We live in perilous times. It’s all but certain that the Lord Jesus Christ has nothing standing in His way to set the stage for His triumphal return to take His Church as His bride.
We can see this in the increase in persecution of believers and the church. We can see it in the redefinition of culture and language to make normal that which is an abomination to the Lord. We see that in th
e altering of the natural order God put in place to be redefined as the opposite of natures selection or nullified entirely. We see it in churches that preach a gospel apart from that given us by Jesus Christ. Churches that seek to satisfy the social demands of the flesh at the expense of the message of the Cross. We can see it when the government of the nations, seek to suppress the authority of God, in favor of an agnostic agenda.
That’s not exactly where I want to go at the moment. I’m more concerned about what is taking place as a result of these factors that every believer needs to take notice and keep paramount in their day to day walk with the Lord.
Matthew 24:24-27 (CSB)
For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Take note: I have told you in advance. So if they tell you, ‘See, he’s in the wilderness! ’ don’t go out; or, ‘See, he’s in the storerooms! ’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Avoiding ‘false messiahs’ isn’t too difficult if we consider what is contained in the closing segment of this passage. ‘Do not believe it. For as lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man”, makes it clear that the arrival of Jesus isn’t going to be something that anyone will have time to point out in a text on the Internet.
No, on the contrary, it will be in the blink of an eye and everyone is going to know ‘something’ happened. They may not be immediately sure of what it was but they will know something happened of major consequence.
So it’s the false prophet that we
need to be most concerned with (not to minimize the antichrist, but the spirit of antichrist is with us today and we are in constant battle against it daily.) The reason why the false prophet is more dangerous than false messiahs, is that if we pay attention to the Word we can make quick work of identifying them. Whereas, false prophets or altered gospels and their proponents are cunning and allure those who they can by distorting the Word of God and most importantly the ‘Good News’; the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
What started this writing today, was something that my pastors been triggering on the last couple months and I have become aware of when setting out to listen to different teachers of the Word.
I’ve heard and read some very convincing deliveries that when they were placed up against the scripture were found to be nothing but defamation of God’s Word.
What I’m going to say next is not going to set with everyone real well, but just consider it ‘salt’ because it is pervasive as it can be in the modern church and is purely a tool of the devil himself.
Music is gateway to expose you to false gospels
Anyone knows me knows my love of music. God’s placed in me a passion for music to bring praise and honor to His name. But it’s come to my attention in crystal clear terms that THIS wonderful tool of worship can also be turned against the Word of God by those who would seek a different agenda.
This is the part some may bristle at… If you listen to modern Christian Contemporary music, you will run across songs that are being put out under Bethel Music (Bethel Church) and Hillsong [pick your flavor] (Hillsong Church). Two massive church’s that are propagating at times some amazing songs of worship and praise.
These songs, I will no longer support or endorse because when you follow the music back to the message coming from the pulpit of these churches you will find the gospel of the antichrist.
In both cases even though the songs carry messages of hope and praise, when you get down to the teaching from the pulpit that brings you those songs you will find teachings in direct opposition to the the Word of God and an alternative gospel.
In addition to the soft seduction of the music to an alternative gospel, we have pulpits all over the world and many of the mega church’s where they preach a social gospel that is designed to massage the ears of those in attendance, so as to tell them that God is pure love and would do nothing to harm them; ignoring the fact that God is a Just God and will pronounce judgement in due order.
These churches will do anything to keep their following include condone if not endorse sin in contradiction to the Word of God.
People leave there pumped up on emotions having been given a good show or hearing what they wanted to hear that ‘they are good with god’, when the only god they are good with is the one created in their hearts and spewed from the pulpit to tickle their corrupt ears.
These charlatans message appears to run in parallel with the scripture but they divert from the W
ord to install accommodations for sinful behavior.
Then this morning
I ran across a sermon from a pastor of a large church who preached a powerful message pointing out some of the issues I’ve covered here today.
After being ‘burned’ and despite the message being soundly based on scriptural principles I followed up by checking into this mans background and to see if there was any evidence that I could find of false teaching. Just to be ‘safe’.
What I discovered was two things. First I discovered that this man had led an amazing life of service to Jesus and had passed way some years earlier. I also found that he had made some forecasts of things that he believed would be happening within a specific time frame. Though he never claimed to be a prophet he in effect prophesied and in doing so, got it wrong.
Deuteronomy 18:22 (CSB)
When a prophet speaks in the Lord’s name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
On this basis, this pastor was accused of being a false prophet.
Now it isn’t for me to call this one because only God and the individual truly know the heart of a man, and the testimony of his life appears to contradict this accusation, leading me to believe that he was a man. Only a man, and as such prone to stumble and potentially fall. But if he rectifies his failings by repentance and Jesus lifts him up, how can I hold him accountable for Grace washed creature that he is? I can not! Neither to I have the right nor ability to judge.
So, we find a mixed bag of potential influences that we must find our way through. Proprietors of false teaching that use alluring techniques to draw in a crowd and those who are flesh but seek to serve the living God and remain true to His Word.
After all, not one is righteous, no not one.
Romans 3:22-26 (CSB)
The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, sin
ce there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
There frankly is ‘no safe harbor’ short of Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and the Scriptures of the Word of God.
We cannot place our trust in any man, because we all struggle with our fleshly nature and all can and will falter at varying degrees at various points in our earthly existence. Even the apostle Paul struggled constantly with this issue.
Romans 7:15-20 (CSB)
For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate.
Now if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh.
For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one that does it, but it is the sin that lives in me.
Then he ends this with…
Romans 7:24-25 (CSB)
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am serving the law of God, but with my flesh, the law of sin.
If every man is so prone to do what in their heart they see as wrong burg fall victim to the flesh regardless, we dare not put our faith in anyone save Christ alone. He IS our safe harbor.
So, what’s a follower of Christ to do? How do we remain on the path? How do we correct our course when we find we have strayed away from that which we know we should adhere to?
We must test and be aware of the actions of the great deceived.
1 John 4:1-2 (CSB)
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God
Christ alone is our safe harbor. Pair everything that you hear against the teaching of the Word of God. Don’t be deceived by the practitioners of alternative gospels which deviate from the teaching found in the Word.
Remain focused and in the Word always and abide in the ‘Safe Harbor’.