How interesting is it when you are talking to a friend about a churchy topic and the same day it comes up in your daily reading. Whoa. That happened to me yesterday. A friend and I were talking about how the more spiritually mature - notice I said "more", has anyone REALLY reached "maturity"? - should make sure that correct doctrine is being taught in our churches because it is too easy for Satan to slip in. Guess what? In my reading last night, I came across something similar.
In Acts 20:28-31, Paul charges the elders of the church of Ephesus the following:
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse thing, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. (NKJV)
Paul was seriously burdened with this issue as we should be as well. Dear Readers, spiritual warfare is real and Satan would like nothing better than to destroy what God is doing. He will do it by deception from nonbelievers or by pride from believers. It is all of our duty, leaders especially-but not limited to them, to know what God's word says so that we will not be led astray. God has entrusted us as leaders with the church that He paid for with His blood. What a huge responsibility. Just be aware!