Almost every major cult in America today uses deceptively Christian terms but deviates from Christ’s gospel. False teachers who promise to “name it and claim it” disguise their errors in positive slogans or Christian-sounding terms.
As Bible-believing Christians, we must be discerning so that we can tell true movements of the Spirit from false ones. We must study diligently to know what the Bible actually teaches so that we can recognize false doctrine and heresy when we hear it, no matter how compelling or popular it may be. Pray for discernment, and become firmly rooted in God’s Word.
A Prayer for America
Heavenly Father, give us discernment as a nation. As Jesus said in John 7:24, may we not judge by surface appearances, but help us to make right judgments. Many false teachers have gone out, both being deceived and deceiving others. Help me to know the true gospel and to be grounded in Your Word, so I can share it with others and not be fooled myself. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.
—1 Thessalonians 5:21