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False teachers – even the early Church had them

First Sunday of Advent

Deacon Robert Banet

I just don’t see it!

What don’t you see, Charlie?

I’d reading the New Testament and almost every one of the writers warns against false teachers. Why should that be necessary? These early Christians were converts of the very apostles themselves!  And you know converts! They’re among the most faithful.

Ah Charlie, I’m afraid you’re right.  But weren’t the writers talking about groups that broke away?No, St. Paul says to the Corinthians, some of “you” are saying that there is no resurrection of the dead.

Well maybe that’s just one case.

No, he finds that a parish in Galatia is beginning to fall away because some of them are thinking that they had to follow the whole law of Moses.  And again to the parish in Corinth he says that the servants of the devil are disguising themselves as servants of righteousness.

Yes, I remember now, how St. Paul talks about when he is gone, wolves will come among them teaching false things.  And you know, the same things are happening today.

Oh? How so?

One false teacher is claiming that the true meaning of the cross is not that Jesus rose from the dead but that we should be kind to others.


Yes.  I’m afraid so.  And another is urging the acceptance of certain homosexual practices.


Yes again.  So we have to be careful to hold on to the truths.

With all the false teachings, how can we be sure of where the truth lies?

We have the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  That’s a faithful guide.
Thank God for that!


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