Day 44/260: Read Acts 20
False teachers have always been a part of the religious world. It is just as true today as it was in the first century.
Paul warned the elders in Ephesus that after he left, “Savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.” He is not talking about literal wolves here, but men who would come in and tear the church apart by false teaching. “Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
Paul spent much time preparing them for these attacks. He taught privately and publicly, and he did not hold anything back. “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.”
People generally do not like “the whole counsel of God.” They want to hear about His love and grace and mercy, but the wrath of God is every bit as real as His love. If we don’t know about His wrath, we don’t know “the whole counsel of God.”
Don’t gloss over the warnings of hell. Don’t be deceived by those who preach tolerance toward sin. Stand faithfully with the Word of God.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Acts 20:28. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy _______________ has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of _______________ which He purchased with His own _______________.
Pray for wisdom to discern right from wrong using the inspired Scriptures. Pray for those misled by false teachers.