Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death.”

When looking for counterfeit money, experts don’t study counterfeits; they study real money, which is the baseline they use to determine the truth from false. To borrow the words of Amos (Amos 7:7-15), the Word of God is the plumbline that we hold everything to.  

Got Questions helpfully explains, says:

“Jesus warned us that “false Christs and false prophets” will come and will attempt to deceive even God’s elect (Matthew 24:23-27; see also 2 Peter 3:3 and Jude 17-18). The best way to guard yourself against falsehood and false teachers is to know the truth. To spot a counterfeit, study the real thing. Any believer who “correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and who makes a careful study of the Bible can identify false doctrine. For example, a believer who has read the activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Matthew 3:16-17 will immediately question any doctrine that denies the Trinity. Therefore, step one is to study the Bible and judge all teaching by what the Scripture says.”

Please pray for God to help you with discernment and His wisdom, to draw close to you as you draw close to Him through His Word. This is an eye-opening video (https://youtu.be/XPxWtZyZwBE) as an example. As you watch God promises us wisdom in James 1:5-6, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach (finding fault), and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

Humbly ask and trust Him to help you determine the Truth. As you read, Scripture asks, “What is God saying in this passage? Please watch the video, trying not to focus on feelings and emotions, but on what the Bible is saying. This may be very difficult, but just pray without ceasing, and Jesus will help you.  

 In Hebrews 13:5b, Our Father assures us, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” 

Please consider these questions as you listen to sermons:

  • As you watch the video (or any teaching), ask yourself, “Does this sermon focus on the Word of God and point me to Christ? Or does it point me more to self-help and to the teacher’s wisdom?  
  • Does the sermon I’m watching teach Scripture word for word and use proper context and cross-references to interpret the passage? Or is the sermon motivational speech of catchphrases and emotion-driven scenarios common to the audience to draw emotional responses/applause? Does the sermon deny biblical and theological orthodoxy? 

Please contact a local biblically qualified male pastor or us for prayer, support, and resources. Grace and peace to you. 

John 8:32, “And then you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.”

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