“The Wannabe Teachers”

Posted: October 4, 2013 in Crowns, Dispensations, Fathers, James

“Though their bodies lie cold and dormant, the grave cannot contain the influence that seven men have had on today’s world. They include Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, John Dewey, Sigmund Freud, and others. Their ideas pervade our schools, businesses, even the church.” – Dave Breese, “Seven Men Who Rule The World From The Grave

Caution.  The Apostle Paul warned, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Teachers.  Perhaps you remember the words of Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher, who was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.  Among other things, she said, “I touch the future.  I teach.”  Teaching is a wonderful profession.  In some ways, we all teach.  But when it comes to the Scriptures, some people definitely shouldn’t be teaching it.

Unbelievers.  They are condemned already because they have not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18). They have a natural and Satanic blindness (1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). False teachers proclaim another Jesus and another gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4; Matthew 24:5). For them is reserved the blackness of darkness forever (Jude 1:13; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). We must guard ourselves against them (2 Peter 2:1-22; 3:16).

Hypocrites.  They teach one thing but live another way and make no attempts to change. They are eager to take a speck out of someone else’s eyes but have a plank in their own eye (Matthew 7:5). Jesus had some sharp words for those who were leading others to hell with them (Matthew 23:13-16).

Heretics.  These carnal people are governed by their sin nature (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Galatians 5:19-21) and often twist the words of Scripture to fit their preconceived ideas to accommodate their sinful behavior (2 Peter 3:16). They don’t rightly divide the Word of truth and fail to point out the different sets of rules (Dispensations) that are found in the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15). Apostates are those who made a profession of faith from which they departed (2 Peter 2:21). They never were true believers (Matthew 7:21-23).

Truth.  Jesus referred to Himself as the only way to God, the absolute truth, and the One who gives eternal life to all who believe on Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). He said God the Father’s Words were also truth (John 17:17). Who can/should proclaim truth to others that can set them free (John 8:32)?

Pastor/teachers.  When He ascended up to heaven after His bodily resurrection, Jesus gave spiritual gifts to the church (Ephesians 4:11). These individuals can/should be rightly related to the Holy Spirit (John 3:6; Titus 3:5) so they can shed light on God’s Word for the benefit of other believers (2 Timothy 4:2-5) and those who are lost without Christ as their Savior. They must be led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25); and be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). They must not grieve or quench Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Elders.  Believers with a relative degree of spiritual maturity (1 John 2:13, 14) and with an experiential knowledge of God can/should have a part in teaching younger Christians in the faith (Hebrews 5:12; 7:7, 17). But there are some limitations to this that need to be observed (1 Timothy 2:12; 3:6; Titus 2:3, 4; James 3:1).

Parents.  Obviously godly parents should have a vital part in the lives of their children (Proverbs 22:6). They are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). God wants fathers to teach their own children in the ways of God (Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:4). Mothers can/should also assist in the development of their children (2 Timothy 1:5, 6; 3:15). “The greatest treasure a man can leave his children is an intimate knowledge of God.” (Philippians 3:10)

Judgment/Rewards.  Those who fail to handle God’s word correctly and with care will come under the judgment of God (James 3:1). But those believers who faithfully teach it to others and lead by example will be rewarded with the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4).

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