False doctrine we came to know is simply any teaching or belief that subtracts, adds up to, contradicts or cancels scripture. False doctrine has gained a normal and sometimes hilarious status in our contemporary world and if not handled would seriously lead many astray.
Reference was made from Galatians 1:6-9, 1 John 2: 21-28, 1 Timothy 4:16, Acts 17:11, Colossians 2:20-23, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Corinthians 1:10 and 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
Some questions discussed included:
- How can one identify false doctrine?
- How do false doctrines come about?
- What will cause one to accept a false doctrine?
- How can we avoid being led away by false doctrine?
- What are some of the effects of false doctrine on the Church?
At the end of the discussions we came to realise that;
- After converting an unbeliever, we need to enlighten them on the true unadulterated word so they are not swayed by false doctrines.
- We must allow the Holy Spirit to teach us to understand scriptures to enable us discern any teaching we hear.
- When people try to justify their ‘holy’ actions, when scripture is interpreted out of context and sometimes over emphasised, when we become complacent and lean on our own prior knowledge false doctrines are created.
- False doctrine can be inspired by the devil, the desire for money, fame or prestige.
- Men of God are men first and sometimes lean on their own understanding in interpreting scripture and this is why we must be like the Bereans in Acts 17:10-11 who confirmed teachings from scripture itself before accepting them.
In short, if any teaching or claim is not made based on scripture then it is safe to say that it is false expedient. As the study song says, let the word abide in you, shun all contrary teachings and abide in the basic message. God bless you.
[WRITTEN BY THE EXCERPTS CREW OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE]