Have you ever listened to a sermon and there are some things that stick while others do not? Have you ever listened to sermon from someone you know preaches unsound doctrine and for some reason it sticks with you? I know for me, that has happened on many occasions. Whenever I hear a sermon from a pastor who is preaching something that is heresy, I listen to it because my curiosity was killing my cat. There are times, I would turn the sermon off, however, some of the things that pastor says stays in my head like a bad mental picture.
Why is it that we can remember false teaching more easily that sound doctrine? One of the main reasons is we naturally love the darkness. We are sinners who have rebelled against the living God and naturally love the darkness. False teaching brings darkness even though the person giving it may not be aware of what he is doing. Our flesh rebels against what the Spirit wants. The Spirit leads us to righteousness and holiness to conform in the likeness of Christ.
The Bible warns us that will rise up and teach only what people want to hear. How do we combat false teaching that still resides in our minds whether you heard it 10 minutes ago or 10 years ago. First, we need to be reminded of the gospel. We need to look into the Word of God. We need to read books that promote sound doctrine. We need to be in a Bible preaching church.
Second, we need to preach the gospel to ourselves. Preaching the gospel to ourselves is a discipline that has been around for a while, but lately it is has become more of a trend in the area of discipline. The gospel will always lead us back to Christ and what He has done for us.
Third, we need to set our minds on things above. Colossians 3:2 says, "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." False teachers will always promote the life you have now rather than the life that is to come. Romans 12:2 tells that we must be transformed by renewing our minds. We must look above and seek the things above that are eternal.