Download or listen to 5 sermons by Alistair Begg from the Bible on false teachers.
We don’t expect to be deceived on a Sunday morning in church. But, even from the earliest gatherings of God’s people, there’s been the threat of false teachers. Alistair Begg looks to the Bible for a lesson in discernment within the church.
Cleverly disguised as those who are offering truth, deceivers attempt to lead people away from the truth of Christ, and they’ve been doing so for over 2000 years. Using warnings from the Apostle John, Alistair Begg reminds us that deceivers can be identified by their view of Christ and the diversion of their teaching from Christ. When we are firmly grounded in the truth of God’s word, we will not so easily be led away.
The Apostle Peter warned early Christians to be alert for false teachers among them, and he used examples from Scripture to illustrate the reality and inevitability of judgment for those who rebel against God. In this message by Alistair Begg, we learn about the strategy, impact, and destiny of those who would lead God’s people astray. As believers hold fast to the truths of His Word, we can have confidence in His sovereign power to keep us safe for eternity.
When Peter wrote about the false teachers of his day, he used vivid language that may seem to us to be too strong. As Alistair Begg explains, we can best understand this passage in the context of Peter’s role as shepherd protecting the flock of God under his leadership, much like parents protect their children from harm. Believers today must be on guard against error, choosing God’s ways over false promises of “knowledge” that is darkness and “freedom” that is slavery.
Many people are searching for spiritual teachers that will tell them what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. Alistair Begg reminds us that those who teach must be devoted to Scripture and the pursuit of godly character so that they can preach with integrity and confidence. Pastors and church leaders must be nourished in the deep truths of the faith and persevere in godliness because the salvation of those who listen is at stake.