Warnings about False Teaching

Some desire different teaching. There is a gospel teaching that has been delivered by Christ and the apostles and this is the standard. Yet there are some who desire their own identity, who want to be special in their own right, to be significant. It is this desire for novelty and recognition that drives many off the path and into different teaching.

Strive to love God. This is the heart condition of those who walk with Christ in sound doctrine. The love that flows from us to God comes from a clean heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. This is where we want to be. Such a heart adores the creator and does not desire to be independent of him. May we assert the standard with conviction and rest in this. It is a strong healthy love for God that rules out a slide into different teaching.

Loving God guards us against myths and speculation. The Da Vinci Code, Mormonism, Oprah, and the “Elvis is Alive” movement do nothing but promote idle thought and nonsensical living. A strong love for God rooted in sound doctrine will develop in us a strong distaste and recognition for these myths.

Some swerve from the path. Did dreams not pan out? Did God not deliver success as expected? What is it that causes some to abandon love for God? Doubtless the causes for swerving off the path are many but somewhere along the way some exchanged strong love for God with a desire to be something special. God was too mundane, too plain so they strike out on their own in search of a prestigious position. They wanted to be “teachers of the law.”

The aim of this warning against false teaching is a strong vibrant love for God, flowing from a clean heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. This is the way, walk ye in it. When someone abandons this they head for different teaching and thereby swerve from the truth to a lie. Not so for us. We walk in love, not different doctrine.

Taken from 1 Timothy 1:3-7

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