In a discussion about pastors not teaching solid doctrine, but rather preaching baby food, the subject of goat food came up. A man in Canada said “They have been serving this stuff all over the place here in Canada, We call it goat food.” This got a little dialog going and I thought that what we can learn about goats would make a good post, so here it is.
First lets see how the Bible compares sheep and goats at the time of judgment. Matthew 25:31-34 says “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”
One thing that jumps out at me on the subject of dividing the sheep and the goats is that the sheep are on the right and the goats are on the left. I don’t know if this says something about the political correctness of the last days or not, but it sure is interesting. (see my post at Solid Foundation Ministries)
Notice that the sheep, who are on the right hand, inherit the kingdom. They are called the blessed of the Father.
Matthew 25:41 tells us what happens to those on the left hand, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
I sure wouldn’t want to be a goat at the judgment!
Now lets look at some characteristics of goats. My sister owns the Spotted Dog Goat Ranch in Kimberly ID and I have learned a lot about goats from her.
If you know anything about goats, you know they will eat just about anything. If goats eat the wrong food their milk is undrinkable. This describes many of today’s professing Christians, they will swallow just about any doctrine except that which puts God’s righteousness first in their lives. as a result their testimony leaves a bad taste. If Christians don’t turn back to God their fruit will continue to turn the world away from God instead of drawing them to Him.
Another thing about goats is that the kids are really cute, but they really stink. The Joel Osteen type of Christianity really looks good, but when you compare it with the Bible (KJV of course) it stinks. This type of “Christianity” is not about God, it is about what can I get. God becomes the servant and man becomes the lord.
It is time that preachers start feeding the sheep meat instead of milk. Listen to Hebrews 5:12-14, “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
So little meat is being served in our churches, and I am talking about fundamental Baptist churches, that people are unable to discern between good and evil. Many churches spend so much time preaching on soul-winning that they miss what most of the New Testament teaches. The focus of most of the New Testament is on growing Christians. I don’t mean to diminish the importance of soul-winning because souls must be won before they can grow. If Christians don’t mature and if their lives don’t reflect godly precepts, our efforts in soul-winning are wasted.
The world is confused by the mixed message that is sent by Christendom today. There are so many conflicting teachings that supposedly all come from the Bible that the world believes that you can make the it say what ever you want it to say.
Christians need a strong doctrinal foundation so they can discern truth from error. We have people who believe all kinds of conflicting things and we are told that they are all part of the “universal” or “true” church. If we were in agreement on doctrine our testimony to the world would be much stronger and we would win more souls.
Lets not raise goats who will eat almost anything that is fed to them. Lets be Bereans who search the Scriptures to see what is true and what is not!
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