Heed the Warning Signs of False Teachers

Reading in Jude 8-25, the false teachers are compared to Cain who was a murderer, to Balaam who was materialistic, and Korah who rebelled against divinely appointed leaders. We live in a world where there is ungodliness all around us and there is a need to heed the warning signs of false teachers.

I’m from the central Texas area and there are certain times of the year when there is a chance for strong thunderstorms. In the spring of the year, the cool air mixes with the warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and creates conditions that prompt tornados. In 1953, a tornado destroyed the downtown area in which I live. The church which I now attend was so severely damaged that First United Methodist of Waco built a new structure a few miles from downtown.

We must heed the warnings as we go through life. Much like the warnings we get in weather reports. The best way to be protected from false teachers that may take advantage of us is to study God’s Word so we can reconcile what they say against God’s Word.

This day with God, let us ask for the ability to understand His Word so that if some mislead, we are able to tactfully disagree. Let us respect our Creator who made this universe with over 100 billion galaxies and each galaxy having billions of stars. Let’s be able to point out warning signs when conditions are ripe for false teaching. Let us be prepared so we can have confidence that our future is secure.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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9 Responses to Heed the Warning Signs of False Teachers

  1. altruistico says:

    I agree with your message fully. So many people merely listen and act or re-act to the message. Discernment……. pray that God will provide you a discerning heart and mind and follow up with challenging every spirit… as you have clearly said.

    God Bless

  2. Eliza says:

    We need to study to show ourselves approved rightly dividing the word of truth, then we can refute the error with the truth. God bless you:)

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  4. Hello Mark. I am altruistico’s friendly atheist. I guess you could consider me a False Teacher. I read your post and am left scratching my head a bit. In your post you said “study God’s Word so we can reconcile what they say against God’s Word.” It was the studying of God’s Word that helped me move away from religion. It’s funny how some people read the Bible and are strengthened in their faith and others can read it and run away screaming. I was one who ran away screaming. I found the God of the Bible to be very cruel. I can share one instance off the top of my head…The Flood. We all know the story of the flood but one thing that I could not overcome was God killing millions of people for being sinners when in fact God did not provide any rules to live by. They came later during Exodus with the Ten Commandments. So, where is the forgiving God everyone speaks of? I guess it was just easier to kill millions by drowning.

    http://noreligionrequired.wordpress.com

    • Mark Shields says:

      I suppose we will never know all the answers to God’s mysteries. I know that Noah built a boat because He was a believer and took God serious. He warned people, yet they didn’t heed the warnings. In Revelation, we are told of more destruction to come upon this earth.

      I have found that the compassion in the Bible is in God’s Son Jesus who died on the cross for our sins. In my view, Christ offers our only hope. Thanks for being honest and for your thoughts. It has made me think. I don’t consider myself a Bible expert but what I have noticed is that what has been told in the Old Testament has come true.

      I find the Bible both interesting and helpful as I journey through life. I am in the process of going through each book of the Bible and you are welcome to join me on this journey.

      • Hi Mark and thank you for responding. I would suggest that you BELIEVE Noah built a boat. To say you KNOW something is implying that you have first hand knowledge in which you do not unless be believe that you were there in a previous life. You believe Noah built a boat simply because the Bible says he did. I would question whether or not you have actually considered the bible. What we do know about the Bible is that it was written by at least forty authors, in three different languages over a period of 1500 years. We also know that not a single word in the Bible was penned by God or by Jesus, but instead by sinful man who ‘supposedly’ received it by divine intervention.

        Anyone who has ever played the game telephone can tell you that many times things get lost or changed in translation. If I were to tell the first person in line “the fenders on my car is white” by the time it reached the end of the line it would have possibly changed to “the whiskers on my cat is white”. So to say with 100% certainty that the English version of the Bible is true and accurate is far fetched at best.

        i don’t doubt your beliefs, after all I held the same beliefs for over 30 years before recognizing religion for what it actually is and stepping away. I too have been going through the Bible for a number of years and I would gladly join you on your journey. I must tell you though, that I do not approach the Bible with my God-glasses on or with faith. I approach it with reason and logic through critical thinking. However, if you are interested in the opposing view, I would gladly present it and allow your readers to make their own decisions.Please understand that it is not my intention to disrespect you, your readers or your blog but to only offer a different prospective on the Bible and what it teaches.

        I am very much aware that most people who read my post will not agree with what I have to say. To those people, all I ask is that they think about it and consider it. It is not my intention to de-convert anyone. That’s not what this is about, its about having an open and honest dialog between two respectful people with differences in opinion. I hope to hear from you soon.

        http://noreligionrequired.wordpress.com

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