Apostasy in the Church

The Bible teaches in 1 Timothy 4 that in the latter times many will DEPART from the truth - meaning they were once in it - and will teach destructive heresies. It started with people teaching that preachers had to be celibate and that it was ok to bow down to statues and it got more diverse from there. I mean we now have a pope who thinks atheists might enter heaven and won't speak against homosexual sin. And we have protestants who support "gay marriage" and some charismatics who open the door to kundalini spirits, while others prefer straight out money grabs by making false promises to those who send them money or buy their religious merchandise with donations.

With the advent of modern communication technology and things like youtube, we can see what people are teaching. It is important that we know the Scriptures very well and that we have sought out the mind of the Spirit on the issues that are paramount. Otherwise, if we don't have that kind of love for the truth, we are very likely to be deceived.

One form of deception is to hold back important elements of the message of God's word, downplaying them, or denying them. One of the most popular preachers in the United States, Joel Osteen, exemplifies this approach. He steers clear of anything the people of the world would not really want to hear - anything like God's requirement to forsake sin, for example. You also get popular pastors like Rob Bell who suggest that hell is not the eternal destination of Christ rejecters. Or the many liberal "ministers of religion" in the Anglican, United Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches who suggest that God accepts homosexual marriage and even want such a"marriage" themselves. These are all examples of people in my view who may have been raised in truth but at critical points departed from it.

The doctrine that you cannot lose your salvation comforts people and would make many think that these things are not such a big deal. But the Bible says this
"But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does[a] not slumber." (2 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV).

It is therefore possible for people to bring on themselves destruction by rejecting the Way of Truth and teaching others to do so. Because we don't want anyone to steal our crown, and because we don't want to lose our true connection with Christ, we must be vigilant about these things, warn others, and take heed to ourselves that we do not follow the crowd in following wrong teaching. Studying and praying about these things takes some effort, and you will only do this I suppose if you love the truth enough to pay a price to have it.

2 Timothy 4:3 says: "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."

This prophecy is being fulfilled today. Many contrary things are being spoken about the gospel, and most people are voting with their feet to hear those preachers who tell them what they want to hear.

If you want to enter life, keep your eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ and make sure it is the same Lord that is revealed in the New Testament. Many imagine they can avoid the hard work of this by trusting their favourite preacher who assures them and makes them feel comfortable in exchange for a donation. But in the light of what Scripture says above, this could be an extremely perilous approach.

Can We Dare to Believe the Doctrine of Eternal Security?

 

Is Mary as taught by Roman Catholics the Way to Salvation?

Roman Catholics have for centuries had a concept of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which goes far beyond, and even contradicts what the Bible says about her.

Pope John Paul II states in his book 'Theotokos' pg 234: "On Calvary, Mary united herself to the sacrifice of her Son and made her own maternal contribution to the work of salvation, which took the form of labor pains, the birth of the new humanity."

Statistics showing Waste of Resources by Christians

The FACTS:

38 countries are primarily unevangelized. (i.e. 1.6 Billion souls)

Assets of the Church:

US Christians control TRILLIONS in assets while at any given time 200,000,000 Brothers and Sisters starve.

78 countries each have Great Commission Christians whose personal incomes exceed US$1 billion a year.

Financial Fraud in the Church:

Dealing with Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholics who believe the doctrines of their church authorities believe that it is impossible to have a saving relationship with Christ without the Sacraments of their Church – such as the Mass, Penance etc. True or false?

If Roman Catholics truly believe that God’s grace only comes through their rituals administered by their priests with “Holy Orders” then are they preaching another gospel? And if they believe the wafer they administer is fully Jesus Christ, are they preaching another Jesus?

God’s Condemnation of Western Society

Romans 1:26-32 declares:

Did Mother Theresa believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ?

The whole world knows about Mother Theresa and her amazing work of showing love and mercy to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. This was an amazing humanitarian work for which she was honored all over the world. Mother Theresa of course was a Roman Catholic nun. She was praised by Catholics, Protestants and Agnostics alike for her life's example. But I wonder, based on the things she wrote and apparently said, if she believed the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here are some quotes:

Can Jesus see your sin?

The gospel promises release from the guilt of sin along with the power to escape sin's tyranny and live a clean life.

The gospel does not promise that you can keep on sinning wilfully and God will not see it.

In the Book of Revelation, it becomes clear that Jesus is fully aware of the sins and weaknesses of people in His churches, as well as their strengths.

Let's look at the seven churches one by one.

The Church in Ephesus

Can a Christian lose his salvation?

Vast libraries have been written, and hundreds of sermons delivered to assure people who are living contrary to the revealed will of God that they no longer have anything to fear from God in terms of the possibility of judgment.

We have been "so well taught" that salvation is a gift that we have come to think that it is primarily an unconditional entrance into the Kingdom of God and an escape from the fiery judgments of hell.

Do we base this teaching on the BIBLE, or on the TRADITIONS OF MEN?

Only those in Heaven have Eternal Security

What is the Doctrine of Eternal Security?

 

I will let H.A. Ironside, a profilic preacher who taught this doctrine, answer this question:

WHAT HAPPENED to the PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT?

WHAT HAPPENED to THE PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT?

-by Wayne Greulich.

 

A number of people have decried the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement as being the doorway through which the current corruption has entered the modern church. There is an element of truth in this, but it is not entirely accurate.

 

 

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