All the way through this book the thing that is being emphasized over and over again, there will be false teachers that come up against the people of God. Those teachers will be in the form of leaders both political and religious. They will speak in the name of God but not be really sent by Him. The people will be held responsible for whether or not they follow this bad teaching. The question becomes then how do we as a people attempting to follow God sort out what is true and what is not? This is an incredibly important issue. Acts 17:11 comes to mind, as does, Jeremiah 23.22
The problem is that those who are teaching the truth will be maligned. The enemy will do all that he can to discredit them.The other passage that parallels this warning is 2 Peter 2:1 – 3. There Peter warns, after testifying to the validity of the Scripture in 2 Peter 1:18 – 21, that there will be false teachers in the Church just as Jeremiah experienced false teachers.
We observed that there was a bout a 750 year time period between Jeremiah and 2 Peter. If both men were writing about the problem of false teachers. It is probable that we have the same issue today.
This morning we asked the question how do the people of God identify these false teachers. We came up with an answer or two. How would you say we are to identify false teachers?