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Jesus Warns You:
“Be Careful!”
Why?

God created you through the life-giving breath of His Word (Genesis 2:7). God continues to cleanse, restore, forgive, and re-create you also through the breath of His living Word (John 6:63). Jesus further likens His living Word to a living seed: “The seed is the Word of God” (Luke 8:11).

Jesus says He works through His pastors and teachers to plant the saving Seeds of His Word into the soil of your heart (Matthew 13:25). Then, something dangerous happens! The devil follows close behind, planting into your heart his soul-destroying weed seeds (Matthew 13:24). Therefore, Jesus graciously urges you to, “Be careful!” Seek constant clarification of all teachings (seeds) that you receive regarding your faith. Jesus wants you to be able to recognize all faith-destroying weed seeds of the devil as contrasted with His life-giving Word—His Gospel Seed. “Be careful what you listen to,” Jesus is saying to you (Mark 4:24).

THE PROBLEM IS NOT OUTSIDE THE CHURCH, BUT INSIDE THE CHURCH!

Jesus did not warn His followers about pagan false teachers. Jesus spoke primarily of the false teaching and heresy in the church of His day by highly respected religious leaders: the Pharisees.

Listen to Jesus’ warning to you. Do not follow religious teachers merely because, like the Pharisees, they seem to quote the Bible. Rather, do as the Berean Christians did—as recorded by the Holy Spirit in Acts 17. The Berean Christians continually took what they were being taught and compared it with what God has revealed in His Scriptures. They followed Jesus’ advice: “Take care what you listen to” (Mark 4:24).

A PLEA FOR HELP!

Here is the primary reason this issue of Good News is devo­ted to comparing various teachings: Spiritual leaders, especially bishops and archbishops in Asia and Africa, regularly write to us. They plead for solid, Scripture-based and Christ-centered cate­chetical literature—literature that will help them, their pastors, and their people, to sort out clear Scriptural teachings of salvation. They want to follow Jesus, who says: “Take care what you listen to.” These leaders are seeking literature that will enable them, their pastors, and their people to oppose the faith-and-soul-destroying weeds and seeds of false teaching. “But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away” (Matthew 13:25).

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU LISTEN TO!

Good News is basically a missionary and evangelism catechetical tool. On the basis of Scripture alone, this issue of Good News will help you understand what Jesus and the Scriptures teach—as compared to what other groups and movements teach. Open your Bible. Compare what is in this issue with the Scriptures.

Only Jesus’ pure and clear teachings are life-giving Words (John 6:63; 1 Thessalonians 2:13). Just as you want the very best physical food for your children to keep them healthy and to avoid sickness and even death, so also Jesus wants the best spiritual food for you: His own life-giving and faith-building living Words (John 6:63).

LAUNCH FORTH WITH CONFIDENCE!

As you compare the various official teachings of different churches, keep Christ at the center since He Himself claims to be the central focus of all Scripture (Luke 24:44). With this issue of Good News at your side—and your Bible open in front of you—be assured by Jesus’ Words to you: “If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31–32).

Dear Holy Spirit, Jesus promises that You will instruct me in the saving Truths of Your Word (John 14:26; 16:13). Give me eyes of faith (Ephesians 1:18) to recognize and separate the devil’s seeds of destruction from Your Word, Your Seeds of Truth. Amen.

For further study, turn to the Bible Study beginning on page 36, questions 1–4.

Table of Contents

Jesus Warns You: “Be Careful!” Why?    2

A Striking Similarity of Your Disease!    4–5

The Key to Understanding Denominational Differences    6–7

What Are the Denominational Differences and Why Do They Matter?    8–9

You Have the Cancer of Sin. Now What?    10–11

Your Daily Food and Strength from God—Psalm 51, Part 1    12–13

More Daily Food and Strength from God—Psalm 51, Part 2    14_psalm_51b14–15

You Know You Sin Daily—“But You Were Washed”    16–17

Which Church Should You Attend?    18–19

Remember, Again, Jesus’ Words: Be Careful What You Listen To    20–21

Don’t Let Your Human Reason Block God’s Blessings in His Divine Revelation    22–23

Living on the Edge    24–25

Living with the Fever of Sin    26–27

What Did St. Paul Confess and Why Is His Confession Critical for You?    28–29

A Confession “of Sin” Worth Dying for    30–31

Only the Holy Spirit Can Convict You that Sin Is an Incurable Disease    32–33

Faith Comes by Hearing and Feeds Your Soul    34–35

Bible Study    36–47   


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