I was very briefly exposed to music education as a child in elementary school. This was in the form of extracurricular classes that I don’t recall choosing to participate in. Our teacher would just say to us, “OK it’s time to go to music class now,” and off we would go down the hallway to another smaller classroom. The music teacher would work with us as we learned new songs, most of which were old Negro spirituals. One in particular was, “Where You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

This brief exposure to music may have lasted only one semester, and then I was ushered off to some other extracurricular class. Nevertheless, I learned a few things that have enhanced my appreciation of music. Possibly the most important lesson was how to determine when someone was singing or playing off key.

In much the same way, when I first became a Christian I was discipled by those that were very seasoned in their faith. God’s word was taught by men who were sticklers for accuracy. This too has been a wonderful blessing to me over my forty or so years as a Christian. It has given me the ability to recognize when someone is slightly off on their doctrine. .

Today, so many seem to be falling for biblical half-truths simply because they have been taught “off key.” The problem is perpetuated when they themselves decide to teach others what they have learned. When we have been properly schooled on truth, we immediately recognize that which is untrue. Then, anything other than the unadulterated truth of God’s word sounds much like fingernails scraping a blackboard. We should all make sure that we treat God’s word with the respect it deserves.

But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:14

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