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 Church, and it is very popular.
Preaching about taking up ones cross and suffering with Christ has been replaced with the Pre-tribulation Rapture Deception.
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
Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit the truths of Christ cannot be known. One of the greatest lies that these false teachers in the Church present, is that all who accept Christ are automatically Born Again.
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.
If Christians who claim to be Born again truly were, all of the false teachers in the Church would be exposed, and their so-called church buildings would be vacant.
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
This is a real warning given to the believer, let’s examine some common teachings propagated by these false teachers in the Church, and compare them to the truth in the Word!
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.
Most false teachers in the 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 reward that the false teachers in the Church seek after, is a monetary one, and they have no problem whatsoever in twisting scriptures to facilitate this plunder. Living according to the gospel is the honor and reward for the spirit filled laborer of Christ.
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. But the false teachers in the Church are business men and money and fame are their desired goals.
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.
Our greatest desires should be to receive the Comforter that enables us to understand Christ’s testimony of truth, as we seek first the kingdom of God (James 4:3-4; Math 6:33).
John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Man is not the author of truth nor can he by himself fully understand truth. It is the Holy Spirit that shows us the truth, when we have submitted to the Lord and are in a position to receive it. If we think we have the truth by or in ourselves, we through pride have already prevented the Spirit from abiding in us. This is exactly what the false teachers in the Church are counting on.
1 Cor 2:13-14 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 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.
Unfortunately too many people readily accept any thing that these false teachers in the Church have to say. Unless the Holy Spirit has called them to be teachers they should not be in this important position, and the obvious deception that they teach proves they are frauds.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Many claim to keep the Ten Commandments, which were part of the old law, but we are no longer under the old law. The false teachers in the Church need to keep people under the bondage of Old Testament, in part to keep the tithes coming in.
To claim to be justified by the old law is actually a separation from Christ, as you are fallen from grace and not led by the spirit of truth (Gal 5:4; Gal 5:18). You will never hear this truth presented by the false teachers in the Church.
Rom 4:14 For if they which are of the law [be] heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
Many false teachers in the Church, proclaim that we are still under the Old Testament law, and falsely teach that Salvation is accomplished through a formula of words to be recited. Christ never spoke of keeping the Sabbath. We are under no obligation to keep or observe this as a day of rest; we are however to keep every day holy as unto the Lord.
There is no profit in this pretend game of playing church that so many succumb to. There is however great profit for the false teachers in the Church, who have convinced their congregation that the reality of Godliness that they present is the truth. The true joy, wisdom and power that comes from a Spirit filled relationship with Jesus is never realized by those who are kept from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.