The ministry of warning

BY BRDAVISON

J991968Are people who are given a charge to warn people about false teachers a legitimate function in the Body of Christ?

Picture yourself in the shoes of the Apostle Paul. You’ve diligently labored to bring a church up to spiritual maturity in Christ. Yet you know that when you leave, some of the very men you have taught will turn against you, pervert the gospel and lead others into spiritual darkness. What’s more, others from the outside will move in to attack the church. What would you do? You have to leave because there’s work to do elsewhere. Its a troubling moment for Paul. He does leave, but not before delivering a stern and chilling warning.

And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 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. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” Acts 20:25-31

Today, Paul’s admonition is just as urgent and necessary as it was in those times. In fact it is even more urgent. With the proliferation of instant media, false teachers can easily reach millions of people and put them in danger.

As an apostle, Paul stood before church leaders whom he had trained for some three years. Its apparent he had deeply invested quite a bit of himself in them.  But nonetheless some would still fall into the trap. The contemporary church is in trouble. It has lain dormant in a state of spiritual sluggishness for far too long while threats continue to mount from both inside and out. We now have allowed the enemies of God to show their ugly faces.

What seems to be in short supply these days are preachers who take the ministry of warning seriously. This kind of preacher preaches truth without respect of persons. More and more we’re all having to face this painful reality. Because of the love of money and a failure to walk humbly, more preachers are focusing on filling up the seats rather than care and protection of the flock of God. This is a serious dereliction of duty which endangers the sheep. The church is not a money making junket for men to pay their bills. The church should be a meeting place for the body of Christ. If you didn’t catch our series on the church and the kingdom, read it here, here, and here.

In the text, Paul states “I am pure from the blood of all men”. Why does he say this? The only way to be pure from the “blood of men” is to preach God’s word without error.  Its God’s word that is the foundation for truth and freedom.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Its a given that if  leaders deviate from the Word, they will fall into error. Although God’s messengers teach truth, the message is subject to rejection. As reported by The Foundation-Jesus Christ blog: “Because the truth is not presented to the sheep, biblical illiteracy is at an all time high”. Thus, Paul instructs the overseers to take heed therefore. Whenever the word therefore appears, always look to see what it’s “there for”!  Taking heed means: do not conduct business as usual!
Wolves are nothing to play with! Certainly not ones that are “ravenous” and “grievous”.  A Shepherd has two main responsibilities towards the flock. (1) feed them. Reference Jeremiah 3:15 and (2) guard them with his own life Reference John 10:11.   Sheep must be made aware of the enemy. The wolf’s #1 tactic against the sheep is to appear to be one of them! Calling out the wolf is beneficial for everyone at risk.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”  How can you beware if you are not aware?  In Ephesians 5:11 it further tells us: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  The scripture is certainly clear and Paul, who was the author of Ephesians, does not contradict himself in Acts.
Leaders, wake up and take heed!
At one church I recently attended,  the pastor allowed a itinerant preacher to come in and speak to the congregation. It was very unfortunate the speaker was allowed to regurgitate the unscriptural word of faith doctrine.  But what’s even worst is that the pastor clapped and praised the man. I was astonished that a pastor who had been given the responsibility to guard the sheep actually allowing a false teacher access to the flock. Of course it was “entertaining”. But it seems that protecting the flock has given way to entertaining the flock, and in the long run this can only be detrimental to the spiritual development of those who need it most.
The message coming from many of today’s leaders isnt one of warning, repentance or watchfulness, its a nonstop praise party! Concerts, plays, parties, anniversaries, dances, cruises, comedy shows, musicals, contests, you name it, anything to keep the sheep happy and unaware of the dangers they face. When “preaching” does rise to the top, its nothing more that the latest inspirational best you-better you Osteen-esque therapy session.

Terry Moore,  a Virginia blogger summed things up well:

I have become so frustrated, disgusted, and disillusioned with many of the men and women who call themselves Christian pastors today. I’ve had it just about up to my eyeballs with their spineless and gutless methods of leading their flocks. With the exception of those who pastor fundamentalist churches, most of them refuse to preach about sin or hell anymore.
They spend of all of their time in the pulpit focusing on God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. It’s all well and good to preach about those things, as they are a big part of God’s nature. But there is another side to God – a side of high moral standards and judgment and punishment. When a pastor omits that side of God, it is a clear dereliction of duty.”

The ministry of warning
The office that comes with authority also comes with a mandate to warn. When authority is given one can almost guarantee there’s a penalty attached for not holding the office with integrity.  Why does God warn people and why does he charge his leaders to warn people?
Because warning allows time for escape to safety. It gives time to prepare and repent, thus avoiding potentially devastating consequences. The ministry of warning in the scripture is expansive in both Testaments.
Consider that:
  • Noah warned the people for 100 years that it was going to rain.
  • Jeremiah warned Isreal repeatedly that because of their sin, God would send them into captivity
  • Jonah was sent to warn Nineveh that God’s judgment would fall on them.
  • In Matthew 24, Jesus warned his disciples among other things that “many false Christs would arise who would deceive many

Likewise,  Paul warned the Ephesian elders, told them what was coming and how to withstand it. God is speaking again, warning again, through this blog and through other watchmen on the wall. And although a warning does not mean people will necessarily hear and take heed, it does say much about the goodness of God. He cares enough to warn us so that we can escape the danger.

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26 thoughts on “The ministry of warning

  1. Very good article! No wonder the Bible says that many are called , but few chosen. Our God is Love, but he is also a Consuming Fire. He is a jealous God. Jesus said “If you love Me, keep My commandments”. Where is the fear of the Lord? Is that why there is such wisdom lacking in the church? There are so few people I know that I can even discuss things like this with. The “itching ears” don’t want to hear things not pleasing to the flesh. If the righteous scarcely be saved…?

  2. @Stand for Truth-thank you! The fear of the Lord has been replaced with the love of money, recognition, and admiration from men.

    In today’s church, if you don’t fall in line you will be rejected by them. Similar to the treatment of Jesus from the religious leaders of His day.

    God died for everybody, but will everybody really receive Him? Jesus had many followers who went everywhere He went, and appeared to be true disciples but eventually they left him, because they were never with him in the first place.

    Our job is to warn those who don’t know….and continue to warn those who do.

  3. I want to start off by saying that I have enjoyed reading the articles on this site. I gave my life to Christ about four years. The Lord delivered me from a life of alcohol, partying, drugs, and all sorts of evil sexual desires. He has placed me in a ministry in Eatonton, Georgia where the full canon of the Word is taught. I agree with a lot that is said about preachers who are not living up to the moral standards of the Word. I also agree that people should be warned about these people. However, I do have a few concerns. I read on here that some of the posters on this site believe that preachers shouldn’t preach so much about God’s love and grace, but they should focus more attention on sin and repentance. For some reason I am not convinced of their argument in this area. Do they not realize that the majority of the people that attend any specific church are members or frequent visitors. This leads me to believe that most of these people are supposed to saved already. As a result, why does a preacher need to continuously hammer away at the sin that has already been forgiven by God. I am very aware of what Paul writes about this in Romans chapter 6. I just think that instead of focusing on the sins or potential sins of the people, maybe the preacher should talk about the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. They need to teach them that because of the finished work of Jesus they are in right-standing with God and no sin they commit can ever negate it. Jesus told the disciples that if they love him, they will keep His commandments. Jesus spoke to the people about sin ad repentance in the sense that they were not already saved. Paul taught the people about God’s saving grace. the majority of His writings were about your rights and freedom in Christ. However, some posters seem to only fous on the sriptures about false teachers. By the way, just because a person doesn’t subscribe to your particular understanding of a certain scripture doesn’t mean they are a false teacher. One person sees a glass half full, the other sees it half empty. they are both right based on their given perspective. I would like a response tio my concerns. thank you and God bless.

  4. One of the great revivalists of yesteryear was Charles Finney. A look at his work would put most preachers of today to utter shame. Finney preached hard against sin and demanded people repent. He preached until they realized they were in danger of hell and the only salvation was repentance and faith in Christ. He had a rhythmic style of preaching that was fiery and pricked the hearts of his listeners.

    He would even publicly call the names of people who were doing things not pleasing to God and rebuke them.

    But today it seems everyone is trying to be nice and not “drive people away” They preach to please and structure their words so that they do not offend anyone (but God). Preachers are too afraid that people will leave (and take their money with them. Thats what’s really behind why preachers are not warning the people of the consequences of their sins and the dangers of false teachers. M-O-N-E-Y

  5. Marvin thanks so much for reading brother. I want you to know that none of the official authors on this blog (myself, brdavision, shofarsound) advocate such a position that preachers shouldn’t preach about God’s love and grace. If you are referring to the comment embedded in this article, here’s what the person said:

    “They spend of all of their time in the pulpit focusing on God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. It’s all well and good to preach about those things, as they are a big part of God’s nature. But there is another side to God – a side of high moral standards and judgment and punishment. When a pastor omits that side of God, it is a clear dereliction of duty.”

    My understanding is that he is only saying you cant ONLY preach God’s love and grace but never talk about God’s judgment and punishment for sin. He is saying both are equally important. Which of course is true.

    You said “some of the posters” believed otherwise. You would need to cite who and what they said specifically in order for us to deal with it.

    The second concern you raised was “just because a person doesn’t subscribe to your particular understanding of a certain scripture doesn’t mean they are a false teacher.” Very true. We have on several occasions specifically what qualifies a person to be identified as a “false teacher”. Its not as you said simple disagreement with each other. Its an intentional diversion from what the Word of God clearly teaches. For example if the word of God says that homosexuality is an abomination and yet a person intentionally teaches that homosexuality is a “gift from God” such a person is a false teacher.

    You can look more at that in this article.

  6. I believe Paul said it best in Galatians:

    Galatians 1:6-10 (King James Version)

    6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

    7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

    8But 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.

    9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

    10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

    Any time The gospel is perverted its false. Anytime the deity of Christ is denied, its false. The bible presents the truth from the very lips of God. Word of faith teachers present another Jesus not presented in scripture that makes it false. Prosperity teachers twist and pervert scripture to get others to follow them, instead of Christ, that declares them false.

  7. I would like to thank you guys for your responses. You make very valid points. I sometimes get weary of the “over-emphasis” on false teachers and false doctrine. I find it interesting that we as Christians spend so much time on refuting one another with scripture. In many instances, each side can use scripture to justify his or her point. It is a bit ironic that most of the scriptures used by people to condemn perceived heresy were written by someone who many early believers would have called a false teacher. I willingly admit that Paul had and still has a powerful testimony. However, people during his day had every right to believe he was a false teacher spouting false doctrine (remember he onced persecuted them). It took time and the Holy Spirit to convince people that he was genuine in his efforts to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am sure he was misquoted and misunderstood. This brings me to this point. While it is true that some heresy exists (ex. Jesus is not the only way), it doesn’t negate teaching that is “non-traditional” but is still the truth. For instance, many believers are convinced that the “prosperity gospel” is false teaching. I admit that many preachers have butchered the Word in this area by teaching that all you have to do is give them money and you will prosper. However, this should not do away with the fact that God wants his people to prosper. God doesn’t and has never had a problem with his people prospering. He has a problem with disobedience to His Word. God doesn’t want the acquiring of wealth to surplant His place in your heart. Furthermore, many teachers don’t focus solely on money in terms of prosperity bu rather on complete and total life prosperity. This doesn’t mean we won’t face hardship sometimes, but God doesn’t want us to live life always struggling waiting for the by and by. Jesus commissoned us to occupy until He comes, not to live a defeated lifestyle. I have noticed that many believers mistakenly try to literally partake in the sufferings of Christ because that’s what Paul said he did. They fail to realize that Paul had a specific race that he had to run that included beatings, stonings, and persecution. God did not call every believer to run that type of race. God holds you accountable to your own race which may not include those things (except pesecutions because ofthe Word). Where did people get the idea that God wants them to be broke, sick, and defeated on Earth. God did not change between the Old and New Testaments. He is God and changes not. He does not want us today to prosper any less than the Old testament saints. Be blessed and I receive all responses.

  8. @Marvin-you said: “I sometimes get weary of the “over-emphasis” on false teachers and false doctrine.”

    How could you? With the abundance of false teachers out there who relentlessly attack and destroy the people of God you should be weary of those who are led astray. False teachers are not CHRISTIANS!

    Jesus Said:

    “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:10-12) King James Version

    Many will be fooled and tricked, while satan laughs and laughs at the misfortune of God’s people. There should be more and more people who stand up on the word of God and issue more and more warnings.

    Your “feelings” are the reason why the church is in the state that it is now. Instead of doing exactly what the word says we would rather do what “feels” good. It feels good to be quiet and not step on the toes of others. It feels good to have man receive us and think we are just the best thing since “sliced bread”. It doesn’t feel good to be rejected because you preach the truth. But thats just the way God set it up. Paul told Timothy to be willing to suffer for the preaching of the Gospel.

    That “feel good” will only last for a minute…Jesus will soon come back and judge (those who are unrepented) for all the things done because they “felt good”.

    Get out of feelings and do what the word of God says.

  9. Friends,

    I’m reminded of the Lord when speaking to his prophet Ezekiel said, “If I tell you to tell the sinner man to turn from his sin, and you do not, he will die in his sin, and the blood will be required on your hands, if I tell you to tell the righteous man to turn from his sin, and you do not, I will remember his righteousness no more, and the blood will be required on your hands.” As such we are required to confront the false, we see in the bk of Rev, Christ rebuking the church of Thyrtia for allowing a false prophetess to run around, fully knowing she was false. He rebuked the church saying he wanted her confronted so that she could change, rather then confront her they allowed her to spread her evil, so Christ in so many words said, I’m going to take care of her and also take care of you, for allowing that which you knew to be false to infest the flock.

    This is to friend Marvin West who spoke about the usage of scripture to back up certain beliefs and agendas, I cannot deny that what you said is true, because it is, Christ has not called us to be in denial but to see things as they are. But as I spoke during the beginning of my comments contained in Ezekiel, I encourage not to be faint when confronting and dealing w/those who are false, because if you do the Lord will hold you accountable for those who are lead astray and also for those, who need to be shocked out of there falsehood, as Peter did Simon in the bk of Acts.

  10. @brdavision—I would like to thank you for your response to my post. It is good to have people who are willing to engage you intelligently. I must admit that I need clarity from both you and Tony Davis. Although I have read articles on this site about false teachers, I would like to hear your Biblical definition of a false teacher. I found your statement: “False teachers are not CHRISTIANS!” to be quite interesting? Is a false teacher only someone who teaches something that is completely against scripture or is not even stated in the Word of God? or Are those that teach things other than the “traditional” interpretation also included as false teachers.

    I think there is a distinct difference in the two, but it appears that the two types of teachers are grouped together. For example, the comment Tony Davis made about Peter’s rebuke of Simon the magician is the traditional interpretation of that portion of scripture and it goes along with brdavision’s opinion that false teachers are not christians. Many people teach that Simon probably did not really believe. However, that goes against scripture because the Bible says “Simon himself also believed and when he was baptized he continued with Philip.” The falsehood that Tony Davis talks about was not false teaching. It was an incorrect perspective on the matter. However, Peter rebuked him but did not deny his sincerity in receiving Christ. This is an example of what Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter 12 verse 2: “and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renwing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Simon’s mind had not been renewed in that area yet. He was still operating according to his old way of doing things. He was like any other new believer that needs the Word of God to was away all the old ways of thinking and feeling. Not many preachers teach that portion of scripture from this perspective so does this qualify me as a false teacher? Furthermore @brdavision, only God knows the heart of a person. For you sir/madame to say false teachers are not Christians is a bit presumptuous. They could just be teaching the traditional view of scripture. For example, do you consider those that incorrectly exegete scripture to justify living in poverty as a sign on humbleness and spirituality to be false teachers and therefore not Christians?

  11. @Marvin-GCMWATCH provided a link for you to visit above. Please click that link and read it. It is titled Recognizing a False Prophet! But since you probably won’t check it out, I’ll post the information for you.

    (1) Does the prophet speak in the name of a god other than the true God revealed in Scripture?

    If a prophet speaks in the name of Allah or Baal or Vishnu [or any human], you can be assured that he is a false prophet. “If a prophet… rises among you and gives you a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known), and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of the prophet…for the Lord your God is testing you.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

    (2) Does the prophet’s message pass the test of Scripture?

    If a prophet tells you that you can be saved by putting your faith in Mary, the mother of Jesus, you can be certain he is not a spokesman for God. [be careful to note also now many are using science as a god of authority against the word particularly on issues of sexuality. If science conflicts with the truth of scripture, it is to be rejected.] “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

    (3) Does the prophet’s life manifest or demonstrate a commitment to holiness?

    If a prophet lives a sinful life, his prophecies are to be doubted. “Among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing; the committing of adultery and walking in falsehood… Therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood and make them drink poisonous water.’” (Jeremiah 23:14-15)

    (4) Does the prophet’s teaching produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)?

    If the prophet’s followers are motivated to worldly living, the prophet does not speak for God.“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits… a good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-16,18)

    (5) Does the prophet emphasize vain visions?

    If the prophet focuses on personal visions with sensational insights (visits to Heaven or Hell, for example), his words are to be distrusted. “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by… taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind.” (Colossians 2:18)

    6) Does the prophet deliver only “positive” messages?
    If the prophet never issues a call for repentance, he is to be suspect. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; they speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, ‘You will have peace…” They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’”(Jeremiah 23:16-17)

    (7) Does the prophet appear to be greedy for monetary gain?

    If the prophet operates in a manner that makes it appear that his greatest interest is money, he is to be avoided. “From the least even to the greatest, everyone is greedy for gain; from the prophet even to the priest, everyone practices deceit. And they heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, saying, “Peace, peace.” But there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 8:10-11)

    (8) Does the prophet focus on the exaltation of Jesus?

    If a prophet tries to bring attention to himself or focuses on the Antichrist or the sensational, he is to be questioned.“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”(Revelation 19:10) Over and over, the Word of God commands us to test all messages lest we be deceived and led astray. Paul urged the people of Berea to test everything he taught them, and they did so by “examining the Scriptures daily” to see whether what he was teaching was scriptural (Acts 17:10-11). Paul was an apostle! How much more so should we test everything we hear taught by the standard of the Word of God. The tragedy is that most professing Christians today are incapable of testing anything because they are biblically ignorant. There is a famine of the Word in most churches today (Amos 8:11) as people are fed a diet of pop psychology and positive thinking. What about you? Are you in the Word on a daily basis? Are you capable of testing doctrine by Scripture? If not, then you are a sitting duck for deception. “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

    (My Words) A false teacher or prophet is one who attempts to led people away from God. Interpretation issues aside, if you deny the deity of Christ, deny the authenticity of the bible, or present a distorted view of Jesus you can consider yourself a false teacher. Prosperity is not just an issue of interpretation, but its a distorted view of Christ’ atoning work on the cross. Since you like scripture you show me one passage where Jesus promised you monetary gain. I’m not against it (Prosperity) at all, but I am against those who try to twist scripture to prove a point. Some will have an abundance of money others will not…they should just leave it at that.

    Visit this link for more information: http://thefoundationjc.blogspot.com/2010/11/john-macarthur-rebukes-joel-osteen.html

  12. Good article–a lot of great points–the problem we are seeing today is that the majority of self-professing Christians aren’t reading their Bibles–now these people may be reading religious books by ministers,authors or “theologians” that are about the Bible, or, non-fiction books by people who say they hold to the Christian faith, but, people are still not reading the Bible,they are reading these books instead.You may as well add TV and radio preachers to the mix as well.I don’t care how doctrinially sound any of these folks are –people need to do the reading,thinking and work themselves.Don’t leave your salvation to authors,theologians,and TV/radio preachers who are making a great living from doing what you should be doing yourself! So how can I make this assumption that people are not reading their Bibles? I make it because of articles like the one above. Why else would people allow, listen to, or accept such obviously screwy,flawed “theology?” Again,it’s because they don’t read the Word.Ask yourself this,who was the Bible written for? The highly educated,Bible college grad? I don’t think so.Think of the 1st century Church,the only education needed was, and still is, the ability to read or have someone read to you.If peoples’ faith was really important to them,they wouldn’t entrust it to others,much less a stranger.

  13. Bro., Marvin,

    You appear to be one w/some understanding of scripture, but I must ask you pertaining to what I’ve just said of you, why do you inquire of the legitamacy of false individuals when the scriptures clearly teach of such that is both OT and NT. Yes when I spoke of the incident between Peter and Simon that was a different perspective I gave, because there are those who are walking in false beliefs and need to rebuked sharply to shock them out of such belief, such is the case w/Simon. But when referring to false prophets/teachers/pastors these are people, male and female who have chosen this course. Read the bk of Jude and see where he speaks saying, “they came from among us” in order to teach there damnable heresies they must have knowledge of the word in order to twist it.

    The Apostle John when speaking of those who are false says of them, “if they were ever w/us they would’ve never left us.” When confronting his doubting apostle, Jesus said to Thomas, “put off your doubting and believe” I say to you put off your doubting of that which you should know to be true, concerning those who are false, receive Bro., Davidson instruction and teaching of this most obvious institution. Do not be entangled w/that which you want to receive, but receive that which you need to receive.

  14. @brdavision- I thank you for giving me the rundown on false prophets and teachers. It really is not my aim to deny the existence of false teaching and teachers. I was just looking for your definition of them. You have given me a very extensive outlook on this subject. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this. My goal in life is to have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of those I encounter using the gospel of Jesus Christ. I usually do not get into discussions about false teachers because i think it takes time away from the message of the cross. I understand you are just running the race God has called you to run. I feel my call is to spread the Word of God to all nations and use my God-given wealth to help promote the gospel in whatever way the Lord sees fit. My attitude towards God and total life prosperity is that I not only believe can bless me financially but also believe that He will bless me. According to My Faith be it done unto me.

    @Tony Davis-I am not really inquiring of the legitimacy of false teachers. I understand that they exist; I just tend to focus on the light of the Word that is the only thing that can cast out the darkness of false teachers. I will heed your advice. Thanks and be blessed.

  15. Marvin make sure that you send Witness Ministries a big donation. We need it to spread the message of deliverance to men and women who are trapped in churches who wont tell them they can be free from homosexuality.

    See our website for the donation link and thank you in advance.

  16. @Dave-thanks for reading. And you are definitely right the advancement in technology has praved the way for spiritual laziness. People now say: “Why read my bible when I can listen to my favorite preacher on radio or tv?” With the state of fallen man one cannot be trusted above personal bible study. And I believe that the same Holy Spirit working inside of me will also teach someone and else and bring us all to one doctrinally sound view of Jesus.

    Because of that lack of personal study the people have either forgotten or have never known at all one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit:

    John 14:26 (King James Version)

    26But 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.

    The Holy Spirit is suppose to teach us and bring back to our rememberance everything Jesus taught us. But you must have something to bring back to rememberance or you will find yourself lost and tangled in false doctrine.

  17. @GCMWATCH-Amen!!

    @Marvin-you’re welcome sir….please make that donation….the true body of Christ could really use your help.

    @Tony Davis-Thanks for reading and helping me explain…

  18. This is probably one of the best articles that I have seen on this site.
     
    I believe that those who have grace gifts are given those gifts to help to build the people of God. The issues about The Master Builder and The Cornerstone could be addressed in another article but ostensibly we are spokespeople for God and as such, we have a duty to be
     
    Voices of Witness of Christ’s Truth
    Voices of Protest against Deception
    Voices of Warning to the careless and unholy.
     
    Sadly church politics, church culture, tradition and the desire for money, a good name and popularity all appear to stifle God’s Voice in the church.  Acts 20 (verses 28-33), is one of my favourites scriptures that I use when teaching the people about:
     
    Deception in the church
    The reasons why people need to be diligent in knowing who, and what they allow to influence them
    The need to learn to test doctrine
    The false church in its very many guises (the day of the few is now)
    The life-saving necessity of studying for themselves, so as to be immersed in God’s Truth and for God’s Truth to fill their lives. 
    The need to distinguish the difference between church (organisation) rule and biblically sound teaching
     
    If we look, at the warnings that Paul speaks
     
    Take heed therefore unto yourselves (Check yourself)
    And to all the flock (remember your duty of service)
    Over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers (Rev 2 v 2 explains this beautifully – it is not supposed to be a man-made system)
    To feed the church of God (not the sheep feed the shepherd)
    After my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you (not Hirelings that have been in the majority but the Wolves that are coming to devour)
    Not sparing the flock (exploit, take advantage, use, devour, manipulate and not care of the effects of their behaviour on your life)
    Also of your own selves (people that you think you know, that you probably trusted)
    Shall men arise (those that along the way allowed pride to dictate to their ego, so that they forgot what it was that they are supposed to be  but like Judas many were deceivers from the beginning)
    Speaking perverse things (false doctrine, where Jehovah’s Sovereignty becomes replaced by doctrines that are after the glorification and satisfaction of men)
    To draw away disciples after them (to become gods themselves but Psalm 8 v 4-5 tells us who we really are, it says we are lowers than the angels)
    I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. (this is what they will do and are doing, because of covetousness they will exploit the vulnerable, poor and the real needy)
     
    This is a dire warning but if you read Revelation 13, look at what is in store for the future.  Revelation 13 v 16 -17 “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
     
    Therefore we have a duty to be Voices of God’s Truth, because if we are not the consequences are dire.   
     

  19. @Ken-Thanks for reading!! You said: “Sadly church politics, church culture, tradition and the desire for money, a good name and popularity all appear to stifle God’s Voice in the church.”

    If this “ain’t the truth, I don’t know what is. I wanna break down each point a little further. This is some good stuff!!

    Why God’s voice is far from the church of today….

    1. church politics-Church is a big ol game to be played. There are folks you’ve got to jump over or go around. And then there are folks who are the key to your success. In today’s church you must keep these kind of folks happy so that you can matriculate in the ministry.

    2. church culture and tradition-Today’s church culture is nothing like the first century church culture we have to many hypocrites and yes men that even if the truth was to surface no one would be able to receive it anyways. Our culture is this fake passive “Love of Jesus” that we are hiding behind to allow folks to do whatever they want. Also there are so many living in unrepeated sin that no one can righteously judge. Tradition has take precedence over the word of God just like the pharisees and their oral law in the time of Jesus. We are more worried about keeping the traditions of the elders (washing hands) then keeping the laws of God (honoring our mother and fathers). Matthew 15:1-11

    3. The love and desire for money-this is the major set back of the church. You seen the movie the pursuit of Happiness? Well the church is the main star of a new movie “The Pursuit of Money”. Everything in the church is controlled by money. A word of truth cannot be spoken to any member for fear of them leaving the church and taking their money with them. We have these gigantic buildings that have to be paid for and the pastor chooses to sacrifice people hearing the truth so that money will continue coming in. Big Mistake….

    4. A good name and popularity-to keep a good name you cannot step on anyone toes or feet. Your popularity is connected to your ability to not speak the truth. When you are a useless yes man or a follow the leader type. You will move up….this is so sad…..

  20. The wonderful thing about God, He gives warning before judgement comes. Where people get it twisted they think because judgement doesn’t come immediately that God is lax, however God is longsuffering and eagerly awaits for repentance from a heart that humbled and person finally comes to themselves seeing the sin there lives.

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