Where Did we get so many false teachers and teachings from???

I sit here, listening to sermons on my laptop while I write. It’s so difficult in the Laodecian age to find pastors that preach correct doctrine. You find this guy, hey, he’s pretty good, but he’s got this error. This guys a really good preacher, but he’s Calvinist. Or this guy’s Armenianist, and believes he has to maintain his own salvation. That’s a big error.

David Wilkerson is a powerful preacher, but he was pentecostal. Yet he was the most powerful voice against Word Faith teachings since the 70’s. He was speaking out against it years before John McArthur began.

I like listening to Walter Martin – but he too spoke in tongues.

I like this Dan guy, really good Bible teacher, but he’s Baptist Brider. So now I have to wade through all that “It matters who baptizes you” and “Did they have authority to start a church?” and other issues.

It’s breaking my heart. Lord, whatever happened to Godly men teaching sound doctrine? It’s like Marc Monte said once, that early in the 19th century, you could go to pretty much any Protestant or Baptist church and find the true Gospel preached.

And I visit Baptist bulletin boards, and find people speaking critically of David Cloud. Really? His doctrine’s good – not like the cult figure of Jack Hyles/Jack Schaap, or the heretical teachings of Riplinger, or Peter Ruckman. So Baptists have no leg to stand on when we point fingers at false teachers OUTSIDE Baptistdom – we’ve got our own heretics as well!

Now in the 21st Century the Gospel is a muddled mess. Let’s see what people are teaching…

  • God wants you healthy and rich. If you can’t speak it into existence, you’ve got a lack of faith.
  • All you have to do is believe. Don’t repent – that’s works!
  • You don’t have to be born again – you were predestined to be saved, and nothing you can do can change that.
  • You were predestined to be saved, but that doesn’t take away your responsibility to obey the Gospel and be born again.
  • You don’t have to be born again, everyone is saved. Halleluyah!
  • precious few will be saved. I made it, the rest of you will burn forever. Mwahahahaha!
  • You have to repent and be baptized to be saved
  • you have to repent and confess you are a sinner to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive you
  • you just have to beleive – don’t repent! That word’s not even in the Bible!
  • you must join the Roman Catholic Church, as there is salvation in no other church.
  • you must have obedience to God’s chosen organization, the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • you must be a seventh day adventist, and perform good works to be saved
  • you must confess EVERY Sin you’ve ever committed! And Jesus Christ must be the absolute Lord of every area of your life to be saved!
  • You must evidence all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be saved
  • If you don’t speak in tongues, you aren’t saved.
  • If you’re not a member of the True Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are not saved.
  • If you believe in the Trinity, you aren’t saved
  • if you don’t believe in the Trinity, you aren’t saved

See the problem? There’s truth mixed in there. Did you spot it, in the middle of all the apostasy and heresy? Or did you fall for the lies in there? How do you know what’s true and not?

The correct answer is the Bible. But the Bible just doesn’t say in one verse in Genesis 1:1 “You have to repent and understand you are a sinner.” Verse 2 “And ye must ask the Lord Jesus to forgive thee and save thee.”

The Bible mixes everything together. You’ll find the salvation message all throughout the Bible. The Lord did it this way on purpose. You can be saved just reading the Gospel of John. But there’s a lot of doctrine all throughout the Bible. It takes study to be able to know what is correct doctrine or not. This is how the Christian grows. If you don’t STUDY your Bible, you’re going to be led astray by a wolf in sheeps clothing, pure and simple. I draw attention to the fact that so many people read C. S. Lewis and think he was saved! And Sunday School classes get together and read “Mere Christianity”. And they find themselves drifting into Thomas A Kempis, and St. John of The Cross, and St. Alba of the Nightstand, and whatever. And suddenly the Pastor starts wondering why so many people in the church are obsessing about salvation and “obedience”.

The sunday School class goes out and buys a program on seeking God. And soon everyone’s touchy-feely about love… and someone begins speaking in tongues in a Southern Baptist Church. Well, yeah – you brought in the Charismatic stuff back in Vacation Bible School, and didn’t even notice! And you had stuff on God whispering, and desiring God, and crazy love… and suddenly your Baptist Church has calvinists and tongues speakers! And the Pastor wonders if its too late to weave cords into a whip and cleanse the Temple.

Friends, we trust everyone who names the name of Christ! Did we stop to see whether or not that’s what the Bible tells you to do? No! We are to study to shew thyself approved. We are to test the spirits. We are warned that grevious wolves will arise – and boy, have they!

I’m telling you right now, probably 95% of what most Christian Bookstores sell is heresy or false teachings. I look at Sunday School curriculums, and shudder. I would have to buy one to see how many doctrinal errors are in it. Before I could in good conscience use the materials, I’d have to go through one, and if necessary line things out with permanent black ink to keep people from reading false doctrine.

I’ve looked at the video curriculums they push, and most of them scare me. My only options now would be taking a DVd curriculum, and editing out any parts that were unScriptural. Why is it I have to do all this? How did Baptists ever get to this point???

The Bible warns us in the last days, some will depart from the faith. More like, most. The Lord even wondered if Faith would be found on the Earth when He returned. The letters to the seven churches show the last days to be marked by churches that make the Lord sick to His stomach. Why do I write about so many heresies and false doctrines??? Because I HAVE to. If I don’t, people will go blindly on, many into damnation, and many Christians into a lack of rewards!

Here’s the question – does it bother YOU? Why are YOU not upset at the wholesale apostasy today? What are you going to do about it?


A New Kind Of Heretic

Gen 3:1-5 NOW the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (2) And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: (3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

“Imagine that you’re a…[whatever]”.

Thus begins our introduction to Brian D. McClaren’s “A New Kind of Christianity”. It certainly is not how the book starts – but understanding this is a key to surviving a read of his writings without succumbing to apostasy, heresy, or otherwise damnable errors.

McClaren portrays himself as a “mild-mannered” guy, and begins his book by describing good, solid Christians placing yellow sheets of paper on windshields warning people about him. It is a shame they were not listening.

McClaren thus begins a tactic to accomplish two things: bring your defenses down (“Mild Mannered”) and make you sympathize with him – and thus be more open to whatever heresy he wants to sell you – and second, to make you think that whatever he’s about to sell you is helpful.

And helpful it is, if you’re not a truly born-again believer and are trying to be led astray and away from a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. If you’re trying instead to save your immortal soul from everlasting hellfire, then McClaren’s book is the last thing you want to read.

He tells us “I never wanted to be a controversial religious leader.” Actually, he’s not. He’s respected and loved – except among Bible-believing Christians. Where he’s rejected and feared. And yet “fear” is exactly what McClaren is trying to portray himself as suffering. “Confidence in the hall, fear in the car park.” He writes.

“Dogma” or “Doctrine”?

McClaren is fond of using the word “Dogma” in replacement of the more accurate word “Doctrine” when referring to the teachings of Bible-believing Churches.

The term is not inaccurate – Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines Dogma as…

DOGMA, n. [Gr., to think; L.] A settled opinion; a principle, maxim or tenet; a doctrinal notion, particularly in matters of faith and philosophy; as the dogmas of the church; the dogmas of Plato.

However, in the mind of a liberal, unsaved person, the term “Dogma” carries negative connotations. It seems to imply, to an unsaved person, that one’s beliefs, are “Narrowminded”, inflexible, unrealistic, judgmental. McClaren is subtly attempting to emotionally prejudice his readers against the Bible-believing Church by using the phrase.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #1 – Emotionally charged words

The term can be found three times in two pages, as he begins chapter two.

The parables that McClaren uses (US Revolution, Evolution, Einstein and Relativity, Racial rights, Astronomy) are very misleading. He seems to insinuate that Christianity is opposed to democracy (he is obviously not a Baptist)…

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #34 – Bad or Forced Analogy

and goes so far as to offer a very tenuous argument against a literal interpretation of the Bible (“You’d expect species to radiate out from one center, but the patterns you’re observing don’t support that dogma at all” pgs 14&15). His insinuations is that science again and again trumps the Bible – but again, his arguments are tentuous, and presented in many cases by mere insinuation. He also fails to cite his evidence, leaving us unable to check these so-called patterns. The obvious conclusion is that he’s making that up – or he’d cite his so-called proof!

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #31 – Faulty Assumptions

He suggests on page 15 that the Bible teaches the earth to be the center of the universe, and holds up Galileo Galilei as a warrior bravely facing against traditional Christianity! Alas, he is woefully mistaken. Galileo was a Christian, and the teaching was that held at the time by the Roman Catholic Church, and not by Christianity. And certainly is not the teaching of the Bible…

Psa 19:4-6 KJV Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, (5) Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. (6) His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

Yet McClaren states on page 15 authoritatively, “All Christians have known with absolute and objective certainty that the earth is fixed and immovable in the center of the universe, and that the moon, planets, suns and stars str securely embedded in ten majestic crystalline spheres that rotate around the earth.” He’s lying or wrong. There’s no other conclusion.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #2 – Faulty Distribution (Making an argument where “all” is implied or presented, but only “some” is actually true).

It’s a shame Mr. McClaren never checked his beliefs against the Bible, or his apparent lack of knowledge about history against the Bible. He would never have set himself up for embarrassment in this manner.

His insinuation is that just in the same way that Christians didn’t believe in Evolution (We don’t – scientific facts do not support it), don’t believe in Democracy (again, he was not a Baptist, and had no idea that democratic governing is a hallmark of Baptists going back from Baptists, to Anabaptists, to the Waldenses and Albigenses, to the Donatists, to the early Christian church)… didn’t believe in Astronomy (Galileo was a Christian, not a Catholic by convinction), and therefore are against civil rights and racial rights.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #7 – Proof by bad or inconsequential argument

It’s a straw man argument he has set up, and hurriedly moves along, again insinuating his points and not belaboring them. In this manner McClaren attempts to demonize the Christian faith, and cause impressionable youth (who will merely repeat a good argument without verifying it first) to get an unsavory impression of Christianity, and pursue his blasphemy instead.

Twice in these paragraphs he makes quick fallacious jabs at the Bible, attempting to imply that the Bible is untrustworthy, and therefore must be read allegorically.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #10 – Pointing out the logical correctness of the form of an argument whose premisescontain doubtful or untrue statements of fact

This argument makes a lie out of the book title – there is nothing new about this approach. It dates back to Augustine, and to Origen, the two fathers of the Roman Catholic Church.

It may well be we may see McClaren make his bid in the next few years for the office of Pope of the Emergent Church. McClaren may well see himself in position within five years to begin attempting to try assimilating the Roman Catholic Church (which never works – the RCC is a Juggernaut, steamrolling everything in its path. Any attempt to reform it fails, and those attempting to build bridges to it are in reality returning home to the Great Whore).


Mr. McClaren also attempts another subtle trick. In many cases, he uses overly complicated vocabulary to slide his points past the unwary reader.

Thouless Dishonest Thinking trick #25 – Prestige by the use of pseudo-technical jargon

Possibly anticipating that most readers will be unfamiliar with terms like “overarching”, he uses the term perhaps in the hope that the unwary and less educated reader will skip over the unfamiliar words, and thus miss part of his point. In his question, “What is the over-arching theme of the Bible?” most readers will miss what the question is really asking. It is not asking, “What is the theme of the Bible?” but “What theme of the Bible covers over it from first lesson to last?”

The answer is obvious. The most ignorant person in a Baptist Church could answer that question. “The need for Salvation from sin and death, which is a free gift in Jesus Christ!”

God made it that simple for a reason!

2Co 11:2-3 KJV For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

The Bible message is simple so that even the Simple can understand it, turn and be saved. Paul warns us that a subtle teacher (whom McClaren most definitely is) could corrupt the Christian’s mind from “the Simplicity that is in Christ.”

That would indeed be a pity if a good Christian were to be bamboozled by McClaren’s trickery. What worries me is the majority of false converts that flock to churches, who are swayed away by this heresy, to be lost forever by following this. If they stayed in the church, it’s probable that listening to Biblical preaching would eventually lead to their actual salvation. And how many times have we seen someone who’s been in a church for 20 years suddenly realize they never were truly saved, and finally come to the altar one Sunday! Those that get misled by McClaren may never get the chance, and will one day find themselves on Jesus’s left hand, and hear those terrible words, “Away from me, I never knew you…”

The 96th Thesis

On page 18, McClaren offers what he calls the 96’th thesis (referring to the 95 thesis posted by Roman Catholic monk and persecuter of Baptists Martin Luther). His thesis is interesting indeed…

“It’s time for a quest, launched by new questions…a quest for a new kind of Christian faith.” Whatever kind of faith McClaren is proclaiming, it is indeed not Christian at all. It follows Greek thought and philosophy, something the Apostle Paul warns about in Colossians:

Col 2:8 KJV Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

McClaren most certainly applies wonderfully here to that verse. The amazing thing is, like Roman Catholicism before him, he dares to call it Christian. He is presenting another Gospel, an allegorical one. It is post modernism to the Nth degree: “My truth may not be your truth.”

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. John 18:37-38 (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (KJV)

What McClaren is saying is, “my Jesus may not be your Jesus.”

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Cor 11:4 (KJV)

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Cor 11:13-15 (KJV)

Why so much on the Rapture lately?

Becuase it’s coming. Soon.

If you knew the Rapture was in six months… would it change the way you lived?

Would you pass out tracts?

Would you get a blog, and urgently write posts on the Gospel, and salvation?

Would you investigate prepping and survivalism so you could teach others?

Or would you do nothing?

Once the Rapture happens, you lose all chances to do something for the Kingdom.

Billions will die during the Tribulation. Do something now, to save as many souls as possible.

Let’s get as many people as possible on that exit flight.

The flight’s on standby right now. But I guarantee, the holding pattern is about to end.

Get busy.

Apostasy Pt. 4

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)

Consciousness seared. the reference is to a grievous wound, being cauterized. It was one reason that the Romans carried fire with them into battle, that if a soldier had a limb cut off, flame could quickly be applied to it and stop the bleeding. It hurt, but the person lived. However, due to the massive damage to tissue at that place, some parts of the wound (if not all) had a numb sensation for the rest of that person’s life.

The point raised here in the word of God is that these men (and women) simply did not care if they were teaching falsely. Indeed, some may have gotten so numb that the word of God would cease to convict them.

I cannot understand how Billy Graham can in good conscience advocate baptismal regeneration for infants. He knows better. Doesn’t it bother him that he smiles and speaks in favor of something that is completely unBiblical?

Or how Graham can turn over a Roman Catholic to the Roman Catholic Church at his crusades. How is Graham going to answer God when asked “Why did you turn over a soul ready to be saved to men who were unsaved themselves? What explanation do you have why you allowed those catholics to go into Hell forever? They came to YOU to be saved, AND YOU TURNED THEM AWAY!”

What answer will he have?

The fact is, Graham has been wallowing in compromise and doctrinal error for almost 60 years. He apparently has no conscience left. It simply does not even occur to him what he’s done has been wrong.

Rick Warren. Doesn’t it bother him he teaches pastors, indeed, INDOCTRINATES pastors into how to drive Fundamentalists from their churches?

the fundamentalists were what saved the Southern Baptist Convention from being overtaken by apostates years ago. Yet Warren has done more to drive them away than any other. Indeed, Independent Baptist Churches have swelled in size, due to the exodus of the Bible Believers forced out of churches that are suddenly Purpose Driven.

Warren, like Graham, seems to idolize the Pope, and has done more than any other man to drive the Southern Baptist Convention into Ecumenism than any other. And it doesn’t bother him at all.

Should we assist the unsaved in evangelizing the unsaved? No, we should be trying to get them saved!

There are, I’m sure, many Protestants who are saved. But it seems to me that the Creeds and Confessions of those self-same Protestant churches say something other than what the Bible says about being born again. Many hold to Pre-destination, and don’t bother talking about sharing the Gospel, because they don’t believe that the sinner has any choice in the matter whatsoever! Should we be cooperating with THEM for the sake of the Gospel? It’s plain they don’t know what it is!!!

There’s a couple that think if your parent is a Christian, that somehow gets you into heaven, as long as water was sprinkled on your forehead as a baby. Well, that’s not how the Bible says you get saved. It’s clear they don’t know what salvation is… how are they going to help us?

A few claim you’re not born again unless you babble in an unknown tongue, allegedly that of Angels – which if it really were the language of Angels, it would be Hebrew, since that’s the language they all spoke on earth. It’s obvious they’re a little confused on the visible fruit of salvation, although I know for a fact they are advocating a Biblical message about the Gospel, they’re wrapping it in a package of witchcraft. I’m not sure how they can help us with the Gospel, because they’ll smudge it with paganism.

Some do not believe in the Trinity. If they don’t repent, they’re damned themselves. how can they help???

Some believe we can lose a salvation that is not ours to lose! How can we possibly cooperate with them???

And Rick Warren seems to think God is somehow impressed with how cool we are, how great we are, that God bows His knee to us in wonder and reverence… That’s the worst blasphemy I can think of, elevating man above God. Don’t believe me? Read his “Purpose Driven Life” carefully.

Does ANY of this bother Warren? NO!!! His conscience is seared, cauterized. I don;t think he ever feels convicted any more, reading his Bible.

Osteen, same thing. T. D Jakes, no awareness of conviction. Hagee, nicely advocating a two-covenant salvation, is apparently unrepentant. Hinn, no conscience. Dollar, unaware.

Pastor after Pastor after Pastor is completely unmoved by what the Bible says. And false teachers are not pointed out whatsoever, to anyone. Congregations are completely unaware what false teachers to avoid, because Pastors are afraid to criticize openly, and say things like, “Don’t listen to Joyce Meyers!!!”

The truth is, if Pastors had woken up and spoken out against false teachers a century ago, we’d not be in the mess we’re in.

I don’t believe we lose rewards, but rather miss the potential for them. However, if we did lose rewards, there are a lot of Pastors who face a potential loss because they did not heed the Bible’s strong admonitions.

If you are a pastor, or training to be one, you should be studying 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus every year… perhaps twice a year. Heed what it says. They speak often against false teachers.

yes, there’s pressure in the Southern Baptist convention to accept the Calvinists. My answer to that is, “No. It’s heresy. They should get their own convention, because as soon as they climb in influence and numbers, they’re going to force us out.”

There’s pressure to accept the modernists in the SBC. My answer is, “No. Get saved and believe your Gospel, or go join some denomination like the Episcopals or United Methodists, where your heresy is tolerated.”

There’s starting to be some isolated voices in the SBC to accept lifestyles that are not Biblical. My answer is, “no. If we’re not going to just accept a Satanist who still practices Black Mass and sacrifices, then we should not accept someone who blatantly wants to live a lifestyle forbidden by the Bible.”

Although if we accept the one, it won’t be long before we’re accepting the other. “sure, it’s fine, he slays some goats, but his heart is good…”

Here’s my last thought on this 4 part series. If you were not outraged by what you read, if you did not think, “yes! That’s true!!!”…

….then perhaps your conscience has been seared, too.

We need to repent, and get back to God. Get back to the Bible.

God forgive us for doing nothing.

Apostasy Part III Speaking in hypocrisy

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)

I don’t need to tell you that there’s a lot of pastors who are speaking lies and hypocrisy.

There’s a lot who are preaching the truth… but quite a few who are speaking lies and hypocrisy.

9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. 13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Isaiah 29:9-13 (KJV)

We’ve got a whole host of false teachers who are speaking not according to the word. Let’s look at one form of wrong teaching…

“I’ve got the perfect sermon, I just need to find the right text to base it on.” That one is an oft repeated joke among pastors, but it represents a very common phenomenon.

“ultimately, the most important thing is worshiping God because it makes you feel good.”

Some of you will recognize that quote. But the woman who said that is not saying anything different than another very well liked and respected teacher who claims we should desire God because… why? It makes us feel good.

So, why did everyone scream hypocrisy when Victoria Osteen said it, but we line up to buy the books by John Piper, which essentially says the same thing? If it’s hypocrisy from her, it’s hypocrisy from him!

We worship God because we’re saved, and He is worthy of praise. That’s what the Bible says.

5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5 (KJV)

There’s nothing there about “desiring god makes you feel fulfilled, so that’s why you should do it.”

Isn’t God the king of the Universe? Didn’t He create everything? Doesn’t the cattle on a thousand hills all belong to Him? Doesn’t He own everything?

We tolerate this and consider this a little heresy. But it puts us in the drivers’ seat, and not God. I don’t know, maybe I’m being too picky or something. But it seems to me that we get born again because the Bible makes it clear we have a need for a saviour, not for a need to feel good about ourselves.

I guess if you wrap up the “Feel good” philosophy in fancy Calvinistic terms, suddenly it gets respectable? I don’t know, not to me.

John Piper may teach a lot of good things, I have no idea. Simply discovering his whole “desiring God” approach is based upon “you should because it makes you feel good” seems to me to be the same as the Osteens.

What does Piper call his approach? “Christian Hedonism”? Something like that. It seems to me that Christianity is about dying to self, and living in the Lord Jesus Christ. The essence of worship is about giving due praise to the Lord Jesus Christ because He willingly died for us.

And now people are corrupting the table of the Lord, by bringing beer into the Lord’s Supper. This was previously the kind of blasphemous fruit of the Emergent heresy. Now Baptist churches are doing this.

I cannot get over this kind of contempt for the Lord. It makes me angry. Previously I’ve talked about the “Harlem Shuffle” in churches, and mocking of the Lord, and toking the holy ghost.

I’m not here to pass judgment, but if you think it’s okay to mingle a remembrance meal with beer, then you’re either Biblically ignorant, or unSaved. I’ll leave it up to you which.

Pastors and teachers twist the scriptures to say things the opposite of what the Bible says.

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:44-48 (KJV)

That’s the Bible.

“you’re predestined to heaven or Hell, and nothing you do can change that!” some teach. I’m not going to mention Paul Washer, R. C. Sproul, or John Piper, among countless others.

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8 (KJV)

“I’m a little god! Hallelujah!” Paul Crouch.

Friends, these are not “kingdom of God vs. Kingdom of heaven” or “pre vs mid trib” type disagreements – these are major things in my opinion!

We chase over the latest teacher with the latest wind of doctrine. We’re tossed to and fro like some kind of wreckage floating on the surface of the ocean.

What happens to wreckage? Sooner or later it gets washed up somewhere.

Any attempt to bind wordly things into God’s kingdom is doomed to failure right from the start. We are supposed to be a royal priesthood, a kingly nation. We’re saved out of the world, and not part of it. Get your eyes off the things of this world. This world hates you. It resents any attempt of you to be part of it. Why? The world dooms itself to Hell by rejecting Christ, and resents the constant reminder you present to it that it IS doomed!

“Stop basing your sermons upon a text!” — From a pastor’s newsletter

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV)

from the Bible.

Conform your message to God’s word. bottom line.

you should be preaching this message on your own blogs as well.

Apostasy Part 2 Doctrines of Devils

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.

Apostasy Part 1 Seducing Spirits

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.