“Instead they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them.” (Jeremiah9:14)
Parental instruction is not always for the better. Fathers can corrupt the faith of children and undermine their ability to believe in the living God.
The seed of false religious belief, planted in the minds of children, can keep on growing through successive generations to the point, that their understanding of Scriptures is so corrupted, they don’t even recognize its truth or falsehood.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, parents ought to share the duties of teaching God’s Word to their children, if for no other reason, than to correct any misunderstandings or outright falsehoods. To teach is honorable, and we ask Your Spirit to guide us every single time we teach God’s Word, that it is done correctly and accurately. In honor of our relationship with You Abba, and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that we have been taught for true understanding, by those in the clergy, and both family and friends. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.”
“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited an understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men and corrupt mind, who have been robbed of he truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (Romans 15:14)
Some false teachers are not avowed enemies of truth. They stray from the gospel because hey are infatuated with novelty, like those Athenians who “spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas”. Personal pride and conceit stand behind such infatuations.
This conduct leads to controversies, suspicions, and quarrels rather than to peace and cooperation. Christian teaching is more than wrangling over trivialities distinguished as religious thoughts.
“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—-bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2nd Peter2:1-3)
Just as Israel suffered from influential false prophets and false teaching, so will the church. False prophets and false teachers seek popularity, promise what the people desire, slyly undermine the tenets of the faith, live immoral life styles, and comet financial rewards. They counterfeit the Holy Spirit and lure others astray with enchanting new doctrines.
In short, they are living lives less than what they preach or teach, which undermines their truthfulness. They are seeking financial gains, falsely and with no thought of the damage they are causing through their false teaching and false doctrines.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“”Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and hen the outside also will be clean.” (Matthew 23:25-26)
Hypocritical teaching is worse than no teaching al all. Teachers who are pious on the outside but corrupt on the inside can delude those who follow them, leaving them worse off spiritually than they were before.
Those seeking to be taught the truth, who are listening to one who either does not know the truth, or just makes it up as they go along, will damage the ones who seek the truth. Because teaching is an awesome responsibility, false teaching is a terrible sin.