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Our Christian Faith
The Dangers of False Teaching
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 5:00pm

"I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1:6-9

The Word of God is truth that's living and able to penetrate human souls.

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."  (Heb. 4:12).

Consider how powerful Scripture is:

  • it can change hearts,

  • save lives from eternal condemnation, and

  • give hope to the hopeless.

Is it any wonder, then, that the Bible is a battlefield of Satan? The Devil will do his best to destroy its message and truth. In fact, this has been our Enemy's continuous goal since he chose to turn from God.

Our heavenly Father has graciously let us know in advance the outcome of this ongoing battle: Truth will prevail. But while the Lord has the ultimate victory, Satan can gain ground among individuals. His tactics are dangerous and deceptive to the unsuspecting. For this reason, we should carefully guard against his attacks, which are hard to recognize unless we are prepared.

False teaching is one of Satan's preferred tactics for leading us astray. At first glance, such instruction often seems to align with Scripture, but do not be misled by the deception.

Two things are essential for standing firm against these slippery falsehoods:

  1. to be well grounded in the truth of God's Word, and

  2. to listen to the Holy Spirit (3rd person of the Trinity).

Only then can we recognize the error and avoid the pitfalls of Satan's lies.

The Enemy longs to mislead believers so they'll be ineffective for the kingdom. He also wants to keep all unsaved souls far from salvation through Jesus Christ. Friends, prepare for battle.

Grow in the knowledge of truth, and lean on God's Spirit to guide you moment by moment.


Source: Adapted today's devotional article here:  http://www.intouch.org/magazine/daily-devotional


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