Paul the apostle made it clear that in the last days some will depart from the faith and be deceived by evil spirits and teachings of demons ( . 🙂
For a long time, I always thought that this meant cults, but over time my thinking has changed, as I see more and more churches giving way to all manner of false teachings.
They are not even on the fringes of Christianity anymore but rather smack, bang in the middle of it all.
I see this happening more often though in churches who embrace the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) Dominion Theology, Seven Mountain Mandate and so on. This teaching has infected the Body of Christ, like gangrene. A simple search internet will confirm just how unbiblical and diabolical this teaching is and how many of their practices incorporate aspects of the New Age movement.
When the false teachers are warned of their erroneous teachings, such as Modalism, Kenosis Theology and Kingdom Now doctrine, and their other dubious practices, they always seem to come up with reasons as to why one should not call them out and not expose them for teaching error.
And so I want to look at 3 arguments now and then the others over the next 2 days.
Honestly, it is not necessary to know someone personally, in order to test their teachings. , . For the most part, you will find that it is quite difficult to get to know these people personally, because there is usually a swarm of “devotees” around them making it virtually impossible to get to speak to them, let alone get to know them. And those who are closest to them are usually their “yes men / women” and will do anything to save the reputation of their leader.
Also, it’s doubtful that they have never taken the time either to get to know the people whose faith they have shipwrecked through their false teachings and manipulation Seldom will they admit to the damage their teachings and behaviour has caused, friendships they have ruined, marriages they have broken and families they have divided.
Nor are they content with shepherding their own flocks but want to shepherd other people’s flocks under the unbiblical error of imaginary “covering” so everyone can report to them.
This is not what discipleship means. There is no hierarchy in Gods Body. No pyramid scheme. No big head leading “apostle.”( 🙂
Rather, those who claim some auspicious title, are attempting to build their own empire, which never reflects Gods Kingdom, because His Kingdom is simply not of this world.
Their teachings are in print and on social media and therefore they are open to public scrutiny, just as the scripture instructs us to do – compare what they say with what the Word of God has said. Luke said that the Berean Jews “were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” ( : ).
If they were considered noble and were commended for examining the scriptures for correctness, then we should also compare what is being done and said in the Name of God to the Word of God, and if it does not line up, then they must be called out on it.
Many will cite : 1-, saying that if we have any thing against a brother then we should go directly to them and deal with it privately. And I fully agree but there is a condition most overlook. Someone who teaches false doctrine is not your brother (or sister).
They are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Their messages and teachings are public, and their sin is against the whole Body of Christ. Therefore when it comes to addressing their heresies, there is no need to bring two or three witnesses to establish the word. Their own false teachings are their witness against them.
: 1- is an instruction to on how to deal with ℎ ℎ ℎ and not about false teachers. We are to mark false teachers and have nothing to do with them. ( :-, : -).
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Jesus never prayed for the Pharisees concerning their errors. He openly rebuked them. When Peter compromised the truth, Paul openly withstood him, nor did he offer up a silent prayer for Peter and allowed him to carry on. Paul opposed him to his face, in front of everyone. ( :–).
We are not to ignore false teachings or teachers in the Body of Christ. When Paul wrote to Timothy, he instructed and warned him about those who had left the faith and to point their errors.
When Paul spoke about errors, he was not referring to non-essentials of faith, such as when the rapture will take place, whether Christians should get a tattoo, whether a Christian is permitted to eat meat or whether a man should grow his hair long or a woman has her hair short – these things will not send people to hell.
The errors Paul was warning Timothy about, concerned people
who were claiming to be from God but were preaching a Gospel contrary to the one he had already preached.
Paul made it crystal clear that anyone who preached another Gospel, whether it was an angel, himself or even the apostles themselves, they were to be considered anathema.
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