The New Testament warns us that there would be great confusion in the last days. People would turn with itching ears to leaders that would say what they wanted to hear concerning God, His purposes and His ways.
We are in that day.
If you want to find a religious leader who will say what you want to hear, you can find him or her. If you want to find a ‘Christian’ leader who will water down the Word to make you comfortable they are plentiful. If you want to find a ministry that refuses to espouse any type of solid Word based doctrine you need not look too far. In fact, some of these types of so-called leaders will declare others who believe in absolute truth and solid doctrine as being legalistic, pharisaical and unloving, thus causing preachers of truth to be ignored through false accusation.
Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!
I see two heresies entering the Church of Jesus Christ like a flood of muddied water. The first deals with sin and its effect upon man. The second concerns the judgment of the world that is clearly spelled out in scripture.
Sin, plain and simple, ruined us and caused us to become children of the devil. I didn’t say that, the apostle John did.
1 John 3:8–10 (LEB) 8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this reason the Son of God was revealed: in order to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Everyone who is fathered by God does not practice sin, because his seed resides in him, and he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are evident: everyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, namely, the one who does not love his brother.
To say that God is the Father of everyone apart from the born-again experience is a false teaching. To equate creation with spiritual fatherhood is two different things. Sin separated us from the family of God. The doctrine of original sin must never be compromised. God doesn’t father sin. To say that sin is a minor issue and that everyone is a child of God by virtue of physical birth not only cheapens but also mocks the Cross of Calvary!
…I say this not to be combative. I say this out of a heart of love for truth and people. Without the truth being proclaimed, the need for salvation will never be realized or experienced. The call to repentance becomes empty and acceptance of Christ’s death burial and resurrection for eternal salvation is made null and void.
The second heresy is that the world will not go through judgment. I don’t know where to even begin with this one. The plethora of teaching concerning the last days and how everything wraps up is confusing enough in and of itself. However, to ignore the judgments to come is likened to Israel of old before captivity. They had prophets prophesying God won’t let anything happen to us while others, the ones we call both major and minor prophets whose words we have recorded as holy scripture, prophesied just the opposite. One was found true, the other false.
I believe in basic Kingdom Theology but not at the expense of ignoring so many scriptures clearly warning of final judgment! In the end the Kingdom of our God will manifest upon the earth but it will not be for everyone. It will only come after a time of sin being purged from the earth through judgments clearly ordained of Jesus Himself.
Luke 12:49 (LEB) 49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish that it had been kindled already!
…The apostle Peter himself clearly taught a fiery judgment to come.
2 Peter 3:7 (LEB) 7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly people.
…The apostle John at the end of the Book of Revelation gave this very profound warning to not minimize the words he had written.
Revelation 22:18–19 (LEB) 18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and from the holy city that are written in this book.
Don’t drink the Kool-Aid of false teaching!
Kool-Aid is a mixture of water and different flavoring. It is a medical fact and a spiritual truth that pure water is the healthiest for us to drink. We must long for and drink the pure water of God’s Word if we want to be spiritually healthy and sound before the LORD. Bitter and sweet water should not flow from the same spring. That in and of itself is the root of much confusion in these last days. Leaders who ‘seem’ so solid in one area and yet so incredibly weak in another are the most dangerous to the body of Christ and the most difficult to discern for the immature and for those who like the Kool-Aid better.