There are many professional manipulators of the truth, and these false teachers in the Christian Church, have a self serving agenda, and are presently unaccountable for their deadly and deceptive doctrines. Many that claim to be Christians are merely interested in being comfortable or secure in the doctrines of these men, and their many denominations. Far too many have a false sense of reality as a result of basing their Christian security on the vain words of these false teachers in the Christian Church. The deceptive teachings of men that are devoid of the Spirit of God, prevent their followers from growing in the Lord, or even having a true knowledge of Him.
John 15:26-27 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Our teacher ultimately is the Holy Spirit that Christ sent to us. Once we have the infilling of His Spirit we can know truth, and these false teachers in the Christian Church are easily recognized as such.
Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Far too often, we hear this false prosperity message from the mouths of these false teachers in the Christian Church, “If you ask and believe all things will be yours” (Mat 21:22). However we ask and do not receive because we ask in the spirit of our own lusts. We have a fondness or love for the comforts of the world, and our prayers are towards health wealth and prosperity, all things that do indeed perish with the flesh.
Our greatest desires should be to receive the Comforter that enables us to understand His word of truth, and to 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 Christian 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 teaches; 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 Christian Church (which are also self proclaimed ministers of God) have to say. Unless the Holy Spirit has called them as teachers they should not be in this important position, and obviously speak with their own wisdom which is dangerous at best, and destructive at worst. There are of course men and women that are truly called to preach, but many who claim this calling are simply charlatans looking for fame and an easy buck at the expense of the gullible.
The simple believes every word but the wise considers all things (Prov 14:15; Rom 16:18).
Acts 20:28-30 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
We feel for these trusting individuals who are simply looking for direction, and the greater blame is to be placed on these false teachers in the Christian Church who lead them astray, up to a point. If one has submitted unto Jesus and is truly falling in love with the Word, the spirit will guide that individual unto the truth. Conversely if one is content to be comfortable in the teachings of man, and is merely a hearer of the word and not a doer, then the greater blame is to be placed upon that individual. We all are to fight a good fight, understand and finish the course set before us, and keep the faith.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
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; as a result of these works they claim to know Christ and can expect to receive from Him whatever they ask (James 4:3). Nothing could be further from the truth. These verses in first John refer to the two new commandments that Christ gave us. The old law and prophets were unto Christ, who then taught us His new law. The New Law of Christ is recorded for us in the first book of Christ’s new testimony (Math 22: 36-40).The false teachers in the Christian 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 Christian 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:
Those that think they are under the old law, or feebly attempt to follow it, after the new law in Christ is established, are not partakers of the new promise and the inheritance. Many false teachers in the Christian 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. The Word tells us the elect are sealed unto the day of redemption, this also is our time of Salvation in Christ (Eph 4:30).
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. When we spend an hour a week in a building called the church, as opposed to shining the light of Jesus and becoming the church (that is the assembly of all believers) , what profit is there for us or others. 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 Christian Church, who have convinced their congregation that the reality of Godliness they seem to possess, is as good as it gets.
John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
The body of Christ is effective when it works together as one. The church is not to be controlled by any one man, as we are to serve each other and be led by Christ alone. No individual can claim lordship over another in the Lord as we all are laborers.
No man can rightfully accept the name of a pastor when used in the context of becoming a shepherd of the church; nor should the congregation ever be asked to bring tithes to the 501 c3 organization that he claims to be head of. Eighteen times in the New Testament the word shepherd is used, in a total of seventeen different verses. It is always used in the singular, except when in reference to actual sheep herders.
But these false teachers in the Christian Church, do not want you to know that there is only one verse where the word shepherd is changed to pastors as in plural (Eph 4:11). If there was to be a hierarchy in the church apart from Christ, He would have mentioned it at least once, but He does not!
John 10:11-12 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
Jesus is the one that truly cares for us (John 10:13; 1 Peter 5:7). As our Shepherd he feeds us with His Word, protects our minds with the Hope of Salvation, and guides us with the Spirit of truth. Christ clearly stated that He alone is the Good Shepherd, He knows His elect and they know Him. The one who is hired is not the shepherd, and when these false teachers in the Christian Church see destruction coming, they will flee causing the flock to become scattered.
What a fitting description of the situation today; so many men who claim to be shepherds (or pastors) are not, but are merely false teachers in the Christian Church that lead the people astray. We can teach and evangelize with the Spirit of truth through Jesus, but are never to exercise spiritual authority over others. We all are sinners and fall short of the perfection of Christ.
Luke 22:24-26 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Christ is the head of the church and no man can legally take the title of Rabbi (that is to say Master) Father, or Shepherd. Christ is our only master and Shepherd, and we are all brethren; we are not to call any man Father on earth our Father. Remember the Lord’s prayer, “Our Father who art in Heaven” (Math 23:8,9; Eph 1:22).
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.
The teaching on tithing is not a New Testament principle, although it is widely taught by the false teachers in the Christian Church today. It is widely used as a scare or guilt tactic to fund the business ventures of Christianity today, effectively allowing the gospel to become a business, and a very profitable one at that.
Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection
Not only is teaching tithing to a new covenant church deceitful, it is also harmful and instills greed and selfishness. Everything we have belongs to the Lord, to claim that 90% of what we have is for us to do with as we please, is contrary to the teachings on this subject in scripture.
2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The body of Christ, if that is even a fair description, as a result of the false teachers in the Christian Church, is generally unwilling or unable in most cases to think for themselves. They would rather listen to men that claim a god given right to have authority over them and the gospel. Those that operate in this capacity as masters as opposed to servants do not like to be questioned regarding their doctrines; and the people really just desire to hear pleasant things about a God that thinks they are wonderful.
2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
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.