Deception and doctrinal
corruption have been a problem in the Church for as long as the Church has
existed. But the sad fact is that it seems to be a growing problem today (II
Pet. 2:1). Yes, there seems to be an ever-increasing number of academics and
religious leaders in mainline denominations that are blatantly espousing
doctrines that clearly contradict what the Bible says. For example, some say,
“All prophecy has been fulfilled” (Preterism), “The Church has replaced Israel” (Replacement Theology), “The Jews are
‘occupiers’ on Palestinian land,” “Islam is a religion of peace,” “The way to
achieve peace in the Middle East is for Israel to return to the pre-1967
The fact that these highly
educated religious leaders bend the Word of God and betray the King shouldn’t
surprise true Christians. Satan works inside the Church just as much or more
than he works outside the Church. He knows he can do a lot of harm by corrupting
people inside the Church.
In the Parable of the Wheat
and Tares, Jesus taught that there will be a true sowing of the Word
of God (wheat) and a false sowing of the
Word of God (tares) (Matt. 13:24-43). He said Christians shouldn’t to try to get
rid of the make-believers because we might do harm to those who truly believe.
The make-believers are a problem that the angels of God will take care of at the
end of the age.
In the Parable of the
Mustard Seed, Jesus taught that the Church will start out small, but it will
eventually grow into an abnormal monstrosity (Matt. 13:31-32). Why:
Because pretenders (wicked birds) will
flock to the Church and rest on its branches. The true Church is much smaller
than it appears to be because wolves in sheep’s clothing have entered it and
made it look bigger than it really is.
In his second letter to the
Thessalonians, Paul talked about deception and a falling away in the Church (II
Thess. 2:3). He said apostasy, or a departure from the faith, in the organized
Church will be a major problem before the Antichrist arrives at the end of the
age. Many religious leaders would get their hackles up at the suggestion that
they are peddling snake oil instead of giving out the pure Word of God, but that
is what they are doing. As far as the signs of the Second Coming are concerned,
they are misquoting and misrepresenting the Word of God and they don’t know and
they couldn’t care less whether they are getting it right or not. They are
suppressing and silencing one of the most important subjects in the Bible by
ripping out and distorting things that Peter said the Church would be wise to
heed (II Pet. 1:19).
In the Seven Letters to the
Seven Churches, Jesus taught that the Church Age will end with self-deception
and a lukewarm spirit in the Church (Rev. 3:14-22). Whose fault is it that the
Church is failing to adequately deal with deception, a lukewarm spirit and the
signs of the Second Coming? Its Church leaders who are ignoring what’s going on
in the world because they want to focus in on things like tolerance,
inclusiveness and political correctness. The educated blind are leading the
ordinary blind and it is not going to end up in a pleasing way.
In Revelation chapter 17,
Jesus taught that there will be a one-world harlot religion (Mystery,
Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the
Earth) during the Tribulation Period and, among other things, this harlot
religion will support the Antichrist and False Prophet in their efforts to
destroy Israel (Rev. 12, 13, 17). The
deception and doctrinal corruption of modern Church leaders who say the Church
has replaced Israel, the Church is the new Israel, the Jews are occupiers and
unbiblical things like that is paving the way for the anti-Semitism that will
exist during the Tribulation Period.
Unfortunately, it does a lot
of harm. For one thing, many are depending upon the Church to give them the
truth, but they are not getting it. Their pastor is like Aaron the priest who
built a golden calf and allowed the people to bow down in worthless worship.
Aaron strayed from the truth and the people did wrong. What the preacher says
should be checked out in the Word of God. All Scripture is reliable, but not all
preachers are reliable.
For another thing, people
need to know the will of God. He set the boundaries of the land He wanted
Abraham and his descendants to have (Gen. 15:18). Then, He made an everlasting
covenant to give ALL (not part) of the Promised Land to the Jews forever (Gen.
17:7-8). In other words, the Almighty God has already pre-determined that the
Jews will get ALL of the Promised Land and what the boundaries of the Promised
Land will be. And the foolish statements of Church leaders who have never been
saved or who have departed from the faith and given heed to seducing spirits
won’t change the outcome. Even worse, it will pit people against God and they
will lose because His character, word and reputation are at stake and He will
defend them with vigor.
For another thing, the error
and deceit of some religious leaders is blinding most Church members. Major
events are taking place that Church members need to be aware of and pray about,
but their pastors have put them to sleep and silenced their prayers. The
prophecies were given to the Church. God expects the Church to rightly dividing
the Word and evangelize the world before it is too late. But poor leadership is
spreading ignorance and causing very few to fulfill their God-given task.
For another thing, deception
and doctrinal corruption will lead to the judgment of God. It will fall on those
who try to force the Pre-1967 borders on Israel (Joel
3:2; Zech. 12:2-3). For whatever its worth, at the time of the end the archangel
Michael will stand up for Israel (Dan. 12:1). Don’t be
concerned about the continued existence of Israel. Be concerned about the
continued existence of those who are leading people astray and trying to harm Israel. The
nations are as dust on the scales to God. He can remove His hand of protection
and allow this whole world to change in the twinkling of an eye.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck