasting second hand information.

Thoreau believed that reality existed only in the spiritual world, and the solution to people's problems was the free development of emotions ("Transcendentalism"). He was half right. Reality is founded in spiritual truth. This world all started when God, who is a Spirit, spoke it all into existence. When Atheists deny there is a spiritual foundation to life, they are paddling upstream with a tea spoon. Every culture and tribe on earth has believed in spirits, beings from outside of the human and physical experience.

The man who would have knowledge must make his quest a spiritual journey. Knowledge on strictly human terms has an upper limit of a piece of baked sand, a computer chip. There is no life in that knowledge, and it will not create anything or answer life's questions.

So, get back to God, his creation, and his written manual of life for you, the Bible.

Cell phones

Please watch these three TED Talks. You will be shocked at how modern phones change us. And, ask yourself if that cell phone is making you more knowledgeable.



This means you cannot retain anything you hear or see unless it took eight seconds or less. I have found this in my own use of YouTube. I find that when I am killing time on YouTube, and I watch some documentary on what should be a useful topic, later, I cannot recall much beyond the basic plot. Details have dropped away, and I find I know very little from the video that I can use later.

Break it down to this basic fact..... the more you poke at your smart phone, the stupider you will become. I do not care if you don't like hearing that..... it is the truth. And, you are becoming useless to God to fulfill his purpose in your life.

Do you feel insecure walking out the door without your cell phone, even to go check the mail or carry out the garbage? You are addicted to that phone, and your mind is becoming as worthless to you and God as a drug addict is worthless to society.

What is the solution?

Answer: Read books, starting with the Word of God. When you are visiting with friends, and one of more of them is constantly on their cell phone, ask if everyone could leave the phones alone and just visit. If they treat you like a violator of their peace, you need new friends.

Make a point of spending time with older Christians, and ask them about the old ways and days. When you meet strangers, make a practice of asking them their opinion on some issue of the day.

Make a time to walk away from your cell phone, and see what it feels like to be off of your leash. If you feel vulnerable doing this, contemplate that, until the 1990s, there was no leash to keep people suddenly available to the rest of the world, and life was quite tolerable back then.

Stop taking social media like Facebook so seriously. Facebook friends live to present themselves on FB to be anything but what they really are. And, you are doing the same thing, and you check FB regularly for "likes" to see who you charmed. Try charming someone at IHOP

Health issues

What you eat, and how you care for your health, affects your mind. And, with a dull mind you will gather less and less knowledge with which to serve the Lord and survive in general.

Bad health is a distraction. Extreme obesity slows you down, both physically and mentally. Your mind is always running to your next snack. Carbohydrates become you dope to feel good.

Eating fast food adds all sorts of chemicals and unhealthy factors into your body and mind, and research has proven that eating junk food makes you dumbed down. Feed that diet to a child, and he will become mentally crippled. I have seen it when I was doing substitute teaching in public schools.

Exercise is critical to clear thinking. If you walk regularly, you will agree with me that your time walking often becomes a time to mentally sort out the cares of life.

King David knew that knowledge could be gained from God's creation.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

The place to learn from the havens is out in your back yard at least. Even better, go to a place in the country where there are no city lights. Type "heavens" into Google, and what you get is mental pabulum.


You will find a that this video borders on shock with some of the solutions to online time. It is only ten minutes long.

With so little of your life in the "personal" category, the time when you grow personally, how much of it is online? I don't care how useful your online adventures seem, you are in cyberspace, and the real world where you can grow, meet live friends, and use your sense of wonder is blocked out.

What does this have to do with ignorance and knowledge? We already established that the online world will give you the attention span of a gold fish. How much of your online time will survive that fact and end up in long term memory? If you send nothing into long term memory, you will not have the resources later in life to solve problems. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE A GOOGLE FREAK. You are too dumb to reason, and your long term memory is becoming a black hole.

Are you starting to get the picture? As long as you can push the power button, you are 100% to blame if you are a mental midget. It has been you choice all along, and now you know what you have to do. Indeed, if you do not finish this article and power down right now, and go for a walk, you will make my day friend.





TED TALKS- I strongly suggest that, if you want online time to add knowledge to your hard drive, search Ted Talks. Some of their topics are disgusting, but they are famous for finding people to talk about things they have done themselves or researched seriously.


Stuart Firestein talks about identifying what you are ignorant of with a view to finding knowledge to eliminate that ignorance. Pastors should watch this. Sir, what are you doing when you teach the Bible to the people? Are you giving them loads of facts which you expect them to remember? Or, are you lighting a fire in them to hunger and thirst after righteousness and find if themselves? If you want a church full of robots, keep loading on the facts. If you want noble Bereans, who search "to see if these things be true," then you must draw them into the fact gathering process. In other words, you must stop trying to be the center of attention and the brain boss.