2012-05-30 - Don't Be Led Astray
The Epistles of John ~ Part 38 ~ 1 John 2
Now John is concerned about getting entangled in doctrines that are clearly contrary to Scripture. The problem isn't with peripheral issues such as tongues, the timing of the rapture or even method of baptism. Where the problem arises is when the view that only we have truth moves the individual to begin to accept teaching that transitions from simply being controversial, to being heretical.
I am sure that there are believers who have fallen for the teachings of the "Name it and Claim it" movement. And sadly I suspect that there are some very immature believers that still think certain televangelists are actually believers.
But John makes it clear that we do not need to be led astray. We can demand doctrinal orthodoxy within the local church. We have Scripture, and we must know it. We have the Holy Spirit, and we must depend on Him. We are to test whatever we are taught, no matter who is teaching it, against God's word.
As we spend time in prayer and study, as we stand firm for the historic Christian faith, we will not be led astray.
"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" (Ephesians 4:14).
Those who change direction with every new fad are not just ignorant; they are unwilling to do the hard work of staying close to God and in His word.
The message of this section is we live in the last hour. We know this because the spirit of antichrist is active. And those who give out heresy often come out of the Church.
We are to be alert for the problem. We are to hold fast to truth, requiring time in the word. And, we are to depend on the Holy Spirit, Who indwelling us will give us discernment, if we truly desire it.
Let us, in love, help those around us beware of the teachings of anti-christs. Remember that believers can be lead astray. It is the responsibility of each of us to care for one another, discipling, and consequently fighting the attacks of false teachers, those who function as antichrists.