Episode 135: Inigo Montoya – Gamaliel’s Advice

March 15, 2024

In this episode of the Didache podcast, Justin Peters critically examines the commonly cited advice of Gamaliel from Acts chapter 5 regarding how to discern true from false teachings. Peters challenges the notion that time alone will reveal a teacher’s divine backing, using the advice as a cautionary tale against passivity in the face of questionable teachings.

He points out that Gamaliel, a Pharisee and not a believer at the time, advised against opposing new movements outright, suggesting they would fail on their own if they were not from God. Peters argues this approach is flawed, citing the longevity of many false religions as evidence that time does not necessarily weed out untruths. He emphasizes the biblical mandate to discern and actively oppose false teachings, marking Gamaliel’s advice as unwise and contrary to scripture.

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