Welcome to Girded with Truth
About a former Roman Catholic searching for the Truth according to the Word of God in scripture.
My name is Karen, an Ex-Roman Catholic [from the cradle] who searched for the truth; drawn to the well of salvation in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). Today, here I stand, boldly, defending and earnestly contending for the truth (Jude 1:3) according to the pure word of God (Proverbs 30:4-6) with witness and testimony of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having “come out from amongst them” [Charismania], in light of and in obedience to scripture, I commenced with research into the “Charismatic Chaos” and “Word of Faith” movement and the seducing spirit thereof.
Furthermore, I enrolled at Bible College, alongside my husband, in order to “unlearn” error and learn the truth of the word of God, thereby, studying to show myself approved with scripture, the whole counsel of God. Rightly dividing the Word of God is imperative.
Regardless of my parents having forsaken me (Psalm 27:10), with true love and forgiveness in my heart, I earnestly explained the truth of Jesus being the only way, the only truth, and the only life. No-one can come to the one and only Father in heaven except through His Son Jesus Christ, who is the one and only mediator. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)
The bedrock of my Christian walk as a true believer in and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ is Matthew 5:3-20 and Matthew 6:9-14 and Romans 8:28, and Romans 1:16.
The Lord Jesus Christ said, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15
Broken by almighty sovereign God, with a contrite heart of repentance, I truly declare: Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life. John 14:5-6
The penultimate book of the Bible is Jude, wherein the author identifies himself as Jude, the “brother of James” (Jude 1:1). Jude had intended to write a treatise on salvation, whereupon he was led to write the New Testament’s strongest condemnation of false teachers.
Thereby, Jude beseeches “to those who are called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ,” entreating them to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” (Jude 1:3) Furthermore, he warned believers that “certain persons have crept in unnoticed.” (Jude 1:4)
Today, we find these ‘certain persons ’ to be among us everywhere. Indeed, their books are in the “Christian” book stores; their false teachings are proclaimed within the churches; they are speaking at conferences; they travel the globe and visit churches; they are leading church ministries and of course, writing in “Christian” magazines and on ministry websites.
The Lord Jesus Christ warned us, clearly, that we are to “beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-16)
We ought to be “Bereans” as in Acts 17:11 – the apostle Paul escapes from the unbelieving Jews in Thessalonica, and is taken by night into Berea. Afterwards, he enters a synagogue of the Jews in Berea. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Therefore, a Berean searches the scriptures to verify whether the things he has been taught are scriptural. In view of Acts 17:11, is a believer, follower of Christ alone, who allows the scriptures, rightly divided, to be the final authority. A true Berean will not accept any teaching that has no scriptural foundation.
The Berean believer, as a ‘watchman on the wall’ ought to stand firm in the truth of scripture rightly divided and ‘sound the trumpet’ with regard to “unfruitful deeds of darkness.” (Ephesians 5:11) whilst shining a light on the truth of the pure word of God, and as such, I do so, unashamedly.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
Test All Things
Against the Word of God
1 Thessalonians 5:21
“Prove all things, hold fast that which is good”
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Rock on which I stand fast, for “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (Psalm 40:2)
“He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (Psalm 62:2)
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield
unto them that put their trust in him.“
Psalm 25:5 | Romans 1:16
Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)