1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (KJV)
yesterday we dealt with seducing spirits, and amazingly, it sounds just like some of the behind the scenes people. You know, those people whose names are always being mentioned, but for some reason you have no idea WHY. Who are these people, and why are they so important?
I did say I wasn’t going to mention any names, for a reason. Not to protect these people, but for a different reason… there’s a practical exercise here (in the teaching world, this is known as a “practical”. There’s two options to demonstrate if a student learned the lesson – one is a test, the other is a practical.)
I want you to put this into practice. I want you to identify a teacher who pushes any of the pagan elements we talked about yesterday – praying to saints, using rosaries, contemplative mysticism, meditation, etc.
I also want you to identify a popular Bible teacher who pushes wordliness – that was the other element we derived by cross-examining our verse against Deuteronomy.
And as a sneaking little exercise, for those of you who weren’t used to it, I showed you several lessons in rightly dividing the word – paying attention to context, taking the verse literally, and comparing scripture against scripture. was that all? Not at all. Did anyone notice I’m using commas to break apart my text to develop my subpoints???
would-be preachers, take note.
Because they’re the movers and shakers behind the Great Apostasy. Today we’re going to talk about doctrines of devils.
The word doctrine is interesting today. It carries a negative connotation. I had, as some of you will remember, a gentleman come on my blog a few months back and advocate a “doctrine divides” attitude.
He’s correct, by the way! Doctrine divides! There’s two kinds, rightly divided doctrine and false doctrine. I cant think of anything more dividing than that. “You’ve got it right or wrong. No middle ground.”
His point was, we should get rid of doctrine, as it divides.
My response is, no – get your doctrine right, and we won’t be divided at ALL.
If anyone was able to name both Rick Warren and Brian McLaren for yesterday’s topic, good job!
Let me tell you how they’re relevant for today’s topic as well.
Both of them – when they want you to think negatively of doctrine – use a different word instead – dogma.
Dogma conjures up Greek Orthodox priests with long beards and Roman Catholic monks with a rope belt, chanting in some old language while swinging incense censors.
Everyone’s seen the bumper sticker “My karma ran over your dogma”… I’m surprised PETA is not up in arms over that. The implication is that Buddhism and Hinduism are somehow superior to Christianity. Sure, go on thinking that. Say, wouldn’t that be considered bad karma to ridicule another religion? Just asking.
What IS doctrine? It means…. “teaching.”
Really? That’s IT?????
“Teaching divides! We need to get rid of teaching!!!”
Whoa. SUDDENLY that casts a whole new angle onto these people. Yesterday I mentioned how some of the “seducing spirits” are determined to keep you from reading and understanding your Bibles. Lo and behold, the doctrines of devils is conspiring to not only do exactly the same thing, but also REPLACE correct doctrine with false doctrine.
So. Your doctrine is wrong. It places a split between you and I. What’s the fix? Simple. Read your Bible carefully and get correct doctrine.
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20 (KJV)
That’s important – if you notice a Bible teacher has their doctrine wrong, it is incumbent upon you to break from them. Do not watch their TV shows. Do not buy or read their books. Do not listen to their teaching mp3’s. Really simple.
If you listen to false teaching, you take in false teaching – and sooner or later, you begin to WALK false teaching.
That’s why the Bible commands we separate from false teachers.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. 3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1 Timothy 1:1-7 (KJV)
notice there I stopped to look up what the Bible has to say about teachers. I let the Bible be my guide, and not some man. Be advised, I spent some time comparing my pastor to the word of God, and I am confident that he teaches rightly. But I still check his sermons against the word. Notice the Bereans were not contentious, but had readiness of mind. They searched the Scriptures daily whether these things be so.
Look up that verse. Remember, Wordsearch basic is free. I recommend it. I’m also hoping they take my 53 different product suggestions and incorporate them into Wordsearch 11, which they assured me they will do! But hey, that was over a year ago, and
The first button on the left of wordsearch is the search button. Click that, and remember that you can type in the word AND in capital letters to search for two words at the same time. Type in “berea” into the search engine.
Read the verse in context. Take careful note what it says. Where is the punctuation? some very learned men put that punctuation in place, to help future Christians be able to learn how to understand their bibles.
hopefully you also downloaded the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge add-on book. It’s free. you should be in Acts 17:11 if you did the search right. Now click on the tab that says “treasury”.
Read ALL of those verses it lists as cross references for Acts 17:11. Wow. this is rightly dividing! Now let me give a disclaimer – when someone tells you some kind of heresy and claims you can’t rightly divide – remind them “space travel is not in the bible.
Show them how to rightly divide! Literally, in context, punctuation, scriptural against scriptural.
You might want to check Torrey’s topical and Nave’s topical as well while studying. They too are free. Bible study is fascinating, and it’s amazing how all this stuff is sprinkled all throughout the Bible!
Now that I’ve armed you against false teachers, let’s examine some of the teachings they introduce.
There you go. Very often, they are not interested in introducing new teachings, they are interested in getting you away from right teachings.
But the Bible says some desire to be teachers of the Law.
Messianic Judaism, anybody?
They forbid marriage.
Moonies (for all their adherents) and Roman Catholics (for the priesthood).
They forbid eating of meats. (Worldwide Church of God, Messianic Judaism and Jehovah’s witnesses (kosher and refraining from eating blood in meat) – or Seventh Day Adventists (vegetarianism) – not to mention the ultra-ridiculous Hallelujah Acres nonsense of the 90’s, which forbids sugar, and insists on vegetarianism.
The Bible says they will deny the Lord who bought them.
Too many to count!
One of the cardinal rules of cults is that at some point they disparage the Cross of Christ, or the person of Christ. That’s almost always.
They insist he is an angel (Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians) and not God, they insist he’s a glorified man and not God (Word Faith, Mormonism, Christian Science, oneness Pentacostalism, Victoria Osteen), they insist he’s Messiah but not God (Messianic Judaism).
They insist on salvation by works and not of faith (Seventh Day Adventists, Roman Catholics, Messianic Judaism, Jehovah’s witnesses, Mormons, Worldwide church of God, the Way International, Christian Science).
Before I hear that Roman Catholicism does not teach salvation by works (and yes, we had that argument erupt in the NICEST possible way from a… well, really nice guy!), read this – right from the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
“If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confdence in divine mercy, which remits sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is this confidence alone that justifes us, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Council of Trent, Sixth Session, Canons Concerning Justifcation, Canon 12).
“If anyone says that the justice received is not preserved and also not increased before God through good works, but that those works are merely the fruits and signs of justifcation obtained, but not the cause of its increase, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Council of Trent, Sixth Session, Canons Concerning Justifcation, Canon 24).
Let me add another form of false teaching. That echoes back to yesterday and the “Be wordly” philosophy.
This ones says, “Everyone is saved, because God is in awe of how GREAT and SPECIAL you are! Oh my goodness! You personally are so great, you should die for the sins of everyone else! Well, the only people that aren’t saved are those ‘holier than thou fundamentalists.”
That’s the most infectious source of teachings I’ve ever seen. And it’s shocking to me that one of the great Pastors of the Southern Baptist Convention was sitting there taking notes at a seminar taught by this man, who even gives instructions in his seminars on how to get rid of those troublesome fundamentalists in your church… And nobody is even aware that he’s handing you the fruit of the tree God commanded you NOT to eat!!!
Okay, ready for your two assignments? Identify at least one of the false teachers advocating this. I did the first half of the article, identify one of the second part.
Assignment number two…. download Wordsearch Basic and all the free add ons… and check this entire blog article against the Bible. Until you know your Bible well enough to immediately spot heresy and false teaching, you should be doing that with everything you hear and read.