Throughout the Bible, we are warned on multiple occasions to avoid false teachers. Unfortunately, it appears that the more we are warned, the more they start to appear. Here are ways to identify them: 1. They are “dumb dogs” that fail to sound the alarm when danger is approaching. In 2020, we saw a pandemic, a greater number of hurricanes, droughts, wildfires and unprecedented sexual deviancy, yet the false teachers only tell you “how you can have your best day yet” without preparing you for the dangerous times ahead. 2. False teachers refuse to identify with the persecution of Christ. Jesus tells us, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you …” (John 15:20). Instead, false teachers are more concerned with maintaining their “rock star” imagine and will “tickle your ears” and tell you what you want to hear versus what you should hear. 3. False teachers live highly excessive and lavish lifestyles far above the congregation they are serving. The fleece is more of a concern than the flock. 4. Their teachings are in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ. Instead of telling you to forsake the world and live sacrificially, they point you to living for the world and all the temporary wealth it has to offer. 5. If you close your ears and listen to them carefully, they sound like motivational speakers or life coaches, and most of the time will avoid saying the name of Jesus. What should you do? First of all, repent and ask the Lord to forgive you for following a false teacher rather than His word. Secondly, read your Bible for yourself and get to know Jesus for yourself. Thirdly, pray and seek out a fellowship where the unadulterated word of God is taught without making an apology for whom it may offend.
Minister Jerry Wharton
WORKING FOR YOU
As a county commissioner, I regularly ask myself: does this benefit the residents of Precinct 4? Your satisfaction guides our metrics for success. With your health, happiness and quality of life in mind, your Precinct 4 team and I continually strive to expand access to parks and green space, to improve roadways ahead of growth and to create new recreational opportunities along our greenways. We also work to protect you, your family and your property by advocating strenuously for channel maintenance and flood control projects in your neighborhood and beyond. With all the changes happening in commissioners court, I encourage you to reach out to all of your elected officials to let them know how they may better serve you. Your Precinct 4 team recently joined with the county’s technology department to introduce hybrid commissioners court meetings so that you may voice your concerns virtually. My team also makes it easier than ever to stay connected by streaming commissioners court meetings live on Facebook. Tune in to the next meeting to learn more about countywide changes that may affect you.
Jack Cagle, Commissioner
Given recent events (the Olympics and letters published here regarding competition, education, grades and God), the following words from Einstein are timely, interesting and informative. In 1930, he said, “School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam.
What I hated most was the competitive system there, and especially sports. Because of this, I wasn’t worth anything, and several times they suggested I leave (He did leave! At age 15, he dropped out of school! --B. Bailey). This was a Catholic school in Munich. “I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement. How can a teacher understand youth with such a system? ... from the age of 12, I began to suspect authority and distrust teachers. I learned mostly at home, first from my uncle and then from a student who came to eat with us once a week. He would give me books on physics and astronomy. The more I read, the more puzzled I was by the order of the universe and the disorder of the human mind, by the scientists who didn’t agree on the how, the when, or the why of creation. Then one day this student brought me Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason.’ Reading Kant, I began to suspect everything I was taught. I no longer believed in the known God of the Bible, but rather in the mysterious God expressed in nature.”