Let God be true but every man a liar... Romans 3:4
In others words, go by what the Bible says and do not cling to what man says. Recently, I heard a worship leader say in the closing prayer of worship, "Lord, we are desperate for you." I couldn't help but get hung up on the word "desperate". And why was I suddenly aware of that word? I've heard it many times. It's even in some classic worship songs. But I felt the need to make a note to myself to go home and look up the word in my Bible. As far as I could tell, the actual word is only mentioned twice. Once in Job and once in Isaiah
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind? Job 6:26In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Isaiah 17:11
Both verses are written with the Jews in mind, and neither one is used as a positive reference. The Apostle Paul never uses the word when addressing the church. This would contradict the fact that we are "complete in Him" (Colossians 2:10). Further more, the definition of desperate is this:
des·per·ateˈdesp(ə)rət/adjectiveadjective: desperatefeeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.
Just because we walk into a church or conference or Bible study or Sunday school, it does not mean we have to turn our brains off and just accept whatever is said. This is fatal! We are all without excuse. The only way to combat ignorance is this:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15And by study, it does not mean reading books *about* the Bible, listening to wrong doctrine, doing "5 minute daily devotions", etc. We must study God's word (pure and simple, perfectly preserved, unaltered) so that we can identify the errors of man! But don't just take my word for it, read it for yourself.