7445 - Those Leading Astray - 1 John 2:26


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We’re go glad you’ve joined us today as we study a portion of God’s Word.

God’s Word is so necessary in the life of His children. George Mueller, a man of faith said: “The vigor of our Spiritual Life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” (Halley’s, p5)

So, today let’s consider one verse from 1 John, chapter 2. Let me read verse 26. Then we can discuss it.
“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”

With these words John concludes some strong words about false teachers who had invaded the church and who were greatly confusing many about Christianity.

John addresses these false teachers as antichrists –– men and women who are in opposition to the Christ. They came into the body of Christ as pretenders. They never had exercised faith in Jesus. Likely they at one time held an intellectual acceptance of the facts about Christ but it never translated into saving faith.

The hurtful thing about these false teachers was they dreamed up new doctrines in their mind by which they sought to explain the life and work of Christ. Then they openly opposed the truth that had been taught in the Church for the first 50 years or so. The poison of their false doctrine began to bring deadly sickness and confusion into the Church, and many were perplexed. Their apostasy ate like gangrene among the immature. They were leading people astray.

John writes, “I am writing these things to you about those trying to lead you astray.”

This desire closely relates to that attitude expressed by Paul in 2 Corinthians (2:11) where he wrote that he did not want Christians to be ignorant of the schemes of Satan that the devil might not outwit believers. Christians need to be informed by extended study and intake of the Word of God, so that when false teaching comes to their ears, their heart may quickly discern and the warning alarm of their spirit sound loudly and clearly that Satan is on the prowl.

Keep in mind that Jesus himself warned that false Christs and false prophets or teachers would appear after He left. (Matt. 24:24) True believers, who are living obedient lives, trusting & depending upon the indwelling triune God to guide & direct their steps, will always be warned of the danger when the devil comes prowling around. Scripture tells us that they are kept safe in Christ, and their faith will remain firmly in Christ till the end of life (Heb. 3:14). They will never be drawn away from Jesus.

That means that those who are drawn away –– who apostate –– who abandon their religious convictions, have in fact never been in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ – the Son of God – the Savior of mankind.

The presence of false teachers in those early centuries also has affected the acceptance of holy writings. Before the Bible was finally accepted by the Church in the fourth century, many false writings and spurious documents were examined and rejected. These also were tools of Satan, just as the false teachers were; intended by Satan to compromise and destroy the Kingdom of God which was working within the Church.
Many present saints point out that the teachings of the early false teachers were the same errors that modern liberals preach in some churches today.

You see Satan continues his unrelenting attack upon the Kingdom of God, even upon each and every child of God in the world today.

Although He is a defeated enemy, Satan continually seeks to rob believers of their peace which is a gift of Jesus. He does this by whispering lies into our ears, seeking to bring fear to haunt us.

A second thing Satan sometimes accomplishes in the life of a believer is to compromise their witness by deceiving them and drawing them into a sinful lifestyle. Who would want to be like an unhappy, miserable person who sometimes talks about Jesus, but does not in fact have the radiance and power of God flowing from their life?

Oh friend, let us be aware of those who seek to lead us astray. Let us be strong in the Word of God as His sword of offense against the evil one.