Bible and Theology
Beware of False Teachers
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jul 12, 2018
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There is nothing more offensive to God than the distortion of His Word. We must call out false teachers and, above all, pray that they would repent. 

Read 2 Peter 2:1-9. When a fellow Christian compromises God's Word on major issues, how do you respond? In this passage, Peter passionately denounces false teaching, and we are to do the same.

In every generation, the battle before us is to keep God's Truth free from Satan's deception.

 

False teachers will never directly tell you, "I don't believe the Bible." They are far too subtle for that. Instead, they introduce destructive heresies—preaching half-truths cleverly blended with error so that the undiscerning believer might be deceived and manipulated. As these false teachers modify God's Word to accommodate our worldly culture, wittingly or unwittingly, they promote Satan's lies.

In every generation, the battle before us is to keep God's Truth free from Satan's deception and to allow it to free people for eternity through the blood of Christ—even false teachers who promise freedom but are themselves "slaves of depravity" (2 Peter 2:19).

One of my most fervent prayers is that I will never compromise the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray also that those who do compromise it will understand what a grave sin they are committing against the Lord. God is patient and longsuffering, and He may give false teachers an opportunity to repent. Let this drive us to pray for and witness to everyone, even false teachers, while we still can. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to stand firm in faith and boldly proclaim Your Truth in love. May those who have lost their way repent and find mercy in You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you" (2 Peter 2:1).