By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.… They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” 1 Timothy 1: 3-5, 7 NIV
Don’t think that “false news” is a new concept. It’s not something that millennials made up. Long before Facebook algorithms and political campaign money could sway the news media, false news was creeping into the teachings of the Gospel. Timothy wrote his letters to warn his church against false teachings, or false news, that was creeping into what the church believed as Gospel. It was especially dangerous then, because news traveled slowly and Bibles were not available at every book store.
Today we have to be wary of false news and false teachings. Humans are not truthful beings. As fallen creatures, we seek out controversy, corruption, and sometimes lies can seem better than the truth. Teachers and pastors especially must be careful to make sure their words match up with the Bible. Even today, there are false teachers spreading what they claim to be gospel, but is far from it.
When you hear something that does not fit with your knowledge of scripture, go back to the Bible and seek out the truth for yourself. Pray and ask God to show you truth.
Prayer: Dear God, help me find truth in these confusing days. Help me see beyond politics and vanity to the authentic Gospel. Show me false teachers in my life and help me rid myself of their words. Amen.