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)
Just a short four part series… apostasy. We’re in the midst of the great apostasy, and I’ve got to do my best to wake you up to it. I’m sure my like minded readers understand this, that we’re in the midst of the falling away.
If you’re awake, and have been paying attention, you’ll probably be able to recognize people and advocated practices just from what I’m going to say about it.
The first and foremost weapon you have against apostasy is the Bible. The complete Bible.
I don’t have to get into Greek manuscripts and textual criticism to get an immediate agreement from Christians – you want the entire Bible, not one with missing parts.
That gets an immediate amen from just about everyone except wolves in sheep’s clothing. They want you ignorant of the bible – that way they maintain their position of authority. They’ve got another reason they don’t want you reading the complete Bible – they’re going to Hell, and they don’t want to go alone.
Who’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Well, I won’t have to name names this time. By the time I’m done, you’ll be able to fill in the blanks. You’re welcome to suggest names in the comments field.
First, seducing spirits. What’s a seducing spirit? Anything that draws you away from the worship of the true God into worship of something else.
Paganism – That’s our first identifier. No, this is not going to be a Christmas rant. Marc Monte did a message a few years back where he proves with a calendar and the Bible that Jesus Christ probably WAS born somewhere between Dec. 23-27.
So, any teaching that gets you involved in Pagan methods of Worship, or worship of pagan deities, is a seducing spirit.
Any attempt to infuse pagan methods into the worship of God is a seducing spirit.
12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, 13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; Deuteronomy 13:12-17 (KJV)
Read that, and really think about it. If God felt so strongly about it He commanded that everything in the city be burnt, He obviously takes a very dim view of us incorporating pagan methods of worship into His worship.
Pagans chant. Christians should not.
Pagans bow and pray to graven images. Christians should not.
Pagans repeat memorized prayers endlessly. Christians… well, almost never pray, but really should. How should you pray? Speaking to God with some respect and reverence – but He wants to be spoken to like a friend. Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of John that He calls us His friends. Friends that don’t speak grow apart. You should speak to God.
Pagans use beads that they run their hands across and count beads to remind themselves of where they are in their prayer cycles. Christians do not do this.
So when someone attempts to introduce contemplative mysticism into your church, quickly get together with the Pastor and speak urgently and respectfully to him about it.
When someone attempts to get you to experience the Mass, the answer is no. Will it get you closer to God? No, but it’ll teach you to make a god of your emotional experiences. And eventually begin worshipping a piece of cracker.
When someone attempts to introduce the Rosary into your church, and speak about how Catholics derive a great deal of comfort from it, remind them, “yes, but we’re Christians and saved. Christians don’t do that.”
Statues of saints? Nope. We don’t do that. We don’t dress them up, place flowers on them, offer them incense, or move them indoors to let them experience the air conditioning.
nobody’s trying to introduce this in your church? Just wait. It’s happening at churches all across the country. The Lutherans and the Episcopals have been doing Contemplative Mysticism in many churches for three or four years.
We do not bow to the queen of heaven. We do not worship – or even recognize the “mother of God”. We recognize Mary, a Jewish woman who gave birth to Jesus Christ – but she acknowledged her need of salvation in her prayer after being told her child would be the Messiah.
We do not light candles in the memory of dead Christians. Nor do we offer prayers to dead Christians.
A number of false teachers have been advocating we do exactly these things. They’re false teachers, wolves in sheeps clothing, antichrists.
Anyone who has a message of “we need to belong to the world, so we can be relevant, communicate with them, get them saved. We should listen to worldly music, drink beer, watch tv, watch worldly movies, and go clubbing…” they are trying to get you to heed the other kind of seducing spirit – to be worldly.
Any attempt to sit there at a nightclub and tell people of Jesus Christ while you smoke and drink alcohol will get you zero points. The world will mock you and call you a hypocrite.
Can you think of any people who are advocating these very things? They’re hard at work in your church right now.
Do not give heed to seducing spirits.