Will lip service to the Blood of Jesus cause False Teachers to Escape Judgement?

There are lots of different kinds of false teachings around in the world today. There are teachings like Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and other cults which add to and subtract from the Word of God in order to create a new religious empire. There are really off-base occult philosophical systems like Theosophy, Rosicrucianism and the smorgasbord of various New Age systems including Hinduism and Buddism which some people select ideas from in order to construct their own personal belief system. All these things take people away from Jesus Christ. A real Christian is not likely to be deceived by such things. 

Peter spent time in his letter, as did Jude the brother of the Lord in his, to warn REAL CHRISTIANS about the very real danger of false teachers. They were not so likely to be deceived by the above kinds of heresies, though Gnosticism was (and is) a dangerous heresy with a strong appeal to human pride which deceived many.

The kind of false teachers much more likely to deceive real Christians (and yes, real Christians can potentially be deceived) is the teacher who talks about Jesus, and teaches about the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God, but lives an immoral greedy life and virtually encourages his hearers to do the same.

Satan can transform himself into an angel of light, and his servants can transform them into "ministers of righteousness".

2Co 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

There has been so much anti-biblical teaching that implies that you can live a wicked life and still go to heaven, that it needs to be pointed out that even people who attain to church pulpits will be judged by God. They may appear to be apostles of Christ, ministers of righteousness, or whatever, but if they are fall into any of the categories of "immoral" or "greedy" they WILL BE DAMNED (unless they repent).

Paul says clearly "their end will be according to their works". Not according to the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus cleanses those who REPENT and trust God, not those who persist in wilful sin. See 1 John 1:7.

Peter says the same thing.

2Pe 2:4  "For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; …

2Pe 2:9  then the Lord knows how to …  reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
2Pe 2:10  and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. "

Remember that Peter is talking about False Teachers who will be among you (vs 1).

Some have this idea that God is so warm and fuzzy that he would never hurt or judge anyone. Sorry, but that isn't the God of the Bible. Read it carefully. We serve a God who violently HATES sin, and though he patiently endures it for a season, and gives people time to REPENT (Revelation 2:21), ultimately the judgement will come, and it will involve eternal hellfire.

Is this legalism? No, this is the BIBLE. Legalism, lets be clear, is the idea that striving to attain to a system of rules will earn you merit with God through which you will be saved. God's system is rather that we renounce ourselves – our own righteousness, our own power, and be filled with His Spirit, guided by Him directly, so that we have a changed life. Such people benefit from the GIFT of righteousness that God gives through the blood of Christ and the cross in exchange for our own imperfect and flawed lives. But to think that God is content to allow people to go on wilfully defiling His holy temple totally sure that they are "covered" is a massive deception. The Scripture gives us plenty of warnings about that. We have to be sure that we are taking heed, placing God's Word in a higher place of respect than any Teacher.

 

 

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  1. blesseduk says:

    Jesus will judge you however you judge others so if you judge them wrong for trying to do what is right then the same will happen to you.

  2. MelodyCat says:

    2PE 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)– 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.

    Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12 But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.

    2PE 2:13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed–an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey–a beast without speech–who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

    2PE 2:17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

  3. bornagainbytheblood says:

    Micheal wrote: “Is this legalism? No, this is the BIBLE.”

    Amen! It makes me sick to hear these false teachers proclaim that emphasizing holy living is “legalism” or “self righteousness”. No! It’s a holy God’s requirement! We either conform to holiness and righteousness or we will remain the children of the devil, and die lost — whether we profess Jesus’ name or not. The blood of Jesus DOES NOT cover those who continue in willful sin; there’s no sacrifice for such people.

    Acts 10
    [34] Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
    [35] But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

    The children of God must emphasize holiness and righteousness to the lost in LOVE. While many will be offended, this lost and dying world must know the truth — perhaps some might be saved.

    Luke 6
    [22] Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
    [23] Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

    Matthew 5
    [10] Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
    [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

  4. Joshuagm1991 says:

    After reading these it seems as if we all just need to PRAY for a keen eye and quick discernment of false teachers.

    – They deny Jesus

    – They covet, but can seem righteous

  5. MelodyCat says:

    Mankind can only see another from the outside but the Lord Himself knows the heart. No one can decieve God by saying the right things but not truly having repented from the Heart.

    1JN 5:6 This is the one who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

    God cannot be fooled.

    Cheers
    MelC

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