Monday, February 25, 2019

Identifying False Teachers

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1 Timothy 6:3-4 (KJV)
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising

I have heard of certain teachers who teach doctrines that contradict the teachings of Christ. They say that 'the things Jesus taught were meant for Jews and not for Christians' or 'Jesus’ teachings were before the New Testament and are not valid for New Testament believers'. They forget that every testament (will) is given before and not after the death of the testator. The death of the testator simply ratifies and brings it into effect.

Such teachers are the ones Apostle Paul is referring to in today's Bible verses. They claim to know much but actually know nothing. How can someone who has an understanding of God's Word say that the things Jesus taught were not meant for those who believe in Him?

Yes, there were things the Lord could not teach His disciples because they could not receive them without the help of the Holy Spirit (until the Holy Spirit came and baptized the Gentiles in the very eyes of the first Apostles, they could not believe that Gentiles could receive God's salvation), but the things the Lord taught and commanded His Apostles were meant for believers, and He instructed them to teach these things to other [new] believers everywhere (see Matt 28:20).

Go into today remembering that one way to identify those who spread false teachings is that they claim that certain things Jesus taught are not meant for the believer. They also claim that certain other portions of the New Testament are not meant for the believer.

Prayer: Lord, please immunize me from the deception of those who spread false teachings. Amen.
—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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