Having an Open Mind

This originally appeared as an email delivered on
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013.

Some people boast about having open minds. Their minds are always open.

What they mean by this is that they will tolerate ideas different from their own. About the only thing they will not tolerate is someone with a closed mind.

While we should value the right of each person to make their own choices, and consider ideas, there are some ideas that are dangerous and simply wrong.

According to the Bible there are some things we keep locked up in our minds and hearts, and other things we deny entrance.

We should hold on to instruction and cleave to the good (Prov 4:13, Rom 12:9)

We should avoid the way of evil men, and the appearance of evil (Prov 4:14-15; 1 Thess 5:22).

Once we buy the truth we should not let it go (Prov 23:23). In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3). These things ought to be closed up in our hearts and minds.

If our minds are always open, the good things tend to fall out. Sometimes our minds should be closed.

Open your mind to let the truth in, but close it when it comes to evil and error. You must exercise discernment from God’s word to know the difference (Heb 5:14, 1 Cor 2:15).

Otherwise, open minds can lead to empty heads.

For His glory,

Justin “close minded” Johnson

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