Are you being led away from the Bible? p.2
Today many are inclined to a mystical experience, not a spiritual experience that can be confirmed by the Bible. Christian will be led away from Bible truth when their admiration for an experience they hear from a particular preacher influences them, and they want the same thing.
God has not generals, he has servants. If someone is saying they are general in God's army (Peter Wagners cohorts) run from them, because you will become their servant as a private. Charismatic crazies, visionaries, revelators, miracle producers are popping up all over the landscape. They will tell you what God is saying for the next year like a clock whose battery has worn down. This can be the last invasion of counterfeiting by the enemy to corrupt the church.
No issue will affect you more than what comes into the church, the local body you attend. When this happens there is only two choices, confront it or leave. If you confront it and they react against the truth you must leave for your own safety.
The reality we face; 2 Peter 2. I can unequivocally say that false teachers have increased and are a 100 to 1. They have turned the faith into a force, our success in life is based on our ability to use it; following Jesus by denying self has been replaced with exalting self with spiritual powers. Nearly everything in the Bible has an opposite meaning taught by those who claim to be representing Him in this way but they really are Gnostics, mystics who use the pulpit for fame and fortune. These are the ones Jude has warned about.
They wrap their own teachings around God’s word and make disciples to follow them, instead of teaching them to follow Jesus (which would have them brought into question).
They are 'unlearned' men and women who come in the name of the Lord who mock Spiritual and academic understanding of the Scriptures. People should not be put into a position of leadership, unless they are spiritually gifted and have qualifications to teach, not because of their personality or zeal or ability to speak well.
When you read the bible for a length of time you are supposed to become spiritually mature, smarter, we are to have the mind of Christ. Something is not connecting from the pulpit to the pews. When people fall for every wave of the hand by these “word sorcerers” who manipulate the meanings they are no different than the cults. In fact many of their unique teachings come from the cults and the Occult.
Can we expect anything different than this when the majority of the church is not taught the basics. They will not see people as sinners they instead believe that they are sinless, proving they have no grounding in the Bible.
The gospel is hardly explained anymore. The evangelism of today is like giving people cake but never introducing them to the baker.
So many are taught to let God judge, but the Bible says we have an obligation for our own spiritual safety.
1Thes 5:21 “Test ALL things; hold fast what is good. This Does not mean to only test what they allow you too. Because of our freedom in Christ we have a spiritual obligation to test what they say, just as they Bereans tested Paul in what he said and he commended them.
The Bible says the Spiritual man judges all things – If you don’t judge then you are saying you are not spiritual. To judge, to discern means we have maturity and can recognize truth from error, this is of the utmost importance for us living in the last days. So the problem is an obvious one, people cannot recognize the difference of error from the truth because they have not been taught truth
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”(1 Timothy 4:1).
Demons try to influence people so they can influence others. This way more do what is wrong by listening to them and not listening to God’s word. Some propose the answer being to focus on demons -where are they, what are they doing. This takes ones focus off of Jesus. We should not blame all the evil on demons. People that listen to this type of teaching put themselves in a position to be deceived. The more supernaturally outrageous the story is, the more easily acceptable it becomes.
Madison said the constitution was for moral people, and we wonder why so many reject it? It does not work for them. It is the same in the church, the Bible is not conducive to the way they want to live their lives (in submission), they want only the Spirit. So they separate the truth from the giver of truth.
Notice that “some will depart from the faith,” not all, for those who do not we can refer to the example in Jeremiah 23:14: “Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem… Vv.20-22: “The anger of the LORD will not turn back against these false prophets until he has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.’ That is our time period. It becomes a matter of those who understand and those who do not. And that understanding can only come by being grounded in the Word (not experiences)
It matters who you learn from and how you learn. They shame you for discerning but there is no shame in teaching falsely. If a pastor is unable to discern things affecting the church than he better have someone who does or his church will not survive the changes that are taking place today
Is your Christianity to think and do what is beyond what is written?
Paul using Apollos and himself as an example stated 1 Cor. 4:6 “that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.”
He held himself and other teachers to the same standard- the word of God.
To be safe in these last days you need to have truth as your basis, you need to know the basics of the word and more. You need to be able to teach others how to unflinchingly hold to the truth and reject errors, which is more persuasive today then at any other time. And, you cannot compromise because of freindship. In fact if someone is your friend you will tell them when they are wrong, that is love. To not say anything shows you don’t care for them.
Foolishness is to allow these shysters (shifters of doctrine) to continue with no repercussions. With no challenge they will make their stay permanent in the church.
The church leadership has the responsibility to keep its sheep safe. Shepherds are to lead the sheep to green pastures, healthy food, not poison. Making the people aware of new movements is part of protecting and equipping the church.
The bible teaches to partake of the sufferings of Christ, striving to stay on the narrow road. When you hear people teach Christianity is easy, run from them. Because they are not teaching genuine Christianity. Many gave up their lives to follow Christ and still do.
Heb. 12:3-8 “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.”
Consider those who say trials and suffering are from a negative confession, are they legitimate children?
This being led away from the word is all taking place on a worldwide scale and continues to escalate because the majority of the church does not have the stomach to speak out. It’s easier to control people who do not question and accept everything as true because it comes from inside the churches walls.
Its been said when joins a cult they leave their mind at the door. This is concerning to see Christianity become more like this than the true way Christianity offers which restores our intelligence, our mind through the word.
You don’t have to state the obvious to men who have integrity. I have a huge problem with those who speak behind the pulpits week after week and when it comes time to put into practice what they have been saying they act as if they never spoke it. Even when it is brought up to them they act as if they don’t know what you are talking about. They don’t care if they stumble people because their love is conditional. After you try to reach out and are refused, it’s time to avoid them because they are hirelings not biblical shepherds.
Where do the saints take refuge? The lord will lead us to shepherds that can care for the sheep. I say this from personal experience. I have tried to discuss some remaining matters with a Calvary chapel pastor I had served under and spoke and taught at his church over the years. His attitude was, I have too many people to take care of to call me or sit down with me and resolve the matters that need to be discussed. That is not what a shepherd who cares for the sheep is to act like. If he acts this way to someone who ministered under him, he certainly can act this way to anyone. I say this for people to be warned and not to depend on the reputation of a church. Churches are run by the leadership, and they can stray because the leadership are also sheep. They are not superior to anyone else and are to submit to the Lord just anyone else does.
I believe the Lord is watching over us, even in the wilderness journey, otherwise we have no hope. We may have a waiting period but He will lead us to a place of care. Our part is to actively pursue fellowship that cares for people and what is true. The Lord is faithful and if you are his child he will not let you go.