Sunday, February 9, 2020

1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

The Greek language has three words for love, each with it's own meaning. Eros is erotic love. Philia is the love you feel for a friend. Agape is described as the highest form of love - the love that God has for us. 1 Corinthians 13 refers to agape love.

If we don't know God, we cannot love others the way He loves us. Likewise, there are some pastors and evangelists who pretend they know God or think they know God, but, in fact, they don't. They do not have our best in mind. They are motivated by things that aren't Godly.

How can we spot these imposters? 7 Traits of False Teachers by Colin Smith gives us some excellent guidance.

  1. Imposters don't reference the Bible to support their teachings. They make up their own stories.
  2. Jesus is not at the center of their teachings.
  3. False teachers draw you into their corrupt behavior instead of guiding you away from sin.
  4. They cater to what people want to hear instead of what the Bible says. 
  5. They have no substance and their teachings do not result in anything worthwhile.
  6. They are on a fast, downhill path to destruction and they are eager to bring you along for the ride.

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