All that Glitters

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 2 John 1:4-11

We like the comforting words of the Bible: “If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive.” “God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But our Scriptures also speak hard words: “The King will say to those on His left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire….’” “… whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Today’s Scripture contains the commendation: “It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth,” and condemnation: he who welcomes a false teacher “shares in his wicked work.”

I rejoice that there is a religious revival occurring today in North America. But there is also a revival of false teachings. Please consider the following and, if you have adopted any of them, weed them out!

Material things satisfy. (They do, but not completely and certainly not eternally.)

God will give you anything you want. (Where is the Scripture proof for this?)

Sincerity is all that matters. (David Koresh was sincere; one can be sincerely wrong.)

Not all that glitters is gold; not all that sounds good is true.


“Christ, be my Teacher in age as in youth, drifting or doubting, for You are the Truth. Grant me to trust You, then doubt cannot daunt me….” (Timothy Dudley-Smith)