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Discerning True Teachers

July 14, 2020

Read Matthew 7:15-17

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
 
Reflect

Where, or to whom, do you turn for spiritual teaching? Do you know how to discern a true teacher from a false one?

In our Christian culture today, we are incredibly blessed. Most of us in the US have the Scriptures at our fingertips and we are literate enough to read them for ourselves. Additionally, the market is flooded with resources for Christians who want to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith and in their relationship with God. There are books, Bible studies, blogs, podcasts, radio, small spiritual retreats, and mega-events that fill stadiums. In most cities, there are so many churches it can be overwhelming to choose which one to attend.

The problem is not a lack of voices. The problem is learning to discern which voices to listen to. Jesus says that false teachers seem innocent and harmless, like sheep. But their intentions are evil, like wolves that seek to devour. Teaching that leads people away from Christ is not harmless.

So how can you choose resources that will help you grow in your faith? First, pray. Ask God to give you wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given you.” Ask God to guide you in your selection of a home church and Biblical resources for you and your family.

Second, turn to the Word and read your Bible for yourself. The more you know what the Bible says, the less likely you are to follow teaching that is not biblical. In John 10:27, Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” You must be able to discern His voice amidst all the others or you will be easily led astray.

Finally, Jesus said you will know them by their fruit. That means that a teacher's life should match their words. Good teachers are not perfectly sinless, but they are consistently and humbly seeking to live out the words that they are teaching others by living upright, godly lives. Examine the teachers that you are listening to and make sure their teaching and their lifestyles line up with the Word of God. Make sure the voices you listen to are bearing good fruit.


Pray

God, I want to know you more. Please give me discernment and wisdom as I seek out Biblical resources to help me grow in my relationship with you. I want to hear Your voice above all others. Amen.

 


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2 years ago
Yes many false Teachers have flooded the churches.To know them we must stick to the Bible and scrutinize their actions.
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2 years ago
False prophets, false teachers, false apostles, false leaders, false preachers and believers. Oh my goodness! This is nothing new. There have been always false prophets and teachers among God's people. Counterfeit is hard to discern because it looks quite similar to the original. Prophecy, doctrine, or any kind of message must be put in the crucible of Holy Spirit fire. As Paul states, "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. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead." (1 Timothy 4: 1-2)
2 years ago
Thank You father God for your word , guidance and wisdom! Thank you for guiding me to sonship missions a Jesus and true Bible based church ! Pastors Brian Matin and John Verdie are God fearing pastors who preach Jesus , truth according to the gospel and nothing watered down ! Father God I pray for a family member who is a Christian but lost her way because of some inspirational teacher who deceived her ! Bring her back to your true gospel ! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏
2 years ago
It is true that the good fruit does nor come from the bad tree, so the bad tree is cut down and bur same way about the false prophets.
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2 years ago
Yes, it is important to be sure one listens to what the leader believe=
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