Part of the training to be a US Secret Service agent includes learning to detect counterfeit money. Agents-in-training make a thorough study of the genuine bills—not the phonies—so that they can spot the fake currency immediately because of its contrast to the real thing.

The child of God can learn a lesson from this. While it is helpful to study false religions and be fully aware of their dangerous dogmas, the best defense against such error is to be so familiar with God’s Word that whenever we encounter error, we will spot it at once and won’t fall for it.

Today many are being led astray because they don’t recognize how they are being deceived. For example, if a person isn’t solidly grounded in the teaching of salvation by grace, he may swallow the line of the legalists who inject human works into the matter of being saved. If he is not well instructed about the person of Christ, he might accept the error of those who deny the Savior’s deity. A thorough knowledge of essential biblical doctrines is the only way to detect counterfeits.

Let’s be diligent in our study of the Word of God. Then, instead of falling into error, we will stand firmly on the truth.