February 13, 2017

Did You Fact Check That? By T. L. Wiens

How much time does a writer spend researching while writing a manuscript? How many times do they get a manuscript edited before publishing? One study I looked at said the average fiction manuscript gets read through about thirty-five times before it gets published. Non-fiction averaged about fifteen reads. A lot of time and effort go into getting a good finished product.

Did you know that every book in the New Testament with the exception of Philemon warns about falsehoods coming into the lives of believers?

Matthew 7:15
Mark 12:24-27
Luke 6:26
John 8:41-44
Acts 20:28-30
Romans 16:17-18
1 Corinthians 3:3-9
2 Corinthians 11: 12-13
Galatians 2:3-4
Ephesians 4:14
Philippians 3:2
Colossians 2:8
1 Thessalonians 3:5
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
1 Timothy 4:1-3
2 Timothy 4:3-4
Titus 1:9-11
Hebrews 13:9
James 5:19-20
1 Peter 5:8
2 Peter 2:1
1 John 4:1
2 John 1:9-11
3 John 1:9-10
Jude 1:4
Revelations 2

This is far from a comprehensive list and yet it’s not a subject I’ve heard much preaching on in comparison to the emphasis God put on it. In fact, I’ve heard more sermons on passages where there is only one point of reference in scripture on the matter.

We need to be diligent in our faith, making sure our theology is on track. That means checking our sources. Is the translation of the Bible you use accurate? Is your minister preaching truth? What does your denomination believe?

You put the work into a manuscript to get a good end result. Is not your eternal destiny worth the same amount of effort?


  1. Very sound advice, Tammy. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Thank you for your message. It reminds me we are constantly to be on our guard in our spiritual lives. I aappreciate your heart and sincerity.

    1. Thanks Alan. It's something that has been on my mind a lot lately.

  3. Thanks for this reminder, Tammy! We do need to be diligent in our study and make sure we believe what is true.

  4. Your blog, Tammy, is a good reminder to always speak and write the truth and to fact-check our own work. Jesus emphasized knowing the truth. I had not previously been aware of the fact you present saying, "that every book in the New Testament with the exception of Philemon warns about falsehoods coming into the lives of believers."

    Jesus, speaking to the Jews who had believed him, said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the important matter of truth, Tammy.

  5. Thanks for your emphasis on the truth, Tammy. Our Bible Study group is working on 1 John where John warns his followers to beware of false teachers who had come in. And John assures them how they can know the truth of Christ's coming, and how they know they have eternal life. And this truth brings us joy!!


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