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The Bible doesn’t say that, part 3

Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:19 am

By Pastor Marcus Blair, Cornerstone Baptist Church

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard this phrase in movies, in songs, just about everywhere. Listen to your heart. Follow your heart. Your heart will guide you. Our culture embraces the idea so strongly, I bet millions of people base their decisions on this idea. People tend to see the heart as kind of a compass that is going to take you to a good place, if you will listen to and follow it. It’s a romantic idea: I’ll pursue my dreams in the way my gut or intuition tells me, and I will end up blessed and happy because of it. Unfortunately, this idea is not biblical.

Pastor Marcus Blair of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Pastor Marcus Blair of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Following the heart seems to be a good idea. It sounds spiritual, like we are following the guidance that comes from the inside. That if we have the courage to listen to our hearts and go that way, they won’t steer us wrong. It sounds simple, and beautiful, and unfortunately, it’s a lie. “Follow your heart” is not in the Bible. In fact, the Bible says the opposite.

Jeremiah 17:9-10

Our hearts are deceitful. Above ALL things! Wow, that’s very condemning, isn’t it? Surely there are SOME times when our heart wouldn’t lead us wrong. Surely there are times when the heart wants good! Maybe so, but the real problem is the heart of every person has been marred and corrupted by sin.

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.