"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
(2 Peter 2:1 KJV)
Jesus warned us that “false Christs and false prophets” will come and will attempt to deceive even Our Awesome God’s elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.
Both Peter and Jude write in their epistles warning us about false teachers in the churches posing as Christians and changing Our Awesome God's Holy Word. They have written these things about false teachers because to be forewarned is to be ready when you hear one and not to believe one. Peter and Jude are warning us that these false teachers are out there and have disrupted other churches. When you hear preaching on the TV or in your church pulpit, listen carefully, take down Scriptures (later look them up and see if they say to you what the person preaching said and then check with someone who knows their Bible, what does it say to them) and know your Bible.
Our Awesome God wants you to know Him well enough that you will check on anything that doesn't sound like God or what He would want you to believe or do. There are false teachers and even false prophets so don't get pulled in to a false religion or cult by listening to them. Read your Bible and pray daily keeping your focus on God!
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September tjrough May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill