1 Corinthians 3:1-2 (KJV) And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

When Maureen had her first child, her mother came from the village to help take care of the baby. Two months later, Maureen had to travel to take a very important professional exam she had missed because of pregnancy illness. She made enough breastmilk available in the refrigerator for the baby. Her mother knew exactly what to do to warm the milk and feed the baby. But there was an unexpected power outage for three days and the milk went bad. Maureen’s mother tried feeding the baby with baby formula, but he rejected it every time. She eventually decided to try feeding him with custard, and he loved it. The next day, she noticed that he was running a fever. When they got to the doctor, the doctor said the fever was because the baby found it difficult to digest the custard. He recommended another baby formula that the baby liked.

After Paul preached the gospel in Corinth, he started teaching the new believers the rudiments of the faith (see Heb 5:1-2). Just like an experienced doctor, he knew that if you feed spiritual newborn babes anything other than doctrinal milk, it would be difficult for them to comprehend, and it may cause spiritual disease instead of spiritual growth.

One of the most troubling things I see today is teachers teaching spiritual babes doctrines that are meant for the spiritually mature. When these spiritual babes, in turn, begin to teach these doctrines from their imperfect understanding, they end up teaching heresy.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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