“These (the Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11.
What some call “heresy hunters”, the Word of God calls Bereans.
“14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is HYMENAEUS and PHILETUS;
18 Who concerning the Truth have erred, saying that the Resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” 2 Timothy 2:14-18.
A wolf who says they love the Lord, remains a wolf.
“8 This people draws near unto Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.
9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9.
This is not a game we play. This Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will set the captives free. This Gospel is the measure by which we discern what is preached behind the pulpit. If the message directs me to me, it is another gospel and is accursed. The rightly divided Word of God is the only way we can judge with righteous judgment (John 7:24).
Many would have called the Apostle Paul a “heresy hunter”. He called out and named Hymenaeus and Philetus as false teachers (2 Timothy 2:17 ).
The Lord is raising up a people to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified BACK to the church. Judgment must first begin at the house of God. Many will reject this preaching because it lays waste the commandments of men.
However, many will crumble under this preaching because it contains the power of God. The weight of the conviction of the Holy Spirit will bring the repentance necessary and they will return. The prodigals will return to their first love, Jesus Christ. They will learn of Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to give them victory over the world, the flesh and the devil and be free from the doctrines that have swept them to and fro throughout their Christian walk. They will begin to KNOW in Whom they have believed. Their faith will be authored and finished by Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit frees them from the law of sin and death because they are once again looking unto Jesus, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the Right Hand of the throne of God. These will begin to realize that they don’t know…not WHAT they don’t know but THAT they don’t know.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
Bereans don’t cause division. They study the Scriptures. Recognize the division and judge righteously.
-Donna Clark Warren