We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 2 Peter 1:16
False teachers were infiltrating the churches. To gain a hearing they came up with clever stories that would appeal to their listeners. To the intellectuals they philosophized. To the emotional they told stories that grabbed the heart. To the spiritually naïve and immature, well, anything worked with them. The false teachers always skipped a significant doctrine (or two), but they could sure draw a crowd.
Every generation has its share of false teachers. From the first century until now, men and women have twisted the truth. Some have made slight and subtle changes by re-defining an aspect of theology or emphasizing one truth but ignoring another. Others have flatly denied the very essence of the Gospel. Each group attracts gullible or rebellious followers.
For this reason, we must know what we believe. We must know the essential elements of the faith. We must develop a theological grid through which to pour the plethora of books, blogs, and media that bombard us from every direction. So, keep your feet planted in Scripture. There you find the truth from those who "were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
Lord, protect us from errant doctrine. Keep us grounded in Scripture. May we evaluate all we read and hear by the truth revealed in Your inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word. In Jesus' name. Amen.