False teachers (FT) are ever a problem. In Moses’ day it came from within when Korah attributed to Moses and Aaron taking a role God did not assign or design. Now a warning comes to the Israelites about false teachers once they arrive in the land of promise. Moses lets them know that there is a way to test the veracity of a false teacher. It is not by a good deed done, it is not by a marvelous wonder accomplished, it is by the revealed word of God; each one is to be measured by that (cf. Isaiah 8:20). When a FT comes along, the Lord lets them know that this is a test to see whether they will obey Him who is over all or not. More than that, it is not only the measuring test that is to be passed, but the execution test also is to be passed. In the Israelite nation there is to be devotion to the Lord as each man worships individually and, thus, purity of a nation.
Application: People don’t like to attribute the term false teacher (FT) to another because it sounds so harsh; moreover, some think that “with all sincerity” others might be conducting themselves, and how can one be a false teacher with such an approach. A fair question, but it is not the sincerity that is questioned (though this might need to be questioned); it is the actual teaching that is called into question. If the teaching is not in accordance with the revealed will of God, as stated in this chapter, then the one so teaching needs to be reconciled with that teaching. If it is with sincerity that one is conducting self, then it will be also with sincerity that one will study the Scripture when error is brought to attention (of the perceived false teachers). The standard of righteousness is a non-compromising standard, and we must measure each teacher by His standard.
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