Reading: Romans 16:17-20
Type the words "false teacher" into Google's search engine, and you'll find 2.3 million results on the web. Depending on whose calling whom a false teacher and for what reason, you may even find one of your favorite Bible teachers or evangelists on the list!
Paul, however, is not warning the Roman believers against teachers whose views on certain issues might be slightly off-center. Rather, he asks believers to be observant and attentive against those who deliberately deceive the unsuspecting with flattery and smooth talk. Their motive is not to serve Christ but to benefit themselves. The result is division between brothers and sisters and stumbling blocks to living out the faith. Their teaching and practices are contrary to what the believers have learned about Christ and the gospel.
How prepared are we to compare and contrast teaching that sounds really good against what we already know? Do you practice anchoring your faith directly to the Word of God, so that you won't be vulnerable to deception? Today is a great day to start.