2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NKJV) “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.“
It’s usually when you’re young in the ministry that you pick up the way another person is handling the Scriptures. They leave an impression upon you and little by little, you pick up their mannerisms, their way of life, their habits, and other nuances that make the person you follow who they are.
Matthew 10:24-25 (NKJV) “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.”
Good teachers will never allow you to mishandle the Scriptures but sadly, bad teachers train them to mishandle the Scriptures. There’s a formula.
Personality, influence, attractive in looks and presentations, and a lot of followers.
People are followers of success, no matter how wrong it is. Many false teachers and prophets are sensational orators. They know how to work an audience. They spare no expense. They use all the bells and whistles, or items to attract your attention.
They wear nice clothes or modern clothing. The venue is large.
Then their marketing skills. The internet. Social media. The word gets out and word of mouth will always be the best way to attract other followers.
The more sensational they become, the more impressive they become.
Little by little, they earn your trust, and then as soon as they’ve accepted you, the controversial Bible teaching is easy to communicate. You never investigate. You never challenge them. You accept them because they seem to be trusted.
Paul made sure that the Galatians understood where he stood.
Galatians 1:8-9 (NKJV) “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
But we’re seeing that music. Good professional music is the place where a person will drop their guard and submit. Musicians that are world class. Singers too. And the songs that are selected are designed to get you to drop your guard.
Acts 20:29-31 (NKJV) “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”
Paul knew that the power of God that worked in the form of the gospel of Jesus Christ brought in disciples. He knew that after his departure, men would rise up from within, and that men would infiltrate from the outside.
They would bring in teaching that’s inconsistent with Scripture.
Acts 17:10-13 (NKJV)
“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds.”
The truth of the gospel of Jesus would come and satan would send tares to be among wheat. He would send false teachers, apostles, prophets, and pastors or hirelings.
And the flock would not be spared.
Instead of holding fast to sound doctrine, people would break off and receive false teaching.
For years, I’ve accepted false teaching because of the desire of crowds. I wanted to have what they had. Then the Lord opened the Scriptures and I found that I was wrong all that time.
So when you see a crowd that a man of God is teaching to, pay close attention to what it is that they’re teaching. Make sure that it’s in line with the Scriptures. If it isn’t, you’ll be able to tell the difference.
Holiness. Sin. Righteousness. Purity. Cleanliness.
These things will be consistently taught and lived or completely avoided.
Experiences must never usurp the consistent teaching of sound doctrine.