Ladies, are you careful about those you allow to teach and influence you, especially if they are saying they teach the Bible? We should be. The Bible cautions us to beware of “false teachers” and deception. If we want to wisely discern, here are 10 questions we should ask before reading, or following, a woman who claims to teach the Bible:
- What is her salvation testimony?
- Does she faithfully attend a local church?
- If so, what type of church is it, and what doctrines does she believe?
- Does she meet the qualifications given in Titus 2:1-3?
- Does she believe that biblical truths are relevant today?
- Does she acknowledge and support biblical limitations and prohibitions (example: woman are not to be pastors or teachers of men in the church)?
- Does she model and mentor biblical commands and instructions for women, or mock them (in areas like submission, modesty, discretion, and chastity as seen in Eph. 5, I Tim. 2, Tit. 2, and I Peter 3)?
- What is her attitude toward authority, especially the authority of the Bible, her husband, and the local church?
- Does she teach the topics that God has instructed her to teach (see Tit. 2)? While the Bible does not prohibit ladies from teaching on other biblical topics, we are commanded to teach on these topics in Titus 2. If we avoid them or refuse to address them because they are uncomfortable, or because we don’t believe them, we are not being obedient to the Lord.
- Is her teaching based primarily on popular opinion and personal emotions and experiences, or on the principles and precepts of the Word of God?
No matter how educated, popular, or relatable a person may be, if their teachings are not based on faith in the Word of God, then we should avoid them.
(Pro. 19:27; Rom. 16:17-18; II Peter 2:1-3; I Tim. 4:7; II Tim. 3:13-17; Rev. 2:20-22)
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