Read these sobering words; “and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20:30), not Christ.
Verses like this are rarely spoken of from church pulpits, and much less spoken by leaders as warnings. Paul had spent three years in Ephesus, discipling, encouraging and warning the elders so that when he left them, they would be strong in their faith and men true to the Word of God.
As he is leaving them, Paul says, “Pay close attention to yourselves” (20:28). Self-examination like this is hard to do, especially when you work closely with other leaders and may be influenced by their thinking. Paul’s concern comes from a deep love for Christ, His truth and His Church.
The same deep concern was written to Corinth; “For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2).
The question for us is whether we have as deep a concern for Christ’s bride as Paul did? My point in this blog is not to make a list of all the “twisted things” that are being said (and done), but to raise the concern and make us examine what we preach and teach, making sure it will stand the scrutiny of God’s Word. Culture and popularity are not the standard.
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