Twice, in as many weeks, our systematic reading plan falls on the subject of false teachers. It should lead us to believe that this issue is important to God and something we need to take heed to. We can see that it was, indeed, a problem in the new church and it is even more so today. In old days, apostasy was spread by mouth and writing. Today, we have much quicker and lethal ways to spread this scourge; television, internet, phone, Facebook and various other means.
I have my own personal adjectives to describe these individuals, but let’s see how God refers to them. The language of the King James Version is so eloquent, so precise and so revealing. It leaves no doubt what God thinks of this ilk. Peter describes them as, “…false prophets, natural brute beasts…spots and blemishes…wells without water and clouds that are carried with a tempest…” (2 Pe. 2:12,13 and 17). Jude describes them as, “ungodly men, filthy dreamers, brute beasts, spots, clouds without water, trees whose fruit withereth, twice dead, raging waves and wandering stars” (Jude 1:12-13). Paul goes on to describe them as, “grievous wolves” (Acts 20:29), “false apostles…deceitful workers” (2 Cor. 11:13), “false brethren” (Gal. 2:4), “seducing spirits” (1 Ti.4:1) and John as, “false prophets…deceiver and antichrist” (2 Jn. 1:7). These prowling lions have multiplied and are hungrier than ever before. We simply must heed God’s warnings and pay attention to what we see and hear. We need to be more Berean-like; “in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts. 17:11).
I believe God has stated His case and the evidence is sufficient for a conviction. No defense attorney, in their right mind, would argue that. Jesus takes the stand and boldly states, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18,19). Some commentators say this warning applies only to the Book of Revelation; others, to the entire Bible. That’s another lesson, but who would argue that point? Case closed!