Titus 1:11

Titus 1:11…”They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach – and that for the sake of dishonest gain.” The false teachers Paul is referencing were a big problem in the early church. Nothing has changed though, and thankfully faithful saints like Martin Luther have been used by the Lord to correct false doctrines throughout the history of the church. Today, any teaching that includes a bible verse is often considered true by church goers, and biblical illiteracy is prevalent. This environment has been a fertile ground for false teachers. Unfortunately, most pastors are afraid to point out which teachers to avoid, or even worse, they don’t recognize false doctrine. In this verse, one clear mark of a false teacher is dishonest gain, which should tip us off to a number of popular teachers today who have clearly sought riches through ministry. We need to carefully examine what we are being taught, lest we follow the kinds of teachers Paul is referencing here. Since we can’t “silence” these teachers (see the verse above) because of their popularity, we should at least know who to avoid specifically.

Here is a very helpful video by Shai Linne, explaining why identifying false teachers is not only biblical, but loving:

Malachi 3:15

Malachi 3:15…”Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.” On the surface, it often appears as though God is not just. Why does it seem like the worst people in this life prosper? Our experiences have shown us that the guilty seem to go unpunished, and are sometimes better off than those who seek to do good. We need to view things through God’s lens though. He is perfectly just, and all accounts will be brought into proper balance one day. Be thankful that he hasn’t given you all the vain earthly things you desire, because they are fool’s gold. Remember that ‘it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24).’

For the Christian, we have much to celebrate everyday because we are not getting what we deserve (eternal punishment). With this eternal perspective, we can be freed to serve the Lord with joyful hearts, knowing that he’s blessed us in the heavenly realms, regardless of our earthly circumstances. Getting our minds and hearts lined up properly in a vertical manner (repentance and faith in Christ) will inevitably allow us to have healthy relationships horizontally (with other people) because we’ll see ourselves rightly; we are sinners saved by grace, and God has blessed us graciously despite our unbelief, pride and selfishness.

Acts 5:5

Acts 5:5…”When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened.” The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was that they were ambitious of being thought eminent disciples, when they were not true disciples. They were covetous of the wealth of the world, and distrustful of God and his providence. They thought they might serve both God and money, and sought to deceive the apostles. The Spirit of God in Peter discerned the principle of unbelief reigning in the heart of Ananias, and the Lord struck him down to demonstrate His hatred for false converts. For those who call themselves believers, but whose lives look no different than that of non-believers; the One who is Sovereign knows everything about you, and you will stand before Him and give an account one day. Therefore, in light of 2:Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”