Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions.1 Tim 6:3-4 NLT
The devil will use PEOPLE to lead us astray, off the NARROW PATH, away from God. Early on in His public ministry, Jesus warned us through His disciples to BEWARE OF MEN. For although we are ALL CREATURES of God, we are NOT all children of God! Jesus clarifies this in John 8:44; For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Leader, In Matthew 7:15 we are told by Jesus Himself, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves,” and later in the same gospel we are told, “Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.” (Matt 10:17-18) We must beware of those who want to distract us for bringing people into the Kingdom of God.
Conduit, when we accept, endorse or consort with people who want to take our FOCUS off the KINGDOM and put it on the WORRY and WILES of this WORLD-that plays into the devil’s hand! Even Jesus wouldn’t tolerate this from his closest friends; “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” We must beware, for this indifference plays right into the hands of error and the devil’s purpose. Even Paul tells Timothy: “From such withdraw yourself.” Too much is at risk to play around with men like this. It is one thing to be patient and kind and do what we can to work with people. But when corruption is evident; when men are at work who are destitute of the truth, we cannot just let error have its’ way. Paul also warned the Colossians – “I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument,” (Col. 2:4). BEWARE and BE BOLD!