Do you know the method that bank tellers of old (and even today) would use to determine that their money was either counterfeit or genuine? The banks would make their tellers constantly and continually count and handle genuine bills over and over again. They did this so that when a counterfeit bill came across their path they would easily spot the difference in the feel of the paper, the coloring of the ink, the image proportions and so on. By constantly looking at and handling true genuine money the tellers became experts at spotting the differences of counterfeit bills. This is how we need to be with the Scripture. So many today want either to be spoon fed what they ought to know and believe or they go to the other extreme and want to study error and false teaching to see what it has to offer. Like those bank tellers of old, we need to go to the Bible and constantly be putting the truth in front of our eyes so that when false teaching comes along we can spot it a mile away. Psalm 19 paints a beautiful picture of this for us.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.”
(Psalm 19:7-13 ESV)