Day 235/260: Read 1 John 4
The Scriptures warn against false teachers in a number of passages. Here, John encourages his readers to “test the spirits.” He warns that “many false prophets have gone out into the world.” With all of the technological advances in our modern world, from radio to television to internet, it is easier than ever for false teachers to find followers.
One cannot possibly make a list of every well-known modern false teacher without excluding a few names. Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, and the Pope would certainly be included, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Even within the local community, preachers should be tested. Hold their sermons up to the light of God’s Word. Do they match up?
It is true that no one is perfect, and even faithful gospel preachers may misspeak occasionally. When error is exposed, the one who wishes to please God will make the appropriate corrections. When discussing possible error with a preacher, be sure to have the spirit of Aquila and Priscilla, who “took him (Apollos) aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). Your aim should not be to embarrass the preacher, but to help him in his work for the Lord’s kingdom.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Pray for your preacher, that he may be true to God’s Word. Pray for your elders, that they may always stand for the truth to be taught in the local congregation.