It’s very rare that anyone ever decides to abandon the truth. What happens much more often is that people wander. It happens gradually. It happens when you do not have any particular goal. You lose your moorings and you drift. You don’t want to be that person. So, you need to be alert to the danger. You may know someone who is wandering, and God may use you to bring a wanderer back and help them get rooted in the truth.
Look for the Warning Signs
There are four warning signs that a person is in danger of wandering away from the truth. These questions will help you to see the signs:
1. Am I always looking for something new?
[They] devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. (1 Timothy 1:4)
If that’s true of you, you are in danger of wandering. That’s what the myths and endless genealogies were—something new. People who are deeply rooted in Christ are satisfied in him. If you were deeply rooted, you would have found contentment in him—as millions of people have.
2. Do I like to talk while avoiding action?
They have turned to meaningless talk. (1 Timothy 1:6)
These folks go on and on about how we should do this and how we ought to be doing that, but as it turns out, their pious talk masks an unholy life. If you see the Bible as a book of ideas to be discussed rather than truth to be obeyed, you are just the kind of person who wanders from the truth.