Beware of False Teachers

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:1 HCSB

In the United States we just finished the presidential election. On election night I enjoyed flipping to different television stations to see what was being said about the candidates and the election results. Although all were reporting on the same event, each station seemed to have its own spin or interpretation of what was happening and to be in support of one specific candidate. The television ads leading up to the election also portrayed each candidate in a different manner. Who are we to believe? Where is the truth?

Jesus Christ had told His disciples that they should be aware of false teachers (Matthew 24:11 and Mark 13:22-23). Peter had heard the predictions and was facing the conflict created by the false teachers. They were twisting the teachings of Jesus and His disciples. They even made fun of Jesus and the significance of His life, His death, and His resurrection. Some claimed that Jesus was not a man at all and vehemently denied that He was God. Many of these teachers encouraged immorality and other sins.

Challenge: We must be aware of false teachers that we encounter each day. Many belittle Christ and His work. Any book, recorded message, sermon, or television message should be evaluated against the truths found in God's Word.

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