Our children live in a culture filled with spiritual dangers. The philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, and various other false teachings threaten to lead our kids into error and unbelief, while rampant moral corruption pressures them to succumb to sinful practices.
With so much stacked against them, there’s a great need for the influence of godly fathers who love the Lord and know His Word. When the Israelites were about to cross into the Promised Land, they were entering an ungodly and immoral culture. God entrusted the fathers with the responsibility of teaching their children His commands and showing them His ways. By fully establishing them in the truth, these faithful dads were protecting their children from the deceptions and temptations that would soon surround them.
In some ways, the cultural dangers our children face are even more threatening than those the Israelites encountered. The Hebrews lived as a separate people. It was never God’s intention for them to intermingle with the pagan nations they dispossessed. But today, Christians live within the culture. Many of our children attend public schools and universities that openly promote ungodly philosophies. Even some seminaries have compromised their stance on biblical truth to instruct their students in the ways of the world.
The pathway of false doctrine is full of signs that clearly tell us we’re going the wrong direction:
Deception: False teachings and cults make promises they can’t keep.
Division: When family members accept false beliefs, it causes conflict and creates separation in the home.
Disillusionment: Followers of false teachers are eventually disappointed when their leader’s self-serving motives are discovered.
Danger: Teachings that promote moral permissiveness attract those who desire the freedom to do what they want. The effect of immoral lifestyles, however, endangers the future of all of our children.
Destruction: The result of false doctrine is destruction for both the family and society.
Our cultural problems seem overwhelming and beyond our ability to remedy. However, we can follow the apostle Paul’s example. He was a single Jewish man who brought the message of Christ to Gentiles who lived as pagans. He had the courage, will, and love for his fellow man to do whatever necessary to bring the truth of the gospel to them.
Today we live in the most threatened generation in the world, but through the use of modern communication technologies, we also have the greatest potential for reaching every person with the message of Jesus Christ. In the face of widespread false doctrine, we can personally take steps to protect ourselves and our families from being led astray.
What will you do to protect your faith?
This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message, “False Doctrine,” which airs this weekend on TV.