To Assert is to Enter a Commitment
In many ways, making an assertion is like letting everyone know that you are committed to a certain idea, and beyond just being committed to a certain belief, you are committed to truth. For example, when you assert that this speaker is the best in all the land, you commit yourself to the truth in that statement.
This is why the Scriptures tread gently on the waters of assertions. This applies in many areas of our lives, but on the topic of making assertions about Biblical doctrines, Paul goes on to say:
3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:3-7)
We need to learn to be careful about making assertions, as doing so makes it that we are staking a claim and really, in a sense, seemingly fighting for a certain truth that we hold. There is danger in making assertions only to be found false. People can make assertions very confidently and end up speaking that which is not true. In fact, it is usually those who appear to be unashamedly sure of their stand that end up being proven wrong about it somewhere down the line.
Warnings about false teachers and prophets fall under this area. We have seen plenty of teachers and preachers claim something that appears to biblical, only to find out eventually that they are wolves in sheep’s clothing and were actually deceiving multitudes simply because they appeared so sure of themselves. Here enters the value of knowing how to discern that which is true from that which is not.
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