We are living in a time when religion has never been so prevalent across the globe; when the influence of an attitude of Christianity is all around us, and yet often the true gospel of Jesus is hidden behind the guise of false teaching. We need to protect our heart from deception and we do this by diligently seeking the truth. We need to beware of false teaching because it will take us away from Jesus and lead down to hell.
The true gospel of Christ, as preached by the Apostle Paul and revealed through God’s Holy Spirit to us, will keep our heart pure and disciplined before God. The Word of God is literally the words of God spoken to us and recorded in sixty-six chapters of the Bible. So, if we’re going to follow Jesus and do His will, the Bible is the only source we depend on.
There are many people in this world who believe that God exists, but few of them want to accept Him and live for Him. Even the devil acknowledges that God is real and yet he is the enemy of God. James 4:4 says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
And who rules this world? The devil rules. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
There are many false teachings today that cater to the sinful desires and lusts of the ungodly people who want to justify their greed by hiding behind the label of Christianity. What a shock it’s going to be on judgement day for them when the Lord says “depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” (Luke 13:27)
There is no compromising the Word of God. We’re either a Christian or we’re not. We either accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior or we serve the world. We either believe the true gospel AS IT IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE or we don’t. And if we don’t accept it just as it is; if we dare to change it or paraphrase it or delete it, then we are NOT Christians. We serve iniquity and we will pay the price for our sins.
We’re told in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
What is mammon? According to Webster’s Dictionary, mammon is “material wealth or possessions especially as having a debasing influence”.
So we’re either in love with God, serving Him with a whole heart and not changing His Word because we reverence Him as being Holy and as our Heavenly Father, or we’re seeking after our own lusts of wealth and serving ourselves.
There are false doctrines that exploit the erroneous message that God wants us to be rich; that this is the hour in time when God is going to lift up His children and bless them with an inheritance so they can live a prosperous life on this earth. This is a false teaching and we know this because the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 1:4, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”
Our inheritance is in Heaven, NOT here on this earth. Jesus tells us in John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
This earth is not our home. Yes, we live here and maintain a temporal home that may even hold many wonderful possessions, but our heart and our hope and our eyes are on Jesus and what He has in store for us in Heaven. We are grateful for our homes, but they should not be the focal point of our faith.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
And if preachers are not trying to get you to follow after riches and donate to their churches so you can be part of these false doctrines, then they’re preaching about spiritual gifts and a walk that is not of God.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” So God doesn’t change in any way – not the way He reveals Himself, not the way He reveals what He wants us to be and not in how He reveals His purpose and His commission to us.
The Bible was written for our edification so that we can know God and know His will for our lives. It is complete and nothing more can be added and nothing can be removed. Through the Holy Spirit every single person who reads the scriptures will get the same interpretation – and that’s because there is only ONE interpretation.
2 Peter 1:20 says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
So, when someone begins to speak out words that sound inspiring and that declare that “God has spoken to them privately” or that “He appeared to them and gave them this divine revelation”, then we need to close our ears and run from them because they are being deceived by a lying spirit. God does NOT change how He speaks to us OR what He has said in the Bible. There is NO new revelation. God said all that He’s going to say and all that we need to know in the Bible.
We can all know God and everything He has to say on every issue in life by reading the Bible. And in 2 Timothy 2:15 it says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Yet, there are some mysteries that we won’t understand until Jesus returns, and that even the Apostle Paul didn’t have privy to. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
So, when a preacher pops up and says that God has revealed to him the truth of these end-of-time mysteries, you know he’s a liar. Even Jesus told the disciples that He didn’t know the time that He’d return because only His Father knew. He will reveal these mysteries to us in His timing.
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-10
The onus to know Jesus is on us. We shouldn’t even think about going to someone else to learn about God. If we want to really know about someone on earth, we would become friends with that person and learn who they are through a bond that we’d develop with them. It’s the same with the Lord. We want to get close to Him and have a personal relationship with Him alone, and we won’t get that by learning about Him or talking about Him with someone else – especially someone who doesn’t know Him.
Beware of false teachings! They will lead you down the wrong path and take you away from God. There is only one way to know the truth and that is to read it from the Bible. And we can believe and trust the Bible because Jesus wrote it to every Christian who accepts His love. It’s our personal book from Him.
“And the Word [Jesus] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” … John 1:14
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