Today you should read: 1 Timothy 4:1-5
“In the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
We have been going through the book of 2 Timothy as a church and Paul deals with this issue in more detail in that book. Paul spends a great deal of his last letters to Timothy warning and describing what the last times will look like. One of the key things he talks a lot about is the idea of people following false teachings. Already, in Paul’s times, there are many false teachers and deceivers teaching things contrary to what Paul was teaching, which was God’s true word. This has become even more prevalent in our day as people are fooled into such ideas as new age spirituality, Islam, Catholicism, and other false world religions. There are even other “Christian” world views and religions that have many people fooled into believing things that are “close” to Christianity but, not quite. The health and wealth gospel, second baptism of the Holy Spirit, and movements like these have people fooled as well. The largest church in America (46,000 people in attendance!) is promoting the health and wealth gospel. We live in a day and age where people’s consciences are certainly seared and people are being fooled left and right. So, how do we weed out what is true and what is false? Here are a few quick ways to do this:
- Read the Bible– The Bible tells us of a group of people called the Bereans, who were, of course, from Berea (not KY). They heard what Paul had to say but instead of just taking his word for it they studied the scriptures daily to make sure what he said was true(Acts 17:11). This is the first and most important thing you can do to make sure something is true or not.
- Pray- The Bible also tells us that the Holy Spirit has been given to us to illuminate (or show us) what is true and right (John 16:13) We have freedom to go to Him and ask for His guidance to see what is true and what is not.
- Make sure it holds Jesus as Lord and Savior and as God’s Son- 1 John 4:1-2 tell us that we should test everything to make sure it is true. John tells us how to do that by making sure Jesus has His rightful place and that He is represented truly and fully. If a belief or a theological system does not hold to this, it is not truth.
- Seek wise counsel- There is always wisdom in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14). Seek out people you can trust and who know the Scriptures and can give you wise counsel on what it is you are thinking about or researching.
This is not an exhaustive list but if you start here you can feel confident you will be able to weed out false teachings as they come your way.
Posted by:Robbie Byrd