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Teaching What Is Right

1 TIMOTHY 6:3-5

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

I often don’t understand this world of ours. I don’t understand how people can twist and turn words so that they fit their own agenda. I don’t understand how good can become bad and bad can become good. I don’t understand how the church can go after things that are not Biblical. It baffles me often, but then I read the scriptures and I am reminded that these things are all signs of the end times. Then I smile, knowing that the true believers will rise to meet Him in the air. What a glorious day that will be!

There are so many wolves clothed as sheep today and a deceptive gospel is preached everywhere you turn. It sound so good, so right, so on target that even the very elect are being deceived. Some would say it is not them but me who is deceived. Who is right? Only God knows this, but from what I have learned in my 40 plus years of following Christ tells me that this other gospel that is being taught lures people away from the lives God truly wants us to live. Lives of servanthood, not ruling. Lives of need, not full of worldly things. Lives of humility, not thinking God is at our beck and call. Lives of suffering, not of pleasure and all good things. Lives of continuous faith, not ask once and it’s yours. Lies of hunger, not of fullness.

I think of Proverbs 27:7 “The full soul loathes a honeycomb but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” The depth of these simple words cannot be overlooked, but it is so often today in the church. We want things to be easy. We want to be uplifted every time we hear the preacher speak. We don’t want to hear about our sin and our need for correction in our lives. We want to hear God is good and he will answer our prayers. We don’t want to hear God judges sin and we are sinners that need redemption. We are surrounded by troubles, just like the honeycomb is surrounded by bees that can sting and kill depending on the type. It is sweet to the taste, and I desire that sweetness but do not want that repentance, the humility it takes to lay down my pride and allow God to transform me into His child. The sweet things of God are the most difficult for us to handle because they change us. They cause friction in our souls. They divide our soul like the piercing sword of Hebrews 4:12. Yet we turn from the sweetness of God’s call to humility and a life of servanthood. We despise the taste of those sweet words that were the picture of Christ on this earth. He was not rich. He did not have many possessions. He gave everything He had to touch others and reach out to them. He served the masses. He was not served by them. Yet the Pharisees despised the sweet words He spoke and taught. They despised the honeycomb of His wonderful teaching because it lured people away from them. Their pride got in their way.

You see, the honeycomb is not the sweet words of grace and love that are spoken by preachers like Joel Osteen and John Hagie. Oh, they preach sweet words, but their words come from a belief that God is at our command. God will do what we want Him to do. God empowers us to become rulers on this earth, people who have all they desire and live lives of blessing and fullness. They preach a message of love and grace that comes without sacrifice and suffering. Simply have the right words in your mouth and you will be free of struggles and wants in this world of ours. God must answer your prayers because His word says He will. He must do this, and He must do that. We simply have to ask and all fullness will come to us.

These words are sweet to our ears because they satisfy our fleshly desires on this earth. They are not surrounded by the stings of the bees like the honeycomb is. There is not a preaching of the struggles, the storms, the tribulation that we will go through. Jesus promised us this, Paul emphasized it. Both of them lived it. But those who are caught up in the name-it-claim-it gospel don’t want to hear the sweet words of suffering and sacrifice. They loathe it. They will tell you that you are dead wrong. That we are overcomers. They will say our prayers must be answered because God says if we ask, He will do it. They think God is a vending machine that takes prayers instead of coins. Put your prayers in and answers will flow out. And many of them experience this prayer answering machine type existence. They are being blessed in all ways as they walk in this faith. They are reaping worldly benefits by claiming the promises of scripture. The deception is rampant. Is God answering those prayers, or is the enemy coming alongside and fulfilling the prayers to bring these believers of a new gospel to a place of unknown deception. Are they despising the real message of Christ while living a life contrary to scripture even though it seems so right.

The full soul loathes the honeycomb. Full of themselves. Full of what appears to be Godliness only to see underneath dead men’s bones. Looking all adorned and ready to be fruitful only without fruit, like the fig tree that Jesus withered away because it appeared to have fruit and did not (Matthew 21:19). So many appear to have fruit and do not. Do these two preachers, and so many others who teach this prosperity gospel, have large churches? Of course they do. The preach a message that appeals to the flesh. Just pray and it’s yours. Believe and you shall have it. God loves you and will do whatever you ask. Just come to Him and ask Him to take you as His child. You don’t need to repent or change your life. Just know He loves you and that’s enough. It sounds like honey, but it is deception. A life that comes to Christ and does not change is not His! The preaching of Christ and John before Him does not change today. Repent was their cry. Turn away from the world and it’s trappings. Give yourself to serve others. Forgive all men their trespasses. The sweet words of repentance are loathsome to them.

But to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet. Everything that brings us to humility is sweet. Everything that tears me away from my flesh so I live more in the Spirit is sweet. It may not be pleasant, but it is sweet. These are the words I need to hear to fully follow Christ. They do not make me proud or boastful about what God is doing in my life. They do not make me have a need to tell everyone how God is blessing me. In fact, most of what Jesus taught on the greatest sermon ever preached is not satisfying at all to our flesh. Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the meek, blessed are those that hunger, blessed are they that mourn, forgive others, turn the other cheek, go the extra mile, seek forgiveness from those you have wronged. He did not preach a message of worldly gain, but of giving our lives away! The hungry soul heeds His every word and follows it as closely as he can. We do not become the proud, boastful ones who God is seemingly blessing at every turn. The bitter things in life are sweet because we know God is working to perfect us through the trials.

As you navigate this life, look at the entire message of the gospels and of Paul and see what they emphasize more. You will find that they talk of a suffering life, one that is filled with opportunities to serve, not to be served. A life filled wit hope, not with the riches of this world. A life of sacrifice, not of prosperity. A life of submission, not domination. A life of humility, not boasting. It is not a popular message in today’s church, but it is the truth. It can be bitter to our ears, but it tastes good to our spirit if we are in Christ. Please do not be deceived! Ask God to open your eyes to the true Scripture meaning. Ask God to show you what the calling of God on our lives truly means. Look at all the people God used in the Bible and see if you find any rich, demanding and proud people. You will not find them. God uses ordinary people like you and me. People who love His word, even when it is bitter to the ears. Come, sit at His table. He’s waiting for you.

Don’t Depart From the Faith

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
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

This warning was never more true than it is today. Paul has just finished giving Timothy instruction on how to choose bishops and deacons for the churches. One of the requirements is that they would not be novices in the faith and that they would have the ability and knowledge to hold onto the mystery of the faith. He goes on to tell them the mystery of the gospel is found in Jesus Christ crucified and risen again. This is the basis we must build our faith on and anyone that does not preach these truths has departed from the faith Paul preached (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Jesus also taught that many would come claiming to be Christ (Matthew 24:5). He said that we should be careful not to be deceived (Luke 21:8). He even told us that the very elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:24). I am not sure exactly who the very elect are. After reading many commentaries I am still am not sure. Many think it is the Jews. Some think it is people who have been chosen by God to be deceived in the later days. Others think it is those who have been taught the rigid Gospel by the law and not the Spirit, knowing the scripture but not knowing how to apply it. Whatever the case, I do not want to be counted as one of them!

In our world today there are many seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Seducing spirits are those that would look and sound a lot like the true gospel only to draw people further and further from the truth as they get more involved. Once they are that far in, it is hard for them to break away because their mind has been filled with such deception they have a hard time seeing they are deceived. They think the lie is the truth.

The seducing spirit that comes to the top of my mind first is the LDS church. To those who are not well versed in the bible, the LDS church can sound very good. They come to your door and talk about Jesus Christ and His salvation. Then they will talk about the earth being restored and becoming the kingdom of God. They draw you in using what sounds very Biblical. Once you are involved they start to teach you the book of Mormon and before you know it the book of Mormon has replaced the Bible. They no longer teach from the Bible, but only quote the book of Mormon.

My best friend recently had the opportunity to talk to a large group of elders from the Mormon church. He was invited by a friend who had converted to Mormonism, convinced that it was the true way that God had planned. They started to ask him questions about his Christian faith and he answered with the scripture. When he asked them about their faith, they did not use scripture at all. They would only quote from the book of Mormon. They led him to a teacher who taught the book of Mormon. The service he went to never even opened a bible.

The truth here is that the LDS church are followers of Joseph Smith, not Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith founded the church in 1826. He dictated the Book of Mormon which he said was a translation of golden tablets he had found in upstate New York. He claimed to be a prophet and that these tablets were buried there by a native American long ago. He drew a small following and as persecution arose he moved to Missouri and Brigham Young picked up the movement. Mr. Young then went to salt Lake City, where the LDS church flourished and is still headquartered today. Joseph Smith was seduced by a spirit and a whole movement was started that is not centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The second Seducing spirit today is the New Apostolic reformation, or NAR church. It is sweeping through Christianity like a flood and taking many good meaning Christians with it. I remember back in 2008 when I heard two men give a warning about this movement and how subtle it was. They said that at that time 8 of the top 10 Christian best selling books were NAR books. That is a scary thing! Are you wise enough not to be deceived by this movement? I am no expert, but here is a link to an article that contains several links to inform you about the NAR. I suggest you acquire knowledge about this before your church starts to slide down the slippery slope. https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/an-indepth-study-of-the-new-apostolic-reformation-movement/

Doctrines of demons to me means that the church, in the later days, will start to make doctrines of those things that are devised by the enemy to split apart the church. These could also be classified as seductive, but these become doctrines within churches that still ascribe to the gospel. Unfortunately they twist the words of the Bible or ignore them altogether, in order to take on these devilish doctrines, Once they take them on as doctrine for their church or denomination, it is hard to reverse course and the people are led astray, being drawn away from the truth of the Bible.

I can think of several of these devilish doctrines. One is the LGBTQ agenda. God loves every single person, no matter what they have done or how they have acted. His love is all encompassing. To receive salvation, a soul must turn from there sin and not return to it. Jesus never sanctioned that a person could stay in sin and be saved. He preached repentance, and then the Father would forgive. But the LGBTQ community does not want to turn from their sin, which is clearly spelled out in the Old and New Testaments. Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 18:22 are just two examples. Genesis 2:18-25 tells us marriage is between a man and woman. That is what God intended.

I just did a search for warning against LGBTQ in the Bible and it came up with the above verses, but also many verses that tell us we must love one another and not judge each other. Most of the verses that came up had nothing to do with the homosexual lifestyle, but were included to make us think that we should just accept them as they are. It amazes me that a Christian can turn their eyes away from the truth about this sinful lifestyle. Do they ignore other sins that are clearly spelled out in the Bible? All sin requires a sacrifice, and all sin must be turned away from in our lives. Paul asked if we should sin more so that grace will abound? He emphatically answered NO to this proposition. (Romans 6:1-2). Grace does cover sin, but we cannot continue to sin once we are saved. That is what this community wants to be able to do. It is a doctrine of devils.

Another doctrine of devils is the grace movement. Grace is a powerful thing. It is what gives us the faith to receive Christ in the first place (Ephesians 2:8-9). When we are saved we must turn from our sin. The grace movement says we can continue in sin and grace will cover us. The grace movement says once we are saved, no matter what we do, we will go to heaven because we have said a few words that line up with scripture. They miss the fact that Jesus said if we do not do His commands, we will not go to heaven even though we call Him Lord (Matthew 7:21). Jesus said we should be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Paul said we must forsake all to follow Him (Philippians 3:7-8). The disciples forsook all to follow Him (Luke 5:11). Are we to do any less? NO! His grace does cover sin, and His blood paid the sacrifice for sin. But once we have given our sin to Him, we must repent and become living sacrifices for Him (Romans 12:1). We are not once saved, always saved.

When man’s doctrine replaces the word of God, that is considered a doctrine of devils. God’s word should be the basis for any doctrine the church decides to follow. In our church, ever one of our doctrinal statements is backed up by scripture. In case you’re wondering, here it is:

What We Believe
The Holy Bible is inspired by God and is an infallible guide for our personal and corporate conduct

There is One God eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Man was created in God’s image, but he has fallen short of God’s glory through the sin of the first man, Adam. Therefore, a man/woman must repent unto God for the forgiveness of sin

Jesus Christ, being born in the flesh, has died so that man/woman may receive forgiveness of sin through repentance and faith in Him.

Water Baptism by immersion is commanded by our Lord by everyone who believes. By this baptism, we identify ourselves with His death, burial and resurrection.

Holiness is God’s standard for His people

Sanctification subsequent to the new birth comes through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, through the Word, and by the Holy Spirit.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is subsequent to the new birth, and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance

Divine Healing is provided for all in Christ’s atonement

The Resurrection of the righteous dead and the catching away of the living saints to heaven before the tribulation. The subsequent return of Jesus and all His saints to reign on earth for 1,000 years

Hell is the eternal destiny of both the living and the dead who have not accepted Christ in their life

Heaven is the eternal destiny of all those, both living and dead, who have

I did not include the scriptures that back these up, but there are plenty. If you have a problem with any of these, I wish you would study it out and then comment. I will certainly reply with the biblical basis for whichever one you struggle with.

What are your church’s doctrinal statements? What do you believe? Are they all scripturally based? I urge you today to cheek out your own church and make sure you have not been taken in by seducing spirits or doctrines of devils. Be grounded in the Bible and do not be deceived or drawn away.  Do not fall for their lies.  Their conscience has been seared.  Keep a pure conscience before the Lord and you will do well!