False Teachers Among You-
How do you know when a person is telling you the truth? When a person looks you in the eye and says something convincingly and with force, how do you know if what they are saying is true or false? Americans and people around the world historically look to the president of the United States for leadership and believability. Recently, president Trump has claimed that former president Obama ordered wiretaps of his residence in New York. The claim was made with a straight face and all the power and pomp that only a president can make, but no official government agency has affirmed his assertion. The FBI has said it is not true. Now, a congressional investigation has begun to see if he is telling the truth. In my opinion, the president has put himself in an awkward position of seemingly having made up an unfounded truth.
Just as a congressional committee is searching for the truth through the words of the president, you and I should always be on a mission to seek the truth through the various claims that people will make. Truth should be our goal when we are bombarded with claims in advertising, but it should also be our goal when others look us in the eye and say something that sounds to be too good to be real.
When a statement is proven to be false, what do you do? Do you confront the person who made the statement and hold them accountable or do you look the other way, shake your head and wonder why they would say such an outlandish statement?
When we read the Bible, we see that we are not the first who are assaulted by people who do not tell the truth. Peter speaks at length about “false prophets and false teachers” and how we must be careful not to be led astray by those who do not tell the truth. Peter is teaching about those who dispute the truth of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In like manner, there are those today who dismiss Jesus as a hoax. In a larger sense, there are people today, as in the time of Peter, who simply create lies. You and I should remain prayerful and vigilant to hold people accountable for the things they say and do, and understand that at the end of the day, it is God almighty who will destroy all lies and open the eyes of the world to know that Jesus is Lord and Savior.
2 Peter 2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction
Questions for Reflection:
- How do you deal with “false teachers among you.”?
- What are the modern day “false teachers among you?”
Prayer: Lord, grant me wisdom to discern truth from falsehood. Lord, give me insight. Help me to look within and beyond words and images so that I might better understand your will and your way. Your power is without equal. Your mercy is magnificent. Your love is without end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Pe 2:1). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.