Colossians 2:8 – Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
My husband and I were recently on the receiving end of a hard sales presentation. Our salesman knew A LOT of words, and he liked using as many as possible each time he spoke. It seemed that every time one of us asked him a question, he would talk for at least two minutes and never come close to giving an answer. I started asking questions that I really had no interest in the answer; I just wanted to see him maneuver around an actual answer! He was very good at empty answers. He knew a lot of words. He knew a lot of high-sounding words. He knew how to take his great collection of high-sounding words and arrange them in a way to actually say nothing. People can sometimes get in situations like that and get caught up because the words are high sounding. They get captured in a riptide of words and, before they realize what is happening, they are carried away. Paul said the Colossians were being captured with high sounding words that had no substance. There are well known pastors today that use a lot of words, a lot of high-sounding words. What they say sounds good, but they never actually say anything of substance. They, like our salesman, use a lot of words to say nothing. Someone very close to me is an avid follower of a celebrity minister who, in my opinion, uses a lot of high-sounding words to say nothing. In a discussion one night, I made the comment that he uses pretty words just to make the listener feel good. Her comeback was “Sometimes you just want to hear pretty words to make you feel good.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says “For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (HCSB) John F. Kennedy is quoted as saying, “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” We know that people are listening to the high-sounding, pretty words to give them comfort, but C.S. Lewis said “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” Lord, You know that we live in a world of people looking for comfort and ending up with despair. The world needs truth, not just pretty words that bring self-satisfied comfort. Lord, I pray for the people who are trading Your words for high-sounding words and myths. Lord, I pray for Your people that we would share Your words, words not from human thinking but from Christ.