False teachings may seem insignificant and easy to overlook. Many accept false teachers, even when they recognize that some of their doctrine is false, believing that as long as “most” of it is true, that it’s good enough. But we are warned to m...ark them and avoid them because ultimately these false
doctrines diminish faith, stunt growth, damage testimonies, and may even
cripple the Christian’s walk.
2 Peter 3:17 “ Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.”
-Teachings of losing one’s salvation keep the Christian forever walking in the flesh and not the Spirit, concentrating on dead works to maintain their standing before God.
-False teachings of lasciviousness disguised as liberty keep the Christians behaving carnally, damaging their witness and discouraging others
from repentance and faith.
-When false promises of healing or guaranteed results promised through agreeing in prayer do not produce the desired effects deceived believers often attribute the failure to God.
-Wrong teachings on God’s will or his sovereignty paint an unflattering picture of God and cast doubt upon his goodness and mercy, driving the unsaved even further from him.
Much like any lie, overlooking one false teaching, paves the way for more. Unwilling to stand for one truth, many know that standing for another
truth will, shine a light on their hypocrisy and so they fear to stand for any.
Truth no longer absolute eventually becomes relative, leaving the believer open
to any deception. And so false doctrines spread like a cancer, consuming
Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end
shall be according to their works.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”