There are days when I don’t feel like posting anything. When God hasn’t put something on my heart to write about. I usually will spend the time instead, reading the many posts here about God, Jesus, Bible, Christianity, etc. I enjoy encouraging other believers by leaving positive comments. One of the things I’m noticing is that there’s a common trend among Christian bloggers to recommend an evangelist, bible teacher, Christian author or speaker and include a YouTube video or audio. If I happen to disagree with a doctrine they expound, instead of discussing it with me, they will send me a link to their favorite teacher. I usually do not listen to podcasts because I don’t know if that person who is preaching is of God. I would have to do research on them and find out what all they believe.
Allowing someone to teach us requires discernment and much Bible checking. Although discernment is a spiritual gift, it is something every believer needs to pray for. Just because a man or woman teaches from the Bible or says something that sounds scriptural, does not necessarily mean they are born again. There are plenty of examples of men who have stood behind pulpits who weren’t (aren’t) saved.
There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite Bible teacher or pastor. I have one that I listen to all the time: Les Feldick. He has taught the Bible for some 60 years. When I first began to listen to him, I was really cautious. I never trust anyone right away. It took a little time before I discerned that Feldick rightly divides the word of God. He is nothing like these young preachers today who give motivational speeches in order to become popular and cheer everybody up. They just sprinkle in a few Bible verses to make everything sound legit.
Just because someone teaches a doctrine that is true, does not always mean that person is truly a believer. For example, I met a guy recently who has a beautiful Christian website and his posts are often spot on scripturally. A few weeks ago, he gave a link to a podcast by a popular preacher who teaches hyper-grace. Hyper-grace is the belief that a Christian never needs to confess their sins to God. They just ignore them and keep moving. This is a dangerous teaching because it can delay blessings, hurt our walk with God and hinder our prayers from being heard. I don’t know if my friend is even aware that this man is a false teacher. Perhaps he heard something good that this man had said and now he follows him.
The apostle Paul had much to say in Galatians and Ephesians about following false teachers and a different gospel.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)