From time to time, we hear and read warnings about scammers in our area. The police or consumer protection groups alert us to the danger, tell us what to look out for, and how to avoid being scammed.
But spiritual scamming is much more widespread and much more dangerous. Many have been taken in and taken away by various spiritual errors in doctrine, worship, and practice. How do we avoid being scammed?
In Colossians 2:1-5, the Apostle Paul provides us with two pre-emptive measures that can defend us from spiritual scammers. Some spiritual scammers (the Gnostics) had infiltrated the Colossian church. In chapter one he’s already buttressed the Colossians with the Gospel and in chapter two adds two further lines of defense.