Posts Tagged ‘false teaching’

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I do not see any reason for an altar call.

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The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.” John R. Mott

The answer is really simple. In fact, it’s so simple that anyone can do it. It does require some time and effort on your part. Sometimes it might require a great deal of reading and researching along side some critical thinking. How can we avoid the snare of false teachings? The answer: study and research everything we are being taught by comparing it to the Word of God.

I truly believe that most false teachings are the result of lazy Christians who only want to be spoon-fed from the pulpit/stage. Some Christians will take the time to read various Christian books to seek the answers to their questions instead of going directly to God’s Word. Failure to study the Word and going to sources other than the Bible are two primary ways false teachings infiltrate even the most doctrinally sound churches. In order to avoid our churches being hi-jacked by false teachers, we must always go to God’s infallible Word in order to determine if what we are being taught is correct.

Now some will say that I’m advocating creating “heresy” hunting zealots who will only tear the church apart. In fact, I’m advocating just the opposite. I believe that we, the people in the church, should hold the church leadership to the authority of the Scriptures. When we detect an error, we should follow the Bible’s outline and meet with the pastor/teacher in question. When we meet with the person in question, we should take the Word of God as our sole authority and explain why we disagree with teaching “X” because it does not line up with teaching “Y” in the Bible.

Defending ourselves from false teachings requires some work on our part. We should not be consumed to the point that we are like the Pharisee and legalist, but we should be mindful of what we are being taught. By doing our homework, we can avoid many of the snares that entangle the church with false teachings/doctrines. It’s easy to get caught up in programs that are marketed as helping Christians grow. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why authors like Beth Moore are promoted as “good” teachers. Just because something sounds good and may contain some very solid advice on social issues (as in the case of Beth Moore’s teachings) does not mean that it’s a reliable source for Biblical teaching.

To sum this up I believe that we should do the following:

  • Always study what we are being taught in church to make sure that it lines up with the Bible.
  • Don’t be too prideful to admit that we are wrong sometimes when we think we are right.
  • Always read the Bible in context. Don’t start and stop by chapter/verse, because sometimes the subject of what we are reading does not follow this pattern.
  • Do not be carried away by Christian authors who write books on Christian self-help topics, living, etc. just because they do make some good points. If they are teaching false doctrines and/or ecumenical humanism, avoid them; and do not promote their works.
  • Study and read the Bible daily.
  • Pray.

A false teacher has to work hard to introduce his/her heresies into the body of Christ. False teachers like Rick Warren spend a great deal of time writing books, speaking, using Twitter and every other resource available to promote their version of Christianity. When we understand the effort that false teachers put forth to spread their poison, we must put forth a greater effort by always directing our people to the Bible as our sole foundation. It’s a battle and one that cannot be taken lightly.

2 Peter 2:1-20 (New International Version)

1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.

13They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

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Discernment is telling the difference between right and almost right.

Perversion coming from the pulpit is far more deadly than poor Bible translations

Do not judge – Matthew 7:5 – the forgotten passage

Straddling the fence

You can’t help but read these articles and feel the irony that this problem is being reported by the non-believing secular world. Sadly that’s because those from within Christianity who point this stuff out are summarily dismissed as “legalists” and “Pharisees.”

It’s time for fathers to take charge of your families once again and stop abdicating the responsibility of your children and their spiritual upbringing to strangers.(source)

One of my main concerns with today’s church is easily seen in the youth groups. In many churches today, the youth programs are poor attempts to be a relevant “hip and cool” soap opera. I’m a firm believer that we can measure the heart of the church by observing the church’s youth.  A biblically sound church will have youth that act like Christians vs. being a worldly alternative with the name of “Jesus” applied to everything under the sun.

The one thing that irks me the most about youth groups is the beach trips. These summer time vacations are all done in the name of “youth” camp meetings promoted by the church as a way to help build Christian character. The rest of the year the church promotes “no sex” before marriage, but this abstinence stance is complicated by tempting their youth with the lure of almost naked people at the beach.

That’s enough of my soap box preaching for now LOL! Please visit to read another great post called The state of the youth of the church from Defending Contending.

Patricia King’s version of salvation is false, built upon works rather than God’s grace. This false gospel of health, wealth, and signs/wonders is not the gospel outlined in the Word of God. The power of salvation is from God alone. It is by the preaching of the gospel and the drawing of the Holy Spirit that we are saved. Without the Holy Spirit drawing us to repentance, we are unable to even understand that we are in need of God (The blunt truth about the gospel and the false god of purpose). The power of God’s saving Grace can deliver Patricia King from the false visions and seducing spirits that are holding her in bondage (2 Corinthians 5:16-18).

Why do I believe that Patricia King is in need of salvation? This is based upon her beliefs, her fruits, and her acceptance of strange doctrines. I do not know her heart (only the Lord knows that information), but I am able to observe her deeds and study her beliefs/teachings. When I say that people like Patricia King need to be saved, I make this statement with a humble broken heart because I would love to see the power of the Lord truly manifested in her ministry.

Matthew 7:15-20 (King James Version)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

I have many family members and friends who are caught up in this movement. I pray that God saves my family, friends, and the leaders of this movement. I do not feel that I’m stepping over the line with this post. I truly desire to see people like Patricia King experience the true power of God’s amazing grace. Until that day, I urge everyone of my readers to join me and pray for these people, humbly asking the Lord to save them.

Matthew 7:22-23 (King James Version)

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

God meant what He said and said what He meant.

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“Salvation is of the Lord.”-Jonah 2:9 by C.H.Spurgeon

Where the life change gospel breaks down

Only the Holy Spirit can convict mankind to salvation by the preaching of the Gospel

The Gospel is enough

More than enough reason for very serious concern; when people who claim to adhere to Reformation theology, then also encourage the younger sector, whom they are particularly popular with, to embrace the spurious spirituality of e.g. Ignatius of Loyola. For actual history shows he founded the Jesuits who were functioning during the Reformation, on order of the Pope, as a militantly pro-Roman Catholic Church spiritual Gestapo Unit. Let’s also keep in mind here that Richard Foster’s spiritual teachings are watered-down enough that he’s even included with the Living Spiritual Teachers Project alongside New Age mystics like Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson and even The Dalai Lama.(source)

Please visit Apprising Ministries for more information about the growing apostasy of the Acts 29 Network.

The seeker-sensitive gospel is a false gospel.

It’s time we start calling  a spade a spade

The blunt truth about the gospel and the false god of purpose

Straddling the fence