• Defenders of the Faith Devotional

    1 Peter 3:15

    Irenaeus’ confrontation of the Gnostic heresy reminds us that Christianity is a public religion. God revealed Himself in Christ to many people and not just to a select few, and there is no secret oral tradition that has been handed down through the ages and is the possession only of select leaders. The New Testament gives us the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, and whatever is not taught therein may not be used as a test of orthodoxy. View Resource

  • Arianism Devotional

    John 1:1–18

    Arius’ teaching — Arianism — is alive today in cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It may also be held unwittingly by Christians who have not received good teaching and believe, implicitly, that the Father is a “higher” God than the Son. But we must always be clear that the Father, Son, and Spirit are fully equal as to their essence. One is not “more God” than the other, but all are worthy of our unreserved worship and obedience. View Resource

  • Proper Christian Growth Devotional

    Colossians 1:9-10

    It is all too easy for us to think that once we know the basics of the gospel we must then move beyond them for true spiritual growth. Yet it is not extrabiblical revelations and methods that mature us, nor is it the search for esoteric meanings and codes in Scripture. Instead, it is the continual attempt to plumb the depths of the gospel message and its application to all of life, which is, in fact, the story of the Bible. View Resource

  • The Fruit of the Gospel Devotional

    Colossians 1:5b-8

    If there is no change from smug self-righteousness to humble, selfless repentance in those who profess the gospel, then the church should consider whether it is in fact preaching the gospel and its application to all of life. Of course, the Spirit sometimes works longer than we might like to bring change through the gospel, so a lack of apparent transformation does not automatically mean the gospel is being compromised. View Resource

  • The Teaching of Demons Devotional

    1 Timothy 4:1-3

    John Calvin also points out that it has been common throughout history for heretics to shun true holiness and offer in its place a substitute to conceal their own wickedness. We are prone as human beings to make God’s standards much lower and prohibit those things He has not prohibited, for it is far easier to refrain from things outwardly in lieu of developing the pure heart He requires. Where have you added to or taken away from God’s Word? View Resource

  • Council of Nicea Devotional

    John 1:1–18

    The deity of Christ is very important. As God He is able to bring us face to face with the Father and restore to us that which has been marred in the fall. Moreover, because Christ is God, there is no idolatry going on when we worship Him. Those who view Him as an exalted created being actually deny monotheism, for they are positing the existence of more than one god. Let us with full confidence confess and proclaim the full deity of our Savior. View Resource

  • Early Christian Heresies Devotional

    Acts 20:28–31

    In our day, Oneness Pentecostals embrace Modalistic Monarchianism. The Jehovah’s Witnesses subscribe to Arianism, a movement that is a later development of Dynamic Monarchianism. It is important to have a good understanding of church history so that we might not be caught off guard by old errors. Make it your aim this month to learn about one century of church history that you might be better equipped to defend the truth. View Resource

  • Twisting the Truth Devotional

    Acts 20:7–35

    Paul in Romans 14 urged the toleration of those who in error felt it was wrong to eat what they thought was unclean. If this is so, should we not also tolerate those who disagree with us over issues such as the method of baptism or the millennial reign of Christ, especially when it is impossible to determine with absolute certainty which views are less faithful to Scripture than others? Are nonessential truths something over which you break fellowship? View Resource

  • The Lord Knows How Devotional

    2 Peter 2:9–10a

    That God keeps the unrighteous under punishment by turning them over to their sin should be a sober warning to us. While those of us with true faith will never lose our salvation, if we persist in disobedience, we may become more entangled in sin, making it more difficult for us to grow in our love for righteousness. Think of a persistent sin that you have trouble overcoming and find a friend who can stand with you as you fight against it. View Resource

  • Remember the Apostles Devotional

    Jude 17–19

    In our day, those who teach heresy often plead with evangelicals to remain in liberal churches so the church may put on a unified front. But those who remain committed to God’s Word are never the cause of separation; rather, those who deny Scripture create the divisions, for many church splits would not have happened if all teachers remained committed to apostolic doctrine. Do what you can to encourage fidelity to the Bible in your denomination. View Resource

  • Destructive Heresies Devotional

    2 Peter 2:1

    Take some time today to read through 2 Peter and review the apostle’s teaching. Remember that though the false teaching we may have to face today might be different in its specific expression, all false teachers commonly deny biblical authority in some way and often promote aberrational eschatological and ethical views. Ask the Lord to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ and seek out community that will encourage your sanctification and study. View Resource

  • The Standard of Truth Devotional

    Luke 7:1–10

    Biblical authority does not mean that there are not other authorities for the Christian. The concept of sola Scriptura simply means that the Bible is the final and unquestionable authority for the church and the individual in all matters of life. What is your view of biblical authority? Do you only speak of Scripture’s authority without letting it shape your life and faith? Endeavor to live out your confidence in biblical authority through obedience to the Bible’s commands. View Resource

  • The Judgment of Heretics Devotional

    Galatians 1:6–17

    Paul presupposes in verse 8 that the difference between the two gospels is something obvious that “ordinary” believers should be able to detect. The Protestant Reformers stood with Paul when they judged the traditions of Rome. We are to cling to the Scriptures, not to men and their teachings. View Resource

  • The Greeting of the Gospel Devotional

    Galatians 1:1–10

    Paul did not hesitate to expose heresy which observed the Gospel. Do you follow that example? Do not allow your legitimate desire for unity to squelch your understanding of the need to protect the purity of the Gospel. Be supportive of those who, like Paul, speak forcefully against any and all false teaching. View Resource