Earlier today, my husband and I went into our local Christian bookstore. We were looking for a Bible for his brother who is searching for the truth about the Lord. He has been calling us with so many questions, such as “Are the words in the Bible truly God’s words?”
As I began to look around, I noticed immediately that this store was peddling heresy more than truth. There was a whole section for the “Message” which is a new age, heretical book, which is not even a “version” of God’s Holy Word.
Most of the Bibles we saw were NIV. We never use this version of the Bible. That’s a subject for another article.
We finally saw a section with KJV, NASB, NKJV and ESV Bibles from which to choose. It was a very small section, but at least it was there. A man who worked at the store approached us. He was a very pleasant person, and seemed to know a lot about the Word of God and about the various versions.
We had a good discussion with him. But then something happened which caught me off guard. He had suggested a version of the Word of which we had never heard. He began to tell us that the reason it was so popular was because the panel of theologians who came together to write this version included Catholic priests.
I told this young man that his information was troubling to me. He looked at me as if I was speaking Greek. I told him that Catholicism is not a “denomination” of Christianity, and I told him why.
The man began to defend the Vatican, even though he stated that he was not a Catholic. He said that this pope was the best pope that Rome ever had. There are no accidents with our God, and I realized that the Lord had send us into this store to speak with this man.
I began by asking if he had actually heard or read the words of this pope. He said he had. I asked him if he knew that the pope was part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. He said that those goals were for the good of the planet.
I began to realize that we were light years apart in our understanding of the Word of God. I said some other things which are extremely troubling about this pope, and even that many people wonder if he may be the False Prophet spoken of in God’s Word. I asked him if he knew about Bible prophecy. He said that he did. But then he truly shocked me when he acted as if it was no big deal if Pope Francis is the False Prophet.
Who is the Author of Confusion and the Father of Lies?
Of course we know that Satan himself holds both of the aforementioned titles. Brethren, many in the body of Christ are so deluded and confused – it is truly alarming.
People might say “Well, perhaps this young man is sitting under bad teaching.” That very well may be true, but he has the Word of God just like the rest of us. He can read God’s Word and should be able to glean truth from it; if he is one who has the Holy Spirit indwelling him.
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6).
Why are so many “Christians” being drawn back to Rome? What is it that keeps them from understanding that there is ONE way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ and Him alone? Why would they want to be unequally yoked together with a false religion whose leader is telling the world that there are many roads to God?
Brethren, we have Truth in God’s Word. We were warned to never add nor take away from these Words. PLEASE understand that the devil is roaring and roaming about to see whom he can deceive and devour. He must know that time is short. He thinks he is winning, but we know Who wins in the end.
The sad thing is that many souls are at risk. Tell people the Truth from the Word – unashamedly! You may be the only person who comes into the path of a deceived soul. They NEED to know the truth!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6: 10-20).