In a world where most are intelligent, well read, and knowledgeable about a host of things, why would someone appear with an agenda to deceive?
What would such an individual have to gain? How do we all learn to recognize this kind of agenda now and in the future, even if we don’t believe and are not Christian?
Scripture clearly tells us that in the last days false teachers, false prophets, and even false Christ’s will appear. Eventually some of these will do signs and wonders and may deceive even the very elect of God through their false doctrines and teachings. Christians have to be aware of this and be on the look out for those who are trying to blatantly trick us through false teaching. Why?
False teachers have a motivation; their agenda is anything but godly — they are being led by the god of this world, Satan. False teachers are helping the author of confusion, Satan, either willingly or even unwillingly. They have given permission in their lives at some point and have opened the door to Satan and confusion. They have gotten off that narrow path and have begun wandering in darkness. They are empowered by the father of lies, Satan. Their intent has unintentionally become an agenda to deceive those who may have opportunity to come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins — but they also desire to deceive the very people who love God most, their very own Christian brethren. And deceive they will, if we let them.
We can recognize a false teacher or a false prophet by the very fact that he or she will attempt to negate that which has actual power. The blood of Jesus Christ has power and it can and will save you from your sins if you only reach out and ask for this salvation, calling out to Jesus Christ, and believing and stating that Jesus Christ is your Lord. If you believe that He died on the cross for your sins, that He shed His blood in order to save you, if you ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you agree that you repent those sins, (desire to change), you will be forgiven and you will have eternal life.
False teachers internally know what has power and what does not. Attempting to negate any of the important parts of the bible that I already mentioned in my last post, should immediately show you the agenda of the false teacher. Anyone who claims to doubt or not believe in Jesus’ death on the cross, His coming to earth in a human. fleshly body, (His divinity), His rising from the dead on the third day, His ascension to the Father, His sovereignty as the son of God, the virgin birth, the miracles Christ did, and various other beams in the structure and foundation of what the apostles of Christ preached, is someone with an agenda to prevent your salvation.
Even if you don’t believe or want the salvation of Jesus Christ, you should be able to spot what’s going on; most people don’t care to be scammed or tricked; they don’t care to appear so foolish. Why allow someone to deny you the very thing you have a right to deny for yourself, or choose for yourself if you decide to. You need to be completely aware of your choices and be informed when making your decisions; the last thing any of us needs is to be misled or tricked by one who has chosen to serve the father of lies, who is in league with the author of confusion.
Satan is sly and he has minions galore to trick mankind because he knows that time is short. Do not be deceived by false teachers and learn how to recognize them. There is no reason on earth why someone would choose to completely neutralize Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for you, except to prevent your salvation. When you see this kind of thing occurring, it should be instantaneous that you say to yourself, “Ahh, another one who is hostile to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He wants to prevent me from the blood-saving-grace of Jesus Christ who died so that I might have eternal life and go before God with an intercessor, so that I am holy in the eyes of God, despite my sinful nature.”
Bingo. This kind of reaction should become second nature as soon as red flashing warning lights in your head start to go off.
If you cannot understand what I’m talking about and cannot spot what I’ve brought forward when it is occurring, you may be confused or already deceived and deluded. There actually is a war occurring for the very souls of mankind. We should all make our choice, informed, rather than tricked and thus having the free gift of salvation stolen from us.
Please remember these passages:
There are false teachers galore writing popular, best-selling books. Bishop John Shelby Spong is one such example. Spong denies Jesus Christ came in the flesh. Biblically, according to scripture, this makes Spong writing and teaching falsely. Who said so? The bible said so. Jesus Christ said so, according to the bible.
We have already been warned that we would be bombarded with the false in the last days and we are being quite literally bombarded continuously from every direction possible. It would be funny if it weren’t so absolutely serious. My posts on this topic are for the benefit of those who care where their souls are heading. If you don’t believe you have a soul, perhaps this will not matter to you, but there is the distinct possibility that you may be wrong so if for no other reason, you may want to consider what I’m writing carefully and remember it down the road as time moves on.
Those that read this posting need to be aware that “Bishop” Spong is deluded. He blatantly states in his writings that the bible is “fantasy,” and so is the divinity of Jesus, along with Jesus’ time here in a human fleshly body. The bible is extremely clear, no matter which translation you are reading from, that those who deny that Jesus Christ came in the flesh are antichrist. Seems pretty clear to me. Is this not clear for someone?
Anti-christ means “against Christ.”
Now, I don’t think there’s a translation in the world that can get that wrong, nor can anyone here twist the intent of these words.
Yes, John Shelby Spong is false, and those who desire to learn false teachings will have to lie in the bed that they make for themselves; I don’t intend to, nor will I keep silent while some innocent trusts Spong and reads and believes his garbage through their own naivety. Once I’ve given my input and warning, I feel I’ve given all I can in an honest attempt to let people know who and what they are dealing with.
Rescuing the Gospel from Bishop John Shelby Spong!
There are so many other writers who claim Christianity, but who are now reinventing the bible and through their new “revelations,” potentially bringing us a “new gospel.” Here are just a few that I have researched a little enough to know to approach and read with much caution:
Bart Ehrman – “About nine or ten years ago I came to realize that I simply no longer believed the Christian message. A large part of my movement away from the faith was driven by my concern for suffering. I simply no longer could hold to the view—which I took to be essential to Christian faith—that God was active in the world, that he answered prayer, that he intervened on behalf of his faithful, that he brought salvation in the past and that in the future, eventually in the coming eschaton, he would set to rights all that was wrong, that he would vindicate his name and his people and bring in a good kingdom (either at our deaths or here on earth in a future utopian existence).” Source
Marcus Borg – believes there was no bodily, physical resurrection of Jesus; this was spiritual instead. Source
Peter Enns – does not believe in the Genesis account of creation, attempts to make Genesis fit into the science/secular perspective of evolution, and furthers this in a vast array of other unorthodox speculations. The problem is how far will he go in his attempt at redefining Christianity? Source
Robert Shuller – New Age psychology mixed with biblical beliefs could potentially become problematic in a lot of various ways. Source
There are, of course, countless others I have not even begun to review.
The point is this: We have to become aware of what is happening and become wary. Line everything up with the bible if someone recommends a “Christian” author/writer/teacher/preacher. If things don’t line up, take a pass. This is what I recommend. These are not the times to be redefining the bible/the Gospel.
More than 30 years ago, Vance Havner, in his book “Playing Marbles with Diamonds,” offered the following:
|“The devil is not fighting religion; he is too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it. … We are plainly told in the Scriptures that in the last days men will not endure sound doctrine and will depart from the truth and heap to themselves teachers to tickle their ears. We live in an epidemic of this itch, and popular preachers have developed ear-tickling to a fine art. Today, the angle is to avoid “negative” preaching and accentuate only the positive.”|