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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Boy Who Cried False Teacher

The apostle Paul writes about false teachers in his epistles. One of the most prominent false teachings for the early church came from the Judaizers. This sect of Christianity required that all converts follow the Torah law, which included circumcision. Paul identified this belief as a false teaching.

The phrase “false teacher” sounds foreboding and intimidating. Scripture warns of false teachers who will arise to lead others astray. However, I fear some Christians are paranoid and they use the phrase “false teacher” too liberally and incorrectly.

I have witnessed well-meaning individuals use the phrase “false teacher” frequently. “Prosperity gospel” and the “water-downed gospel” are terms believers use to label false teachings. The evangelical church is producing famous teachers who write books like “Your Best Life Now” written by Joel Osteen, which are berated by Christians who crave a more solid foundation of truth.

That which is presently weighing on my heart is this: numerous Christians are never satisfied with the Church’s state. They have an overly critical spirit and never trust. They enter a place of worship with an overly guarded heart. They search for the mess ups and the miss speaks. If the preacher has something profound and insightful to share, the hearer doesn’t heed because they are listening for the failure.

When a preacher shares something, I compare it with scripture and rely on my convictions. However, a disagreement doesn’t necessarily prove that a false teacher is in my midst.

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

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