And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.
This, for me, is a very sobering verse because it makes me question whether I would always recognise false teaching. In Friday’s reflection I referred to false prophets with the words of Jesus that told us we would know them by their fruit; their words and actions, their attitude and behaviour. Around us today there are those that we can clearly see because their teaching is not in line with God’s Word; it has been diluted to conform with society. Masking God’s truth behind the veil of His all-encompassing love is a form of deception which only leads people astray. If you stand up for the truth you are accused of intolerance.
It’s easy to see how some would become discouraged in their faith and how others may become disillusioned by the Church, leaving them cold. Lawlessness is evident in society throughout the world, but we need to be aware of it happening within the Church because that is where the real danger lies. Trying to make God’s Word acceptable and pleasing to society is a slippery slope. The more we try to love the world by conforming to it, the further we stray from truly loving God and His ways. We are to be grounded in the love of Christ so that we won’t be ‘tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes’(Eph 4:14).
The best way to recognised false teaching is to study the scriptures, write them on the tablet of your heart, immerse yourself in His Word, His Way, His Truth. Then you can speak the truth in Love.