25 July 2023 - 28 July 2023
In church history, our day is not unique in terms of the ever-present peril of false teachers and false teachings. However in this digital age with 1001 sources of information or disinformation, believers are more easily than ever exposed to heresy parading under the banner of “Christian ministry.” Combine that accessibility with massive biblical illiteracy in our churches, and our defenses against these interlopers are weak. It is no wonder that deceivers with their sensationalist and narcissistic appeals are picking off right and left the unstable and untaught (see 2 Peter 3:16-17Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). Among these angels of darkness cleverly passing themselves off as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-14Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)) are these Word of Faith teachers, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) charlatans with their prophetic and miracles claims (see Matthew 7:15-22Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) for the type), these devilish prosperity preachers, promoters of dangerous contemplative prayer retreats, and this deceptive Emerging Church movement, which likes to pose as evangelical but generally is not (but which thankfully now seems to be imploding). This short series is designed to remind you that such invasiveness is an anticipated biblical phenomenon, so that the alert are not sucked in unawares. Also, we put our finger on one problem that makes some people vulnerable to some of these false teachers who lure them into their web by promising them “more of the Spirit.” We show that in Christ, God’s grace is totally sufficient for our salvation and sustenance, so that the desire for more of what God has already given us is an insult to His provisions. Thirdly, we offer biblical guidance on how to improve our power of discernment, so that we have better filters.