After Adam and Eve sinned, the Lord came looking for them in the garden. In his conversation with the two, he asked Eve what she had done. She tried blaming the serpent.
“Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate'” Gen 3.13 NIV.
It is notable here that Eve was not excused for being deceived. She had been given a clear commandment. Her conversation with the serpent showed that she understood the commandment. No one twisted her arm. She let herself be deceived.
She allowed the conversation with the serpent to lead her away from the word of God.
We all have free will. God has given us his commandment. We are responsible for doing his will.
If we are deceived, it is because we allow someone to keep us from God’s word. We trust man instead of God to guide us.
Like Eve, we will not be excused for being deceived. Like her, we will be cursed if we permit it.
So let us read God’s word, always check teachers by the word, rely only on the authority of the word.
When a teacher uses language not in the Bible, let us not be deceived: he is likely introducing ideas not in the Bible.
When a teacher uses human theology rather than the Bible, let us not be deceived: he is substituting human teaching for the divine will.
When a teacher uses conjecture and theory rather than what the Bible actually says, let us not be deceived: he is going beyond what is written.
Let us stay with God’s word. Let us not be deceived.