Many Will Follow …

And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2 Peter 2:2 KJV

And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 2 Peter 2:2 NKJV

This Scripture verse from 2 Peter is speaking of believers following the destructive ways of the false teachers. What hurts are the words “and many will follow”.

How my heart breaks when I read of sweet sisters chasing after false teachers!

What an opening statement but it is so true! Social media posts reveal so many believers sharing posts from false teachers or posts about reading their next book or doing their next Bible study. My heart cries.

And if my heart cries, how much more does God’s heart cry when His beloved children are saturating themselves with untruth?

There is a reason I no longer have certain books or music CDs on my bookshelf. Three years ago when I was studying the Word, the Holy Spirit directed me to study false teachers and through the Word of God I learned who they are and what they look like. I also researched online and matched faces to the Bible verses.

Through my research, I checked various websites in addition to verifying facts through my books and determined that my research was correct. My bookshelf has been purged of false teaching material.

 

Not all doctrine is healthy for you. Know what you're eating.
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When on social media, I pay attention to the source of graphics. The quote may be sound but if the source is questionable or I know it to be a false teacher, then I do not click ‘like’ nor do I ‘share’. Or, the quote can be questionable and the source may be good. Same thing, I don’t click ‘like’. Mostly, both the quote and the source are not acceptable to me.

I see many questionable posts ‘shared’ and my heart breaks. You may be asking, why don’t you tell your friends about it? and the answer is I have but it was not well received. Again, my heart breaks.

About a year ago, I had a conversation with someone about this and we discussed a particular popular false teacher and the response was in defense of the TV personality. And my heart breaks again.

While I could name names as we are instructed in Romans 16:17-18, their names have already been made public. You’ll need to research for yourself to find out who they are. Google “{name} false teacher”. On Pinterest, search “false teachers” and the result will be hundreds of pins. YouTube also has a wide selection of videos for “false teachers”.

Remember, Jesus said that we would know them by their fruit, Matthew 7:16a. It must be said that if a teacher makes a mistake in his/her teaching, that does not make him/her a false teacher. If it is pointed out to him/her and he/she repents and corrects his/her teaching, then you know they had a lapse in discernment and judgment and that they possess a teachable spirit. But if they do not repent, then you know they do not have a teachable spirit if they persist in teaching doctrinal error. These are the ones to avoid which means no more sharing their Instagram or Facebook posts or studying their Bible study books or reading their devotionals or watching them on TV.

“Avoid them” means have nothing to do with them.

Who am I to obey? My friends, my followers, my church or God? My answer is I must obey God. Even as I write this post, I must obey God. This isn’t an easy post to write. There are so many words swirling around and so much to say but I cannot say it all. Only the words I’m directed to write. Only these words. And yet I’d like to put this in ‘draft’ mode and leave it alone but I cannot.

Dear sisters, hear my heart when I say that we need to know who we are letting into our lives by way of reading and listening. The words may sound good but are they based on the Word of Truth?

Here’s a statement. True or False. Is this based on God’s Word?

You are the one that determines the level of your relationship with God.

Does this sound good to you? Does it make sense? Is it true? Can you think of Scripture verses that support your answer?

Oh, sisters. Please dig deep in the Word of God. Know what it teaches. Recognize truth from lies. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when He quickens your spirit to be cautious about something you looked at or read. Trust the Holy Spirit and let Him teach you. Lean not on your own understanding but lean on Him.

The answer to that statement above is False, it is not based on Scripture. The supporting passages are:

Sweet sisters, I leave you with these words from 1 John 3:7

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. KJV

If I have stepped on your toes, please let me know in the comment box below. If this has encouraged you, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!

Much love,

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