12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:12 (KJV)
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)
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; 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)
In case anyone has never figured it out, these words are not referring to some future time, a century from now.
They’re describing right this very minute.
I meant to do another message on word faith, but I think the Lord changed my thoughts in mid stream.
I spent quite a long while when first putting up this blog answering cults. However, as I encounter more and more Christians, I can come to only one conclusion… we’re right in the midst – in the very thick of – the days spoken of in 1 Timothy 4:1.
It’s useless to deny it. It’s scary the changes that have come over Christianity. I’m really worried.
How to keep your witness from being corrupted?
First, understand the Bible commands you to identify a false teacher, and separate from him. You should not watch their TV shows. You should not attend their churches or read their books.1
7 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
“Well, they teach some good stuff.” I know. I can think of one or two teachers who teach some things that are very good. But the Bible tells me to mark and avoid.
I don’t have a choice.
“But Joel Osteen makes me feel good!”
Run from it! He does not preach the Bible. You are required to separate from him.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:6-8 (KJV)
Now the last time I put these verses online together, someone called me a Pharisee. That’s highly Anti-semitic. I’m assuming he did not like me quoting the Bible, because I’m not the author of those verses… I’m just QUOTING them. But he apparently was offended by that.
Repeating what I said yesterday, if you’re offended by the word of God, that’s a salvation check moment.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
Let me put this another way… any teacher who claims men can be gods is a false teacher. The Bible does not teach that.
Anyone who claims your words have creative powers… is a false teacher. I mean, I can speak helpful things, or hurtful. But I cannot speak a Mercedes into existence.
Is that what these teachers are teaching? Indeed they are.
I think a major “are you kidding me?” moment was when I heard a Southern Baptist quote Joyce Meyers. Uh… false teacher. Now, I’ll give her this, she’s got a LOT more integrity than most Word-Faith teachers. I mean, she returned money she’d embezzled years before, and had never been caught at. And indeed, she added an extra percentage. So she believes what she teaches.
All I have to do to make a lot of money is to tell you that you can make a lot of money, that you can climb out of your poverty because God guarantees it… and if you send me money as a faith seed, you’ll get it back a hundredfold. Hey, I even have more FAITH than Ken Copeland – I’ll speak that a THOUSANDFOLD! Send me money, mwahahahahaha!!!! But to DO that would be false. It’s false teaching. I cannot imagine how Jesus Christ feels about false teachers fleecing the flock when so many people are in DESPERATE financial straits.
How about THIS message… You won’t get any more money that I can guarantee… but people out there are hurting. There are Christians out there who go to sleep crying. They are hungry. They are about to be homeless. God wants you to help them.
Will you get something out of it? Who CARES? Do it. Help them out. Find a Christian family in need and help them. See if your church has a benevolence fund and give to it. Tell your pastor you’re burdened for Christians in need. You don’t have much, but you’re giving ten dollars.
That’s a more Godly message.
Separate from false teachers. Love one another.
And I challenge the Word Faith people to preach that message.