The great deception within Christianity occurs as a result of biased Biblical interpretations, made by impostors that have an appearance of godliness.
Religion, in part, represents creating a god to control and manipulate people groups. But Christianity is God’s attempt to reach and forever change the lives of those who will fully submit to his lordship over all things.
When we who claim to be Christians attempt to retain control over any area of our lives whether it be finances, time or our own intellect, a true Spiritual relationship with the only true God is obstructed because of selfish worldly desires.
We are to consider those that cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine that we have learned, and avoid them (Rom 16:17). But this warning can only be understood by those who have been taught the truth, and are therefore able to determine who the false teachers in the church are based on their teachings that are contrary to the Word of God.
The wisdom of this world is foolishness unto God. Real knowledge then, is evidence that the testimony of Christ is established in us. Several of the byproducts, or fruits of the Holy Spirit, consist of goodness, righteousness and also the truth (1 Cor 1:5-8, Eph 5:9, Rom 15:13-14).
The Apostle Paul’s preaching was not with enticing words based on his own wisdom, but it was a demonstration of the incredible power of the Holy Spirit. Our faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (1 Cor 2:4-5).
The great deception within Christianity occurs because very few can rightly divide the Word of truth
2 Tim 2:15-16 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Because very few even understand what it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, this deception does indeed flourish. The very first warning Jesus gives us regarding the last days is not to be deceived (Luke 21:8).
The great deception within Christianity includes the false teachings related to Salvation, and what it means to be Born Again.
Salvation is quite impossible to obtain until the second advent of Jesus Christ at the end of this age. So if you can convince people that they already are saved, you can probably persuade them into believing many other false teachings.
One of the purposes of this deception is to keep people from ever receiving the power to endure and overcome the world through Christ. Another is to ensure they never fully comprehend the Word of God, and this also allows the false teachers, to retain their position and power.
Matt 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a sure hope of eternal life through his Holy Spirit. This is a characteristic that sets Christianity apart from all other man made religions. To allege that Salvation has already transpired is to disallow faith and hope from occurring. How can you hope for something you already claim to possess (2 Tim 2:14-18, Rom 5:2, Tit 3:7, 1 Peter 1:13).
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
You can not discuss the hope that you do not have, because of the Salvation that you claim to already possess.
1 Thes 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
It is the Comforter that Christ sent that teaches us all things and prevents us from following the deceptive doctrines of men.
The great deception within Christianity is achieved primarily because of the false teachers in the Christian church that do not want their followers to discover the Spirit of Truth.
For if they did these charlatans would be without a very lucrative income.
False teachers do usually present some truth in their sermons, but even a broken timepiece is correct a couple of times each day.
The self-righteous and hypocritical doctrines given by these impostors should prove that they deny the true power of Christ. However many want a messenger that will allow them to be comfortable in their sin. These simply wish to be lulled to sleep (2 Tim 3:1-9, 2 Tim 4:3).
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
False pretenses may be a statutory offense in a court of law, but when dealing with matters of spirituality they are quite deadly in their consequences (Rom 6;16-23, Rom 8:2, 2 Cor 1:9).
The lack of spiritual discernment leads to great deception.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
If Christ’s Spirit does not dwell within you, then you are not one of His. So then a great deception is achieved when it is widely held that to be filled with the Spirit, is an automatic occurrence when one claims to believe in Jesus and partakes in water Baptism.
There are far too many frauds at the pulpit that only regard the things of the flesh. They are in fact blind to the truth and purpose of this life and are without the Spirit of Christ.
As a result of their deceptive guidance the multitudes that they teach also have a focus on material things and selfish desires.
These people represent the word sown amongst the thorns; they have created a god that accepts their self-righteousness and worldly pursuits.
Their god rewards them with health, wealth and prosperity (Mat 6:18-28, Luke 6: 20-26).
2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The prophecies of the scripture are of no private interpretation. No individual or group has control over or final authority on the correct understanding of what is written in the Word of God.
This task is reserved for the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things.
The great deception within Christianity occurs because many people hold up their false teachers in their various Churches to a god like level
Far too many people are convinced that their church leaders are the ones that are empowered with the truth and understanding of scripture.
Matt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Seduction is a favorite tool of the false teachers, who are professional manipulators.
They use their voice, stance, confidence and image to grab the attention of a crowd and keep it. With almost a magical charm they can allure or captivate the audience with a hypnotic like manipulation of the truth.
2 Tim 2:15-16 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
It is easy to masquerade using a disguising pretense, and thus cloak or hide a self-serving agenda, under the pretext of operating as the servant or spokesperson of God (2 Cor 11:14).
The great deception within Christianity is obvious when an audience receives the doctrines of devils and is left feeling comfortable and at ease. The end result of this charade is more revenue for these wolves in sheep’s clothing and a deeper spirit of slumber and apathy for the listening audience
The Christian believer must rely on the Holy Spirit to uncover or reveal Christ’s testimony, as His truth is spiritually discerned.
Far too many have a false sense of reality and eternal security because of the deceptive teachings of men that are devoid of the Spirit of Truth. These charlatans, who are only interested in worldly pursuits, prevent their followers from growing in the Lord and having a true relationship with Him.
2 Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The false teachers in the Christian church deny the Lord Jesus by reason of their damnable heresies and bring upon themselves and their blind follower’s swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1, John 16:7, Luke 6:39).
Christ is the head of the church and no man can legally take the title of Rabbi, Father, or Shepherd.
Christ is our only Shepherd, and yet men are idolized today by many.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
Seventeen times in the New Testament the word shepherd is used. This word shepherd is always used in the singular when referring to Christ.
There is only one verse in all of the New Testament where the word shepherd, is translated to pastors (Eph 4:11). The problem with this translation is significant.
This subtle yet deceptive change, wherein the word pastor is inserted in place of Shepherd, creates a deadly precedent. This sets up albeit falsely, the justification for a hierarchy, allowing certain men to have authority over others.
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Part two of this introductory message is entitled, false teachers in the church.