We are living in the last days when people are rejecting sound Biblical doctrine and accepting all kinds of heresy. Right now we are witnessing the great falling away or the great apostasy. Here is what the Bible says:
3: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Today many people claim to 'love' God. But do they really love Him? Is making the claim enough proof? What about those who reject sound doctrine and accept error? These people also claim to love God and to even be Christians? Are they? As I have written many times before, there is a direct relation between loving God and loving sound Biblical doctrine. You cannot have one without the other. Those who reject sound Biblical doctrine do NOT love God. We are living in days when men are rejecting sound doctrine and are tickling their ears with all kinds of error. The Bible clearly said that these days would come.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Because many men and women in these last days have chosen to reject sound Biblical doctrine we see a great rise in the number of heresies and false teachings. These doctrines of devils are even being promoted in churches and all those with itching ears who reject sound Biblical doctrine are affected. The cry is "don't judge.. it's unloving" as heresies are freely promoted within the Christian community. People who 'dare' to warn of these heresies have been given the negative name of 'heresy hunters'. It is like the term the sodomites gave anyone who disagrees with their perversion, homophobic. Yes, these 'bad' heresy hunters are considered narrow, bigoted, and unloving people with a desire to cause trouble and division within the Church. So the heresies grow and spread within the Church and all those who reject sound Biblical doctrine are deceived. In truth, the ones creating divisions and trouble are not those sounding the warnings. But rather it is the false teachers preaching heresies and their blind followers soaking up the false doctrine like a dry sponge.
This tract will briefly look at the last days condition of some who yell: "don't judge" or "you are slandering God's anointed" as they defend movements and ministers of the devil....while on the other hand 'claiming' to be loving Christians. We will look at the demonic laughing revival, quotes from famous wolf preachers, and the promise keepers ecumenical movement.
BEAUTIFUL, FUNNY DECEPTION THAT FEELS GOOD
In these last days of deception before the return of Jesus and the rapture of the Church there are many deceivers and false teachers. The sad thing is deceivers can freely teach about their heresies and demonic movements can grow unchecked as many people today have rejected sound doctrine. Those people are the first to cry 'unloving', 'judgmental', 'slanderous' against those who point out the errors of the teachings and movements of the devil.
For example lets look at the laughing revival. Currently Toronto, Brownsville and other places are experiencing this outpouring of the demonic. Let me state right out that it is NOT the Holy Spirit of God that is taking control of the gullible people involved in this false revival. It is a demonic spirit that causes people to be possessed or oppressed. As a result many get 'drunk' in the spirit. These poor deceived souls stagger around like they are drunk. When they talk (or mumble) their words slur. These drunk fools can stay this way for days and they have the nerve to claim that it is the Holy Spirit of God that did it! Others double over in uncontrollable laughter. Everything is funny as these deceived fools laugh for hours. I heard of a laughing preacher try to preach on the topic of hell. The more he read from the Bible the more he and the congregation laughed. He would read a verse about hell and double over laughing. Later when he regained some composure he would try to read some more of the Bible only to lose control laughing again. Folks, hell is no laughing matter. It is very serious business for a lost soul to reject Jesus and perish in his sins. Again it is not the Holy Spirit of God who makes these deceived, gullible people laugh like fools. Others get down on all fours and begin to bark like dogs. I saw a video clip where one fool got on all fours and was barking like a dog. He had a dog leash around his neck and as he walked like a dog and barked the congregation sang: Where He leads me I will follow. Again this is not funny at all. In my opinion it is blasphemous to claim that God had anything to do with such foolishness. Others in the laughing revival like to roar like lions, scream like a warrior, howl like a wolf (very appropriate), and swing spiritual swords hacking away at sin. Those in favor of this move of the devil make great claims that 'Jesus is changing lives'. No it is not Jesus doing anything. It is the devil deceiving and binding with chains of darkness and oppression those who reject sound doctrine. Let me make this statement as clear as possible. It is not the Holy Spirit behind the laughing movement. It is devils and demons and the whole movement is a great demonic move of Satan. Anyone who claims to know and love the Lord should stay far away from such a movement.
16: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
For those who love God there is no surprises. The Bible clearly warns of great deception in the last days:
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
We are to be warned about signs and miracles and the Bible clearly states the devil will use them to deceive and enslave:
Again we see the reactions of those who do not love God since they reject sound Biblical doctrine. They get angry and indignant against anyone who would dare to 'judge' this obvious movement of "God". Well their God is not the God of the Bible as the God of the Bible never makes people bark like a dog or laugh like a drunken fool or convulse like an epileptic. But Christians have been clearly warned. The tares are drawn to these moves of the devil as their satanic pied piper draws them down a 'fun' path toward destruction. For those who love God and sound doctrine they will stay clear from such a movement of the devil. There is really no excuse for being deceived by the laughing revival as there is all kinds of literature written that warns of the dangers. But it is 'fun' and people go there and have a good 'experience' as the demonic spirit comes upon them and gives a thrill to their body.
MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
When Satan's messengers come to town they do not look evil. Instead they look like a Christian in every way. They speak well and wear flashy suits and jewelry. However their doctrine is the doctrine of devils sprinkled with little tidbits of truth to enhance the deceptive flavor of their mission. They take after their daddy - the devil in every way. Here is what the Bible says:
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Do you want to know how to get a professing 'Christian' really angry so he yells and his cheeks go red as he calls you all kinds of names? Just point out the errors and false teachings of his religious idol-man. Today many slick preachers are introducing heresies and even denying the Lord. Jude wrote about such people so it should be no suprise to those who love God and sound doctrine:
4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
11: Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12: These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13: Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
16: These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
Below are a collection of quotes from several idol-men that have all kinds of blind followers. These followers listen to their idol-man and ignore what the Bible has to say. The followers get their doctrine from their idol-man rather than from the Bible. With their own mouths these false teachers condemn themselves:
16: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Below are several quotes from some popular demonic wolves who are teaching heresies in these last days. They all have blind man-idol followers who will defend their leader from all criticism.
"Another thing that hinders (receiving the Holy Spirit or anointing) is people pray all the time." (John Arnott, at Holy Trinity Brompton, England, February 14, 1995)
Of the frightening manifestations in evidence in the Toronto "Blessing" John Arnott says the problem is that we have been conditioned to believe "that the Holy Spirit's a gentleman" who would never do anything "rough or impolite". That, says Arnott, is simply "not true!" (John Arnott, Discovery Church, Orlando, FL, 1/29/95, audiotape, commentary from Counterfiet Revival, Hank Hanegraaff, 1997)
Jesus had a nice house, a big house. (John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, (TBN) 1/20/91)
Jesus wore designer clothes. (John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, (TBN) 1/20/91)
"[The Spirit of God]...declared in the earth today what the eternal purpose of God has been through the ages...that He is duplicating Himself in the earth" (John Avanzini, "The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God," Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape).
William Branham said the doctrine of the Trinity is "a doctrine of demons" (The Toronto Blessing, Stephen Sizer, 1990)
Though Branham denied the historic, orthodox view of the Trinity, William Branham was the greatest prophet in the 20th century. This was due not to Branham's doctrines but to "his gifting in the word of knowledge." (Paul Cain, Armstrong in Michael Horton ed. Power Religion, 1992, p.67)
"Did you know that from the beginning of time the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself?...And when we stand up here, brother, you're not looking at Morris Cerullo; you're looking at God. You're looking at Jesus" (Morris Cerullo, "The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God," Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape 1).
God decided to throw a party for His people because they "already feel so icky about themselves." (Randy Clark, Catch The Fire, TAV, 10/14/94, audiotape)
"You don't have a god in you, you are one." (Kenneth Copeland, "The Force Of Love" tape # 02-0028)
"Pray to yourself, because I'm in your self and you're in My self. We are one Spirit, saith the Lord." (Kenneth Copeland, "Believer's Voice of Victory", Feb. 1987, p.9)
"I say this with all respect so that it don't upset you too bad, but I say it anyway. When I read in the Bible where he [Jesus] says, 'I Am,' I just smile and say, 'Yes, I Am, too!'" (Kenneth Copeland, "Believer's Voice of Victory" broadcast on TBN, recorded 7/9/87)
"God is the biggest failure in the Bible...the reason you've never thought that is because He never said He was one".(Kenneth Copeland, "Praise-a-thon", broadcast on TBN, recorded 1988)
"God is a being that stands somewhere around 6'2, 6'3" (Kenneth Copeland, "Following the Faith of Abraham" tape # 01-3001)
"Don't be disturbed when people accuse you of thinking you're God. The more you get to be like Me, the more they're going to think that way of you. They crucified Me for claiming that I was God. But I didn't claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with Him and that He was in Me. Hallelujah. That's what you're doing." (Kenneth Copeland, "Voice of Victory" Vol. 15, No. 2, 2/87)
"It wasn't a physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin...anybody can do that." (Kenneth Copeland, What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost (Kenneth Copeland, Fort Worth: Messages by Kenneth Copeland, n.d., audiotape #BCC-19), side 1.)
"You don't have a God in you; you are one," (Kenneth Copeland, The Force of Love (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1987, audiotape #02-0028), side 1.)
"I don't preach doctrine, I preach faith." (Kenneth Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham I, side 2.)
"I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is. Everybody ask you ask "Who's the biggest failure?" They say "Judas", somebody else will say "No, I believe it was Adam", well how about the devil. He's the most consistent failure. But he's not the biggest in terms of material failure and so forth. The biggest one in all the Bible is God. What, what, what - don't you turn that set off - you listen to what. I told you - now you sit still a minute. You know me well enough to know I wouldn't, I wouldn't tell something I can't prove from the Bible." (Kenneth Copeland, "Praise-a-thon" program - TBN (April 1988)
God draws no distinction between Himself and us. God opens up the union of the very godhead (Trinity), and brings us into it. (Paul Crouch, Praise-a-thon (TBN), November 1990)
Paul Crouch will shoot heresy hunters (theology) if God doesn't (Praise-a-thon (Paul Crouch, TBN), 4/2/91)
Heresy hunters (theology) are to go to Hell. (Paul Crouch, Praise-a-thon (TBN), 4/2/91)
Paul Crouch said (on the TBN show "Praise The Lord" during their money-raising telethon) "if you have been healed or saved or blessed through TBN and have not contributed to (the) station, you are robbing God and will lose your reward in heaven." (Witnessed by Ed Tarkowski, e-mail Mon, 04 Aug 1997 20:34:13 -0600)
Christ's physical death on the cross was not enough to save us. (Kenneth Hagin, How Jesus obtained His Name, Tape 44H01)
The Christian "is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth." (Kenneth Hagin, "The Incarnation," THE WORD OF FAITH (Dec. 1980), 14.)
"[Man] was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God's presence without any consciousness of inferiority...God made us as much like Himself as possible...He made us the same class of being that He is Himself...Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God...[The] believer is called Christ...That's who we are; we're Christ" (Kenneth Hagin, Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, 1989. pp. 35-36, 41)
God has 9 parts (tri-theistic).
A. God has a body, soul and spirit.
B. Jesus has a body, soul and spirit.
C. Holy Spirit has a body, soul and spirit.
(Benny Hinn, Benny Hinn broadcast, recorded 10/13/90)
Christians are little messiahs. Christians are little gods. (Benny Hinn, Praise-a-thon (TBN), recorded November 1990)
Wants to use Holy Ghost machine gun to kill Heresy Hunters. (Benny Hinn, Praise-a-thon (TBN), 11/8/90)
"What was the appearance of God the Father? Like that of a man...God has the likeness of fingers and hands and a face." (Good Morning Holy Spirit, (Benny Hinn, Word, 1991) p. 82)
"Christians are "Little Messiah's and "little gods" on the earth. Thus [Encouraging the audience]...say "I am a God-man....This spirit-man within me is a God-man..." say "I'm born of heaven-a God-man. I'm a God man. I am a sample of Jesus. I'm a super being. Say it! Say it! Who's a super being? "I walk in the realm of the supernatural." Say it!...You want to prosper? Money will be falling on you from left, right and centre. God will begin to prosper you, for money always follows righteousness....Say after me, "everything I ever want is in me already." (Benny Hinn, TBN, 1990)
"Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge....you are god" (Benny Hinn, "Our Position In Christ", tape # AO31190-1)
"I'd rather be in a church where the devil and the flesh are manifesting than in a church where nothing is happening because people are too afraid to manifest anything... and if the devil manifests, don't worry about that, either. Rejoice, because at least something is happening." (Rodney Howard-Browne, The Coming Revival. 1991, p.6)
Rodney Howard-Browne said "Stop praying now and let the joy bubble out your belly. Joy. Joy. Joy. Don't pray! Laugh!" (Holy Laughter, Albert James Dager, 1996)
"'One night I was preaching on hell,' Howard-Browne says, 'and [laughter] just hit the whole place. The more I told people what hell was like, the more they laughed'" (Rodney Howard-Browne, Charisma, August 1994, pg. 24).
(Rodney Howard-Browne) names numerous people, calling them "great men of God". Among them is William Branham - an anti-Trinitarian. ("The Coming Revival", written by Howard-Browne, page 13)
Rodney Howard-Browne: "I'm telling your right now," he hissed, "you'll drop dead if you prohibit what God is doing!" Dramatically he gestured toward the crowd and warned them that those like me, who would dare to question that what he was doing was of God, had committed the unpardonable sin and would not be forgiven in this world or the next." (Rodeny Boward-Browne, Melodyland Christian Center, Anaheim, CA, 1/17/95 - Comment from Counterfeit Revival, Hank Hanegraaf, 1997, pg. 22)
"I tell them never to preach salvation, because they're suggesting people get saved," he said. "I'll guarantee anybody, I'll give them a congregation of 1,000 people and tell them to get up and suggest all they want and see what will happen." One of the other pastors cut in on the interview to say he read the story of Ananias and Sapphira to his church the other night and everyone ended up on the floor laughing. "One night I was preaching on hell," Howard-Browne said, continuing, "and it just hit the whole place. The more I told people what hell was like, the more they laughed, and when I gave an altar call, they came forward by the hundreds to get saved." "Then," I replied, "as to what you're preaching on, it's almost irrelevant what you're saying." He nodded. (An Evening with Rodney Howard-Browne, Copyright 1995 by the Christian Research Institute, from the Newswatch column of the Christian Research Journal, Winter 1995, page 43) by Julia Duin.)
John Kilpatrick said "Let (yourselves) go" ... "do not think about what you are doing" ... "just give yourselves completely to the `spirit'". (Revival ... or Satanic Counterfeit?, Jimmy Robbins, 1996)
Wow!!!! Listen from the great swelling words of heresy coming from these false teachers' mouths.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
That is quite a list of quotes from the above false teachers. These men claim to know God, they claim to know the Bible but they are nothing more than deceivers. Wolves in sheep's clothing! They look good, sound good, have a charismatic personality but preach heresy from hell to thousands of gullible blind followers. I personally have shown several man-idol followers quotes from their leader and how that leader is a false teacher. What I get in response is blind defense, personal attacks, and accusations that I'm unloving and judgmental. I'm told that I have the problem and not these false teachers. Like I said the followers of these man-idols are blind to sound doctrine. They only listen to their man-idol and want nothing to do with sound Biblical doctrine. They flip into an angry rage if their man-idol is questioned or his false doctrines are exposed by the Bible. What can I say... sad, sad, sad indeed. Hell will be full of such people who do not love God and who reject sound Biblical doctrine. Rather than following the Jesus of the Bible these blind followers will follow their man-idol right up to the very pits of hell....then jump in right after their man-idol.
On earth these men can teach their heresies and go unchecked. The wicked deceivers and false teachers will prosper in these last days. However when they stand before God this will not be the case. But God loves His people and has given clear warning about these wolves in the Bible. Here are some warnings from the Scriptures:
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
These false teachers have the wrath of God to look forward to! Their day of judgment is coming. God warns.. 'Let no man deceive you...'. Do not give any ground to these false teachers!
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
Another warning... do not let anyone beguile you with enticing, deceptive words.
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4: He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5: Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
These false teachers are proud. They love the spotlight and the attention as they get great crowds to listen to their heresies.
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Christians are warned that there will be false prophets and teachers among us. This means they will be in Church. They will look like Christians and they will 'sound' like Christians. Just look around and see their teachings and they are easily exposed. Be warned and stay away from these wolves.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
FALSE MOVEMENTS THAT LOOK REAL GOOD - Promise Keepers!
Are you in favor of the family? Good I hope you are because the family is breaking down and we must organize and do something to stop that from happening. We are organizing to help men to be better husbands and fathers. Is there anything wrong with that says the Promise Keepers people? Well it sounds really good doesn't it? What this country needs is stronger families. People are fornicating and marrying and divorcing like rabbits. Surely a major movement like the Promise Keepers is a good thing. Well if that is all Promise Keepers was about then there would be no problems. However Promise Keepers is a very deceptive move of the devil that many within the Church have blindly accepted. You see the devil is using Promise Keepers in a mighty tide of ecumenical unity apart from doctrine. Men are considered 'Christian' from all kinds of faiths as long as they bring their money, gather in stadiums, sing and pray together. It makes no difference if that man attends a Catholic or a Mormon church. Both Catholicism and Mormonism preach a non-saving Gospel that is works based and is contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. We don't need to unite with false religions! We need to give them the Gospel and win them to Christ. However that is not the goal of Promise Keepers. Unity at expense of doctrine is the driving force. Catholics are heavily involved in Promise Keepers and there is even one on the board of directors.
After the rapture of the church the devil will bring about a one world government and a one world religion. We can see beginnings of that today. The trend towards ecumenicism is part of the path toward a one world religion. The ultimate goal will be to completely throw out all doctrine and unite, unite, unite! Promise Keepers is doing that already and it is a movement that should be avoided by all men who love God. If men need prayer they have the local church. Most local churches I know of have a men's prayer meeting usually on Saturday mornings. There is no need to unite with false religions in some kind of man-made unity apart from doctrine. By attending functions and giving money to PK men are aiding the devil break down doctrine and assist in the godless ecumenical movement.
Another problem that comes to mind with PK is their practice of men getting another man to be accountable to. This other person then has the right to ask all kinds of personal questions with the goal of keeping you on the 'straight and narrow'. These questions can be about money, sex, marriage etc. Now let me ask a question to any married man reading this tract. Would you like your wife to join a religious woman's club similar to promise keepers? Then would you like to have your wife confide with another women personal things about her marriage concerning money, sex, relationships etc? I didn't think so!
This is not an extensive look at the demonic move of Promise Keepers. There are all kinds of good tracts going into far more detail and giving excellent reasons why a Christian should avoid this movement. But from the ecumenical, doctrineless trend of PK alone, anyone who loves God should stay clear from this movement. Here is what the Bible says about fellowshipping with the lost as 'brothers'... those who 'claim' to be 'Christians' but really are not:
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
One day the PK movement may die should the Lord tarry in His coming. But be assured if it does the devil will raise up another movement that looks very 'Christian'. Many blind followers will jump in with no concern for doctrinal issues and compromise. The Bible warns that in the last days deception will be so great.. that even the elect may be deceived. Well several of the elect have been deceived with the PK movement today. There will be other movements coming that are equally deceptive. Here is what the Bible says:
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
So what is a person to do in these last days where deception abounds? Is a person to grab a religious idol-man and listen to every word he speaks as if it were God speaking? Should a person wander up to "Joel's bar" and take a big drink of the demonic spirit and laugh, convulse, and bark their way to bliss? Should a person deceive himself thinking he is serving God by joining a ministry where doctrine is ignored where people of various 'religions' meet together as 'brothers in Christ' under the bond of demonic unity? Or, should a person act as if he were warned about deceptions and walk carefully in these last days? Should that person be a Berean and test every movement and every doctrine with the Bible? Well I vote for being a Berean. The Bible is our guide and protection from all the deceptions of the devil. All teachers and all so-called movements of God must be carefully tested to see if it lines up with what the Bible already says. Test all things, reject the evil and accept the good. Yes the Christian is to judge between right and wrong. Don't be like the devil's crowd that screams: "don't judge, That's unloving". Christians are commanded to judge between good and evil. By testing doctrines it is easy to spot a false teacher then a person knows to stay far away from that person and his 'ministry'
1: If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2: And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3: Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Perhaps you are being tested. Do you really love the Lord? If you do then if a false teacher or a demonically deceptive movement comes to town, will you accept it? It's sad but many professing Christians are accepting heresies and evil movements. By accepting heresies and by rejecting sound Biblical doctrine a person is showing that he does not really love God.
Here is what Christians should do for protection in these last days:
a) We are to test the spirits to see if they are from God or not. This means Christians are to JUDGE between true and false doctrine. A person MUST judge. Without judgment there can be no discernment. Without discernment there can be no protection. Only a fool blindly accepts teaching not caring if lines up with the Bible or not.
1: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
21: Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
b) We are to rebuke false teachers. See verse 13 below. They are to be rebuked sharply. It is very unloving to keep quiet and to defend false teachers.
10: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12: One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13: This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Also notice verse 12 above. The false teachers are teaching and preaching their heresies and they are doing it for filthy lucre's sake. This means they are attracting a following and fleecing them for money which goes straight to their pockets. Today these slick false teachers offer: flasks of oil, prayer cloths, trinkets and other items for a FEE. By sending these wolves your money you are actually activating your 'seed faith' which will cause the windows of heaven to open and pour down a blessing so big you cannot contain (they say). The bigger the seed faith offering, the bigger the blessing from 'heaven'! Be a duped fool today and send in your money! The false teacher will be very appreciative of your money as it goes straight to his bank account.
c) We are not to partake of the evil fruit of the false teachers. Again we are to reprove them. If a person is a false teacher then have nothing to do with him or his ministry. He is an agent of the devil and will certainly answer to God.
11: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
d) Again withdraw your self from a false teacher
6: Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
10: A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11: Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
e) Mark these false teachers and avoid them
17: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18: For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
God has clearly warned His people about the dangers of false teachers and false 'religious' movements that appear to be 'Christian'. Be a Berean and test all teachings with what God has already revealed in His Word, the Bible.
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