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False Doctrine [message #1139] Sun, 20 March 2016 10:23
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A Study on False Doctrine in General

Hebrews 13:9. We are warned to not be "carried about with divers and strange doctrines."

But the question for us to ask here is, "How does false doctrine come into being?" so that way we can avoid falling into it.

Ephesians 4:14. Some men use sleight and craftiness to deceive others into believing false doctrine, deceiving "children" especially (new Christians, the "dull of hearing," or the carnal; see 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4)

2 Peter 2:1. False teachers bring in heresies.

2 Timothy 4:3, 4. Many only hear teachers that say things that please them, and thus they will "not endure [put up with, or forbear; see Strong's concordance] sound doctrine." See also Isaiah 30:9-11.

2 Peter 3:16. There are things "hard to be understood" in the scriptures, and the "unlearned and unstable wrest [according to the Strong's concordance, to torture, or metaphorically pervert]" the Bible "unto their own destruction." Being uneducated or unstable is dangerous when it comes to doctrine.

Galatians 5:17. False teachers "zealously affect" people (they cause them to burn with zeal). But that zeal which comes from these false teachers is not the true zeal that comes from God. Zeal is not a bad thing (Galatians 5:18), but it can be used by Satan.

Galatians 5:1-8. False teachers attempt to put burdens on people without the approval of God. See also Luke 11:46.

2 Corinthians 2:17. Many "corrupt [see Strong's concordance; this word is used in the sense of a huckster, of making sordid gain, or of adulterating a product you are selling] the word of God," and thus false doctrine arises.

1 Timothy 4:1. It was prophesied that there would be false doctrine. Many will even listen to demons (in the forms of dead friends or loved ones) who will seduce them into deception. See Revelation 16:14.

Matthew 15:1-9. Tradition or one's creed prevent many from accepting the truth.

Matthew 23:1. False teachers may claim to have descended from a Bible figure (such as an apostle), and may claim authority just as the Pharisees claimed Moses' authority by sitting in his "seat." Their claims deceive people into believing the teachers to be authorized by God, and they will believe them over the plain testimony of the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:13. False teachers are deceived, and deceive others. These teachers think that they are doing God service, but they know not God. John 16:1-3.

Luke 11:52. False teachers prevent true knowledge of the Bible, and they not only have never gotten this knowledge themselves, but they prevent others from getting the knowledge. Those who are getting the knowledge, and realize that their teachers are lying to them, they hinder.

Matthew 7:15. False teachers and false prophets clothe themselves in an aura of goodness which is false. "By their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:20.

2 Corinthians 11:14, 15. Satan himself may appear to people as an "angel of light," and attempt to make them false prophets. Just because a person saw an angel does not mean that the angel is from God. Also, Satan's ministers will seem to be "ministers of righteousness." Be not deceived by the seeming goodness of a pastor; goodness will be seen in true ministers, but ultimately there are still other tests they must pass if they are of God.

Matthew 24:24. False teachers may do great miracles, but these miracles do not prove that they are godly or true teachers.

Matthew 4:6. False doctrine may often seem Biblical. However, verses quoted in proof of false doctrines are taken out of context, or are not considered with the rest of the Bible. Here the Devil tempts Jesus with a Bible verse; however, when the Devil quoted Psalm 91:11, he omitted the words, "to keep thee in all thy ways [in the ways of God's choosing]."

Romans 16:18. False teachers use "good words and fair speeches [fancy language]" to deceive.

2 Peter 3:18, 19. They use the lusts of the flesh to allure people to them, and they promise liberty, even though they serve corruption.

1 Peter 2:8. People stumble at the word because they are disobedient.

2 Peter 2:12. False teachers "speak evil of things that they understand not," and their congregations are misinformed and deceived regarding the truth.

2 Peter 2:14, 15. They beguile unstable souls, and have left the "right [correct] way."

How to Determine Whether a Doctrine is False

2 Peter 3:17. "Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness."

Matthew 4: 4, 7, 10. Use the Bible; say, "It is written."

Isaiah 28:10. One verse is not sufficient to prove a doctrine; multiple verses are needed to make doctrines.

Matthew 7:7-11. Ask God about the doctrine. Plead with Him to show you the truth.

John 7:17. We must "will [want]" to do God's will, and then we "shall know of the doctrine."

1 Timothy 4:13. Give attention "to doctrine."

1 Timothy 4:16. "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."

2 Timothy 3:14. Know of whom you have learned doctrine. Was it from some teacher, or from God Himself through His word (Psalm 119:102)? If you learned it from the Bible, then continue in it.

Proverbs 19:27. "Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge." If you through the Bible find a teacher to be a false teacher, do not listen to his sermons or read his writings anymore.

Acts 17:11. Search "the scriptures daily," as did the Bereans, to see whether they teache a doctrine or not.

John 16:12. Do not worry; the Holy Ghost will "guide you into all truth."

1 John 2:27. "Ye need not that any man teach you." Search the Bible for yourself prayerfully.

Mark 11:22. "Have faith in God." Believe in His word, and believe that He will help you.

"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

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