1 Timothy 1:3-4
"As I urged you when I went into Macedonia - remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith." NKJV
In the body of Christ, we must be careful to guard ourselves against divisiveness and false doctrine. These things will penetrate the body and can lead to sin as well as a misunderstanding of God's Word. Often, those who come representing a "new way" or a "higher understanding" are deceived. Their train of thought is dependent upon human wisdom or even on an evil motive. This is why many times throughout the scriptures the apostles warn against false teachers and bad doctrines.
Often, bad teaching comes from those who want to do it their own way. They are not content with God's Word as the final authority so they twist it or reject it altogether. Friend, this is dangerous. If we are to truly understand life, we need to look to the One who gave life. If we desire to know about this world, we must hold tight to the words of God who formed it. Most importantly, if we are to know how we can find forgiveness and eternal life, we have no other option than to embrace the Truth found in the Bible. When we live by God's Words and not our own, we will find hope for this life and unending joy in the next.
Life Lesson: There is danger in living our lives by our own standards rather than God's.
Thank You for the Bible. What a blessing it is to be able to read the very words of God. Father, guard my heart against false teaching and help me to stand firm on the Truth of Your Word. Hide Your Word in my heart so that I will not sin against You and use me to share Your Word with others. In Jesus' name, Amen.