Today we were in 1 John 2:26-29. What is being preached is already years and decades old. There are no new revelations. Be careful lest you be spiritually seduced.
1. If you aren’t Biblically-grounded, you will be led away into spiritual seduction. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” There are many Biblical warnings against teaching falsely. The warnings are there because there are and will be false teachers. The most effective way to combat false teachers is to know Scripture.
You can recognize false teachers by their:
– context (Every cult in the world pulls certain verses out of context.)
– Christ (What do they say about Jesus?)
– character (They are filled with lust and deviance.)
– catch (What are they drawing people to, prosperity or the gospel?)
– corruption (Because of false teachers the truth will be spoken of as evil. Because of false teachers all preachers are held suspect.)
In the end will be their damnation.
Denomination has become man’s way of dividing the body of Christ. Genuine teachers need anointing. (Indeed, we all do.)
2. There is no greater teacher than the Holy Spirit. He brings all things to remembrance that Christ commands us. There are things we struggle with that the Holy Spirit helps us to apply. At the end of the day it is the Spirit of God who teaches us most effectively and not our pastor. The holiness of God is the unsung truth of the church in the 21st century.
3. The proof of inward redemption is outward transformation. How do you know someone is saved? If they live like it. If you find yourself in a spiritual battle it is proof of the Spirit in you. Lost people never struggle with sin. If you are not striving toward righteousness you are not a child of God. Some things we can change immediately; some things we struggle with for years. This world needs to see God in our lives. There are two Bibles: the one we read and the one we live with our lives; most people only read the second one.