All That Glitters

There is an old saying: “All that glitters is not gold!” This is never more evident than in going by outward appearances. There are teachers, pastors, leaders and others who are well dressed, personable, “educated,” and articulate. They may be likeable, popular, respected and have a following. They may say and do some good things. They may help people. The “bottom line,” however, is the content and source of what they teach, preach and share. Is what they tell others solidly grounded in Scripture or is it worldly wisdom cleverly camouflaged in a coating of Biblical Truth? In defending himself, Paul’s warning, in II Corinthians 11:13-15,  to the Corinthian Church also applies to us: “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.” This is why we are to: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21). We are also admonished: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Obviously, this underscores how important it is for us to carefully, consistently and continuously study and apply God’s Word. These thoughts from the hymn, Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Way of Truth,” give us guidance to escape false teaching: “Teach me, O Lord, your way of truth,  and from it I will not depart; that I may steadfastly obey, give me an understanding heart. Your wondrous testimonies, Lord, my soul will keep and greatly praise; your Word, by faithful lips proclaimed, to simplest minds the truth conveys.” Selah! The acid test of any teaching is the use of Scripture to differentiate between true gold and “fools” gold.    Ron

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