Beware of false teachers
A dangerous but often made error is to thoughtlessly assume that the messenger offers up the true meaning of Holy scripture. Jesus warned His hearers, (Matthew. 7:15) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
Much of His ministry consisted of severely confronting the false teaching of the religious leaders of His day. (compare. Matt. 16: 11-12 & Matt. 23: 1-39) In His discourse on things to come, He warned His hearers (Matt. 24: 4-5) “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.”
The apostle Peter uses most of his second letter to warn against the doctrine offered by false teachers whilst the subject matter of Jude's succinct letter is wholly devoted to the same theme. John in his letters warns repeatedly against false teachers and Paul’s final words to the elders of the Ephesians (Acts 20: 28-30) warned them about the danger of departing from sound doctrine. His final letters to Timothy and Titus repeatedly emphasized the need for sound doctrine and He instructed Titus (Titus. 1:9) that an elder must “Hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” He then goes on to explain that there are many empty talkers and deceivers who are upsetting whole households through their false teaching.
In his final exhortation to Timothy (2 Tim. 4: 3-4) he wrote, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
The Apostles' Creed is a summary of the belief, understanding, acceptance and teaching of the Apostles which, when accepted by faith, will give a firm foundation on which to build a Christian life which embraces an Agape Love for God and for humankind and a belief in Jesus Christ and an acceptance of His teaching by which an individual becomes wholly acceptable to God and is saved.
The Apostles Creed.
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father;
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy catholic church;
The communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting.
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