God’s Word—Beware of What Is Heard, and Checking For Truth
Galatians 1:6-7,9-10 NIV
 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—  which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!  Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
L“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.” Acts 17:10-12 ESV
We see in the Galatians passage above that even in Biblical days, when Apostle Paul was walking and preaching from place to place, there were false teachers going around as well.
Note how Paul states that some of the people in Galatia turned from the true Gospel of Christ to a false teaching while he was away from them.
We can also pick up from Paul’s statement that the false teachers were trying to please people and win their approval. The true Gospel of Christ is not spoken to please people, or for the speaker to be accepted and liked. The true Gospel of Christ is to draw people to God, by using Scripture to teach we are all sinners, and Jesus Christ came and died for our sin, so we may turn to Him, ask forgiveness, and be accepted into the family of God.
In these 21st Century days there are still many false teachers around. They go by many names and titles, saying they are speaking truth from God’s Word, but they have twisted it to suit their cause and purpose. Many times, shortly after someone becomes a Christian, or takes a more serious step of surrendering all to Jesus, the enemy sends wolves in sheep’s clothing to interact with them. Many years ago, following the night when I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and surrendered totally to Jesus Christ, it seemed like I was being met every day by some false teachers, attempting to side track me. Each one started off sounding good, for the first two to three minutes, then when they got wound up, even though they used Scripture, it was parts of verses, everything out of context, and pointed at man, and not Jesus Christ. Using God’s Word, praying, and asking them to back what was said with Scripture, rather than a man’s writing, gave victory each time because they had no answers.
Now, back to a good Biblical lesson. In the book of Acts, as noted above, the Bereans listened to God’s Word being taught daily, but they didn’t leave it at that. When they went home at night, the Bible says they were “examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
They listened to what was taught, then they read and “examined” the Scriptures to see if what was taught was true.
That is what we all need to do. Don’t take anybody else’s word to be the truth, check the Bible for ourselves, asking in prayer, for Holy Spirit to give us understanding. He inspired the writing of God’s Word, He is the Best to give us understanding.
Anyone I speak to about God’s Word, or try to teach or tell something, I always refer them to the example of the Bereans in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, and say to check things out for themselves.God’s Blessings.