People still operate as if they were under the old law of bondage, by attempting to hold on to the Sabbath and tithing. Many believe that they are saved (by works) after reciting scriptures they don’t understand, that will never enter their hearts. Declaring that god wants to bless us with everything we desire to satisfy the desires of our flesh, is the new gospel presented by the false teachers in the Christian Church, and it sells. Preaching about taking up ones cross and suffering with Christ, has been replaced with a get out of dodge rapture ticket well before any of the bad stuff happens.
The teaching of man is put ahead of the words of Christ and discernment is just not there, as well most confuse the feelings of excitement they get from an entertaining experience with that of the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
The majority of those who wish to become church leaders typically pursue a master’s in religious studies, ministry, divinity, or theology. They typically attend a theological seminary or college where they obtain these degrees. Some even hold doctorates in theology or ministry. After this schooling the individual is then qualified to speak on topics such as hermeneutics, literary criticism, theological anthropology and dispensationalism.
People generally speaking are attracted to the wisdom of men and pay special attention to those that have doctorates in ministry. When these men use words such as hermeneutics and the like, the congregation becomes enamored with the supposed spiritual understanding and superior intellect of these leaders.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Man made institutions, governments and bureaucracies are more often than not full of trickery and deceit. Satan, who according to scripture is the god of this world, has infiltrated most of them. Do not think for a second he has not placed false teachers in the Christian Church, and apostates in schools of theology as well. The Christian believer must rely on the Holy Spirit to uncover or reveal Christ’s testimony, as His truth is spiritually discerned.
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 evidence of the infiltration by the enemy into the church body is two fold. It shows up in the various belief systems that the clergy cling to after graduating from these so-called centers of higher learning. Then these false teachers in the Christian Church pass on these blatant lies to their congregations, that fully embraces both the teacher and the message.
Eph 4:11-14 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
This is a real warning given to the believer, let’s examine some common teachings propagated by these false teachers in the Christian Church, and compare them to the truth in the Word!
Let Those That Rule Well Be Counted Worthy Of Double Honour
1 Tim 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Much time has been invested here in the diligent study of the Word, allowing the spirit to lead, so as to reveal sound biblical truths. Most false teachers in the Christian Church would say that the double honor mentioned here is monetary in nature, and payable in part to them. However the true laborer has the reward of living by the very words of the gospel that they preach.
1 Cor 9:13-14 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
The honor is (to the best of our ability) to live according to the gospel we preach. Those who attempt to preach with worldly knowledge deceive and scatter people, thus preventing them from coming to the truth in Christ. The reward that the false teachers in the Christian Church seek after, is a monetary one, and they have no problem whatsoever in twisting scriptures to facilitate this plunder. The man who is called by God to preach truly loves the Lord and His flock. Living according to the gospel is the honor and reward for this spirit filled laborer of Christ.
1 Cor 12:18-20 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.
God has set the members which make up the assembly, which are the church and thus the whole body. God does this and not man, and it is the institution of the school of the Holy Spirit where we are taught (properly and in truth) so we can then share these truths with others.
Also in this school none of us receive a doctorate as Christ is our physician; we know in part and are ever learning. Our graduation ceremony is when Christ returns with our diploma, and says well done faithful servant (Math 25:21).
The meaning for the word honor, that is used in double honor in first Timothy 5:17, in no way refers to money (1 Cor 12: 23; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Peter 1:7). Likewise the reward spoken of in first Timothy 5:18, is not one of a monetary nature either.
Matt 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matt 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Matt 10:7-8 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
We are not to turn the sharing of the gospel message into a business opportunity, and no one should profit from sharing Christ with others.
Since the advent of Christ’s new law, several changes were made that are not understood by the false teachers in the Christian Church or their converts. Large glamorous building are never to be referred to as churches, as this is the title for the body of Christ. The Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands; the true believer that follows Jesus with Faith Hope and Love is where the Holy Spirit now dwells (Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24; 1Cor 3:17; 1Cor 6:19).
Gal 1:6-8 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
False teachers in the Christian Church do usually present some truth in their sermons, however the majority of the messages they present will be based upon their own varied interpretations. Many present a message that makes their audience feel comfortable and at ease. This allows them to grow and collect more revenue while the listening audience falls deeper into a spirit of slumber and apathy.
We are not to receive the gospel of men, it can only lead us astray. We should not be impressed with men that exalt themselves before many, as they will be humbled. these enjoy the praises and loved to be called father, rabbi or pastor (Isa 2:11; Mat 23:5-12).
To get an idea of the level of pride that we are dealing with, just go to a bookstore and look up the most popular Christian authors, the entire cover of these books will be dedicated to their name and picture. Some of these the false teachers in the Christian Church, even produce study bibles with their names on them. People spend far more time listening to men and reading their writings than they do in the word of God.
1 Cor 9:18 What is my reward then? …
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