Being Myth-Taken – A Look at “Christian” Mythology

Neither give heed to fables … (I Timothy 1:4).

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables … (I Timothy 4:7).

And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (II Timothy 4:4).

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth (Titus 1:14).

Four times in Paul’s writings he uses the Greek word muthos/mythos, Strong’s Greek Lexicon #3454, meaning “a tale, i.e., fiction (‘myth’).” Our English word myth comes from this Greek word mythos.

Paul warned the believer about fables or “myths” that were being pawned off as “scriptural” teachings. As real as these threats were to the believer of Paul’s day, two thousand years have added a thick maze of twisted tales masquerading as the truth. The result has been that the overwhelming majority of Christendom finds itself being myth-taken. They are buried deep in the darkness of a “Christian” mythology.

It is no small task for the student of Scripture to study and sort through traditional “Christian” mythology and the actual truth of the Bible; but it is a noble and rewarding journey. It requires diligent and faithful dedication to the actual Words of God. The saints at Berea modeled this spirit of loyalty to what God had said:

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 (Acts 17:11).

What a life-long task every workman of the Scriptures has. It involves never allowing ourselves to be locked into any man-made creed or systematic theology; while cultivating an ever-adjusting heart and mind to what has been learned afresh from the Scriptures. It requires an attitude and spirit of adjustability.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15).

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971) wrote regarding the issue of adjustability:

Many of the Lord’s people stop short at adjusting to the truth. It very often means breaking with something that we have regarded as very important and very precious. We have come to see that, after all, that was only our conception of it. In God’s view that does not occupy the place at all that we had thought it occupied, and it has to be left behind. We have to adjust to something higher and fuller than that, to a more spiritual and heavenly conception of things. – A Witness and a Testimony (May 1939)

Do not spend your life following the fables of Christendom; being myth-taken. Join the noble sons of God who are diligently searching the Scriptures to see if those things are so. Be truth-taken!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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2 Comments on “Being Myth-Taken – A Look at “Christian” Mythology”

  1. tom ferguson Says:

    their can be no substitute for the consistsnt study of the word of truth.all other’s words must take a lower position in our understanding. He himself is our master.the apostle john has revealed to us that we need not have any teach us. that we have an unction and an understanding that comes from Him. that is, He will guide and insruct us personally in our study of His word. He will arrange the curriculum and lead in the research. if we trust in these words we can be assured that the conclusions we come to are sound.

  2. tom ferguson Says:

    we see around us the evidence that many who having begun the study of the word of truth have jumped to their conclusions. reaching a conclusion is a somewhat tedious exercise. it requires research, evaluation and then more research. the easy way out of this process is to “jump” to a conclusion.another is to “jump” onto somebody else’s band wagon. both of these methods are convenient to the lazy rational mind. We must allow Him to give us rest and help us to learn of Him. He has promied that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.we must also be consistent in this approach. educators have discovered that there exists in all of us a mental faculty known as ‘cognitive disidance’. accordingly, it seems that we engender a propensity that is resistant to the addition of knowledge.e.g. a youngster that has learned to add and subtract will have a propensity to resist further instruction in math as his cognitive disidence tells him that what he knows is all that he needs to know.we find this in ourselves when our cognitive disidence tells us that the meger amount of instruction we have attended to concerning the absolute truths which with we have been blessed is complete and we have exhausted the living word and are in need no longer of it’s (His) counsel. the truth however is that this same word is given to us as our comfort.as such we can be comforted by it and in our study of it at the pace that our teacher, the holy spirit sets for us. He will never leave us or forsake us.


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