“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3
Paul had a heart for the entire church to be blameless and ready for Jesus. He even compares the church to a bride waiting for the groom. And, a bride waiting for a groom should be faithful.
Paul was telling the church in Corinth that they were not being faithful though. Why? Because if you read the chapter he is talking to them about staying true to the simplistic Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were not. They were listening to the Judiazers.
The Judiazers taught that you still had to keep certain laws or traditions to be saved and that it was not just through believing and confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior. These false teachers came into the church and the people allowed them in and even began believing them. Not only that, they began supporting the Judiazers financially, which is what the Judiazers wanted in the first place. They took advantage of the people and their money, and taught them incorrectly.
We must be careful who and what we listen to and who we support. If you go to church, what is the sense that you have about it? What are the main themes being taught over and over? Is it a tradition you are being told you have to do? Is it a message about money and giving every week or very often? Do you feel free to worship God or do you get a sense that you are trapped in guilt or tradition? How much of God’s Word is really being taught? Does the teacher speak about his opinions more than God’s Word?
We are each responsible for what and who we listen to and who we support in ministry. This was Paul’s cry to the Corinthian church. They allowed themselves to be led astray because they were being loyal to man and not obeying God.
“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” – 2 John 10-11