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1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that
in latter times some will depart from
the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and
doctrines of demons,
2. speaking lies in
hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
* The word Apostasy
means to fall away or to abandon ones faith. For a person to
faith, then itís apparent that they had embraced it at one time. The above
scripture tell us
* They gave heed to
deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. ( Demonic influence )
2 Peter 2:1 But
there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will
be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive
heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and
bring on themselves swift destruction.
2. And many will
follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth
will be blasphemed.
2 Peter 2:1 Tells us how doctrines of demons have entered the church.
False prophets ( false
preachers, not every one that is in the ministry is of God ). Notice that
they bring in destructive
heresies. A heresy is a teaching that breaks away from the truth.
Not long ago I sat in a meeting of ministers and was
appalled at some of the things that I heard. One
minister in particular basically said that Jesus Christ wasnít the only
way to God. This
minister was a member of a large denomination. Several of these ministers were
very educated ( college - seminary ) but very ignorant of Godís Word.
Many main line denominations have rejected the
Orthodox Christian doctrines that they once
embraced and held dear to. Sadly, most of their members are not aware of
state of their church or denomination.
As for Jesus
Christ being the only way to God, observe the following Scriptures:
John 3:16-18, 36
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
17. "For God did
not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world
through Him might be saved.
18. "He who
believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is
condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.
36. "He who
believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the
Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.''
John 14:6 Jesus
said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through Me.
* It is vitally
important that Christians be rooted and grounded in good Christian
doctrine, or else
their faith can be undermined by false teachings
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
and some pastors and teachers,
12. for the
equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the
body of Christ,
13. till we all
come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a
perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14. that we should
no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning
craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive,
Many are tossed to and fro in their faith by the
very people that they trust their spiritual well being to.
Beloved it is your responsibility to examine what you are listening to, check it out with
the Bible, if it is not in line with biblical teaching then reject it. If your church or
denomination falls away from the Christian truth, then flee from it as a building on fire,
itís your soul and the souls of your loved ones! Find out what they teach.
1 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they
will heap up for themselves teachers;
4. and they will
turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
There are many church goers that want a little
religion to sooth their conscience and will seek out
preachers who preach according to their desires. One of the
problems with these kind
of preachers is that they are hirelings. They are employed by the church and do not want
to jeopardize their jobs or careers.
Where is, the man of God?
-- Simple English
John 10:12 A man
who has been hired is not really a shepherd. The sheep do not belong to
him. When he sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. The
wolf catches them and scatters them.
13 The man doesn't
care about the sheep, because he is a hired man.
calls and sets into the church as He chooses, not according to our will
but His. The call of God
comes from God not man.
There is a Divine call to ministry and then there
are those who are seeking a career. If
God has not
called someone, then that person is not fit for the ministry;
education they may have received.
1 Corinthians 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings,
helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers;
12. For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ:
When the Lord
Jesus Christ walked this earth, He handpicked his servants and He has not changed.
Acts 9:1-7 And
Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples
of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2. And desired of
him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this
way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto
3. And as he
journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about
him a light from heaven:
4. And he fell to
the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
5. And he said, Who
art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is
hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6. And he trembling
and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said
unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what
thou must do.
Acts 22:10 10.
And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and
go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which
are appointed for thee to do.
New King James
James 3:1 My
brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall
receive a stricter judgment.
characteristics of Apostate churches
Reject the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and an authority in our
2 Timothy 3:16 All
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17. that the man of
God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
No longer believe Jesus to be the only way of salvation
John 14:6 Jesus
said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.
Acts 4:12 "Nor is
there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved.''
1 John 5:11-12 And
this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life
is in His Son.
12. He who has the
Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Mark 16:15-16 And
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to
16. "He who
believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does
not believe will be condemned.
See the following:
Acts 10:47-48 "Can
anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received
the Holy Spirit just as we have?''
48. And he
commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him
to stay a few days.
Notice that while
Peter was preaching about Jesus they received the Holy Spirit, later they were
baptized in water. ( Only born again Christians receive the Holy Spirit )
they became Christians
before they were baptized in water. Water Baptism has nothing to do with
regeneration. ( infant baptism - a doctrine of demons )
Salvation is earned by self effort - works etc.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God:
of works, lest any man should boast.
Salvation is only through their church
John 3:16 For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt
10. For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
( Salvation is
through Jesus Christ, not the church, a personal commitment to Christ. )
For the most part have rejected the foundational beliefs of Christianity
as the only begotten Son of God
Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Reject Godís Word and turn to Human philosophy as their source of
New King James
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of
the world, and not according to Christ.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 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.
2 Timothy 3:16 All
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Embrace the teachings of the world - such as:
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of
Sodom, both young and old, surrounded the house.
5. They called to
Lot, ď Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so
that we can have sex with them. ( NIV )
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind.
( See Leviticus
Ch. 20 )
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women
exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.
27. In the same
way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed
with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and
received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. ( NIV )
1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do
not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers
nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders ( NIV )
* Notice the Words
Matthew 19:4-5 And
he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made
them at the beginning made them male and female,
5. And said, For
this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his
wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Because of sin as the result of the fall of man, people choose their life
style - God did not make them
God says many times through out Holy Scriptures that
homosexuality is wrong. No matter how we
dress it up, sin is sin.
2 Peter 2:1 But
there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be
false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
2. And many
shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of
truth shall be evil spoken of.
If you stand for
Bible truth, you may be called old fashion, a Bible thumper, ignorant etc.
Your stand may displease man but to be sure, it will be pleasing to God.
Substitute the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, with human
Luke 4:14, 18-19
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there
went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
18. The Spirit
of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19. To preach the
acceptable year of the Lord.
Acts 1:8 But ye
shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 10:38 How God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for
God was with him.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of
man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power;
5. That your faith
should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.