Listening to the news, watching religious programing, reading the newspaper or magazines can be scary. Who and what can we believe? The Bible gives us the answer. Second John 4-11, explains that believers need to be walking in truth. Where is truth found? The Bible.
Unfortunately, if we use the Bible as our filter for truth in today’s world, we find none. News, entertainment, and religious programing do not deliver truth from God’s perspective.
Let’s look at 2 John 4-11.
Joy in discovering truth (4)
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
Command to love one another (5-6)
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Receive not the deceivers (10-11)
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
We live in a world of deceivers. They do not believe that Christ came in the flesh. The Bible calls them antichrists. As believers in Christ, it is our duty to separate ourselves from the deceivers and counter their false claims with what is in the Bible.
We must filter all things through God’s word. Do not believe the lies of the media, televangelists, or anyone else not correctly dividing the word of God.
Otherwise we will be caught up in their deceptions.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001