Today you should read: Deuteronomy 13
There is a fairly basic, yet profound lesson to learn or be reminded of in Deuteronomy 13. It’s a lesson that is very applicable in our society that has embraced pluralism, relativism, and a “believe whatever you feel like believing” mindset about God.
There are three examples in this chapter of someone saying, “Let us go after other gods and serve them.”(See vs. 1-2, 6-7, and 12-13). Basically, these three examples are simply people distorting the truth about God and trying to get other people to follow.
Following these examples of people distorting the truth are instructions for how to respond:
Verse 3 says, “You shall not listen to the words of that prophet.”
Verse 4 says, “You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him.”
Verse 8 says, “You shall not listen to him or yield to him.”
In other words, simply put, do not listen to, entertain, or believe the teachings of one who speaks against the authority and truth of God and His words. Regardless of how appealing they may sound, how “P.C.” they are trying to be, how “tolerant” they claim to be, anything that goes against God and His teachings are considered an abomination. Following after false teaching is a recipe for disaster.
Look at the instructions about what to do with false teachers in verses 5, 9-10, and 15-16. The false teacher was supposed to be put to death. Yikes! Now, I’m not advocating that we go and slaughter any false teachers that we know (including some very popular pastors in America), but I want to express the seriousness and the importance of following God and teaching about Him by His word, by His ways, and by His standards. To do anything differently is to be “cruisin’ for a bruisin’.”
With that said, let me ask a few probing questions:
- What preferences do you choose to follow that do not measure up to the teachings of Scripture?
- Do you have teachers/preachers/pastors that you follow who teach things that simply oppose the true gospel yet you yield to their teaching?
- Do your disciples and those around you learn a false gospel because your life contradicts Scripture?
Posted by:Rich Duffield