Deuteronomy 13: Jesus Is the Way
Deuteronomy 13 is a very strong passage. Essentially, God was telling the Israelites that they should have absolutely no tolerance for false teachers. In fact, death is the recommended punishment if someone who rises from within the Israelites tries to mislead the people. These people had known God and saw His power, yet they were still trying to turn their kinsman away from the Truth. That was a serious offense.
Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
Deu 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deu 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Sometimes I wonder if we do not take false teachers seriously enough. Obviously this passage in Deuteronomy is talking about a very specific type of false teacher that should sentenced to death, but even in the New Testament, there are plenty of references to steer clear of any type of false teacher. Some people are false teachers out of ignorance, so death would obviously not be prescribed for them. However, we still need to keep our eyes open.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
We need to be on the watch and not allow false doctrine to cause us to stumble. Many people have been swayed by other doctrine and wander off the path. Jesus wasn’t joking when He said that He was the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Because He is the only Way, if we follow any other path, we are sorely mistaken.