“False Shepherds” July 6

 

False Shepherds - The last days will produce many false shepherds and teachers who will teach outright lies, twist the truth, or leave out those things that are unpopular or politically incorrect.The last days will produce many false shepherds and teachers who will teach outright lies, twist the truth, or leave out those things that are unpopular or politically incorrect. We must learn to recognize truth and error or we’ll be easy prey for them.

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Chronicles 7-8
Psalm 80.1-6
Proverbs 20.15
Acts 13.26-52

 

False Shepherds

 

Psalm 80.1-6:

True Under-Shepherds and False Shepherds

Verse 1, “… O Shepherd of Israel …”

Jesus is the Shepherd of Israel, but God also gives us under-shepherds in the form of Pastors, who are under the authority of the Great Shepherd (Jn. 10.11). The Bible teaches submission to authority in the home, in the workplace, in civil affairs, and also, in the church.

“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Heb. 13.17).

Our responsibility is to be sure that we are in a church where the Pastor(s) are under the authority of the Lord Jesus and His Word because there are many “false shepherds” and their numbers will increase as we approach the return of Christ.

We do so by getting to know our True Shepherd through His Word.

“The sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers” (Jn. 10.3-5).

Those who are truly under the authority of Christ will teach the full counsel of God without omitting those things that are unpopular or politically incorrect.

False Shepherds will add to His Word, take things out of context, or twist the truth. At worst, they will deny the deity of Christ, the reality of the Trinity, the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture, or other essential doctrines.

We will recognize a counterfeit by knowing and handling the real thing (2 Tim. 2.15). But if we don’t, we’re easy prey for false teachers. You can learn to do so by:  Continue reading