Know What is Fake (2 Corinthians 11:7-15)
The Bible gives many warnings about false teachers and their common characteristics.
I. Self-sacrifice is a key mark of a true apostle (7-12)
II. Self-focus is a key mark of a false apostle (13-15)
III. Biblical diagnostic for identifying false teachers:
A. What do they say/teach about Jesus?
B. What do they say about the gospel?
C. What do they claim as their authority?
D. How do they live their life?
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2 Corinthians 11:7-15
7 Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. 9 And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (ESV)