We absolutely must prayerfully approach the Word of God, searching, ingesting, and applying, asking for full understanding from our Lord. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Disconcerted, I have become increasingly aware that the gospel is being polluted and believers are following after those who tweak the Word of God for their own benefit, but this is not new. We have a clear warning against such false prophets in 2 Peter 2: 1-3
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
How do we know if someone is not coming from a biblical perspective in totality? The Spirit of God, our God-given wisdom, and the Word of God are the illuminators of false teaching. To typify how easily one can be misled by a preacher who omits portions of Gods’ word to bring themselves glory, I will use myself as an example. Innocently enough, I was following a particular blog that was very powerful but something did not feel right in my spirit. Aspects of the Word that speak about sin, hell, and judgment, must not have been printed in this individual’s bible. Actually, the teachers of these one-sided, fictitious gospels, see what we see in our bibles, yet for convenience, fame, and material gain ignore portions of the gospel.
We must watch and pray, or become prey, as our enemy does not care if we truly love God, he will use any device or strategy to drag us away from a relationship with the Father, into an empty man-made gospel. “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”” Matthew 26:41 The flesh wants to hear, “You will be rich in 7 days!”, “God does not care about repentance- you have grace!”
I started to notice that there was something missing in his or her posts, so I did some research. What was missing? Jesus, hell, sin, repentance, and condemnation were MIA, instead, there was an abundance of abundance teaching, also known as prosperity preaching, grace2 doctrine, justly called hyper-grace teaching. As with most lies, you know the really good ones, there is some truth sprinkled here and there. Brothers and sisters we are called to be as innocent as doves yet as shrewd as snakes.
“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
I earnestly pray that the body of Christ rebuke and resist false teaching on any level from anyone. Whether it be a televangelist or a local pastor of a small church. God warned us of these pseudo-ministers of the gospel; therefore, we are responsible for warring, guarding, and protecting the truth that we were freely given. The gospel of Jesus Christ must be protected in us against those who have been perverted by sin towards the Word and Ways of our Magnificent God.
“With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15
“It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you–unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.” 1 Corinthians 15:2
Father, I go to church and used to pay my tithes
Why do you reject me? After all my strides
I know you not, blasphemer of My Word
The way you walk is contrary despite what you heard
But, Lord, the Pastor said, ” All that matters is grace and wealth!”
Pleasing to my ears, yet damaging my spiritual health
How can I be made clean again in your sight?
Repent, turn from your sin and walk upright
There is not much time left, rebuke your tickling ears
Even if that means lacking popularity amongst your peers
I am patient child but you know what’s really true
Avoid false teaching, patched doctrine that always misconstrues
Daddy, I love you, I’ll never leave again
In the name of Jesus,