This is not required! If you missed a discussion board post (or posts) and would like to receive additional credit, respond to this prompt as a reply to this post. Using Jude's descriptions of false teachers as a template and guide, describe how you would warn other Christians about false teachers today. How would you describe them in ways we would understand?
Apr 21, 2018
So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. (Hebrews 3:8,9) In chapter 3 of Hebrews we hear God’s words through the writer, “do not harden your hears as you did in the rebellion…” What does hearing God’s voice and exercising the right to choose to obey look like today? The modern believer has many ways to hear God. We could hear Him in our hearts. It could be a simple knowing that He is guiding us. Hearing God could be a meaningful time of listening to the Bible on audio while driving to work or walking on the treadmill. We can hear God in a conversation or a sermon. Chapter 3 of Hebrews (verse 7) asks us not to harden our hearts. This is the advice that I would gladly give a believer today. Seek to be filled daily with the Holy Spirit and do you best not to grieve Him. A few verses later we read that evil and unbelief is what often “trips us up and throws us off course diverting us from the living God.” (Message Bible 12-14) These verses also talk about the need for us to have each other’s back. Perhaps a “soft” heart (as opposed to a hardened heart) towards God means that we are sensitive to each other. Lastly, verses 15-19 talk about the Israelites lead out of Egypt with by Moses. These were a people “who turned a deaf ear” to God. The result was forty years of wondering in the dessert. The result for turning a deaf ear also has repercussions for the modern-day Christian. The consequence will be unique to the situation yet designed to help the believer see his or her way back to God.