Marks of all False Teachings in contrast with the marks of all sound and scriptural doctrines…
Since scholars of every theological persuasion and Christians of every denomination have embraced false teachings… the objective standard which will identify any and every false teaching will apply equally to the teachings of every theological camp and denomination for no one has “a corner” on the Truth.
All false teachings (even though commonly taught and believed by many to be sound Biblical teachings) are actually fables or myths! Such can be distinguished from sound doctrine by the following truths of scripture: (These were the truths that demonstrated to me that I had embraced many false teachings, that I needed to repent, and that I needed to reject such teachings and embrace the sound scriptural teachings which my false teachings had contradicted!)
Scriptural Marks of Cunningly Devised Fables
Cunningly devised fables (the Greek word “muthos” or “myths”) spoken of in I Timothy 1:4; 4:7; II Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14 and II Peter 1:16 may be recognized by the following scriptural marks: “F”, “A”, “B”, “L”, “E”, “S”:
Fair speeches contrary to apostolic doctrine, which deceive the hearts of the simple, and things taught for *Filthy lucre’s sake characterize such fables. (*The reason why pastors, missionaries and seminary profs teach these fables is because their visible means of support would be cut off if they didn’t! Follow the money! Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned (i.e. teaching received from the Lord Jesus and the apostles); and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17,18
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. Titus 1:10,11
Additional words to those of scripture must be used to state such fables.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5,6
Bereans and those who follow their example will recognize and refuse to embrace such fables by testing them by scripture. (The Bereans did not accept the apostle Paul’s preaching as “Gospel truth” until they had verified it by the scriptures!)
These (people at Berea) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11
Lying in wait to deceive is the purpose of the composers of such fables. (While sincere men may teach such fables, thinking they are teaching sound doctrine, they have also been deceived because they failed to test them by scripture as the Bereans did!)
… that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive Ephesians 4:14
Eye witnesses of the majesty of the Lord Jesus (i.e. the apostles) did not follow such fables.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2 Peter 1:16
Statements in words which man’s wisdom teaches comprise such fables. They can’t be stated in pure words taught by the Holy Spirit.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalms 12:6
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. I Corinthians 2:12,13
It was these simple truths of scripture which powerfully convicted me of the errors of many teachings which I had sincerely embraced for many years and taught to others as if they were “sound doctrine”! Rejecting such false teachings which other close friends of mine still believed were scriptural teachings and embracing the truths of scripture which others thought were false doctrines has been very costly! But what liberty and joy has been the result of obedience to God!
Your journey will likely be costly as well if you choose to evaluate every teaching which you have believed by these simple tests of scripture. But I will guarantee you, it will be worth it all!
Yours in the service of the very Best of masters,
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