1 Timothy 4:1-5
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.[a]
3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable[b] by the word of God and prayer.
No author, speaker, pastor or preacher should be held up as infallible. We run the risk of being deceived if we don’t take every teaching in with a critical ear. We must be on constant alert as we pursue holiness. Satan is not opposed to defaming the name of Jesus by placing false teachers in your path or even in your church. Paul is warning Timothy of this, yet again. Any teaching that ties your righteousness to Jesus + something or Jesus – something is a sure sign of unbiblical teaching. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus alone is your means to righteousness.
We must always evaluate everything that influences our relationship with God. The only standard by which these influences should be measured is the word of God. We must resist the urge to blindly and wholeheartedly place our faith in anything other than Jesus. Our faith is in Jesus alone or it is an unbiblical faith.
The important thing to realize here is that there are false teachers around us. There are men and women who purposely teach a gospel contrary to the gospel of Jesus. There also exist teachings that do not seek purposely to deceive us but teach false truths due to a lack of study or a lack of personal integrity to the truth. If we are not aware of this we increase the risk of being deceived.
How will we know when we are being taught unbiblical truths if we do not continually and whole-heartedly devote ourselves to reading the Bible?
If you spend more time and place more weight on anything other than the Bible for spiritual instruction you are at serious risk of being led astray. Spend time in the word. Evaluate everything against it. Speak up when you hear unbiblical teaching.
Be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him and stand firm in the faith. – 1 Peter 5:8
Now go out and have an EPIC day today