God’s word has a lot to say about false teachers, there are warnings upon warnings about them throughout scripture. There have always been false teachers and there will continue to be false teachers until Jesus returns. That means there are false teachers in our day too, do you know how to recognize them and tell them apart from true teachers of the word? This really should be Christianity 101 stuff because every believer needs to know how to differentiate between the true and the false and sometimes it can be very difficult. These false teachers pervert, which means twist God’s word, they bring in damnable heresies, a perverted gospel is a damnable heresy. We are told in Galations 1:8 “But though we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” This warning is repeated in verse 9, that if they preach any other gospel to you let them be accursed. Accursed, Anathema, damned, that is no soft rebuke, this is the worst punishment to be damned. God takes his gospel seriously and so should we.
1 Corinthians 1:1-5 Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
So what actually is another gospel, one that did not come from Jesus and his disciples? It is any gospel message that adds to salvation anything other than Christ alone. Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, you can’t add baptism, circumcision, works or any other thing to salvation or it becomes a damnable heresy. If you are trusting in your baptism to save you, then you are trusting in water that doesn’t wash away sin, only the blood of Christ can wash away sins. If you are trusting in your works then you are trusting in yourself and no amount of good works will save you or keep you saved, it has to be all Christ’s work on the cross. Christians do good works because they are filled with the love of Christ, they not only want to please him but they are driven to do these things because of his spirit that is in them. But if you are doing works out of some requirement that man has taught must be done for you to be saved, stay saved or be under some sort of covering your doing them in vain. We have to put all our trust in Christ, he is our salvation and nothing else.
Here is a really good sermon from Pastor Jeff Arthur of Elizabeth Baptist Church, just click on the link below.
A Warning About False Teachers