Reading through the Bible together
Some years ago, I was meeting with a group of Christian pastors. After our session together, an elderly pastor came up to me and said, “I wish our denomination still believed the Bible like you do.” During his ministry, this pastor had seen his church drift away from the clear teachings of the Word of God.
Jesus had warned of ravenous wolves that would enter the flock, false prophets who would come in sheep’s clothing (Matt 7:15). Peter repeats this warning and gives more specific details about these false teachers who bring in destructive heresies. They are not seeking to make disciples for Jesus but rather to draw disciples to themselves (Acts 20:30). Peter gives this warning: “by covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words” (2 Pet. 2:3)
How can we identify these false teachers? Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16). We must test all things and hold fast to that which is good.
I’m so thankful today for the promise of Jesus: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:13-14).
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you today to a deeper knowledge of the Word of God. Through a personal connection with Jesus, the living Word, and a knowledge of His written Word, we are protected against the deceptive words of false teachers.
Derek Morris, DMin
Associate Secretary, General Conference Ministerial Association