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False Teachers – 2 Peter 2:1

So how can you tell if it is a false teacher you are hearing? Sometimes their error is obvious, while other times it is more subtle. The best way to protect yourself from them is to know the Scriptures. Be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and study the Scriptures. If someone teaches contrary to it, or introduces other writings to support their teachings, you should reject them. Another way is to look to see who is at the center of their teaching and ‘ministry’? Is it Christ? Or are they the center of attention? If Christ is not the focus, then you should not get caught up in their ‘ministry’ (John 3:30). And, finally, let the Holy Spirit lead you into the truth (John 16:13). Don’t be led astray from the true faith by those who are facing destruction.

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Masquerading as Angels of Light – 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NIV I wonder sometimes about some of the preachers, speakers and ministries I hear advertising on the radio.  I can’t help but wonder sometimes about their focus; is Christ at the center, or is he just an advertising bullet point. One that I have been hearing advertised quite a bit …

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Pergamum: The Compromising Church – Revelation 2:12-17

 In the second and third chapters of Revelation are letters from Jesus to seven of the first century churches in what is today Turkey.  While I believe these letters were addressed to real churches of that day, I also believe they have great application to our churches today.  The third of these was to the church of Pergamum. “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.  I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your …

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