As a Christian and soldier in the Lordís Army, it is imperative to know the enemy, his strategies, and the weapons he will use. Christianís can be well equipped in diligently opposing the detractorís of the faith - Jude 3-5
Satan uses counterfeits to make it more difficult to distinguish Christianís from those teaching false doctrine. A counterfeit is something made in imitation, so as to be passed off fraudulently, or deceptively, as genuine, like wolves in sheep's clothing - Matthew 7:15
In 1 Thessalonians 5:21, the Apostle Paul admonishes the church to, "prove all things; hold fast that which is good." We prove things by comparing them to a standard, which is the Word of God. Therefore, we must ask questions and compare to the standard. Have they obeyed the commandments of God, to be saved? Are they abiding in the doctrine of Christ?
In 1 John 4:1, the Apostle John teaches that we must not believe all teachers, but we must first try, or test them, to see if they are of God, because many false prophets are in the world.
In Matthew 7:16-21, Jesus teaches that we will know them by their fruits. Will they pass the fruit test? Will their inward parts, their thoughts and actions, reveal they are fruitful of unfruitful? - Matthew 12:35
-- Harry D. Anderson, Jr., 2010 --