I have used the phrase "Deuteronomy 13 Test" 9 times in previous posts so far, and have made at least one reference to 22 times in one way or another. It is the number one most important test for detecting false teachers. If you fail this test, then nothing else matters! Why? The premise of the Deuteronomy 13 Test is quite simple: Obedience to Torah (aka: God's Law, aka: the Law of Moses) is the definition of loving and serving God and listening to his voice, while the rejection of his Law is the definition of idolatry (aka: following other gods). Here, read Deuteronomy 13 for yourself!
Did you also catch that Deuteronomy 13 is as much God testing his people as it is his people testing the teachers/prophets? If not, go read it again! As those who love God and keep his commandments (the one who does not keep his commandments by definition does not love God), we are tested with false teachers and false prophets to see if we love God with all of our hearts. If we listen to the false teacher or prophet, then we have failed the test. And here are the most commonly-known ways for a false teacher or prophet to fail this test.
- Openly lead people to serve other gods.
- Teach people to reject keeping God's Law.
There are a couple of other ways that people are led to follow other gods that actually fall under the category of failing the Deuteronomy 13 test. (Remember, Deuteronomy 18 is about when a prophet gets things wrong while speaking in the name of Yahweh, or prophecies in the name of another god. For the Deuteronomy 13 Test, the prophet does not have to speak in the name of another god.) One of which is to speak in the name of another god while simultaneously saying that it's Yahweh, but by a different name. Either by butchering God's name, or by using the actual name of a false god as if it's one of God's names. New-Agers are good at failing it that way, but that's a topic for another post.
The other way to fail the Deuteronomy 13 Test that's overlooked is to discredit God's Law by discrediting Genesis. How does this fail the Deuteronomy 13 Test? By causing people to not trust Genesis, you also cause them to not trust the rest of Torah (and also the rest of the Bible)? And this is exactly what theistic evolutionists do. And most probably know exactly what they are doing (in terms of getting people to not trust the Bible as a whole). Remember: Satan's goal is to keep people away from God and keep them from receiving the promise of eternal life (and to wipe-out humanity, which he cannot do directly, so he has fools in high places knowingly try to do that for him). Part of keeping people away from God is to keep them from following God's Law. The other part is by keeping people away from Jesus, which theistic evolution does quite nicely. Keeping people from receiving God's promise of eternal life is accomplished by keeping people from having a Biblical faith in Jesus, which includes believing that Jesus, and the one who sent him are trustworthy, and which lease to obedience to the one whom they believe in.
Would it surprise you if I said that the "New Testament" is worthless if Genesis is not the historical account it claims to be or is not in any way an accurate historical account? Well, the "New Testament" is indeed worthless if Genesis is not the historical account that it claims to be. In fact, the "New Testament" is worthless unless Genesis is (a) the historical account it claims to be, and (b) is an accurate account of the beginnings of Creation.
Guess what: The "New Testament" is also worthless if the rest of Torah is not to be trusted. Most conservative denominations teach distrust of God's Law through the typical "Jesus fulfilled the law so we don't have to" type of claims, but theistic evolutionists do this by deceiving people into not trusting Genesis. If we cannot trust Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy as containing the eternal commands of God, then all of the moral teachings in the "New Testament" completely collapse, for these teachings come directly from the Law of God. And the Law of God (which includes Genesis) is completely dependent on Genesis being the truthful account of the origins of Creation. By the way, Torah alone is the sole authority on right and wrong. Every instruction in the Bible that comes after Torah ultimately either (a) comes from God's Law or (b) provides the correct interpretation of Torah.
To close, here's how you can identify the theistic evolutionists who know exactly what they are doing: Anyone who says "we should reinterpret Scripture to fit the science", then goes about doing exactly that knows exactly what they are doing. But do not assume that those who do not say that are ignorant of the issue at hand. More than likely, they too know what they are doing.