Can you spot a scammer who promises one thing but delivers, if at all, another? In the book of Titus we meet Cretan believers who were facing these scammers all in the name of “religion.” They walked like the believers, talked like the believers, but they were scammers. Titus was given the task of appointing elders who would teach their flock to be “sound in the faith,” discerning and wise. They had to be strong and courageous to correct the errors being promulgated by scam artists. Their tool was the inspired Word of God “which is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” [2 Tim. 3] They were to discern and stop these false teachers who were detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

These rebels’ crime?

They were misleading whole families astray; influencing and/or threatening with high-sounding words yet being ideologically and spiritually bankrupt. They insisted, as they did in Acts 15, salvation was faith plus works rather than on faith alone. They excelled in talking but not doing. On the surface, they seemed so very religious but under that cloak, they were just padding their bank accounts with the unsuspecting sheep’s hard earned money!

What goes around comes around. Today, we also have scam artists in our churches and on the mission field. We must have eyes to see and ears to hear that we can discern their tactics. We must rebuke them and take steps to stop these scammers. The reason is very clear:  It would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck and be thrown into the sea than for them to cause one of the little ones to sin.[Luk 17:2] Our goal is that they too become healthy in the faith, hold firmly to the foundational doctrines and teach the message of the truth accurately. We should want them to repent and be restored and reconciled.

So how about you? Can you spot a spiritual scammer? Are you wise and discerning regarding truth vs evil? Can you accurately defend your faith?

Tech Tip: Be sure to be discerning what you listen to online as you learn more about God and what He wants from your life. 

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About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled http://sonshinesjournal.com/ As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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