Burning Sacrifices to the Queen of Heaven

Text: Jeremiah 44:15-18 Jeremiah repeatedly condemned the people of Judah for their sin – idolatry in particular. This particular false god was identified as the “queen of heaven.” They did not refute the charge of idolatry; they just refused to listen or acknowledge the negative consequences of their behavior. Those who are caught up in […]

Oversimplifying Bible Passages

Text: 2 Peter 3:16 In teaching the Bible, we should strive to do so in a manner that is simple so that others can understand. However, some “distort” or “twist” the Scriptures by making them say something they do not. One of the ways this happens is by oversimplifying certain Bible passages. They assert something that […]

Progressivism

Text: Proverbs 24:21 The wise man warned about those who are “given to change.” These individuals want change for the sake of change. Sometimes change is good and necessary; sometimes it is not. Change is inherently part of progressivism – continue to move forward and not remain as or where we were. In this lesson, we […]

Multiplying Religious Error

Text: Ezekiel 16:23-26 Our text uses some rather crude language to describe the sin of the people of Jerusalem. They had been unfaithful to God and committed spiritual adultery. In an effort to please all the nations around them, they multiplied their sin. This is analogous to what is happening more and more in the religious world, particularly […]

What Christians Need to Know About the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Text: 1 John 4:1 It is good for Christians to have at least a basic understanding of what others believe in order to be better equipped to teach the truth and defend against error. This lesson will highlight some notable beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and explain how these are contrary to the Scriptures. God/Jehovah Jehovah’s Witnesses […]

Everything is Controversial

Jude 3 Jude says we must “contend earnestly for the faith.” Why? It is because “the faith” is controversial. While many want to shy away from controversy, we cannot avoid it – not just because of our obligation, but because of reality. Everything is controversial to someone. In this lesson we will consider why this […]

There Will Be False Teachers

Text: 2 Peter 2:1-3 The threat of false teachers is ever-present and cannot be ignored. In these few verses, Peter makes it clear just how dangerous false teachers are to us. The Existence of False Teachers is a Reality There will be false teachers today – not unique to the first century They will come […]