Galatians 5:9 (AMP); A little leaven [a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers] leavens the whole batch [it perverts the concept of faith and misleads the church].
A diligent Christian must know how to guard his or her heart. Part of the wisdom of guarding your heart is to ensure that you do not mix your seed.
Paul, in our theme scripture, lays down the fatal consequences of mixing seed. All it takes to pervert your faith is a slight inclination to error.
A man or woman of God does not have to be a false teacher to pervert your faith. He or she does not have to misquote scripture to pervert your faith. All it takes is a SLIGHT inclination to error.
The things that pervert the faith are not colossal misinterpretations of the Bible. They are not designed to be obvious and glaring. Often, they are not open to discernment by spiritual babes.
Deception is by its nature subtle. It takes true maturity to understand the thin line between GOOD TEACHING and SOUND DOCTRINE.
As a result, some Christians are struggling with faith because they mixed their seed. All they heard from an otherwise good sermon was the phrase, “salvation is a difficult road.” In a teaching full of many other truths, they heard the statement, “you must first fail to succeed.”
A little leaven, a small untruth wrapped up in many scriptures was all it took for them to struggle in the arena of faith.
Not every teaching is yours to hear. Your heart is not an open field for every wild seed to grow. Guard your heart, child of God!
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 4:23, 1 Corinthians 5:6-7
GOLDEN NUGGET: Deception is by its nature subtle. It takes true maturity to understand the thin line between GOOD TEACHING and SOUND DOCTRINE. Not every teaching is yours to hear. Your heart is not an open field for every wild seed to grow. Guard your heart, child of God!
PRAYER: Father, I am grateful for this knowledge. I receive it with humility. I am a diligent seeker of truth and can never mix my seed. I refuse to bow to the subtle deceptions of the enemy because I know the voice of my shepherd. In Jesus’ name, Amen.