Monday, September 20, 2010

Beware of Leaven

A Little Bit Of Bad Doctrine Goes A Long Way

 Matthew 16:6-7, 11-12  "Watch out!" Jesus warned them. "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."  At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn't brought any bread.

Why can't you understand that I'm not talking about bread? So again I say, 'Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.'"   Then at last they understood that He wasn't speaking about the yeast in bread, but about the deceptive teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

There are a lot of voices that are trying to get your attention and weigh in on how you should live but very few are saying anything that you need to listen too. Even well meaning Christ followers can be very wrong, some of the worst advice that I have ever received when I in a difficult situation came from my friends at church.

Bad advice comes from people with bad doctrine since what you believe influences the way you live and it will influence the advice that you give to others on how they should live. It takes just a little bit of deviation from the absolute truth to steer you way off course.

Quietly the gradual change in your thinking will take over, your behavior will shift a little bit and you are on your way. The false teaching will influence your temper, it will make you proud and before you know it you are a modern day Pharisee, so worldly that even though you are in the church you will be counter productive for the kingdom.

I need to keep myself in the Word, filling my mind each day with truth so that I will not be easily swayed by false doctrine.

Thank you Lord for giving us your word so that we may be able to answer the question that Pilate asked "What is truth?"

You might like to read: Commands of Jesus blog series.