“And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” Matthew 24:11 (NKJV)
Truth has many competitors. Each presents its case; each tries for its audience; each has its reasons and attractions. Part of our calling as Christians is to explore the competition, to sift truth from error, to discover, and to understand. Jesus warns us not to displace truth with an imposter.
To whom do you look when you want the truth? In the face of many claims, what’s your authority? It is the most important quest of your life. How do you know who speaks truth and who speaks a mix of truth and falsehood? Truth matches the teaching of Jesus Christ–the One who is Truth. As God’s Son, Jesus has God’s power and authority; thus, His words should be our final authority. If a person’s teaching is true, it will agree with Jesus’ teaching. Test everything you hear against Jesus’ words, and you will not be led astray. Don’t be hasty to seek advice and guidance from merely human sources and thereby neglect Christ’s message.
– Life Application Bible Commentary, Matthew –