When we read the Bible it’s easy to miss the point of the passage if we miss a word or don’t know the context or don’t pay attention to WHO is talking to WHOM and about WHOM . In other words, the details matter!
For example, the Old Testament was written before Jesus was born, died and was resurrected for our redemption. So when reading those books we have to keep in mind that most of those people did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit like believers do today. The Spirit was selective and was used by God to carry out special purposes. Because of this they were very dependent on religious leaders and rules to know what God expected.
However, even back then people knew that God existed and either followed Him or followed other pagan gods. We all know God exists. Now, however, those who have faith in God through the Son are born again and have the Spirit living inside them and He helps us obey God. This is a critical detail.
People who don’t understand this truth are susceptible to false teachings and spiritual deception. They can either think they have the Spirit when they don’t or they can think they need to do something special to get the spirit, other than simply believe in Jesus.
Another detail we must not overlook is that much of the past and future wrath is the result of unfaithful religious leaders’ actions.
Why is that important? Because both the OT prophets and Jesus warned us to look out for these false teachers. Isaiah said Woe! to them that lied to the people saying peace and safety when they were worshiping idols. Jesus called them wolves in sheeps’ clothing . He said they are waterless clouds. They pretend to care about you but only care about money. They lead us astray by tickling our ears with pleasant words and never calling us to holiness. They send people to Hell.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
He warned us about the coming great delusion. He was more concerned that we know his Father and become his children. He knew that false teachers would lead us into being overly concerned with our own rights and not concerned enough about God’s authority over our lives.
Jesus condemned the injustices and oppression in the world system as well, but this kind of threat is not hidden. Christians should care about injustice. But Jesus knew that even caring about the poor could become an idol. He knew that pride and self righteousness was always lurking to derail us from following obedience to the truth.
The devil knows that people, even believers are easily led astray from being obedient to God if he can get them to focus on themselves. So churches today have become more concerned about making people feel welcome than with teaching God’s truth from the Bible. But your comfort won’t save you on judgment day.
So when you read the Bible notice how the false prophets and high priests and other religious people used their authority to stay rich and powerful. The true prophets were not popular. They warned the people but the people wouldn’t listen and eventually God punished them.
And when you listen to a teacher, preacher or podcast, compare what they say to your actual Bible. Knowing the scripture very well will help you discern truth from error. Do they glorify God or do they excuse sin? Do they deny some parts of the Bible ? Do they reinterpret passages to fit today’s culture? Do they simply never mention offensive verses?
God is going to execute justice on all who refuse to bow to his Son. Believe the gospel, all of it, and you will be saved.
 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
The time may be coming soon when speaking truth won’t be allowed. Learn and share while you can. But be sure to get the details right, because the truth is in the details.