Just Because Someone Says...
By Brian A. Yeager
A. We have got to wrap our minds around the fact that what comes out of someone’s mouth is often not true (Proverbs 26:18-28).
1. In times of apostasy, which we are in (I Timothy 4:1, II Timothy 3:1-5; 13, etc.); even those close to us may not be honest (Micah 7:5-6). *The “last days” began in 1st century (Acts 2:16-17 and Hebrews 1:1-2).
2. Remember what the world is (I John 5:19).
B. We have to guard against being gullible (Proverbs 14:15).
1. That is why, in the first century, they used spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 12:10) to even test spirits (I John 4:1).
2. Remember, to this very day, God expects His people to be fruit inspectors for a reason (Matthew 7:13-23).
II. Body: Being Deceived Is On Us (Ephesians 5:6), So Consider Some Applications To Think About...
A. Just because someone says they want to hear about God, that doesn’t mean they care about the truth (Acts 17:16-34).
1. Sometimes questions are not genuine (Luke 11:53-54).
2. Sometimes people will take certain steps that look like obedience for disingenuous reasons (Galatians 2:1-5).
B. Just because someone says there are false teachers/false brethren/ mark & withdraw from others, that doesn’t mean they’re faithful (Revelation 2:1-7).
1. Being faithful involves much more than opposing false and/or erring brethren (Matthew 28:18-20).
2. Even the vilest offenders of the truth consider those who teach contrary to THEIR beliefs false (John 16:1-3).
3. Some even zealously stand AGAINST faithful brethren (III John 1:9-11).
C. Just because someone “talks the talk” that doesn’t mean they walk the walk (Romans 2:1-3; 17-24).
1. People can “show up”, but it all be just a show (Isaiah 58:2).
2. Remember, Titus 1:16
D. Consider a few statements often made that really hardly ever, if ever, should be believed...
1. Just because someone says “I guarantee”, can they really (Ecclesiastes 9:11)?
2. Just because someone says “It’s in writing”, can you really trust it (I Kings 21:1-16)?
3. Just because someone is sorry, that doesn’t mean they’re going to change (Matthew 19:16-22).
4. Just because someone says, “I saw it with my own eyes” or “heard it with my own ears” and even has others back that up, doesn’t mean it really happened (Acts 6:9-14).
5. Just because someone says, “Here is the Scripture that proves __________”, that doesn’t mean he or she is properly using that Scripture (II Peter 3:15-17) which is why you should ALWAYS verify it (Acts 17:10-11).
III. Conclusion: Ephesians 5:15-17
© 2017 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager