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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 2000

How Teachable Are We?

"Except you become as little children, and be converted, ye shall in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven."

No, that is not what Jesus said. He said: "Except you be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:3).

The order of words is important. Conversion comes first, then the "becoming as little children" describes the whole Christian life that follows.

In other words, Jesus is saying that the whole Christian life is to be lived in child-likeness, a concept far broader than that of child-likeness merely being the starting point on the way to, or that precedes, conversion.

Friends, we live in a complex world, and we tend to bring those complexities into our understanding of our Christianity. In over complexities we fossilize, and then, un-child-like, we tend to grow unteachable To truly follow Jesus, however, one must work at the job of remaining open to new insight, of always being teachable, all one's days!

Now what about end-time Bible prophecy? Have we become fossilized over some preconceived, encrusted theory, or do we remain open and honest in our desire to welcome truth, even if that truth should conflict and contradict our now cherished ideas?

Some people fear to honestly study what the Bible teaches about the end-time, lest honest Bible study might lead to disconcert, might raise some doubt, or bring them some confusion. To these people Darbyism has become a substitute for honest Bible study. Flowing with the popular hearsay of the day, my friends, is much easier than it is to be a seeker after truth--at any cost.

Darbyites are generally very set in their preclusion that the theory they espouse is indeed the pure and unadulterated gospel. But is this really so? Is dispensational premillennialism really the truth or could it be, rather, a "cunningly devised" system of fantasy and fables?

If we are really child-like, as Jesus taught us to be, then we will question, we will at least make some effort--some honest, sincere, and open-minded effort--to find out. Child-likeness implies both a teachable attitude and an eagerness to learn. It boils down to a spirit. How is your's?

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