How do you know when you hear false teachings? That question is extremely important for the follower of Jesus. In 2 Peter 2, the apostle warns those early believers and us today that false doctrine creeps in through the careful constructed words of men who think they have discovered new interpretations of Scripture. They teach “with arrogant words, flattering people for their own advantage.” (Jude 16)
How can you recognize false teachings?
- Acts 17:11 shares a great principle. “The people there (from Berea)… welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see is these things were true.” Read your Bible daily and study it. Then you will know when someone tells you something that is not consistent with the Word of God.
- Look at the Bible as a whole. False teachers tend to proof text passages and distort the message of God’s Word. The metanarrative of the Bible is God’s salvation through the Messiah for all people who place their trust Him. He has already accepted each of us. Our decision is to accept Him as our Savior.
- Truth prevails and the church continues. False teachers come and go with every generation. False teachers are never in the majority and there is push back from the true church. False teachers fade away. False teachers are usually exposed and are surrounded by lots of controversy. False doctrine creeps around but the Truth continually washes it away.
Over the years I have studied, listened, and taught the Word of God. I have done so very carefully as the responsibility is great. I have taught others the principles of studying and of teaching. I have witnessed the teachings of false doctrines and in my spirit knew that something was wrong. Like the early Bereans, I was discipled to know the Word and to have it open before me when another was teaching. The Holy Spirit has guided me and will guide you into Truth (John 16:13).
Open your heart to God’s Word.
Open your eyes to those who may be teaching false doctrine.
Open your mouth to speak the truth of God’s mercy and salvation to all will trust and believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. John 3:16