“Who says I can’t drive 95 on the Interstate?”  Probably the wrong question to ask the trooper who pulled you over.  

“Who says I can’t use pine tar when I’m pitching against the opposing team?”  Best not to say that to the umpire.

“Who says I can’t holler ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater?”   The district attorney may tell you who says so.

“Who says it’s time to come in from playing?” says the kid to his older brother.  “Dad says” might make a difference.

“Who says?” is as old as Satan’s challenge to Eve:  “Did God really say?”

That question matters when it comes to right or wrong, truth or falsehood, faith or unbelief, heaven or hell.  

“I am afraid,” said Paul to one of his congregations, “that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”  

“Watch out for false prophets,” said Jesus.  “They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”   The false prophet does not wear a sign on his chest that says, “Danger! False prophet!”  He does not come with a skull and cross-bones pasted on his forehead. The false prophet appears as a prophet, often with a Bible under his arm, as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  It is love in its purest form that moved Jesus to warn us.

In his second epistle, Peter says: “They will secretly bring in destructive heresies.”  “Heresies” are false teachings, doctrines not in agreement with the Bible. The word “heresy” literally means “that which a person chooses for himself.”  The heretic usually does not deny everything the Bible teaches, any more than the devil denies the existence of God. The heretic picks and chooses what he wants to believe, what appeals to his fleshly desires to believe and then discards or distorts the rest.  He takes the cafeteria approach to the Bible.

The world, the sinful flesh and devil are forever putting a question mark where God has placed a period.  With a fist in God’s face, they shout: “Who says so?” We are left in a fog, wondering where we came from, where we are headed, and how we are going to get there.

There is a genuine blessing in knowing what God says.  It lifts from us the miserable burden of trying to be the god of our own lives.  It places us into the hands of the God who became our Brother to carry us and our burdens.

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Rev. Roy W. Hefti

About Rev. Roy W. Hefti

Pastor Hefti grew up on the North side of LaCrosse. He is a 1971 graduate of Luther High School. He then attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. After graduation, he went on to attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. He graduated the Seminary in 1979 and accepted his first call to start a mission congregation in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. In May 1984, Pastor Hefti received and accepted the call to be the Pastor of St. Paul’s. Pastor, his wife Alice and 3 children moved to Bangor in July of 1984. The Lord blessed the Heftis with 3 more children while living in Bangor. Their 6 children are now grown and are living around the world. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Hefti teaches 7th-8th grade confirmation classes and also teaches a rotating class of “A Touch of Latin” or “A Touch of German” to familiarize the children with a foreign language. Each morning, Pastor conducts a Bible study with the faculty and he also conducts a weekly mission devotion with the whole school.