there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that
bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of
whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through
covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise
of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and
their damnation slumbereth not.”
2 Peter 2:1-3.
listening to a radio call in program the other day when a
man came on and asked the radio host if he knew anything
about a new offer by a college to teach anyone how to become
a biblical prophet for a mere $4,000 dollars. In other words
they will sell you the gift of prophecy. “And when Simon
saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy
Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also
this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive
the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish
with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God
may be purchased with money.” Acts 8:18-20.
gifts given us by God through His Holy Spirit can’t be
bought as Simon found out. They are a gift and they are
given to whomever He chooses.
the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to
profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of
wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of
miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of
spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the
interpretation of tongues:”
1 Corinthians 12:7-10.
we’re each given a gift,but
that those gifts vary. Not everyone is given the gift of
healing. Similarly, not everyone is given the gift of
prophecy. You can pay one million dollars to become a
biblical prophet but if the Holy Spirit hasn’t given you
that gift then you’ve just wasted a million bucks. The
people that promote this type of heresy are false teachers
and the Bible saysthey
will abound in the end times.
also told in the Bible that in the end times the Church will
go into a massive and destructive stance of overwhelming
apostasy. In my estimation, most of the Church today hasn’t
a clue as to what’s happening or that the apostasy is here.
The most pervasive and gross attacks on the Christian Church
today will come from within the church body itself. False
teachers are rarely attacking the
Church from the outside. More than anything else the false
teachers are standing behind the pulpits.
People know the truth from
reading the scriptures yet teach false doctrines for the
purpose of promoting themselves and for obtaining financial
gain from their followers. “And through covetousness
shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:”
These folks either don’t care or don’t understand that they
are receiving their reward now in this life.
“And shall receive the
reward of unrighteousness...”
2 Peter 2:13.
“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the
way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for
reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”
There is no greater curse on the earth than empty, vain
religion; “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For
men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud..., unholy..., lovers of pleasures more than lovers of
God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away.”
2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 4b,
Christians are afraid of secular humanism or atheism or the
world. But false teaching is far more dangerous, and sends
more people to hell than anything else. These who teach
thusly are going the way of Cain, ungodly, greedy, and
False teachers twist
scripture like nothing we’ve ever seen beforeand
all to fit their own fancies. Evangelists have appeared on
the national scene many of who the
uninformed simple minded folks swoon over because of their
appeal and charisma. And many shall follow their
pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be
evil spoken of.” And by the sheer number of email
responses I receive from folks who have been taught false
doctrine, there must be a great amount of these preachers on
the scene today.
receive letters from folks who tell me the Trinity is a
false teaching because the word Trinity isn’t in the Bible.
Next they’ll complain because I equate Jesus to God because
(they say) everyone knows Jesus isn’t God, even Jesus
Himself never said He was God. They continue with the
following lie, if you aren’t baptized you’re not saved.
Others say if you can’t speak in tongues you’re not saved.
Here’s one that really gets me. If you worship on Sunday
you’ve taken the mark of the beast. Then of course there are
always those who condemn me for teaching on the Rapture of
the Church which they see as heresy, and on and on it goes.
What in the world are these people being taught? And what
does the person who’s teaching them this tripe hope to gain?
His word, isn’t condemning those who honestly misinterpret a
verse or make a mistake, but who are open to correction.
He’s speaking about blatant and persistent false
representation of His word. Lying for the purpose of
fulfilling one’s own agenda, such as monetary gain, that’s
the heretical teaching God hates.
is akin to leaven; it only takes a small amount to infect
the whole bunch. Heresy spreads beginning from a small
misrepresentation and almost without notice this lie begins
to grow, and before long it has infested the whole
congregation. Then some of those lie polluted people leave
that congregation for another and they take the lies they’ve
been taught with them. Within a very short period of time
the Christian Church becomes replete with heretical
teachings and false doctrines.
of mine recently told me of a book he is reading where the
author gives all authority for the interpretation of
scriptures to the Catholic Church. How many people are going
to read this same book and be swayed by the author’s
un-biblical arguments? This is just one instance of leading
people astray. How many Christians and non-Christiansread the Da Vinci Codes and
were swayed by Dan Browns attempt at fiction? Millions. Then
the movie did it’s best to give credence to this same
heresy. The same can be said for the book entitled “The
Shack”. A book of fiction, yes, but with horrible
misrepresentations of God, and the simple minded are led
are the times Jesus speaks about “And Jesus answered and
said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Matthew 24:4. How many today are following Jesus
admonition? By what I see going on in the media and
different ministries, not many.
Peter tells us that such
teachings are “damnable heresies”. What does damnable
mean? The Greek word used here is “apōleia”
Which is explained in my
concordance as the destruction which consists
of eternal misery in Hell. People who teach others
heresies are on a one way trip to Hell.
Can you just imagine the
snowball effect associated with the promotion of a heresy?
Here’s an example to consider, Joseph Smith claimed he was
visited by an angel named
Moroni. This angel told him that he
was giving Smith a new gospel because the original had
become corrupt. “I marvel that ye are so soon removed
from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that
trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But
though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you,
let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again,
If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye
have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9.
Paul repeats the condemnation twice, “let him be
accursed”. I’ve noticed in the scriptures that anytime
something is reiterated twice it carries much more weight.
Joseph Smith was certainly
soon became involved in a shootout in which he died a
horrible bloody death. And of course he is in Sheol awaiting
his turn to appear before the White Throne Judgment Seat of
God which occurs at the end of the thousand year reign of
Christ here on earth.
How severe will Joseph
Smiths punishment be? Well he started off with a handful of
converts to Mormonism leading people away from the true
Gospel and over the years the
of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints has grown into a huge conglomerate,a
false religion of which millions of followers are already
condemned to Hell. Joseph Smith is responsible for the
condemnation of millions of simple minded people who are all
perishing because of his false teaching. How severe will his
punishment be? We mere humans would probably consider Smiths
punishment extreme. But through his own actions Smith
man who is awaiting his turn before the White Throne
Judgment seat of God and who is even today continually
adding more and more severe condemnation to himself is
Charles Russell. Russell was the first president of the
Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russell originally denied the doctrine
of Hell, and would go on to reject nearly every other
Christian doctrine, as well as add many physically and
spiritually dangerous doctrines of his own making. Many of
these unique and bizarre teachings were to be found in his
six volume series titled, Studies in the Scriptures.
year 2000, the Watchtower Society claimed a worldwide
membership of over six million (about one million
U.S.) in more than 91,000
congregations in 235 countries speaking 340 languages, and
takes in approximately 300,000 new members each year
(288,907 in 2000). Charles Russell no longer denies the
doctrine of Hell;he
has since learned that Hell is a real place. What
kind of severe punishment will Russell endure? God knows.
“Denying the Lord that bought them”
Peter continues with his
explanation of the false teachers and what they can expect
as punishment. But what constitutes false teaching? Anything
that adds to, or takes away from, or that runs contrary to
God’s inerrant word.
and women stand before an audience, and deceive that
audience for the explicit purpose of monetary gain or some
other agenda or write books for the same purpose,those
folks are void of conscience. They are reaping their reward
here on earth. They should do everything they can to live
the happiest life they can because when all is said and done
and they leave planet earth for their eternal destination,the
fun and games will be over.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Wolves in sheep’s
clothing? In other words they will look like you and I. They
will speak words that seem to be so true. They will give
great advice and lecture on current societal problems which
will make all the sense in the world. But their motives will
be selfish. Many will follow their evil ways. They will
begin to behave in bazaar manners but they will be
recognized as leaders in the Christian evangelical movement.
these wolves will be debased sexually and after they’ve
deceived many their dark secrets will be revealed,but
it will be too late for they will have influenced many of
the weakminded and biblically
unstudied masses. People, this is going on right now in many
Christian churches and it needs to be nipped in the bud. We
need to make a stand against anyone who stands against
Christ in any way. We need to remove leaders who don’t
actually believe what they teach, and all who teach false
how do we know they are teaching falsehoods? We study our
Bibles and we learn the scriptures for ourselves. This way
no church leader or any other Bible teacher can deceive us
with words of deception. If this were the case those who
teach false doctrines wouldn’t make it past a sentence or
two before someone in the congregation would stand up and
call them on the lie they are proclaiming.
is we must study our Bibles otherwise I can promise you, you
will be deceived. Whether intentionally or not, false
doctrine will creep into your congregation when the flock
hasn’t the biblical knowledge needed to confront those
heresies. “For I know this, that after my departing shall
grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse
things, to draw away disciples after them.” Acts
held responsible to know the truth, each one of us
individually. We are to work out our own salvation as Paul
tells us “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always
obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling.” Philippians 2:12. Paul means
to put forth real effort into our Christians lives. This is
not to work our salvation in the sense of accomplishing it,
but to work out our salvation - to see it evident in every
area of our lives, and to activate this salvation God freely
gave us. The believer must know God’s word so as not to be
those foolish enough to believe every word someone tells
them are foolish enough to be led like sheep to the
slaughter. Don’t allow this to happen to your family or to
your congregation; don’t allow deceptions and false doctrine
to ruin your life and your eternal destiny. Continue to
study God’s word, and stay alert.
bless you all,
scripture is from the KJV