I. Introduction: The word “vet” as I am using it means: “make a careful and critical examination of (something)” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
A. Think about a principle we [faithful saints] all know (Acts 17:10-11).
- The wrong information is not helpful (Jeremiah 7:8).
- Furthermore, following the wrong information is not excusable (Matthew 15:14).
- Instructed to not be deceived by men (Ephesians 5:6).
- Instructed to not be deceived by thinking sinners are okay (I Corinthians 6:9-10).
- Instructed to not be deceived by thinking we are above being influenced for evil (I Corinthians 15:33).
- Instructed to not be self-deceived (Galatians 6:3; 6:7).
II. Body: We Are Expected By God To Prove [Test] All Things (I Thessalonians 5:21)!
A. Think about considering the source (I Corinthians 3:18-20 and James 3:13-18).
- Is the world a credible source (I John 5:19; cf. II Timothy 3:13)?
- Is our own understanding a credible source (Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 16:25, and II Corinthians 10:18)?
- What do we see in the Scriptures about the need for credible (Proverbs 12:17) witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:1-7, Deuteronomy 19:15, Matthew 18:15-17, II Corinthians 13:1, and I Timothy 5:19)?
- What source do we have to navigate through life and sort through the confusion (Psalms 119:97-105 and II Timothy 3:15-17).
- In some times, it’s best to keep silence (Amos 5:4-14).
- We know we are to walk in wisdom towards those outside of the body of Christ (Colossians 4:5-6).
- What we say reveals something about our character (Proverbs 12:17).
- Your reputation matters (Proverbs 22:1).
- If you cannot handle matters of the world right, why would anyone trust you with spiritual matters (Luke 16:11-12)?
- Consider how that incorrect information quickly spreads (Matthew 28:11-15 and John 21:20-23).
- Do you want to be part of the spread of false information (Proverbs 19:5; 19:9)?
III. Conclusion: Don’t believe everything you read or hear (Proverbs 14:15 and Mark 4:24).
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