Falling for false teachers
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling. Jude 1:24
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
In the 19th century, political mudslinging and character assassination were prominent in political campaigns. Complete lies and total fabrications were spread as truth.
Various popular forms of 20th century mass communication, such as TV and newspapers, permitted incorrect information to get out and rapidly spread to the public. For example, the Chicago Tribune’s infamous 1948 headline “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
The 1950’s and 1960’s were rife with political propaganda. In the 21st century with the rise and proliferation of the Internet and social media, misinformation, disinformation, and “Fake News” have come into their own.
Misinformation is false or inaccurate information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead. Misinformation includes such things as false rumors, unsubstantiated claims and “facts,” insults, and even pranks.
Disinformation is false information deliberately spread to deceive and damage credibility. It includes malicious content such as smear tactics, character assassinations, slander, and outright prevarications. It misrepresents opposing points of view. It offers negative, misleading, often hateful media coverage.
Now “Fake News,” has come to the front. It presents inaccurate reporting and fabricated information. “Fake News” may have begun as a slanted interpretation of the facts. But these “facts” have taken on a life of their own.
In the first century A.D., “Fake News,” propaganda, disinformation came under the umbrella of false teaching, heresy, and apostasy.
The goal of false teaching is to mislead, confuse, sidetrack, shipwreck, and entangle people, and in particular, the Father’s children in their quest for knowing Him and His truth.
How do we counter this continuous barrage of disinformation?
The Scriptures have provided actionable intelligence regarding the threat. Counter strategies are provided. There are two main objectives: believe and fill.
The first action is to receive a fabulous gift. We have been given a marvelous promise. We have only to believe it, making it our own. The Father’s promises are like having money deposited in a bank account. It is there for us. All we have to do is write the check.
Jude 1:24 [The Father] is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.
What is The Father capable of? How much ability does He have? Is He willing to exercise His ability in our behalf?
The Father is omnipotent, that is, all-powerful. Whatever power is required He is more than sufficient to provide. He is adept and able. But what is of greater importance to His children, is the fact that He earnestly desires to protect those that are His.
REFLECT & PRAY
Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us (Daniel 3:17).
Father thank you for your amazing promise to keep me stable. Encourage me to meditate and memorize Your word.
The Father is acknowledged, praised, and worshiped for his ability and desire to keep His children secure.
Romans 16:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you [make you strong] according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ . . .
The Father provided a strong foundation upon which we are to take our stand. He strengthens us to do so. Nothing and no one can shake or crack this foundation. It is earthquake proof. It offers a mighty fortress for the faithful.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
Dream the impossible dream. Seek the unattainable. The Father is able to do far more than whatever we can ask or think. The only exceptions are things which are absurd such a square circle. The Father’s resources can never be exhausted.
When His dreams and aspirations are our dreams and aspirations, nothing is impossible.
The Scriptures are the food of faith. We fill ourselves with the truth and sound doctrine they provide. Those who are mature in the faith, study, learn, and practice the accurate information found in the word of God. A keen sense of awareness and discernment develops. This prevents them from being tripped up and falling for the toxic deception of false teachers.
Hebrews 5:14 solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil [right and wrong].
Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalms 119:9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.
The Father is able to keep His children blameless. The Greek word translated blameless is amomos. This term referred to Old Testament sacrifices that were literally to be unblemished, having no defect or spot. They were without fault and measured up to the righteous requirements of the law. There was no justifiable ground for rejection.
As we fill our hearts and minds with Scripture, the promise of the Father is realized in us. When we are filled with accurate information, what room is left for inaccurate
Whenever false teachers go on the attack and threaten us with their deceptions and “Fake News,” we are secure. Because we are in our Father’s hands, we are able to remain faithful until the end. There may be a few trips and slides along the way, but The Father keeps us from stumbling.