A Gospel of Leaven (Part I)
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.
Many Christians have been deceived into accepting the more subtle of the "doctrines of devils" simply by the presence of obvious false prophets. Seriously, if a Christian believes that the teachings of men such as Rick Warren and Joel Osteen accurately reflect scripture they simply do not know the Word of God and are in deep spiritual deception.
Yes, some are fooled by these men; however their ministries also serve a secondary purpose; to serve as a distraction. They play the part of the 'false prophet' and by so doing give Christians the illusion that they are exercising discernment when they recognize them as such. This provides cover for those wolves who are infecting Christianity with their most subtle of doctrines designed to deceive the very elect as Christ warned us would happen in the end days.
It may be easy to understand how the superficial Christian can be deceived, but how could it happen to the very elect? We can get to a place of spiritual laziness where we know scripture well and understand much, but it does us no good if we do not exercise it. You can be a nutritionist and eat unhealthy; you can own a gym and be out of shape. The Bereans were commended for not just knowing the Word, but for studying it and comparing what Paul told them to scripture. Make no mistake; it is real work, but must be done if we want to avoid deception. Our powers of discernment are refined through persistent use (Hebrews 5:14 KJV). We must to stay continually immersed in the Word of God if we are to recognize the most subtle of false doctrines.
A Repentance Free Gospel
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and
repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and
will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
There is a gospel of spiritual pacifism, of conscientious objectors sweeping the church. Many in the body of Christ are being berated into submission by their pastors. These men are the spiritual equivalent of Neville Chamberlain; they are willfully neglecting to prepare their fellow Christians for war and are teaching that we must look the other way even when the most blatant of sin creeps in to the church. They characterize those who are warning others and calling them to repentance as judging and condemning them.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
It was Edmund Burke who said "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing". This idea that we should wink at the sins of fellow Christians so as not to offend them is so obviously wrong that even the world recognizes it as such. Evil must be confronted, especially in the body of Christ. Christians are being taught a gospel of isolation; the wolves are teaching doctrines of devils that neutralize the gospel of Jesus Christ and make it of no effect.
If Satan cannot outright defeat a Christian he will be greatly pleased to neutralize him. He wants to isolate Christians, he wants them sitting in church Sunday after Sunday sucking on their pacifiers instead of out in the streets preaching the gospel to everyone. He wants us wringing our hands saying "The sky is falling, sin is all around. Woe is me, something must be done" yet we never do anything about it.
Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his
righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him,
he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his
sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but
his blood will I require at thine hand.
I have news for you, the men who do nothing in the face of evil, those who refuse to warn others from their sins are unprofitable servants and will suffer the same fate as the unprofitable servant of Matthew 25. Christ tells us that many shall be offended in these days; we must not sit quietly in these churches and accept these unscriptural doctrines. We must resist the urge to keep our hands clean and not get involved we must have the courage to challenge these pastors who teach false doctrines.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous
therefore, and repent.
Want to know if your pastor (or anyone else) is just mislead, or doing it on purpose? Show them this scripture and the many others that require repentance and find out for yourself. The well meaning but mislead will reason with you on the matter and heed plain scripture but the wolf will likely condemn you and even threaten to excommunicate you!
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