Today you should read: Colossians 2:1-5
Beware Of Teaching That Deviates From Christ …
Have you ever been to Hawaii? If not, it’s a must! It is, by far, my favorite vacation destination. I would say it even surpasses some of the amazing places we visited in Europe this past summer. Kasey and I loved it.
It was while we were in Hawaii, on our honeymoon, when we tried to research and find a good church to go to on Sunday morning. We were looking for churches close to our hotel, and we found one. And it was in that church that we experienced false teaching first-hand.
The message that morning had many gut-wrenching aspects, but the greatest (or worst) of them all was that every aspect of the teaching deviated from Christ.
In our passage today Paul expresses his care for this church and the surrounding area. He’s expressing his desire for them to be encouraged, unified, and rooted in the truth of Jesus.
One of the main things Paul is addressing here, and in what is to follow, is how to protect against false teaching.
Paul says in verse 3 that all wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus, and that there are no “secret mysteries” of God that other religions claim to search for or have access to. Christ IS the mystery revealed.
In verse 4 Paul tells the Christians in Colossae, and tells us, that he is communicating these things so that no one would delude them, or us, with false teaching…. with teaching that is not centered on the gospel message.
And in verse 5 Paul states that his desire is that all stand firm in true faith in Jesus.
All of this centers on the fact that there is indeed teaching that deviates from…. strays from…turns away from…Jesus. There are no “secret recipes” for religion, there are no other places to find wisdom or knowledge, and there is no other place to find satisfaction and purpose. Even though other so called “truth” sounds practical and attractive, no teaching is worth anything if it doesn’t center on, revolve around, flow from, or point to Jesus. He is everything. Even moralistic teaching, which sounds like life-application, can deviate from the true source of power and purpose…Jesus. Without whom, even living right becomes about our performance and ourselves.
So, let’s be aware of false teaching. And let us make sure we don’t deviate from the centerpiece of our faith, Jesus Christ.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione