False Prophets and Teachers

Just as God’s people faced false prophets and misleading teachers in the days of the Old and New Testaments, we face people with similarly off-target messages today. We must be knowledgeable and critical thinkers as God’s people! We should not be like stupid sheep, following anyone who claims to speak for God. We must test their words against God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

Jeremiah 28:15-17 NLT

“Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, but the people believe your lies. Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the Lord.’” Two months later the prophet Hananiah died.”

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1 Timothy 1:3, 4 NLT

“When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.”

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