The conclusion is simply this. Be a Berean.
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)
When it comes down to spiritual matter, dont let anybody spoon feed you all the time. Always, and I mean always examine the scriptures for yourself to see if what is being taught lines up with the Word of God. This will take skill and time as a lot of people appear to be preaching the word of God but they are not rightly dividing the word of truth as we are instructed to do (2 Tim 2:15). Understand some basic rules of biblical interpretation. This will save you a lot of pain and will help you greatly in discerning truth from error. Maybe use some of these free tools.
There is a lot of deception out there, even on so called ‘christian’ television. We have no shortage of preachers or teachers but there is definitely a famine for the word of God. I would say that most popular tele-evangelists on TV do not preach the word of God. The bible consistently warns us about deceivers and admonishes us to test EVERTHING.
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. (Matthew 24:11)
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16:17-18)
Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thes 5:21)
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
Do not even take my words as gospel but line up my postings with scripture and if they do not match up, reject it. My prayer is that this series has opened your eyes, challenged your traditional thinking, but most of all give glory to God through a correct understanding of his word so that you will not be duped when a teacher comes with false teaching.
If this series has been of help to you, please let me know. If it hasnt, please let me know. I welcome any comments positive or negative (in love of course) 🙂
Remember to pray for these teachers.