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Friday, September 2, 2016

AVOIDING FALSE TEACHERS

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 New Living Translation
“These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” 
       Throughout the world today there are many who pretend to be a friend to Christianity, yet in their hearts there is darkness. Their only mission is to subtly implant division within the body? Frankly, without the discernment of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom found in God’s word, we wouldn’t. Sweet talking jackals try to persuade you to believe that which is untrue. How would we know who they are? We are at their mercy if not armed with the proper weapons. God provides for us all we will ever need to ward off the devil and live a victorious life, but we leave them untouched at home.  We become vulnerable and it’s our own fault.           
       We see it in ministry throughout the world; false teachers hell bent on leading folks down a parallel path that veers off into oblivion. It’s only through diligence that we can avoid such a travesty. Many a faithful servant down through the ages has been lured by the hope of an easier path or a more palatable teaching. The ways of God are not easy. They require discipline. There is no easy way, for Christ is the only way to heaven. There is no other way to receive the forgiveness of sins, no matter how many people say there is. Truth doesn’t lie in the number of constituents, but rather in the identity of the source. Many seem easily drawn to honey dripping from the lips of silver tongue devils simply because they can be seen, heard with their own ears and perhaps even touched. Don’t be fooled. As scripture declares, “their end will be what their actions deserve”.
       Study God’s word. Know His voice. Discern by His Spirit and you will avoid being drawn off the narrow path God has chosen for you. Without God’s direction we are like a rudderless ship prone to wandering aimlessly. It doesn’t need to be that way. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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