2 Timothy 3:13-14 King James Version
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, of whom thou hast learned them;
I think we all know this to be true. Evil men and seducers are all around us, trying to lure us away from those things we know to be true. They come by with new revelation, new theories, new translations, new interpretations. These things get worse and worse as times goes on, distorting the true gospel and making it what it is not. It is so important that we know our teacher and where they come from.
Knowledge is rampant in this world of ours. People have so many avenues that they can search out and make up their own “truth” . The many search findings that come up on. Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines online can bring us a multitude of information at a milliseconds notice and we have to discern what is right and what is wrong. Some men think a certain scripture passage means one thing and others think it means another. This is why denominations arise, why churches spilt and why there is such division within our own churches.
Typically it is because people take one or two verses of scripture and ignore the other scriptures in regards to the same thing. For example, let’s take the LGBTQ? Community. Are we supposed to love them as they are? Of course we are. It is our command to love others and help them see their way to salvation in Jesus Christ. But can they stay in that sinful state of behavior? Not if they expect a home in heaven! The Bible is very clear, in more than one place, that this behavior is sin. Our problem is that we place mercy over truth, when in fact mercy and truth are side by side. We must apply both to come to the truth about the way we should live.
Knowledge can also drive us away from the truth. There are so many I have met who used to be lovers of God that are now atheist and I have had discussions with them. They said once they learned about this, or learned about that, they decided God just could not be real. So they gave up on God altogether. Their worldly knowledge was more important to them than their heavenly connection. Worldly wisdom surpassed Godly wisdom. There are so many today who think man knows more than God. The teaching of evolution proves this. God says creation, man says evolution. Creation is taught less and less ion our schools and evolution is taught more and more. Man’s ways replace God’s ways. This is becoming the norm rather than the abnormal. It will lead to destruction because if we do not believe the beginning, how can we fully believe anything that happened after that? How can we believe man was formed in God’s image? That man was formed from the dust of the earth? How can we believe original sin, the flood, Abraham, the plagues, the Red Sea parting? Denying one can easily become denying all.
I have a very good Catholic friend whom I believe is reading this post. We have had lengthy email discussions on the subjects of Salvation, Truth, the Bible, the will of God, and many other topics. We disagree on many things, but we also agree on many things. We both have the ability to utilize scripture in backing up our beliefs. I have learned a tremendous amount about Catholicism from him, and I believe he has learned a lot about evangelicals from me. I truly believe he is a very good teacher of the Catholic faith, as I have been told I am a good teacher of the evangelical faith. If I was a Catholic, I would love to sit under his teachings. We have gone back and forth over which one of us actually shares the truth in our faith. He is thoroughly convinced that his version of what truth is can be the only truth. I am convinced that what I am saying is truth. Yet we have many disagreements. But I believe our disagreement are over doctrinal issues, not what real truth is. Doctrines are different all over the word, but the real truth is Jesus Christ crucified and risen again. That is the gospel message we both share. Giving our lives to Jesus Christ as a living sacrifice is the only truth that matters. I think Him and I both agree on that!
The point I am trying to make is the same as what Paul is making in these verses. There are many excellent teachers of the Gospel in the world. There are also many who subvert the word of God and teach lies of half-truths. We must be prepared to discern the truth from the heresy. How do we do that? Through reading the word and asking God for wisdom, which He says he will give to us if we ask (James 1:5). It comes down to how much time and effort you have put into your own growth in His wisdom and knowledge. Proverbs tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That is where it starts. Without a sense of the majesty and sovereignty of God, we will always fall for false teaching. We must have a sense of just who God is. Some of the teaching nowadays makes Hm out to be our buddy and our pal. That demeans Him! Father is a great term to use. A father disciplines, teaches, corrects, rebukes and exhorts us. He is loving in all his ways and only does what is good for us, even if we thinks it is not. A good father holds us to a certain standard and expects his word to be obeyed by those in his household. If it is not, there are consequences. Not because the father is cruel or mean, but because he is the one who provides for us, protects us, gives us direction and purpose. We owe him our lives.
Our heavenly father is no different. He always wants what is best for us, and often will allow us to fall into this trial or that trial in order to help us grow. These trials should never cause us to turn away from God, but should draw us closer to Him. He loves us so much that he gave His only Son to die on a cross! Why would he ever allow something into our lives that will harm us. So when you hear something that appears to be new “revelation” or just doesn’t line up quite right with what you have believed before, study it out. This tries your faith but can be a great way to grow in wisdom and grace. God has a great desire to see us grow and become disciples, not just believers! A disciple is one who is disciplined in the word of God. That discipline comes through listening to the right teachers and studying out what they say, not just taking it for truth. The truth is Jesus Christ, and He alone can reveal the real truth to you. Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?” The better question would be “Who is truth!” The truth was standing right in front of him, and he did not see it. Will you?