The other day I ran into a false prophet/teacher and had an interesting conversation with him.
It wasn’t that he had a sign hanging from his neck declaring that he was sharing false teachings.
There were some pretty strong indicators, some major misconceptions in his beliefs that told me that he was (read about them here
But while this man may have been off on his theology and practice of his Christian faith, there were some good things that I picked up on.
Two things that he did that put me, my theology and practice to shame.
Two things that all Christians need to be more active in and improving in as the day goes on.
1. We need to be prepared to share.
What drew my attention about him wasn’t the man himself, but his truck. There were bumper stickers everywhere.
And I don’t mean that his rear window was full of them, I mean his entire truck was covered in them.
The hood, the doors, the box; I’m sure if he could have gotten stickers on the wheels so that passersby could see his message, he would have done it.
I went out to get a better look at the truck and he happened to be walking up to it.
Without a second of hesitation, without a moment of stammering, he went straight into witnessing mode.
It was like he was programmed to say, “Hi, do you know about Jesus?” to everyone he ever met since he was a child.
It was effortless. It was natural.
For him, it was second nature to open himself up and share what he believed to be the most important and significant thing in the universe; his personal relationship with Jesus.
We should be like that. It should be effortless for us to talk about what we find to be of the utmost value, of eternal value, our Lord and Saviour.
The Apostle Paul wrote,
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV)
This man was willing and ready to share the Gospel with everyone and anyone.
We Christians need to work on sharing it, just like this man did with me.
It should be simple, it should be second nature, it should be easy to share.
2. We need to be know what we believe and why we believe it.
At first I thought that this gentleman was carrying logs or something like that in the box of his truck.
It had boards reaching up high, over the cab and closed in to make a big square.
But it wasn’t cut wood or something like that inside the box.
What he was carrying was the “truth” and it was all written out, covering this box.
I mean, this man’s entire belief was written out in point form for the whole world to see.
Numerous times while we talked he would stop and point at Scripture or a scientific fact to back up his argument.
He may not have remembered the name of the scientist or the place that one verse was found, but he was sure of what he believed and why he believed.
This was not a quick Sharpie marker board that he scribbled on the day before.
This was a professional laminated board with tons of Scripture, tons of references, images, everything he needed to share the gospel.
It was clear that he had spent considerable time working all of this out before it was bolted onto his truck.
We need to do that same thing.
We need to commit and give our faith the time it deserves.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (Philippians 2:12)
I’m not saying that you need to write out everything that you believe and bolt it to the outside of your automobile.
What I’m saying is that as Christians we need to be sure of what it is that we have committed our lives to, be sure we know what we are asking others to believe in.
And by doing that we honor God, and strengthen a firm foundation in us.
Let me know what you think.
What else have you learned from false teachers and prophets?
Tell me why you would in the comments below.