Be a Berean

If I could offer one piece advice to young Christians in this age of false teaching and celebrity pastors, it would be to know the Bible for yourself.

In Acts 17:11, the Jews of the town of Berea were called more noble than those in Thessalonica because they eagerly received the Word preached unto them, and, not only that, but they also searched the Scriptures daily to check what they heard to see if it was indeed true.

In Matthew 24, Jesus warned about deception and false teachers. Not everyone who preaches or teaches is getting their doctrine from the Word of God. False teachers twist the truth to fit their own agenda. And some may honestly be misinformed or deceived themselves.

When I was in college, I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation for the first time. I searched and studied the Scriptures daily. This was invaluable to me because it gave me a solid foundation for what I believe and for a basic Christian worldview. When I heard the Bible taught from then on, I could check what I was hearing against what I had read in the Scriptures.

False teaching and deception really are widespread in our day–not just in the media or on the college campus, but sadly in the Christian world, too. So know the Bible for yourself, and be like the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if what they heard was true.

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