The Best Safeguard Against False Teaching

What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm. 119:105.) The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err. It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear. They would have us believe that “they are not learned, and do not pretend to have decided opinions.” The plain truth is that they are lazy and idle about reading the Bible, and do not like the trouble of thinking for themselves. Nothing supplies false prophets with followers so much as spiritual sloth under a cloak of humility.

 

~ J.C. Ryle



J. C. Ryle on the Symptoms of False Teachers & Teachings

JC Ryle

Over 100 years ago, J.C. Ryle shared a list that focused on symptoms of false teaching that still has tremendous relevance for the church today.

“Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.

1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their “earnestness” makes many think they must be right.

2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.

3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.

4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong.

5. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.

6. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heart-work.

7. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan often masquerades himself “as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

8. There is a wide-spread “gullibility” among professing Christians: every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed, and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.

All these things are peculiar symptoms of our times. I defy any observing person to deny them. They tend to make the assaults of false doctrine in our day peculiarly dangerous. They make it more than ever needful to cry aloud, “Do not be carried away!””

~ J.C. Ryle



We MUST COUNT THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE

We MUST COUNT THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE.

 

Here are several things to consider about being a disciple of Jesus:

To be a disciple means giving up comforts and earthy security.To be a disciple means a life of denying self so that Christ is exalted.
To be a disciple means the enmity and the ridicule of the world.
To be a disciple means forsaking ALL to follow the Lord Jesus!

The terms of being a disciple of Jesus Christ are given in the Scriptures…primarily in the Gospels. Read more…



The Life That Counts…the Life of a Disciple

How does a Christian live a life that counts?
How does a Christian live a life worthy of the name of Christ?

Far too many Christians are wasting their lives…living for themselves and not truly living for Christ.
While it is impossible for a true Christian to ever lose their salvation, it is entirely possible that a Christian can indeed waste his or her life. And sadly, this is all too commonplace here in America.

We are anemic! Christians in America are anemic. We care more about the economy, more about politics, more about “reality” Televison than we do about God and His Word! It has been rightly said that, “a fool is a man all of whose plans end in time.” Far too many Christians are building lives that will “end in time”. We need to invest in building eternal things. So, to avoid the tragedy of a wasted life, let us follow the counsel of the Lord in His Holy Bible. Let us consider what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 28:19-20, we find the portion of Scripture we refer to as the Great Commission. Notice what Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

He declares that we are to make DISCIPLES, not Christians. Disciples! Too many people are walking the aisles at churches in America and “asking Jesus into their heart”, only to leave the church service never to consider the Lord again…never to consider the call to discipleship that Jesus lays out in the Scriptures…Never to Count the Cost! Yet, as disciples,

We MUST COUNT THE COST OF BEING A DISCIPLE.

 

More to come…



The Bible is All About JESUS!

In the Old Testament:

– In Genesis, He is the Creator God.
– In Exodus, He is the Redeemer.
– In Leviticus, He is your sanctification.
– In Numbers, He is your guide.
– In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher.
– In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror.
– In Judges, He gives victory over enemies.
– In Ruth, He is your kinsman, your lover, your redeemer. Read more…