When you have something troubling you, do you take it to God and seek His word on the subject?
I would like to encourage you to do just that. Especially when it relates to a new teaching that you may not understand or it sounds too good to be true, or even the other side of that and it causes you to stress and worry or leaves you wondering what to believe.
Maybe with the things that you are dealing with in this season of life, you are grasping on to the wrong teachings for comfort and confirmation or this just added to your stress level.
I don’t know – but God does. I can speak from experience when I say this. If you want to know the truth, go to God’s word. Ask Him for knowledge, wisdom, and discernment and how to apply it and live it in your own life.
You may argue that this ‘new teaching’ isn’t anything ‘new’, it’s been around for years. But I believe God’s definition of ‘new teaching’ is anything that is not of the Bible or His word.
The things that sound too popular to be true, usually are. It’s like a popsicle – they sprinkle just enough truth, love, and affirmation to make it sweet to the taste. Then when they have you hooked, they begin to weave in the beliefs of the world and conform it to the behaviors that go against God and His word.
That only leaves the door wide open for the enemy to get a foothold in your life. He sends in doubt so that your faith is weakened. When you start to believe the new teachings, and the heat of the enemy is breathing down your neck, soon, all you are left with is the stick. That kind of teaching can’t hold up.
But God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His word is the foundation we can stand on against the enemy’s lies.
We can’t just apply the scriptures we like and dismiss the others because it doesn’t agree with the world’s views. In essence you are tearing out those pages and throwing them into the fire. Could you ever imagine yourself doing that? I would be too afraid to ever dare do such a thing to God’s word.
Ephesians 4:11-13 explains the gifts (not a comprehensive list) God gave to the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. It goes on to say this will continue until we all come to a unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son, that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full standard of Christ.
In the notes of my study bible, it gives these definitions for the people/gifts mentioned in these verses.
Apostles: divinely commissioned missionary evangelists
Prophets: speak messages from God for His people
Evangelists: proclaim the Good News
Pastors (or shepherds): care for the people
Teachers: expound Scripture and God’s truths to the church
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever, they sound like truth. Ephesians 4:14 Notes: Mature Christians, with a well-grounded knowledge of the Good News and of Christ himself, will be able to discern and resist false teaching.
I challenge you to seek His word in your own life and ask yourself- “What does God say about that?” before you allow these new teachings to sink into your heart and mind.