Are You Hearing the Real Thing?

And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

2 Peter 2:2-3

Yesterday, we considered how to spot a counterfeit according to his message. Today, we will consider what the Bible says about spotting a counterfeit according to his method and motive.

Good counterfeiters will lay false teaching alongside good teaching in order to confuse their listeners. Their words are feigned, like plastic; they are malleable and easy to contort.

You can also spot a counterfeiter by his motive, which is to manipulate his people for his own profit or gain. The desperate need in these last days is authentic biblical teaching; God will not spare the false prophet.

The world is full of counterfeits; make sure you have the real thing. There are some counterfeit Christians, but don’t you let that keep you away from Jesus. Jesus is real, salvation is real, and you can be real if you’ll repent of your sin and trust Him.

  • How might you prepare to identify false teaching mixed with or alongside good teaching?
  • How does the Holy Spirit work to help us identify false teachers? How might you rely on the Holy Spirit when seeking to discern a teacher’s motive?

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To understand what is false, we need to know what is real. Set aside time today to read your Bible, so that you may grow in knowledge of the truth.