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RECOGNIZING FALSE TEACHERS

Date: January 23

Category: Prosperity

Jeremiah 8:8, 2 Peter 3:16
"How can you say, We are wise, and we have the written law of the Lord [and are learned in its language and teachings]? Behold, the truth is, the lying pen of the scribes has made of the law a falsehood (a mere code of ceremonial observances)." "Speaking of this as he does in all of his letters. There are some things in those [epistles of Paul] that are difficult to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist and misconstrue to their own utter destruction, just as [they distort and misinterpret] the rest of the Scriptures."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThese are very interesting passages. The first passage shows us that in Jeremiah's time, there were people who were misinterpreting the Scriptures. We read about the same thing in the New Testament where Peter tells us that some of Paul's letters were being misinterpreted as well. In the gospels, Jesus said that there were going to be false teachers that would come. They will proclaim that they are teachers of the Word of God, but they'll actually be teaching a misinterpretation of the Word.

So if I have to decipher whether or not a preacher is teaching the truth, I have to know the Word of God for myself. I have to check to see if those teachings line up with the Bible. It's not enough to just check one verse. I have to check the entire context. Sometimes people take Scriptures out of context because they only read one verse.

Listen carefully to what people are saying. Some people may teach that sickness is from God and that you need to stay sick in order to learn humbleness. Is that a Biblical teaching? No, of course not. The Bible says that because of His stripes, you are healed [Isaiah 53:5]. Some people may teach that God wants you to be poor and not prosperous. Is that a Biblical teaching? Not at all! The Bible says that God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants [Psalm 35:27]. Some of these false teachers may not always be preachers. They could be regular Christians who are just misinterpreting the Scriptures. Be aware of these false teachers. You may find them in your own church or in other churches. You may find them preaching on TV or on the radio. Be careful of what you are listening to. But in order to be aware of false teachings, you need to know the true teachings for yourself. That's why you need to know the Word of God. If you have a personal relationship with God and you know the Scriptures well, you will be able to recognize a false teacher right away.

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