From my reading in 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
In a day where anyone with internet access can call themselves a “preacher” we must be discerning.
Paul warned the Corinthian church to not just believe everything they hear.
“You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.” 2 Corinthians 11:4
If someone peaches a different Jesus, a different Holy Spirit, or a different good news, don’t believe them! We should not be content just to take 100% of what a preacher tells us. We should test it with the truth.
Even good preachers make mistakes.
I like the phrase, “eat the meat, and spit out the bones!” We should take the good things a preachers as long as the meat is right. The meat of God’s word is what is going to nourish you spiritually. But if someone is constantly only serving you bones then you need to find a new chef!
Paul warns about false teachers who disguise themselves as servants of God.
“These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” 2 Corinthians 11:13–15
False teachers follow Satan’s example.
Satan pretends that he is an angel of light in order to deceive people. I believe that some of the other religions and cults are a result of Satan doing this.
False teachers do the same thing. They disguise themselves as servants of God when in reality they are not!
Watch out for false teachers and make sure that they are telling the truth about Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the gospel!
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