And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the church …
This is the first description of Nehor, a man sentenced to death for priestcraft and leading members of the Church astray.
It says he preached what he “termed” (or called) the word of God. But what he said contradicted Christ’s church.
The two things can’t exist together. If what someone says truly is the word of God, then it will ALWAYS agree with Christ’s church.
Here’s why. The Lord leads this Church. It’s not the Church of man or men. That means that things taught by the Church are things sanctioned by the Lord. He is at the helm. He uses what we bring and what we understand (which sometimes is incomplete and grows with understanding and continued revelation), but He still leads.
I think we sometimes get caught up in the humanness of those who are called to lead. Yes they are human. And yes they have weaknesses and personal perspectives. But the Lord is well aware of them. It’s still His Church. And He still knows how to govern it.
So if someone starts teaching things that he or she says is “the word of God” but those things contradict what the Church teaches, we can know they are not of God. Period. Because God leads this Church.
It means we don’t put our trust in man. We put our trust in God and His established methods for leading us home.