Godly discernment

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ

To be sure, there are a lot of “spiritual” people and things out there today.  Take a look around your Christian bookstore and you’ll see a wide range of products all claiming to be spiritual.  As Christ followers, we have to be on our guard against false doctrine.  It’s out duty to be mindful of what we’re bring taught about the gospel.

Paul warned the Colossians of such things, drawing attention to those that teach a deceitful philosophy and keep our attentions on worldly ideas rather than the things of Christ.  There are more than a few wolves posing as sheep, just waiting to catch us in their snares.  Some even believe that they’re correct in their doctrine.  They don’t necessarily have nefarious motives, they’re just wrong. False doctrines can seem harmless, even wise.  They can feel right to man, but in the end, they lead us away from the one true God.

We shouldn’t fear these deceptions, rather we should seek godly wisdom.  Discernment acquired through the Holy Spirit keeps us on the right path.  Such false teaching will be obvious to us if we walk in truth.  We won’t have to sniff out false teaching if we’re truly familiar with Truth.  For those who belong to Him know His voice (John 10:4).  We won’t be inclined to follow another if we know the One who is Truth personally.