Do you have enough insurance?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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The Apostle Peter warns us about false prophets in the second chapter of his second letter. He warns us that there will be false prophets among us who will secretly introduce destructive heresies and will go so far as to deny God. He also warns us that many believers will follow after these false prophets and be led astray by their teachings.

What bothers me the most about this chapter is not the fact that there will be false prophets among us, but that many will be deceived by them and be led astray by their false doctrine. There are many ways they will deceive so many and turn them away from the truth, but my intent is not to go into those here. There is only one way to guarantee that we will not be seduced by these false teachers and their teachings.

God has already provided us an insurance policy that is guaranteed to guard us against false prophets and false teaching. This insurance completely covers us and brings absolute protection so that we will never stray from the truth. It is very simple yet requires that we upgrade it every day to ensure complete coverage. This simple insurance policy is God's Word. If you don't know what his Word says, how are you going to be sure you won't be led astray by false teachers? You can't and that is what these false prophets and teachers are hoping for. They know that people who do not know God's Word are prime targets for their teachings. The sad fact is that most Christians do not have a thorough knowledge and understanding of God's Word. Most professing Christians do not read the Bible on a daily basis. According to an article by Jeremy Weber in Christianity Today from September 7, 2012, 80% of churchgoers don't read the Bible daily. That means that 8 out of 10 churchgoers have no insurance against false teaching.

I implore you! I beg of you! Please, please, please don't be a statistic. If you are not regularly studying the Word of God, you are in danger. You need to reverse that trend in your life starting today. Your future depends on it. Don't leave it up to your pastor or Bible study teacher to do it for you. Nothing replaces your own personal study of God's Word. And I don't mean just read it everyday. Study it. Dig deep and get to know it like the back of your hand so that if anyone ever tries to sell you a counterfeit Gospel, you won't fall for it. Psalm 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." His Word is our insurance that we will not stumble and fall.

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