In the First Book of Timothy, the Apostle Paul reminds Timothy that false teachers are on the horizon (see 1 Timothy Chapters 1 and 4). The skewing of God’s word is nothing new, but I believe Paul was made divinely aware of the fact that as the world population increased, so would the ability for distortions, misinterpretations, and deliberate falsehoods to make their way into the sanctuaries of faith. Outside the churches, the misinformation about Christianity has spread like wildfire; the media portrays Christians as being self-righteous bigots determined to force prehistoric beliefs on a progressive society.
Teenagers growing up in a Christian home, learning about a God they cannot scientifically prove to others, might have a difficult time discerning who is telling the truth about their faith. In order to combat perversions about Christianity, teens must find a moral compass based on solid resources that define and promote a faith that matches up with the Holy Word of the Bible. They must seek out authors, pastors, preachers, speakers, and teachers who do not make their fame off of only one branch of teachings. Charlatans are usually “one hit wonders”, constantly harping about only one topic of faith. They are so-called experts in prophecy or healing or financial success but are rarely concerned with the big picture of the faith they claim to embrace.
Randy Alcorn , author and founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (www.epm.org), is one of my favorite promoters of the Christian faith, because he touches on all aspects of the Christian experience. He believes we all have different gifts, but he is also keenly aware that boxing ourselves into a limited study of what our faith is about can corrupt the Holy Word. In my humble opinion, a man or woman who only wants to become an expert in one Biblical teaching misses out on the other subjects that may make them a more effective communicator. Any follower of Christ can match up what Randy Alcorn states on his website to what is said in the Holy Bible. He is an expert on the horrors of abortion, yet he studies, writes, and speaks on just about all subjects of the Christian experience.
False teacher are here. They walk amongst us. Some call themselves Christians. Some admit their hostility toward our faith. But they can all be exposed when a little time and effort is put forth. Match what people say with what God says. Examine the motives for those that tell us to hate others because they don’t believe what we believe. And pay close attention to the man who has acquired much wealth in the pursuit of teaching only one aspect of a faith with so much to offer the world.