Manna in the Morning, False Teachers

July 19, 2009

Manna in the Morning

07-20-09

Philippians 3:18-19, “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”

            On the earth today, even within the church there are those who are, in effect, enemies of the message of salvation.  There are many ways the pure gospel message has been perverted or subtly changed.  Paul warned the church at Philippi about these teachers who began to teach a false gospel almost as soon as the message of Jesus’ death burial and resurrection were made known.  For those who do not preach or teach the Biblical Truth, there is an everlasting punishment.  Scripture says their final end is destruction because they are more dedicated to their physical appetites than they are to their message.  The Jews of Jesus’ time felt that the way God showed approval to an individual was by blessing his life with riches and material wealth.  Jesus told His followers to look beyond that for the blessings from our Heavenly Father.  Wealth, enough to eat, a comfortable air-conditioned home are luxuries much of the world’s population do not enjoy.  Their glory or worship is their shame.  One of the words that come from this same root is ‘dishonesty.’ These teachers are dishonest or less than truthful in their teachings of Scripture.  While it is no sin to be comfortable, it is wrong to wish for more and more of the earthly rewards instead of the heavenly awards that will be ours from the hands of our Savior.  We are not to be men and women who are concentrating upon this world’s goods or the physical, bodily desires that can burn uncontrollably within our minds when we allow ourselves to shift our focus from Heaven’s glories to the temporary, fading physical desires common to the unregenerate men and women. 

Our Heavenly Father, may our teaching, witnessing and communication be without guile, impure earthly motives and any desire to change the pure message of salvation in Christ Jesus.  May we be content to forsake worldly acclaim and seek Heavenly blessings, in Jesus’ name we pray.

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