Genuine Christians are often confused by religious deceivers who sound spiritual but are actually teaching legalism. They can cause them to lose the joy, peace, and victory God intends for them. Religious charlatans who live wickedly can influence only the gullible; but the clean-living, zealous representatives of dangerous cults can fool people who are normally discerning.
To avoid being duped, we must be aware of the two areas where most false teachers err. First, they usually fail to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God. In Colossians 2, where the apostle Paul warned about false teachers, he placed great emphasis on the deity of Jesus Christ. Notice His words, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (2:9). Second, false teachers sidestep the truth that we are saved by grace through faith alone, and not by works. They set up rules about keeping certain days or observing dietary restrictions. Immediately after stressing the deity of Christ, Paul declared, “And you are complete in Him” (2:10). In other words, there’s no need for sabbath rules (v.16), or such regulations as touch not, taste not, handle not (v. 21).
Be on guard! Don’t believe anybody who says that Jesus is less than God. And be careful not to fall into the trap of legalism, thinking that if you keep a set of rules you are spiritual. Keep uppermost in your mind these words: “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him.” – Herbert Vander Lugt
The world is full of false teachers
Who pose as “angels of light”;
They lure weak souls by their tactics
From that which is truthful and right. – H. G. Bosch
The devil makes a falsehood stick by adding to it a few grains of truth.
- September 30, 1987, Our Daily Bread