Choosing Bible Teachers
It is vitally important that we choose Bible teachers whose lives have been greatly changed by the Bible.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
A couple of definitions of that word sanctify: to make holy or to purify. The opposites of those two definitions can help us. We might understand unholy and impure better than holy and pure. Whether we understand the definitions or not, it is obvious that the purpose of the Bible is to make us different. The purpose of the Bible is to make us something that we weren*t before. The purpose of the Bible is to make us the opposite of what we were before.
The best Bible teachers* lives have been changed the most by the Bible. If a Bible teacher*s life has not been changed by the Bible, find a different teacher. I have had some teachers whose lives were not changed by the Bible. Guess what! Their teaching did not change me either. The Lord has blessed me with many Bible teachers whose lives were greatly changed by the Bible. Their teaching changed ME for the better too. They taught by their examples. They taught in word AND in deed.
The best example for us to follow is that of the Lord Jesus.
John 13:15: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
After the Lord Jesus, there is not a better example to follow than the Apostle Paul. He had been a persecutor of believers and became the Apostle to the Gentiles.
1 Corinthians 11:1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
My Bible teachers whose lives were not changed by the Bible had a lot of knowledge of it, but it did not change them, it puffed them up.
1 Corinthians 8:1: Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
The teachers whose lives were not changed by the Bible drug some of their old idols with them into their Bible teaching. I find some of my old idols trying to sneak into my teaching too. In our society today the most common idols that get dragged into ministries are the love of money and pride. These idols are most noticeable among TV ministries.