[CF Devotionals] 2012-11-18 - The Importance of Discerning False Teachers from True Ones

The Epistles of John ~ Part 75 ~ 1 John

And as for the lost, the anti-christs, those who reject Him, speak from a worldly point of view. Which shouldn't come as a surprise. And equally non-surprising, the world listens to these people, the false teachers, the Oprahs and Dr. Phils. Why wouldn't they.

"For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers, to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths " (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

… that people are basically good, the wise aliens are out there, you can make anything out of yourself you want, humanity evolved from lower forms of life and will continue to evolve, science and medicine will solve all our problems, etc.

Keeping all this in mind, is it any surprise that since we have listened to God, the world isn't willing to listen to us. How have you experienced this truth? Nor should we expect the world to listen, except in the situation where their hearts are softened by the Holy Spirit and they choose to listen to Him.

The question that will have to be answered by every man and woman is delineated in Mark when Christ speaks.

"Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi.
On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah - and still others, one of the prophets."

"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Christ.'" (Mark 8:27-29).

So not only does truth, or the absence thereof, define whether a person is listening to the Holy Spirit's or spirits; it also identifies where they will spend eternity. Oh yes, everyone will acknowledge who Christ is one day, but for much of humanity it will be too late.

"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).

To be continued.

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