October 30, 2016 Sermon

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Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:10-29

Discerning theology

You should not listen to everyone, listen means understand, remember, and obey.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

 

Expressly—in plain words. Latter times—after he writes. The faith—accepted doctrines of Christianity, people in the Church will deny what is true and add what is false. Doctrines of demons—seducing spirits are demons and this is their teaching. People with seared, bad consciences seduce others to go their way. Outward legalism is often a cover-up for inner turmoil and bad conscience.

Colossians 2:22—not subject to commandments and doctrines of men that have to do with asceticism and false religious humility.

Hebrews 13:9—don’t be carried about with diverse and strange doctrines

Titus 1:9-11

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

 

If you don’t know the Word and doctrine, you will fall for false teaching. There are all kinds of bad teachers out there. Unruly—insubordinate, do their own thing. Mouths stopped—muzzled, bridled. If you don’t stop their mouths, they will overthrow houses—families, maybe churches. Money is their main driver.

Matthew 22:34-46—Jesus countered Pharisee and Sadducee arguments and asked good questions. No one dared ask Him any more!

Ecclesiastes 1:7-8

All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

 

Everything is changing and shifting, but it’s all cyclical and there is nothing new. Yet your eyes and ears constantly want something new

With –2 Timothy 3:7--ever learning never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

1 John 4:1-- Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 

Beloved—general audience of Christians, not something just for church leaders. Believe not—basis of belief is hearing—don’t listen to everyone! Try—test, analyze, scrutinize, examine, prove. There are many false prophets.

Two main tests:

1)--consistency with biblical revelation

2)--manner of life--Qualifications of church leaders—don’t listen to people whose lives don’t reflect spiritual maturity. Relationship with money.

Signs you are hearing bad doctrine:

1. Lots of talk about God, very little about Jesus Christ

2. One sided talk as if no other side exists. No mention of verses that counter points. One reason why you need to be familiar with Scripture—know what is not being said because it contradicts point.

3. Slippery use of words, definitions are forced and awkward, not consistent, impossible to maintain over all usages of the word. Conspiracy theories or over-elaborate explanations, too much mental gymnastics.

4. Cross references do not say what person said they say

5. Complimentary, happy, smooth, feel like you are being sold something.

6. Dismissive attitudes toward other doctrines, typically using flippant sarcastic personal attacks and mockery

7. You have to accept their in-depth theological system before they can explain a verse

8. One issue people. Every verse is about their issue. They found the key to it all, the one thing that matters and anyone who misses my emphasis is wrong. We are the people and wisdom dies with us.

9. No verses being used, or one verse was used 20 minutes ago. Only fractional phrases of verses are used and then a dissertation on that phrase with no other verses.

10. Quoting people more than Scripture. Quotes coming from diverse sources who would not otherwise agree. Look up who these sources are!

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