The analogy is, that God’s Word is our strong wall of
truth, and false teachers have whitewashed that truth with lies based on the
illusion of peace in the rapture to make you feel safe. Now, the sin that
these preachers commit is, when an area of doctrinal weakness is discovered
around the wall of the Christian mind, instead of them spiritually rushing
to that area of deception to tear down the lie by teaching the truth, they
allow the lie to stand. In fact, they become co-conspirators to the
falsehood because they foolishly whitewash the truth in ignorance so that no
one can see the deception. And gullible Christians find out after the fact
the whole thing was a sham. This whitewashing of the truth, that is recorded
in the Old Testament, is a very real danger that the New Testament Christian
must guard against today. We are warned by Paul in the book of Acts.
Acts 23:2-3-And the high priest Ananias commanded them
that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God
shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the
law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
The words ‘whited’ in Greek means, "by analogy
lime, to whitewash." (Strong’s #2867)
All Christians that teach against falsehood can expect
this type of hostile reaction which Paul received from the religious
community because false teaching like a security blanket cover those who are
deceived with an illusion of peace and safety that is not biblical. The
great challenge for all Christians is to understand that no one is beyond
reproach when it comes to whitewashing the truth in ignorance. The biblical
standard for teaching falsely does not require that the lie to be told
intentionally. A false teacher, by God’s definition, can also apply to the
person who innocently teaches in error of the scripture. Either way, the lie
is told and Christians are deceived.
The word ‘false’ in Greek means, "propagator of
erroneous Christian doctrine." (Strong’s #5572)
The word ‘erroneous defined by Webster’s
Dictionary means, "based on error; mistake; wrong."
The word ‘error’ defined by Webster’s Dictionary
means, "the state of believing what is untrue, incorrect, or wrong,
something incorrectly done through ignorance."
So you see, even good men and women who teach God’s word
can make this innocent error in doctrine. This is the reason why Jesus told
us to become fruit inspectors and test doctrinally what we are taught
(Matthew 7:15-20). The sin for believing lies will ultimately be your
burden to carry. I assure you, your pastor will not be able stand in your
defense when you are judged on that day. He will have his own problems to
deal with if he or she continues to teach falsely.