2 Peter 2:1-3
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
I spend a lot of energy and frustration thinking about false prophets, particularly those who seem focused on enriching themselves at the expense of those who choose to follow them. When an individual is beseeching others to raise money to repaint their private jet, I have great concerns about what is first and foremost in their lives, and whether or not they are leading others closer to Christ or simply gathering a host of people who think that the individual is great.
It's hard to be selfless. It's difficult to constantly put Christ first, and then others second, and only think of our own needs and wants, with which we are most familiar, third. It goes against our natural instincts and everything society is telling us.
So when you think of the voices you listen to, do they put Christ first? Are you reading Scripture to ensure that what you hear is faithful to the Word of God? Are you asking tough questions to challenge other interpretations?
There are plenty of voices out there, many of which will lead us astray. Let us choose carefully which teachers will help us grow in faith.