Introducing a new segment here at Solid Food Ministries – False Teaching Friday. Part of growing to maturity is learning discernment and developing the ability to compare all teachings with Scripture to make sure that they line up. This is often referred to as being “Bereans” based on Acts 17:11 where it tells us, “Now these Jews [referring to the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Even Paul was checked against Scripture! We need to not be so attached to a particular teacher that we neglect to compare what they teach against the truths of Scripture.
For this segment, we won’t necessarily be looking at specific teachers as much as the actual teachings that are false but have infiltrated the American evangelical church. Some teachers will be named as examples of those who promote a false teaching, but the primary focus will be on the actual teaching itself which is false. The Bible tells us that false teachers will come and we must be aware. 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (ESV)
Other passages that talk about false teaching coming into the church and admonishing us to be alert and discerning:
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV)
“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.” (2 Peter 1:21-2:2 ESV)
“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 3-4 ESV)
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 ESV)
Let’s learn to be discerning and know our Bibles so that we can determine what is truth and what is false. Join us next week as we look at the first false teaching: Contemplative Prayer.