“Avoid profane and vain babblings.” (1 Tim 6.20-21).
Warren Wiersbe writes about an Army chaplain who preached that there was no hell. Afterwards some soldiers suggested to him that his services were not needed. He should resign. They reasoned that if hell is not real than fear of death is no big deal. Why bother with church or sermons?
On the other hand if hell is real, he is misleading the men. So either way, he needed to resign. He was teaching false doctrine. Avoid such men. Don’t assume that all ministers are sent from heaven. Satan’s men are working hard to deceive with errors just like this.
“Mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them.”‘(Rom 16.17).
Jesus spoke more about hell than He did about heaven. Skeptics, scoffers and mockers come in various sizes. It is best to get one’s Bible teaching from a trusted local pastor who is teaching from God’s Word. Avoid strangers, arm-chair know-it-alls, church drop-outs, bull session philosophers, movies, TV, novels and talk show hostesses. It is vital to know the Bible first hand if one is to avoid being deceived.
“Holding fast the faithful word.” (Tit 1.9a)
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