Biblical Warnings to elders and the church
There are many religious leaders and preachers who are very good speakers, very charming, and many, though in error, strongly believe what they teach, and who are leading many to destruction because they teach error and do not teach the truth presented in the Bible. The reasons are many: ignorance, intent to deceive because of material gain, or the fact that they have been deceived by those who taught them. This deception by religious leaders is foretold in the scriptures, as follows, and is the main reason that I urge each person to study the bible and verify what anyone teaches is consistent with what the scriptures say.
Acts 20:28-30 - "Take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit hath made you bishops, to feed the church of the Lord which he purchased with his own blood. I know that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them."
Also, 1 Peter 5:8,9 - "Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, whom withstand stedfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world."
Also, 2Ti 4:3-4 - "For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables."
-- American Standard Version.
The devil uses his servants, some - even many, who are sincere but deceived, to accomplish his work. Make sure you verify what anyone teaches by searching the scriptures for biblical truth. Remember, the bible is the source of truth, not what men say the bible says. Read the bible and verify what the Lord wants you to do - it is your responsibiliy.
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