Monday June 21, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Believer's Security System
Safety and security are on the minds of most people today, especially after 9/11. We are rightly concerned about homeland security, yet many people are neglecting the much more precious arena of soul and spirit. The fact is that there are spiritual terrorists on the loose. Jesus called them "wolves in sheep's clothing" and issued some stern warnings to alert us.
These wolves are false teachers and false prophets who appear to be genuine spiritual guides but are instead full of schemes to advance their own agenda. They look good and they sound good, but they are consumed with lust and greed. None of this is apparent at first. Instead, they preach a fine gospel in a most compelling manner. Gradually, however, they begin to mix the truth with error. At this point, people seem to forget that truth mixed with error is no longer truth; instead it has become error.
You can recognize these folks in a number of ways. Jesus said they would bear fruit that would eventually reveal their true character. At first you might detect they subtly question the authority of Bible and its relevance for 21st century living. Then you will notice there is little said about living a holy life and being careful to obey the whole counsel of God. Later they will begin to equate obedience to God with living the way they want you to live. False teachers desire a following more than they care for your welfare. Here we must be very discerning, so remember: "you will know them by their fruits."
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