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.

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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Enemies of the Cross of Christ: Not Who You Might Think – Philippians 3:17-21

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, …

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