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.

Anointed People do not have a free pass to SIN

An interesting article has just come out from Lee Grady called “Say Goodbye to the Untouchable Preachers”. This article is basically an appeal for “charismatic” Christians, or those believing in the present day operation of the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, to WAKE UP concerning certain high profile ministers who apart from whatever legitimate gifts they have also been doing the wrong thing.

Ignatius – Bishop of Antioch – Alleged writer of many False Roman Catholic Doctrines

If you want to find the origins of some of the extra-biblical doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, you ought to check out the alleged writings of good ‘ole “Saint” Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch. Recent popes have emphasized the importance of the writings of St Ignatius. He is seen as a kind of bridge between the Apostles and the Roman Catholic church. The integrity therefore of this “bridge” ought to be carefully evaluated BEFORE you entrust your eternal soul to it.

Benny Hinn says that Obama is not the Anti-Christ – but a good man, a Christian man

You can watch it on the foxnews video here:

Asked if Obama is the Anti-Christ, Benny Hinn responds:

“… It’s not Obama no.  It’s not Obama. I have been asked that question
many times, and the answer is no.  He is not, he is not the
anti-Christ.  He’s a good man, a Christian man.  I pray for him.  I pray
that God will give him success.  And I pray that he will support his
will.”

Joseph Prince says turning from sin not necessary for justification or forgiveness

You can used to be able to hear yourself what Joseph Prince teaches about the gospel and what he calls pure, uncluttered Christianity in the video at http://www.youtube.com/v/10lue7bhcK0. Obviously someone in his huge web team made sure the video came down, and as well as that someone was doing negative SEO on this page. But I have made a partial transcription below so you can save yourself a few minutes watching the video if you want to.

WARNING to THE “APOSTLES” – Andrew Strom

An Open Letter to Peter Wagner, Dutch Sheets & Other “Apostles”. I recently received a report of a new “Apostolic Network” headed up by Dutch Sheets which held a gathering in Florida last week to “carve up” territories for it’s ‘apostles’, etc. I need to put in writing what I believe the Lord would say […]

More extreme weirdness at Rick Joyner’s meetings

Andrew Strom’s recent warning about Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley and others, and the problems with mixing truth and error

While I am on public record as one who warned people about Todd Bentley well before the much publicized scandal of adultery, I believe this latest email of Andrew Strom (see below) is going to widen the split in the charismatic movement and cause Christians to REJECT each other when God has accepted them. If […]

Drunk in the Spirit?

SLOSHED in THE SPIRIT?? – IT’s TIME TO GET SOBER
-by J. Lee Grady.

Getting “drunk in the Holy Spirit” has been a popular concept in
some churches. But is it biblical?

A few years ago a traveling charismatic minister from the West
coast passed through Florida to conduct a series of renewal
meetings. I’d never heard of the guy, but the rumor was that he
carried a “special” anointing. It was unique, that’s for sure –
especially when he took the microphone, slurred his words as if
intoxicated and leaned to the left of the pulpit as if he were about

What is a Body that becomes a Business?

THE QUESTION that CHANGED MY LIFE
-by David Ryser.

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school
of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly
searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with
Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across
a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short
version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this:

Some Celebrity Ministers I Do Not Trust

I never wanted to do this when I started this site, but in view of the present day apostasy which is becoming more and more obvious by the day, I believe I should go on record as naming some of the prominent ministries I do not trust. Its possible of course, that I am wrong in my assessment. You should bring it before the Lord, if any of this concerns you.

Sadly, there are very few on international TV that I do trust to a great degree today. I have respect for Reinhard Bonnke as a man of God and as an evangelist.

 

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