by A.M. Kisly
There are many objections raised amongst believers today with regards to exposing error within the Church. Many claim it to be entirely negative, not biblical and of no real value. Such things are negative in the sense that they negates falsehoods; we shouldn't assume that if something is 'negative' that it is untrue or valueless. Warnings cover all sorts of roadways, machinery and appliances with negativities like "HAZARD: May cause electrocution" etc. but such warnings have their uses!
However, I would challenge any whose attitude against such warnings or “negativities” to examine the New Testament since a large portion of the NT, including the teachings of our Lord (Rev. 2&3 for example) and writings of the apostles teach a great deal about false prophets, false teachings, Satan’s devices, and damnable heresies.
Our Lord prophesied, "Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." Is that not true today?
Unfortunately, within our own day, it seems the masses are not heeding the warning…they are not heeding the warning, because sound biblical doctrine is being ripped apart or taken completely out of the Church.
The Bible warns us over and over not to harden our hearts, but to turn to Jesus. The wrath of God is inevitable and is seen throughout the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. It is not merely enough to believe that God exists or that the Bible is His word to us, for even Satan believes. True salvation comes to the man who acts upon that knowledge and comes to repentance committing himself completely to the Lord.
Is God willing that any should perish? Does He take some kind of sick pleasure in the death of the wicked? Absolutely not! The Bible repeatedly states that he is pleading with men to turn to Christ.
The danger comes to those who wait. It is those who harden their hearts, who resist, who put off until another day. Those who will not give up their sin, this world, nor the things of this world, are in grave danger. For this heart is in danger of becoming seared like scar tissue that is thick and hard and insensitive to the voice of God, who gives heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
1 Timothy 4:1,2 –
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”
In Hebrews 3:7-19 Paul warns again,
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, (8) Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (9) When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. (10) Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. (11) So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. (12) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (14) For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; (15) While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. (16) For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. (17) But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (18) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief."
D. L. Moody, the great evangelist, was preaching in Chicago on October 8, 1871. A biographer writes, "Before him was the largest congregation he had ever addressed in the city. He concluded with a blunder that he had called the biggest in his life, one which he vowed he would give his right hand to recall. He, D. L. Moody, gave them a week to decide for Christ" (Richard K. Curtis, They Called Him Mister Moody [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962], p. 150). That night the great Chicago fire broke out and many of the people who were there were killed. Moody said that was the last time he ever told anyone to postpone a decision for Christ.
As the consciences of men become seared, and their hearts hardened to the truth, they will clamor towards doctrines that sound nice, but do not have the ring of truth. These doctrines are “doctrines of devils,” that entice the human nature with teachings that deny the true gospel of Christ Jesus. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Paul says, “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;And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Many of today's so called "pastors" (or God's under shepherds) have basically written a new gospel, one that is socially accepted, entertaining, and tolerant of every religion…......DID I MENTION FALSE?
Can you imagine going to church one Sunday morning and your pastor announcing “Before we begin, I should let you know that I’ve found the Bible to be far too depressing and outdated. It has become a tool of intolerance and divisiveness in the world. It promotes exclusivity. It is both unloving and un-accepting of others faiths. We should pursue peace above all and global unity, so we shall no longer be using it in our services!”
Horrifying thought isn’t it? Yet isn’t this taking place in Churches across our country today?
Not only has sound biblical teaching been replaced by liberal inclusiveness, but mainline denominations are now openly embracing social tolerance rather than Biblical Truth. Mainline Protestant denominations no longer call homosexuality a sin; many are ordaining gay clergy and performing homosexual marriages. The Evangelical churches have opened the doors wide to New Age mystics and Eastern Philosophies. They are openly practicing contemplative techniques, yoga, chanting, and other false worship practices. In England, the Anglican bishops actually voted to affirm the deity of Jesus Christ. The United Religions Initiative seek to unite the worlds faiths in a spirit of cooperation…..they are doing this by placing the gospel of Jesus Christ on the same level as every other religious belief in the world.
Presbyterians Take Step Toward Ordaining Homosexual Clergy
Interfaith engagement -religious differences transformed for positive social change
Peace! Peace! Christians begging forgiveness of Islam?
"God" As A Crazy Stalker Girlfriend? (This is in reference to the latest piece of blasphemy in Christianity Today by chief editor Steve Galli - Divine Drama Queen)
Cornerstone Festival - What has happen to Christian Music?
If it were not for those watchmen on the wall sounding the alarm and proclaiming the truth of God’s word….and warning the Church to beware of these damnable heresies, then surely many more souls would be led to eternal destruction. According to Ezekiel 33:6 God is holding them accountable to warn and they will be judged if they don't remain faithful to their office!
How many false prophets have risen with perversions of the truth? How many false prophets stand at the pulpits of our churches? How many who claim Christianity are being deceived?
Paul stated in Acts 20:29-31
“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”
These grievous wolves that Paul warns us about are growing into packs of ravenous beasts who prey upon the flock of God. It matters not what church you attend, what denomination you prefer, Satan has only one purpose, and that is to devour God’s sheep.
Jesus said in Mark 13:22, “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
Pastors would do well to note that we are living in "perilous times" and to warn their own flocks by exposing the many impostors of the gospel and the false teachings they represent. Paul addressed this in Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
Oh Laodicea, the Lord will soon speak to you, for you are so sorely in need of judgment. When the risen Lord will speak, it will be He who not only says, but is, the Truth. Though centuries have now passed from the beginning of the Church’s inception, the Church who was born looking for the return of the Lord looks no longer, for it is rare when one even mentions His return. Oh how your hearts once raced with excitement at His rending the clouds, but your eyes have turned away for your affections are elsewhere. For as the Bridegroom tarries, you have gone to sleep.
Where is your passion for the Almighty? Where is your passion for Truth? If religion is worthy of anything, it is worth everything but your hearts are neither hot nor cold. By religion I am referring to the Christian walk, a belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man's obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man's accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties. You have become indifferent in things that are most important and passionate over things of no value. Why do you seek pleasure from the world when God has offered so much more?
You claim Christianity but love every false way. You have not only deceived yourselves but have taken others captive with you. Your manner of life bears no testimony of the truth. “Thy Word is Truth. “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” John 17:17
Do you not know that judgment is coming?
Are we not called to contend earnestly for the faith? What is the faith if not the whole body of revealed truth?
The book of Jude states "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 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" (Jude 3, 4). Paul likewise admonishes us to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11).”
Every system of teaching can be judged by their fundamental truths of the faith. Here’s the question, what do they think of Jesus Christ? The Bible makes clear who Jesus is, and every false way will deny Him in His authority, His deity, His equality with the Father, and the truth of His Word. Jesus claimed there was only One way…through Him.
Error is error. Truth mixed with error is still error. “A little leaven leaventh the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9 C.H. Spurgeon said, "Discernment is not perceiving the difference between right and wrong, its perceiving the difference between right and almost right."
Let us therefore fight the good fight of faith, as good soldiers, not cowardly deserters, as honorable soldiers, not compromising the faith.
Exposing error is wildly unpopular work, but definitely worthwhile when one considers that we are not representatives of ourselves but of the kingdom of God, ambassadors for Christ…and to those souls who have become ensnared … it may mean everlasting life or death.