But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves.
2 Peter 2:1 NET
Since the church started, people have tried to use the things of God to lure others away from the truth. These false prophets “sound good,” but there teaching is false. As a result, people who don’t know the Word of God are led astray.
Don’t think that we don’t have false teachers in our own time. They are active in ministry. People buy their books and listen to their preaching. It sounds good. It even appeals to many, but it isn’t from God.
The only way to identify these false teachers is to know the Word of God through the power and discernment of the Holy Spirit.
God will deal with these people in the Judgement. Until then, know the Word, pray, walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and surround yourself with people who will encourage you in the Lord!
Just like the prophets of old and the early church identified these false teachers, we should know the Word well enough to identify them.
So there should be a degree of studying that you do as a Believer.
Too often, the most Believers get of instruction and study is during their one hour of church attendance a week. And that’s if they go every week!
We put a lot of time and effort knowing so many other things in life, sport stats, songs and other meaningless facts.
Do we know the Word the same?
Lord, help me to identify false teachers and not allow them to speak into my life. Help me to understand Your Word clearly.