I believe that both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, our Heavenly Father has clearly revealed to us what to watch out for so that we can recognize these in our lives when they try to creep in through false teachers and their false teachings.
The first verse I would like to use to illustrate this is found in Isaiah 29:13:
’Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.’
This shows that people have knowledge of the Lord’s word, but it is only through commandments taught by men, and their hearts are far from God.
From the verse, it is also clear that God is grieved by the fact that the human heart is distant from Him. But who wouldn’t be hurt? Just think about the last time someone treated you unjustly, how did it feel to you? I can say about myself that it feels very unpleasant when someone hurts me, and I think I don’t deserve it. It might be false accusations about me or gossip behind my back. However it may be, we all know that even though our Heavenly Father doesn’t deserve it, we can’t pretend that He is not aware of it. Our Heavenly Father also took care that we wouldn’t be ignorant about it when He had this verse written through King David in the Book of Psalms.
‘Psalm 94:8 – 94:12
8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law.’
Fortunately, the circle is closed here, and our Heavenly Father says only this: ’Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.’
But how can we recognize false teachers then?
’Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
1 John 4:1 – 3
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2 Timothy 4:3 – 4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.’
There is a verse that illustrates well where we should go if we are uncertain about anyone. ‘2 Timothy 3:16 – 3:17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.’
In other words, our entire Bible was written by our Heavenly Father through His prophets, apostles, kings, and anyone else He wanted to use. We cannot get a more accurate guidance from any earthly teacher. Therefore, even though I listen to other teachers, I always try to examine everything through the lens of the Bible. And I encourage you to do the same.
Anything you hear from the Bible from other teachers, examine it in the light of the Scriptures. And if you get stuck on something, remember this verse.
‘James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Let me share 3 Scriptures that help us better understand the importance of receiving Jesus and its inevitability.
Romans 10:8 – 10
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If you’re reading this today and you want to be with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in eternity, know that this verse shows you how to do it. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. In the following sections, I will guide you through how to confess all of this before our Father and our Lord Jesus.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. These are the words of Jesus.
You can be born again as the Bible teaches: you need to confess
your faith. After you have been born again, say this short but very important prayer
with your loved ones, relatives, friends, and all those who believe in Jesus Christ. Because to be born again, we must confess our faith. This is what the next section is about.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
I believe that Jesus died for my sins,
according to the teachings of the Bible.
I believe that Jesus rose from the dead,
for my justification.
Please, Jesus, be my Lord!
Please, Jesus, be my Savior!
Please, Jesus, be my Healer!
Jesus, You are my Lord.
Jesus, You are my Savior.
Jesus, You are my Healer.
I am redeemed. I am born again in Christ.
His holy blood has cleansed me from all sins.
This is the truth, for the Word of God is truth.
Thank you, dear Jesus. Amen.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
My service is not tied to a place, not located under a country or street name, and not hidden behind a phone number. I serve my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, growing in Him day by day, being transformed from my old self to become like Christ.