The other day, I saw a post teaching on the requirements of salvation. I won’t go into detail about what it said here, but I had a difference of understanding.
What I did realize, even more, is that we must be VERY cautious when teaching God’s word. I’m not saying this to say that person was wrong, I am saying it because we must ALWAYS evaluate what comes out of our mouth concerning God.
James 3:1 says,”Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
When I realized I was called to be a teacher of the word, it wasn’t all smiles and celebration. Yes, I was happy that my call had been revealed, but at the same time, that scripture in James came to mind. When you are dealing with God’s word, you are dealing with something powerful. It is alive and active. And your teaching could sway someone the wrong way if not correct. Yes, we are human and make mistakes…but, We are also dealing with souls here.
But so many of us seem to know exactly what is right. Every where you turn, there is a teacher. But the truth is, not all of us should be teachers.
To start, Many people go by their own experience. We use scripture to fit what we have experienced and if other people have not, it must not be so. God has taught me that I can never go by my own experience. Before I came to Christ, I saw signs and I saw wonders, but little did I know, these were not of God. The devil can show you things too.
The word of God will always trump my feelings and experience. Experiences waver, the word does not.
I said all of that to warn you to be cautious when teaching others. There are some things that I think I will never know, as a human. Some things are basic, but others are not. 2 Timothy 2:15 says to study to show yourself approved so that you may rightly divide the word of truth. So, my brothers and sisters, this is just a reminder for anyone who is a teacher. Be cautious, but go forth as a guardian of truth.