Borrowing tools and techniques from the world of fishing, “hook, line, and sinker,” has become a go-to phrase for someone who has been deceived or tricked.
It is no different when it comes to false biblical teachings from less-than trustworthy preachers. They often hook their followers by using attractive, yet false lines disguised as truth, which inevitably result in the subtle sinking of their listeners as they fall for the glistening bait.
On this episode of The Counter Culture Mom Show, Tina Griffin sits down with Emily Rose Massey to chat about the dangerous waters of false teachers and how to escape their tides.
First and foremost, it is imperative to go straight to the source when contemplating whether or not a teaching aligns with Scripture. God’s Word has much to say about the commonality of false prophets and strongly warns against them because of the spiritually fatal consequences:
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1, ESV).
The outcome of these heresies offers nothing less than quick and tragic damage to both the speaker of them and the ones who take their hurtful teachings to heart.
So how do believers practically weigh the truth against the lies of false teachings and their mouthpieces? The author of 1 John relays a helpful hint:
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God” (1 John 4:2-3, ESV).
The true test to find out if teachers or preachers are speaking through the Spirit of God is if they and/or the churches they are affiliated with propagate a false and “me-centered” Gospel message that mainly focuses on how someone can improve their life here and now without eternity in mind.
Studying the scriptures and soaking in the true Gospel message of Jesus coming to Earth to die and rise again three days later is key to recognizing red flags from false prophets who look at the Cross as just a means to a selfish end where Jesus is not enough.
God’s Word is clear and concise about the intent of false teachers to lead people astray, and whether or not they do this intentionally is between them and God.
However, for those wanting to learn more about the signs of false teaching and ways to escape its grasp, this episode is sure to open hearts and minds through Massey’s personal story of how God rescued her and her husband from the lies they were believing.