Someone told me years ago, “If you are going to preach the Bible, don’t worry that the old timers have heard it before.” This friend was kindly telling me not to be innovative like some who are always trying to teach some new thing. Paul said unflattering words to the Corinthians: “For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully” (2 Cor. 11:4). The Corinthians should have been more discerning than they were. Alarm bells should have been going off, but instead they entertained the false teachers.

A good, solid congregation shouldn’t be hearing “different” or new teachings because that would indicate something other than the Bible is being preached. The Corinthians were entertaining “new” teachings about Jesus Christ and they were being really good spirited about it. It was a shame. They were straying from the reminder, “Just stick to the Bible.” God reminded and warned numerous times of the danger of adding to or taking away from His Word. It’s dangerous.

When a preacher comes into your church and starts preaching “new” things, listen well, take notes, and compare everything he says against the Word of God. There’s nothing new that hasn’t been preached or taught before. So beware of the young “whipper snapper” preacher who is trying to make a name for himself. Encourage him by reminding him it’s better to have a name for being sound in doctrine.

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