“Of making many books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).

A serious temptation accompanies the widespread availability of Christian books, blogs, and podcasts. Because so many Christian books have been written about a multitude of subjects, it is far too easy to turn to a Christian book before opening the Bible. Books written by Christians are profitable only when they are approached as a supplementary, not primary, source of guidance. True godliness is cultivated in those who labor in the Scriptures, for there we find the Lord’s counsel (2 Tim. 2:15, 3:15-17).

Luke commends the saints in Berea who measured the teaching of Paul and Silas against the Word of God: “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily do find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). The Bereans are a good example to all of us who desire to pattern our lives according to God’s will.


Written September 1991.

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