The Bereans: Knowing Truth from Error in a Corrupt Society

An FBI agent was once asked, “What procedures are taken in law enforcement to determine whether money is fraudulent? He replied: “We have such a keen awareness of what real money looks like that its easy to recognize the real from the fake.” So then, the FBI agency spends more time examining the real currency rather than focusing their efforts on fraudulent cash.

Jude advises us to discern between truth and error. He said, “Contend for the faith that was once delivered to the Saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God.”

In the book of Jude, the author mentions specific ways you can determine false prophets. They are blasphemers, motivated by greed, and rejoice in their own wickedness. They look nothing like the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Lord told us that we will know true believers by their fruit. If these attributes are not identifiable in your leaders, then its possible that you are following a false prophet.

In the book of Acts, Paul of Tarsus and Silas preached at Berea. The inhabitants there received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily to determine whether they were teaching the truth, and many of them believed.” As Christians, we need to be diligent like the Bereans and early church, contending for the faith once delivered to the saints.

Father, help us to discern between truth and error. Give us an extension of your grace through the power of your Holy Spirit. Teach us to teach others your truth so they won’t be led astray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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