A False Teacher Unmasked

 

          Like his serpent forefather, a wolf in sheep’s clothing ever strives to mask his true spiritual deviancy.

          Because of his skilled practice of evasion, accurately discerning his ulterior motives is supremely challenging for us. For an inspired penman like Jude, however, there is no challenge. In one sentence this bondservant of Jesus removes the veneer of sheep’s clothing and reveals the ravening wolf under it. That sentence reads: “Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries” (v. 8).

          A false teacher values the carnal over the spiritual. The pollution of sin which fleshly lusts generate when they are indulged is of greater interest and importance than spiritual purity and heavenly treasures. Therefore, grace is taught as a perverted excuse to sin, not as a Scriptural motive for eliminating it.

          A false teacher despises God’s authority and rebels against it. Living as a bondservant under the complete authority of God as described and proscribed in Colossians 3:17 is anathema in his heart of hearts. How dare Jehovah fail to realize and respect his foolish, inflated sense of self-importance!

          A false teacher is sacrilegious. He has not a proper reverence for holy beings and holy things, nor has he a rightful recognition of others who have authority superior to his. Because fearing God and keeping His commandments is the whole purpose of human existence (Ecclesiastes 12:13), he is a colossal spiritual failure.

          By their smooth words and flattering speech, false teachers are an ever-present danger to the undiscerning (Romans 16:17-18).

          I pray you won’t become prey for these spiritual predators.

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Author: jchowning

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