In these days of a never-ending supply of corrupt versions of the Bible, and a practically infinite number of “Christian” denominations, sects,
and cults, very few Christians know where to find “the word of truth”; which has led to few of today’s’ Christians, having a genuine “love
of the truth” or possessing true spiritual discernment [2 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Corinthians: 11-16].
As a result of all the misdirection, confusion, and chaos in modern day “Christendom” many genuine Christian brethren are still “babes”, (even
though they may have been saved for years - Hebrews 5:11-14), not knowing how to “rightly divide the word of truth”, and susceptible to being
adversely influenced by misguided brethren with leaven, or false teachers and hereticks with their false doctrines or heresies. And because of all the
confusion, turmoil, disorder, and chaos in today’s “Christian” churches and amongst professing Christians I have made it a habit to be extremely
careful as to who I recommend to the brethren.
The question for genuine Bible believers today is: are we going to follow the Holy Scriptures, or are we going to follow men? WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE
concerning this matter?
The Lord has not left us without guidance in this matter. The Holy Bible contains many warnings concerning who and what we are to beware of. Although
the Lord warned His disciples to be beware of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes of His day, a careful reading of the following verses demonstrates
that we still have Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes with us today - they are just called by different names or have assumed different Titles (i.e.
pastor, reverend, Father, Bishop, your Eminence, your Holiness, etc., etc.) but their works and leaven are just exactly the same as the Pharisees,
Sadducees, and scribes of old and they produce the same corrupt “FRUIT”! [Matthew 7:16, Matthew 7:20; Matthew 12:33; Luke 6:44]
SOME THINGS AND PEOPLE WE ARE TO BEWARE OF
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. [Today’s numerous Cults,
Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
[Innumerable False Doctrines promoted by many of today’s “Religious Leaders”]
Matthew 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and of the
Sadducees? [Today’s innumerable False Doctrines]
12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
[Today’s innumerable False Doctrines]
Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
[Today’s innumerable False Doctrines – Both Spiritual & Secular]
Mark 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the
[Today’s innumerable pastors, teachers, commentators, etc.]
Luke 20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the
synagogues, and the chief rooms
at feasts; [Today’s pastors, teachers, etc.]
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another,
he began to say unto
his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
[A commonplace characteristic of most of today’s “Religious Leaders” – Do as I say, not as I do.]
Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which
[A prevalent trait or practice found in most of today’s “Religious Leaders”]
Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. [Gentile trouble makers and Judaizers (who cause divisions) in
many of today’s
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world,
and not after
[In the Western World - Humanism (Foremost: Psychology & Education, i.e. Schooling): The main sources of deception, corruption, and
today’s so-called Fundamentalist and Evangelical churches.]
2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall
from your own
[Anything in this world (spiritual or secular) that may cause a child of God to turn his (or her) back on Almighty God and His Holy word and
“conformed to this world” [Romans 12:2] rather than “conformed to the image of His Son” [Romans 8:29].]
The Apostle Paul provides us with the "conclusion of the whole matter":
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Paul's words are words to the wise - we can't go wrong if we determine in our hearts to follow them. We can go terribly wrong if we choose to ignore
them or disobey them!
Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
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