…there will be false teachers among you… denying the Master who bought them
…the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,
There have always been false teachers – there will always be false teachers. God knows about them. He has been dealing strongly with same for a long while and has plans in place for every new crop that turns up.
What should my response be to these covert and overt operators?
- Recognize that it is God who is dealing with them – not me.
- Know that God will rescue the godly from trials like this.
- Notice the characteristics of these false guides so as to identify them:
- They deny “the master who bought them” – meaning they do not acknowledge Christ’s work on the cross; do not give God his rightful place.
- They entice by sensual passions
- They are trained in greed
- They are bold and willful
- They revel in their deceptions and blaspheme about matters of which they are ignorant.
The best defense is always a good offense.
- The more I know of “the Truth” the more likely I will spot the error.
- The Holy Spirit will lead me into all truth.
- Do these voices claim Jesus is Lord? I have found this test invaluable both for outward voices and the sometime voice in my thoughts.
- Self-promotion and big promises of personal fulfillment are almost always signs of greed and promote “personal fame” over making Jesus famous.
I am reminded of the parable of the wheat and the tares. The Enemy has sown tares among the wheat but they will be allowed to grow until the harvest. When the harvest comes, the tares will be bundled and burned while the wheat will be gathered into God’s barn. Jesus leaves the tares because in removing them some wheat may be damaged.
I wonder if any false teachers, in the waiting, might end up changing sides. May it be so.