Do not be persuaded by “fine-sounding” arguments

The Apostle Paul warned the church at Colossi that they need keep their focus on Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3). He then explains in verse four:

“I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.” (Colossians 2:4 NIV).

It is easy for an argument to sound good, but Christians ought not to follow false teaching just because it sounds good. Christians need to learn to analyze doctrine objectively. They need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show them right and wrong. We must be careful not to get caught up in what sounds or feels nice, because the truth does not always give us a good feeling. We need to be able to recognize the truth, whether it is presented well or not, and likewise evil. All arguments are not morally equal: some viewpoints are right and others are wrong. By God’s grace we must examine the substance of an argument and not be necessarily swayed by how it “sounds” or “feels.”

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