Don’t Be Simple

Jesus warned: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). It has always amazed me when the false doctrine of a false teacher is identified and exposed (Ephesians 5:11), a reason frequently offered in defense of the charlatan is: “But, he’s such a ‘good’ guy.” Really?

How can anyone be “good” who teaches you falsehoods that will send you to an eternal torment in a Devil’s Hell? Would a doctor be “such a ‘good’ guy” if he/she told a cancer patient that they are cancer-free and needed no treatment when it was a lie? I think not. How long would you stay with a mechanic who told you your vehicle was in tip-top shape and running like a top (and smiled real big!), only to have it crater a block from the shop? “But, he’s such a ‘good’ guy,” right?

Of course, we all know that these “good guys” always wear signs around their neck to so identify them as the prevaricators they are, right? Not so much. Then why would people think that a false teacher is going to show up for a Sunday Bible study with his pointy tail wrapped around his pitchfork? Come on! Sin is going to be smooth, look good, and tempt your taste buds, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13). They intend to play you like a cheap fiddle, selling religious bubblegum for the brain instead of the milk of the Word, “that you may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).

There are a lot of “good guys” (or “good ol’ boys,” as we call them here in Texas) whose names are burned into pier posts set deep in the Lake of Fire, “for they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:18). Be warned, don’t be simple.