Some of the more noteworthy entries from GCM Watch blog partners deserving a read.
Apprising Ministriesasks the question Why does God allow false teachers? This is a “hand me down” post from AW Pink via Jim Bulbliz via Apprising Ministries and now via GCM Watch.
Like many of you, I come from a church that is accustomed to “binding and loosening” the devil and evil spirits of various kinds. The first few chapters of Job however, give us a different depiction of who exactly is in charge. We know it’s God, and the power of the devil does not even come close; in fact in Job we see the devil asking God’s permission to carry out his schemes.
So the question arises, if God is in charge – why does He allow so many false teachers today that are deceiving people by the bus load. A quick glance at the Top 50 churches in America leaves one wondering how we’ve gotten to this point where so many suspect teachers have accumulated giant crowds and such positive critic acclaim. A while ago however, I found this helpful excerpt from AW Pink that seemed to make some sense of the matter:
This is a very solemn question, and we must restrict ourselves to what the Scriptures say by way of reply.
“You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul“. (Deuteronomy 13:3).
From those words it is clear that God allows teachers of error for the same reason as He does persecutors of His people: to test their love, to try their fidelity, to show that their loyalty to him is such that they will not give ear unto His enemies.
Bible Outlines posts a very enlightening article which lists nine characteristics of church leaders with a narcissistic personality disorders. When you look at the false teachers we have called out on this blog, you’ll definitely see these traits. That points to one thing. They have the character traits of their father, the devil.
1) Grandiose sense of self-importance.
2) Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, beauty, or ideal love.
3) Sense of specialness, belief he can only be understood by or should associate only with other special or high-status individuals or institutions.
4) Need for excessive admiration.
5) Heightened sense of entitlement, leading to unreasonable expectations that others should treat him especially favorably or comply automatically with his expectations.
There’s more. Read here.
GCM Watch writer Brandon Davison (brdavision) takes on the word of faith movement’s “made up words” which compliment their “made up message”. This is a real “touch ya neighbor” post!
The word of God is Jesus Christ and all scriptures point to Him. From the fall of man, to the warning of the prophets, to the Psalms of David, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Followed by the epistles of Paul, Peter, James, and John and lastly the Revelations. God’s word was meant to be taught to His people. Our faith should be in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the propitiation for our sins. PERIOD!
When you place your faith in anything other than that, you are going to be disappointed. Because your faith cannot make God do anything. But, your faith in what God has already done is everything. Just because you believe that God will bless you with a new house doesn’t mean that He will. This is called a false faith. Maybe He does give you a new house, but it’s because He wanted to and not because you “faithed” Him into doing it.
Faithed? Yes it’s another made up word that I have for those who incorrectly teach the word of God. They teach that you can faithed God into doing what you want. In other words your faith is the key to the treasure box called God. Word-Faith teachers claim that God operates by spiritual law and is obliged to obey the faith-filled commands and desires of believers. Don’t believe me??
Kenneth Copeland says, “as a believer, you have a right to make commands in the name of Jesus. Each time you stand on the Word, you are commanding God to a certain extent, because it is His Word” (Our Covenant with God, p. 32). (emphasise mine)
You could easily subtitle this piece the butchery of faith. False teachers no matter what label they give themselves always misuse, abuse, misapply and obfuscate the truth of the Word to serve their own ends.