Posts Tagged ‘Truth

02
Apr
18

The Heavy Responsibility of Handling God’s Word

Peter closes out his description of false teachers and their destiny by quoting the book of Proverbs. Peter wrote:

Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” – 2 Peter 2:22 (NIV)

He was writing about how there were false teachers who were returning to a former sinful way of life. They had become followers of Jesus, but were abandoning their faith to return to a life of sin. Perhaps even worse, they were convincing others to do the same. Teaching carries with it a great deal of responsibility. The apostle Paul told his protege, Timothy, to handle the word of Truth correctly. We who preach and teach are held to a higher standard because so much is on the line. If we don’t handle God’s Word correctly, we could lead people astray from the Truth. It’s a scary thing to know that so much is on the line when it comes to teaching and preaching. God has given us His Word so that we would know the Truth and could be set free by it. We must be careful to not only preach and teach well, but to live consistent lives of holiness and righteousness, too.
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26
Mar
18

Falling Prey To False Teachers

In 2 Peter 2, the entire chapter is devoted to false teachers. He describes their methods and their future. He wrote:

They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! – 2 Peter 2:13-14 (NIV)

We must be on our guard against false teachers in the church. This is why it is so important to know the truth. False teachers are greedy for power, prestige and money. They derive pleasure from seducing the unstable to follow them. Do not listen to the lies of false teachers! Instead, know the truth and what God really says and you will be less likely to fall victim to their schemes.
20
Mar
18

What False Teachers Do

Peter, addressing the topic of false teachers, said that they will lead many astray. They would deny the truth and bring it into disrepute, Peter says. He wrote:

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. – 2 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

When false teachers spread lies, two things occur. First, they lead people astray from the truth. Whatever heresy they spread, they end up leading people from the truth. Their version of the truth is really more of a perversion of it. Peter says that their conduct is depraved.
Second, not only do they lead people astray, but they hurt the witness of the church as well. False teachers cause confusion in the church and they hurt the church’s reputation in the world. The world doesn’t know any better for they tend to be ignorant of God’s Word. What is sad is when Christ’s followers are ignorant of the Word of God as well. If we don’t know the truth, we’ll be apt to be led astray and the church will be hurt as well.
19
Mar
18

Truth Versus Lies

False teachers are nothing new. In the days of the Old Testament prophets, there were false prophets. Peter warned his readers that false teachers would come among them as well. He wrote:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. – 2 Peter 1:1 (NIV)

If you want to recognize a false teacher, you have to know what is true. You have to know what God says in His Word to be able to spot heresy and false teaching. If you don’t know the truth, how can it set you free? If you don’t know the truth, how will you ever be able to differentiate it from a lie? God has revealed the truth of His Son in His Word. Commit yourself to knowing the truth so that you won’t fall victim to a lie.
13
Mar
18

Jesus Is No Fairytale

Some people like to think of God’s Word, the Bible, as a collection of myths and legends. There are some who believe that Jesus was a mythical person or a prophet or a good teacher. He had a good message of morality and love, but as far as being the Son of God or Messiah, they’re not willing to go that far. What if there were eyewitnesses to Jesus who were willing to die for what they saw? That’s who Peter was. He wrote:

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. – 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV)

Peter says that those with him did not make up the stories about Jesus. They saw Him, in the flesh, do all of the things that Scripture says He did. They saw Him fulfill prophecy. They saw Him heal people and perform miracles. They saw His majesty. Jesus Christ is no mythical figure. Jesus Christ is no mere teacher or prophet. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Whether you believe it or not, it’s the truth.
12
Oct
17

The Spirit Of Truth

When it comes to false teachers and false prophets, the world will listen to their lies. John says that false teachers and false prophets are from the world and that’s why the world listens to them. John says:

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. – 1 John 4:5-6 (NIV)

The Spirit of truth lives in the hearts of Christ’s followers. We must listen to God’s Spirit of truth when it comes to the lies of false prophets. If it sounds worldly or too good to be true, then it is probably worldly or too good to be true. If you want to know the truth, you’ve got to read the Word of truth and follow the Way, the Truth and the Life and His name is Jesus.
06
Oct
17

Testing The False Prophets

There are many false teachers and false prophets in our world. There are people who claim to speak for God, but are deceiving millions. We have to be discerning to know what is truth and what are lies. John wrote:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  – 1 John 4:1 (NIV)

If you are listening to someone claim to speak for God, do you know if they are telling the truth or if they are speaking lies? The best way to know if someone is a false prophet is to study the truth of God’s Word. Know the truth and the truth will set you free from the lies of false prophets and teachers. Don’t believe every preacher just because they’re on TV or the internet or writing a blog. Study the Word of God and learn the truth for yourself.



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