Posted: Tuesday, October 6
Verse of the day:
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:8)
I looked up how to tell if money is counterfeit and found several ways. If the portrait on the bill looks flat, it’s counterfeit. If it doesn’t have tiny colored fibers in the paper, it’s fake. If the printing is blurry, it’s fake. If it doesn’t have a security thread ($5.00 and above), it’s fake. If the serial numbers are uneven or the same on multiple bills, it’s fake. If it doesn’t have a watermark of the person pictured on the bill, it’s fake. If it doesn’t have crisp and clear micro printing, it’s fake. If it’s not on starch-free paper, it’s fake. And there are more. It’s been said that the best way to tell if something is a fake is to know the real thing very well. So when you come across a fake, you’ll know. People who handle a lot of money, such as bank tellers, know when they come across a counterfeit. It just doesn’t feel or look right.
Most of the books of the New Testament have some kind of warning about false teachings or false teachers in them. Here are a few verses in addition to the one above.
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:17-18 (NIV)
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6-7 (NIV)
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. Hebrews 13:9 (NIV)
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:1 (NIV)
It’s obvious in Scripture that we need to watch out for it. So how do you know what’s false teaching? You get to know the truth. Get to know the truth of God’s Word and its author really, really well, and you’ll know the counterfeit, phony and fake when it comes around. Here are a few more verses for you.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:18 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)