There have been times when I listened to a Bible teacher, and honestly, it sounded more like a Ted-Talk than a Bible Lesson. The person talked on and on about what they believe on a topic and throw in a verse here and there to back it up.
When we hear these talks, even through they might be energizing and sound good, we have to ask, “Does the Bible really say that? Or are they basing what they say on their personal experience?
Christians disagree on many things. Does it matter what we believe as long as we all get along? Although there are times when we may disagree, we still need to have a genuine respect for the truth of God’s Word, and we must judge what is preached against the Word of God (like the Bereans did).
I decided to search the Scriptures to see what God has to say about truth. Here are a few verses we should heed.
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1 NIV Read full chapter
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NIV Read full chapter
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 Read full chapter
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV Read full chapter
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15 NIV Read full chapter
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” Ephesians 6:14 NIV Emphasis mine Read full chapter
“Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5 NIV Read full chapter
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NIV Read full chapter
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4: 1-4 NIV (emphasis mine)
From GotQuestions.org “All worship is a response to truth, and that which is truth is contained in the Word of God. Jesus said to His Father, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17b) To truly worship God, we must understand who He is and what He has done, and the only place He has fully revealed Himself is in the Bible. Worship is an expression of praise from the depths of our hearts toward a God who is understood through His Word. If we do not have the truth of the Bible, we do not know God and we cannot be truly worshiping.”
Clearly, the Bible teaches that false teaching will abound. It did in the early church and it does now. May God grant us the grace and discernment to know the truth and recognize what is false.
With Love, Cindy
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