False Teachers is an important topic to consider. It’s important because they have been deceiving the masses for centuries. God, however, doesn’t want that to happen. He doesn’t want people to be deceived by false teachers.
Instead God desires we be taught in such a way that we follow, worship, and serve Him. So He Himself warns us about false teachers in Matthew 23:13-24.
In order to break down the passage, I have framed it in 3 questions:
- What’s the desire of False Teachers?
- What’s the danger of False Teachers?
- What’s our response?
These three questions will serve as our roadmap for the next several days, as we explore the topic of false teachers.
What’s the desire of False Teachers?
I think false teachers are no different than any other teacher. They, just like any other teacher, pour themselves into their work. They spend a good amount of time studying and learning. They attend schools and conferences. They read and listen to others. They also write books, give speeches, lead organizations, and engage on social media. So they, just like any other teacher, pour themselves into their work.
With all the effort they put in, they want what all teachers want. False teachers want others to follow their teaching. They go to great lengths to make that happen.The scribes and the Pharisees sure did.
In verse 15, Jesus says,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.” (Mt 23:15)
We will focus on the first part of the verse for now. There Jesus tells us these guys would travel all over to make one proselyte – a convert.
These guys then were right up there with today’s best evangelists, traveling the known world at that time teaching, preaching, debating, and convincing people to follow them.
So then we see the desire of false teachers is for people to believe their message and follow their teaching, which is what all teachers desire.
Question for next time:
If that is the truth, if false teachers want the same thing as all teachers – for people to believe their message and follow their teaching – why are they so dangerous?
Question for Reflection
- When you think of false teachers, what desire comes to mind?
Post adapted from my sermon False Teachers – Their Desire, Their Danger, Our Response