So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. (Ephesians 4:14-15)
Christian maturity requires us to become discerning and not to believe everything we are told. Jesus foretold the coming of many false teachers who would lead many people astray. Jesus himself coined the phrase, “wolves in sheep‘s clothing.“ We can be delivered from the snares of false teachers when we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is not only our savior but wants to become our teacher guide and friend.
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for becoming my teacher. Deliver me from the ocean of false teaching that continually surrounds me.
Every Christian believer needs to read and understand the Scriptures for themselves. Contemporary preachers and teachers can be a help, but we must not rely too heavily upon them. Just because someone claims to be a Christian and is a great communicator does not necessarily mean that they are always speaking the truth. Even those who have the very best motives can still misdirect us. The Bible is reliable because it was generated by the Holy Spirit and written or authorized by those who are called by Christ himself, but everything else should fall under careful scrutiny. This should not make us fearful or paranoid, but we should always be careful about what we read or listen to. We should carefully compare what we hear to the truths we find in the Bible.