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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Discerning Truth from Error

June 17

(Ephesians 4:11-14 NIV) "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, {12} to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up {13} until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. {14} Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."

(1 John 4:1 NIV) "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

(1 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV) "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. {2} Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron."

(Matthew 7:15 NIV) "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."

Maturity brings with it the responsibility to discern truth from error. This is an ongoing task because error never rests. It just keeps coming. If it can’t get in the front door of the church, it comes through the back door, or through a small window. Error usually starts at the top and trickles down. It loves apathy, and thrives under biblical illiteracy. If we are not discerning, we end up being blown around like a small piece of paper on the fickle winds of theological teaching. Error is cunning, crafty, and cagey corrupter. It will confuse, confound, capture, and conquer. It must never be coddled. It must be confronted and combated. We must not flirt with it or wink at it, but instead, we must stomp it out. Discerning truth from error is hard work. But it’s an ongoing and necessary task for the disciple who wants to be mature and remain strong in the faith. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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