Beware False Teachers

comforting lies

You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”  (Malachi 2:17)

Is God’s love unconditional or does God love us despite ourselves? Certainly salvation is based on condition of faith (a gift from God) by the saving grace of Jesus. I have a hard time with the teaching that we are all okay or that we can go on in sin once we have accepted Jesus (the God loves us so why worry attitude). What is the purpose of being “born again” if nothing changes? Are we not to be disciples of Jesus? Are we not to obey everything he taught us? (Matthew 28) Why then do we chose to obey some and disregard others?

If the posted speed limit is 15 km/hr and we drive at 30 km/hr because 15 km/hr seems too slow, we will get a speeding ticket. If we judge a law not worth following, we will be judged by that very law. So it is with God’s laws.

The Lord’s Prayer says “give us this day our daily bread” and reinforces Proverbs 30:7-9 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.(Proverbs 30:7-9)  Yet many of us view wealth as a sign of favor.

Be careful in what you hear and even more careful in what you teach. Make the understanding of Scripture a priority so that you will be able to judge truth.

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

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