One of the major things false teaching does is to pull people from the truth they have known. It distorts the truth and deceives people to believing in lies. The apostles knew this and so they wrote to encourage churches they founded to hold firmly to their teachings.
Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join together in following my examples, brothers and sisters, just as you have us as a model; keep your eyes on those who live as we do (Philippians 3:16-17NIV).
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it and how from infancy you have known the holy scripture, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:13-15NIV).
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you if it does, you also will remain in the son and in the father (1 John 2:24NIV).
The responsibility of keeping to the heritage of historical Christianity is one thing that evangelical Christianity has played loosely. A.W Tozer has observed that ‘’Each generation believes they have the right perspective on spiritual things and are convinced they know better than their forefathers. This has never been the case, and all you have to do is read church history to understand this.”
When a church fail to uphold her doctrinal lines the church is bound to suffer the infiltration of false teachings. Christian life is not meant to be floated on air in the wind of every doctrine in the name of Christ. Rather, to consist and persist on the heritage of one’s historical faith.
Instead of holding to what has been passed onto us, as generation goes on, the church rather shrinks further from her basis to some teachings contrary to the denominational foundation. This explains why the evangelical church today is becoming more baseless and empty. The church has shrunk too far from her doctrinal base.
The role of holding to one’s belief borders on apology both from the leadership of the church and from individual Christian. But sad to note that both the leadership and evangelical Christians have done so little and thereby the influx of false teachings in the evangelical circle.