Matthew 16 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“An evil and adulterous generation wants a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then He left them and went away. The disciples reached the other shore, and they had forgotten to take bread. Then, Yeshua told them, “Watch out and beware of the Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:4-6
What is an adulterous generation? Spiritual adultery forsakes belief & faith for the latest sign or wonder. It is, at its core,idolatry and paganism.
Spiritual adultery may display itself as overtly as leaving the Messianic community for another religion. It may also display itself in as subtle signs as congregation “hopping”. Different from people taking their time to find the right community, chronic congregation hoppers think the congregational experience is all about them. They crave excitement,but they don’t commit to serving beyond their comfort zone. When the congregation becomes uncomfortable or un-entertaining, they move on, in search of a better experience.
People who are not mature in their faith, i.e., aren't grounded in the G_d’s Word, are less likely to be reliable members of a congregation. They are also more likely to be enticed by subtle heretical teaching.
Ask yourself: If your congregation were your spouse,would it say you were faithful?
This was the case with the Pharisees who were secretly communicating with Yeshua’s disciples. They were engaging in hushed conversations with the disciples, planting subversive thoughts. Yeshua said,“Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees.” What was He talking about?
Yeast is a subtle heretical teaching that entices the flesh. Because it is subtle, yeast spreads undetected until it grows too big tocontrol. In the Bible, yeast is synonymous with sin because it spreads quietly,almost un-detainable until it’s almost too late. Yeast is more dangerous thanblatant heresy. Blatant heresy can be easily spotted.
Yeast theology works hand-in-glove with an adulterous generation. When people reject sound doctrine, they end-up attending a congregation that doesn't challenge them with the truth of Scripture. When a pulpit is compromised, Bible teaching is replaced with “bible-themed” messages.Rote volunteerism replaces discipleship & kingdom-building.
Sadly, years can go by before a person recognizes the emptiness of this type of theology. Many people literally spiritually starve to death. Others just bounce from benign congregation, to benign congregation.They grow increasingly bitter of anything that convicts of sin, and they get bored, unless the congregation’s “production” is entertaining.
Here’s a good rule: Look for a congregation that considers the Bible to be THE SOURCE of sound doctrine, instead of just another RESOURCE for positive living.
~SteveWiggins, Assistant Rabbi
Daily Devotional, Sunday, May 5, 2013