Prophecies Happening NOW
APOSTASY - DECEPTION WITHIN THE CHURCH
COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANITY

True Christianity vs Counterfeit Christianity

False Prophets in the Church Today

Christian Teachers Preaching False Doctrines

Silent, Useless (Pious) Christians

A Pandemic In Christendom: Calling Out Evangelical Compromise In The Church

False Religions

  • Anything that does not teach the Old Testament

  • Anything that does not teach Bible prophecy (1/3 of the Bible)

  • Anything that does not support Israel

  • False Religions EXPOSED! (jesus-is-savior.com)

  • Amillennialism

  • Postmillennialism

    • Sees Christ’s second coming as occurring after the “millennium,” a golden age or era of Christian prosperity and dominance

    • What is postmillennialism?

 

  • Christian Palestinianism

    • Inverted mirror image of Christian Zionism.  All the basic elements of a Christian Zionist eschatology are reversed

      • The Bible is seen to be Christian, not Jewish

      • The land of the Bible is Palestine not Israel

      • The Son of God is a Palestinian not a Jew

      • The Holocaust is resented not remembered

      • 1948 is a catastrophe not a miracle

      • The Jewish people are illegal occupiers not rightful owners

      • Biblical prophecy is a moral manifesto and not a signpost to the Second Coming

    • Christian Palestinianism

 

  • Seeker Sensitive Movement

  • Charismatic Movement

Can a Christian be a Democrat?  Democratic Policies vs Christian Policies​

The Democratic Party's War on Christianity

Democrat Party Passes Resolution Against Christianity

Bible Banned and Labeled as "Hate Speech!"

Biden’s Public Enemies List: Are Christians Domestic Terrorists?

Framing Christians as Domestic Terrorists

Why do the Democratic party oppose God and the Bible?

How a Biden presidency would unleash Christian persecution

Can a Christian be a Democrat?

Can You Be Christian and a Democrat?

Should a Christian be a Republican or a Democrat?

No such thing as a ‘Christian Democrat’ - The party is now so extreme that no follower of Christ can align with it

True Christianity vs Counterfeit Christianity

https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-16-true-versus-counterfeit-christianity-philippians-31-3

 

About 20 years ago a survey of 7,000 Protestant youths from many denominations asked whether they agreed with the following statements:

  • “The way to be accepted by God is to try sincerely to live a good life.” More than 60% agreed.

  • “God is satisfied if a person lives the best life he can.” Almost 70% agreed.

  • (Reported by Paul Brand & Philip Yancey, Fearfully & Wonderfully Made [Zondervan], p. 108.)

 

I have found that many church-going people, like these young people, are confused on the most important question in life: “How can I be right with God?” Many think that sincerity is a big factor. If you’re sincere, God will let you into heaven even if you’re a bit fuzzy on the truth. But that’s like saying that a man who swallows deadly poison, sincerely thinking that it is medicine, will get better. All the sincerity in the world is fatal if it is not in line with the truth.

Many also think that human effort plays a big role. If you try your best, even though you aren’t perfect, God will say, “I’ll let you into heaven because you tried so hard.” If that is what the Bible teaches, then it is so. But if it is contrary to what the Bible teaches, then trying your best to get into heaven is like trying your best to broad jump across the Grand Canyon. You’re not going to make it!

 

Have you ever been stuck with a counterfeit bill? You thought it was legal tender, but when you took it somewhere and offered it as money, the teller or clerk said, “I’m sorry, but this is counterfeit money. It’s no good.” The Bible teaches that Satan is a master counterfeiter, trying to pass off on unsuspecting people a version of Christianity that looks pretty good, but it is not going to be accepted by the bank of heaven. It’s traumatic to get stuck with a counterfeit bill; it would be far more traumatic to stand before God someday and hear Him declare that your Christianity is counterfeit!

In Philippians 3:1-3, the apostle Paul contrasts true and counterfeit Christianity. To understand this section of Philippians, you must know a bit of history. Soon after the gospel began to spread among the Gentiles, some Jewish men who claimed also to believe in Christ began teaching the Gentile converts that they could not be saved unless they also were circumcised according to the law of Moses (see Acts 15:1). They did not deny that a person must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but they added to faith in Christ the keeping of the Jewish law, especially circumcision, as necessary for salvation.

The issue was debated and resolved in Jerusalem at a council of the church leaders where it was decided that Gentiles do not have to become Jews or be circumcised to be saved; but that every person, Jew or Gentile, is saved by grace through faith in Christ alone (Acts 15:1-29). But that decision did not cause Satan to give up his efforts to pervert the truth of the gospel. He continued to work through a group of men known as Judaizers who followed Paul on his missionary journeys, infiltrating the new churches and teaching their subtle error, that faith in Christ was not sufficient if a person did not also keep the Law, especially circumcision. Paul wrote Galatians to refute this error. He contends there that these men were preaching a false gospel and he calls down damnation on those who so pervert the true gospel (Gal. 1:6-9). The Judaizers are the men Paul is warning the Philippian church about in our text. The three terms in 3:2, “dogs, evil workers, and false circumcision,” all refer to one group, the Judaizers, who were promoting a counterfeit Christianity.

 

While the Judaizers no longer exist under that name, the core of their teaching is still quite prevalent. Thus our text is extremely important in helping us to discern what true Christianity is and to reject any counterfeit version. Paul is teaching that ...

To be true Christians we must put off all confidence in human merit and trust in Christ alone for salvation.

True Christianity relies totally on the person and work of Christ; counterfeit Christianity adds to this reliance on human worth or works.

 

Concerning counterfeit Christianity, Paul warns us:

1. Beware of counterfeit Christianity which adds human merit to the person and work of Christ!

The severity of Paul’s warning is underscored by his threefold repetition: “Beware ... beware ... beware ...!” Counterfeit Christianity is a strong danger for all of us because we’re all prone to pride and self-reliance. We all want to take for ourselves at least some of the credit for our salvation. We’ll be generous and grant that most of the credit goes to the Lord, but we still want to reserve a bit of the honor for ourselves. People will say, “I was saved by my own free will,” which implies, “I was smart enough or good enough to make the right choice.” But the Bible knocks our pride out from under us by clearly stating that our salvation does not depend on our will, but on God’s sovereign mercy (Rom. 9:16). Or, people will say, “Christ died for me because I was worthy.” But Scripture is clear that He died for us when we were unworthy sinners (Rom. 5:8).

Counterfeit Christianity glories in the flesh, which means, human worth or merit. The names Paul calls these false teachers reveal three common forms such human merit takes:

A. COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANITY TAKES PRIDE IN RACIAL OR ETHNIC STATUS, AS IF IT PUT US IN RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD.

Paul sarcastically calls these Judaizers “dogs.” He is taking a slur that the Jews used against the Gentiles and turning back against these false teachers. It referred to the packs of wild dogs that used to raid the garbage and eat anything they could find. Since the Gentiles were not concerned about clean and unclean foods, or about purifying themselves according to the Jewish rituals, the Jews viewed them as unclean dogs. Just beneath the surface was ethnic pride, as if being a Jew by birth made one right with God.

Much of the strife in the world today stems from racial or religious pride. The Catholic-Protestant violence in Ireland, the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the Arab-Jewish conflicts in the Holy Land, Iraq’s persecution of the Kurds, the recent civil war in Rwanda, the racial tension in South Africa, and many more conflicts are due to people mistakenly thinking that their racial status puts them in God’s favor. Here in America, many of the white supremacy groups justify their ethnic pride and hatred of blacks and Jews on a mistaken understanding of the Bible.

Scripture is clear that while God chose the nation Israel as His people and still has a special purpose for the Jews, He is no respecter of persons when it comes to granting salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 10:34-47). As Paul writes in Romans 10:12, 13, “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for ‘Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

B. COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANITY TAKES PRIDE IN HUMAN WORKS AS IF THEY PUT US IN RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD.

Paul calls these men, who prided themselves on their good works, “evil workers.” They thought they were obeying God’s law. Outwardly they were good, moral people, zealous for religious activities. But their religious works were evil in God’s sight, because they took pride in their own achievements and trusted in their good deeds as the means of making themselves right before God. Such trust in human works brings glory to man and nullifies what Christ did for us on the cross.

The Bible is clear that while we are saved by grace through faith apart from any works, genuine saving faith always results in a life of good works (Eph. 2:8-10Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-8James 2:14-26). But the order of faith and works is essential! No human efforts can commend us to God. A true Christian never glories in his good works, but glories in Christ alone, as we will see.

C. COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANITY TAKES PRIDE IN RELIGIOUS RITUALS AS IF THEY PUT US IN RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD.

Paul calls these men “the false circumcision,” which is a play on words. In Greek, circumcision is peritome; Paul calls these men katatome, which means “mutilators.” Just as the pagan priests of Baal in Elijah’s day cut themselves in a religious frenzy, so these false teachers were mutilating people through their emphasis on circumcision. They wrongly thought that the ritual of removing the male foreskin somehow gained them favor with God. But as Paul argues in Romans 4, even Abraham, to whom God first gave the rite of circumcision, was not made right with God through circumcision, but through faith.

Today there are many professing Christians who mistakenly think that religious rituals such as baptism or communion or attending church services or going through prescribed liturgies will get them into heaven. But, as Jesus told the religious Nicodemus, “... unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

Thus Paul is strongly warning us to beware of trusting in any form of human goodness, human worth, human merit, or good works as the basis of our standing with God. Salvation is clearly shown in Scripture to be due to God’s choice, not due to our being worth it, “that no man should boast before God” (see 1 Cor. 1:27-31).

These verses also show us that it is the job of faithful pastors to warn the flock of such dangerous teachings. We live in a day marked by tolerance and positive thinking. Many Christians say, “Why attack those who teach error? Just preach the positives.” I have often been criticized because I preach against popular errors that have flooded into the church, such as the self-esteem teaching that runs counter to the heart of the gospel. There is also a strong movement toward unity, where doctrine is viewed as divisive and against love. Anyone who points out doctrinal error is labeled a “heresy hunter” who is against unity. But notice that even though Paul is exhorting the Philippian church to unity, it is not a unity devoid of doctrinal truth. If you didn’t need pastors to warn you of such subtle errors, verses like these would not be in the Bible.

2. Embrace true Christianity which relies totally on the person and work of Jesus Christ for salvation.

Note that Paul is reminding the Philippians of something they already knew (3:1). When he says “Finally,” he isn’t necessarily being like some preachers, who say that half way through their sermon! It can mean simply that he is turning to a new section. Although scholars differ on it, I believe that by “the same things” Paul is referring to his emphasis on rejoicing. He has mentioned “rejoicing” (1:18 [2x], 2:17 [2x], 18 [2x], 28) and “joy” (1:4, 25; 2:2, 29) eleven times already in chapters one and two! But, he’s going to remind them again, because it is such an important, central part of the genuine Christian life. He will hit it again in 4:4. It is no trouble to him to hammer on it, and it is a safeguard against the subtle danger of trusting in human merit. Rejoicing in the Lord is the great antidote to rejoicing in self-reliance or achievement. It takes our focus off ourselves, it humbles our pride, and it fills us with great hope to rejoice in the Lord.

 
A. TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS SUMMED UP BY, “REJOICE IN THE LORD.”

I understand “rejoice in the Lord” (3:1) to be a summary of true Christianity, while the three phrases in 3:3, “worship in the Spirit of God,” “glory in Christ Jesus,” and “put no confidence in the flesh” are simply other ways of saying the same thing. Test yourself by this measure: True Christians rejoice in the Lord.

What does this mean? It means that the Lord Jesus Christ is everything to a true Christian. Christ, and Christ alone, is our salvation. Without Him, we would be lost and without hope. In Him we are saved and have hope! As Paul puts it (1 Cor. 1:30-31), “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”

Also he wrote (Col. 2:10-11), “In Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” This is what Paul is referring to when he calls true Christians “the circumcision” (Phil. 3:3). It is a spiritual, inner work performed on us by Christ. So when Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord, he means that the Lord is everything to us and we are in Him. So we are to focus our thoughts on Him and what He has graciously done for us through the cross. We will be filled with joy in the Holy Spirit as we daily walk with our eyes on the Lord Jesus and what He is to us.

“Rejoice in the Lord” also means that true Christianity is not just a matter of the head, but also of the heart. It involves and is built on sound doctrine which is grasped by the intellect. Our minds must appropriate the great truths of who Christ is and what He did for us on the cross and what He has promised to those who believe in Him. But, if it stops there, you are not a true Christian. A true Christian is marked by what Jonathan Edwards called “religious affections.” His emotions or heart is affected, so that he rejoices in the inner person as he thinks on the blessedness of what Jesus is to him.

A Christian leader and seminary professor, who has been in ministry for over 20 years, told me that his wife, due to her “dysfunctional” upbringing, had never felt God’s love and that she did not understand His grace. In spite of all the teaching and training to which she had been exposed, he said that when she heard me preach on God’s grace and love, it just went right past her. He attributed this to the fact that her father had been a cold, unemotional, unloving man. I shocked him and made him angry when I responded, “If your wife has never felt God’s love in Christ and has never been moved by the great truth that Christ died for her sin, she isn’t saved.” True Christianity is not merely a matter of subscribing to the great doctrinal truths of the Bible, although it is built on that. It is a matter of God changing our hearts, so that we rejoice in the Lord. This summarizes true Christianity. But, also,

B. TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS MARKED BY “WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD.”

Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). True worship is the inner sense of awe, gratitude, and love for God that stems from an understanding of who God is and who we are in His presence. The false teachers were making worship a matter of outward ritual. Paul is saying that true Christians are marked by inner worship prompted by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Spirit works submission in our hearts so that we bow before God, caught up in love and praise, giving all glory to Him for His great salvation!

C. TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS MARKED BY “GLORYING IN CHRIST JESUS.”

The King James Version inaccurately translates, “rejoice in Christ Jesus.” The word is “boast” or “glory.” Paul is basing this on Jeremiah 9:23-24: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the Lord.”

Have you ever been around a boaster? He goes around telling everyone how wonderful he is, how smart he is, how much he knows. Christians should go around telling people how wonderful Christ is, how great He is, how merciful, how kind, how powerful, how awesome, how righteous, etc. Boasting in ourselves is sinful pride; boasting in the Lord deflates our pride and gives all the glory to Him. True Christians confess, “The only thing I’m great at is being a great sinner; but Christ Jesus is a great Savior!”

D. TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS MARKED BY “NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.”

Counterfeit Christianity builds a person’s self-esteem: “You’re great, you’re worthy, you’re somebody!” True Christianity humbles all pride and confidence in self. As Jeremiah 17:5, 7, 8 puts it, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord.... Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is in the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”

Conclusion

Why do people ignore strong warnings? I guess they think that somehow it doesn’t apply to them or that it isn’t to be taken seriously. On our vacation, we went to the Columbian icefields in Jasper National Park in Canada. You can walk to the edge of one of the glaciers, but there are signs in several languages warning of the extreme danger of walking onto the glaciers. The signs even explain why it is dangerous: there are hidden crevasses, covered by recent snowfalls, where you can easily fall to your death. A ranger told us that a year to the day before we were there, a man had gone about 60 feet out onto the glacier and had fallen through the snow into a crevasse where he died before rescuers could free him. Yet in spite of the clear warnings, dozens of people were wandering hundreds of yards out onto the glacier!

Paul warns us, “Beware of counterfeit Christianity!” You could fall into it if you disregard his warning! Just as you would examine a suspect bill to see whether it is true or counterfeit, so you should examine your heart: True Christians put off all confidence in human merit and trust completely in Christ Jesus for salvation. They rejoice in Him and all that He is to them. Beware of any false substitutes!

 

False Prophets in the Church Today

http://www.endtime-prophets.com/false-prophets.html

Following is a list of the false prophets in the Church today that have been critiqued on this site. Their prophecies have been compared with scripture to show that they are not speaking for God, as they claim. Instead they are false shepherds leading the sheep astray, saying things that tickle the ears of those who have not fully understood the Bible.

A lot of these prognosticators also preach another gospel, or replacement theology, or deny the trinity and other sound bible doctrines. The Bible tells us that we will know other Christian's by their fruit, but these false prophets in the Church today have sour fruit. Most of them live in mansions, eat rich food, drive the most expensive cars (unlike the prophets in the Bible) and have no sympathy for the poor. Also see a list of False Teachers that have been critiqued on this site.

Jesus warned us that:

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24)

It is my sincerest wish that after reading these critiques that you also will be able to discern who is speaking for God and who is distorting the scriptures.

Other False Teachings of the Manifest Sons of God (MSOG), Latter Rain, Five Fold, Apostolic, Manchild, Kingdom Now, Dominionist, Restoration Theology, etc.

Michael Brown Warning is a video published by Moriel TV, Jacob Prasch, exposing Michael Brown as a false prophet who mixes error with truth and is a member of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation):

The increase of apostasy is evident as false prophets are looking anywhere but the Bible for God’s Word and spouting Gnosticism, which is evident in Beware of the New "prophets"

Nathan Leal: When dreams overtake scripture

Rodney Howard Brown: A plethora of articles exposing Rodney Howard Brown as a false teacher: Articles about "Joel's Bartender," Rodney Howard-Browne.

Nostradamus: The Facts About Nostradamus and His Prophecies by Dan Corner.

Joel's Army by Let Us Reason Ministries--explains why Joel's army may be called Gods army but they are not his people. Joel's army is the raising up of a devouring army of locusts, (destroyers) to bring judgement upon the land and they will be destroyed.

 

Another good article exposing the Manifest Sons of God/Latter Rain/Five Fold/Apostolic/Restoration/Dominionist, etc. movements and giving a much more indepth analysis of their history is Doctrine of Demons by Tricia Tillin. This is a very long book-sized article, packed full of information. In part one she lists the progression of this heretical phenomonon through history.

 

The Deception in the Church web site has a plethora of articles exposing false prophets.

 

Christian Teachers Preaching False Doctrines

http://www.endtime-prophets.com/false-teachers.html

Religious doctrines are beliefs based on Scriptures in the Bible that have been accepted and taught by church leaders through the centuries. A false doctrine occurs when those beliefs have been distorted by false teachers twisting what the Bible says.

Too many false teachers in the church today distort the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, his sinless death on the cross, the gospel of Grace vs Works, eternal salvation, teachings on baptism, God's plan for Israel, when the rapture occurs, who God will punish during the Great Tribulation and more.

Paul said: "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

How to Recognize Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Today's end times false teachers often seem to know their bible better than most Christians. However, you won't recognize when they are misinterpreting the Scriptures unless you understand the Bible yourself. They will pretend to be one of the sheep but are cleverly hiding the fact they are actually wolves in sheep's clothing, like the wolf in the Red Riding Hood fable. They will tell you what you want to hear so you will follow them and do what they say (buy their books, send them money, attend their conferences, etc).

Paul said: "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them." (Acts 20:28-30)

 

Destructive Doctrines In The End Times Church Today

False teachers in the Church today pick and choose scriptures to fit their beliefs, instead of following what the Bible says. In fact too many them don't even believe the Bible to be inspired by God. They deem it to be incomplete, so they add their own interpretation, boldly defying what Scripture says about not adding to the Word of God.

John said: "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll." (Revelation 22:18-19)

 

Recognizing False Teachers in The Church Today

We can recognize those that teach false doctrine during the end times, not just by what they teach, but also by their fruit, because a healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit (Luke 6:43-44). This bad fruit usually manifests itself in the desire for money, sinful sexual activity and power over others. How many of the most popular Christian teachers live in mansions, drive expensive cars and ignore the needs of the poor?

The best thing you can do to recognize false teachers is to read your Bible, not just once but several times:

Paul said: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Following is a list of Christian False Teachers that have been critiqued on this website with their teachings compared with Scripture:

 

  • Philip B. Brown - The Bride of Christ must get out of sin before Christ returns or they will miss the Rapture.

  • Anthony Buzzard is an Anti-Trinitarian (Jesus was not God) and confuses the church with the Kingdom promised to Israel.

  • Kenneth Copeland claims Christians are destined to be blessed with financial wealth and good health

  • J. Preston Eby uses scriptures speaking on Christ's 2nd coming to refer to the Rapture and that the gift of the Holy Spirit isn't given when one first believes.

  • Billy Graham promoted ecumenicalism. He believes new believers should return to the Catholic Church. He also believed that Islam and Christianity were similar.

  • Bill Hamon A proponent of the Manifest Son's of God theory (MSOG) now known as the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) where they claim Christ won't come back until the Church is purified.

  • Jonathan Hansen preaches a gospel of Works, Replacement Theology, Kingdom Now Theology and a lot more.

  • Benny Hinn False Teacher exposes his beliefs that he is a little messiah, that we are devine and we are gods.

  • Benny Hinn's Selective Healing is a review of one of Hinn's television programs on healing.

  • Benny Hinn Crusade this is a testimony by someone who attended one of Hinn's healing crusades and expressed his concerns about it.

  • Clarence McClendon preaches on the "all breasted God" who will give you anything you want.

  • Joyce Meyer on Jesus Descended into Hell claims that she is not a sinner and Christ left his work on the cross undone.

  • Joyce Meyer on Believers Judged She preaches that believers will be judged at the white throne judgment.

  • Joel Osteen Jesus spent 3 days in hell fighting Satan

  • Lyn Mize believes our souls (as well as our spritis) need to be saved or we will miss the Rapture.

  • Brother Stair an Anti-Pre-Tribber, encouraged people to not go to a doctor, or go to church and don't watch TV.

  • Rick Warren teaching Chrislam which denies Christ's deity and wants to merge Islam with Christianity

  • David Wilkerson and his faulty teaching on "the river of life".

  • Sollog False Prophet is a New Age prophet claiming that all religions are from the same god.

 

Silent, Useless (Pious) Christians

1-26-22 Pietism: The Heresy That Silences the Church

Rock Harbor Church Prophecy Update

 

A Pandemic In Christendom: Calling Out Evangelical Compromise In The Church

https://harbingersdaily.com/a-pandemic-in-christendom-calling-out-evangelical-compromise-in-the-church/

As we started the year with the theme, “Waking up the Church,” I want to end the year with some shocking quotes that one would think would help wake up the church! Consider this question: are you totally sure of the virgin birth?

Did you know one well-known academic in the Christian world is only “reasonably confident” that Jesus was born of a virgin? This same person rejects a literal Adam and Eve, that Adam was made from dust, that Eve was made from Adam, that there was a literal tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a literal fruit, and a literal serpent. He also says it’s not important to insist on the inerrancy of Scripture! Oh, and yes, this person believes in millions of years and evolutionary ideas. Yet he is considered by many to be in the mainstream of evangelical Christianity! Would you consider this person to be in the mainstream of evangelical orthodoxy?

Well, I certainly don’t. In fact, what this person believes and disseminates throughout the Christian world is false teaching that undermines the authority of the Word of God. Yet many in the church highly respect him as a supposed orthodox Christian. Sadly, he has great impact on Christian colleges, seminaries, and churches. Such shocking compromise is rampant throughout Christian academia and is a major contributing factor to why there is an exodus of the younger generations from the church. I will share some exact quotes from this person later on.

Discipled To Reject Compromise

I hate compromise in regard to God’s Word. In the Old Testament, the prophets called God’s people out time and time again for compromising God’s Word with the pagan religion of the age. And we read how God judged them because of this compromise.

My father set the example for our family. He would never knowingly compromise God’s Word. He hated such compromise. When I was a teenager, the church we were attending distributed a daily devotional book to the congregation. One of the devotions was on Noah’s flood, and the writer stated the flood was just a local event. My father met with the pastor and elders and told them firmly they should not be distributing this booklet because it undermined the Word of God. While many in the church and in leadership didn’t want to “rock the boat,” my father was always willing to call out error and stand up for what was right and do his best to stop the authority of God’s Word from being undermined. For those who know me and the AiG ministry, you can see how this greatly impacted my life and the ministry God called me to.

My father also taught me to look out for those who take man’s fallible ideas and use them to reinterpret Scripture. He taught me the difference between eisegesis and exegesis. I learned from him how to “smell liberal theology a million miles away.”

I learned that Genesis 1–11 is literal history (after all, Jesus and various writers through the Old and New Testaments quoted from or referred to Genesis as literal history!). I also learned that all the different positions on Genesis (other than the position of taking it as written) have one thing in common—trying to fit millions of years into the Bible. And such compromise with millions of years undermines biblical authority and unlocks a door to place those doing this on a slippery slide of unbelief. There is no doubt one can see this has happened to the academic I referenced above. Years ago, this person was adamant one has to accept what he called “mainstream science” in reference to supposed billions of years for the age of the earth. And now consider where he is.

Craig: “I don’t want the young earth creationist interpretation to be true”!

The person I am referring to is William Lane Craig. He heads up his own ministry called Reasonable Faith, is a visiting professor at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, and is a Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He is considered by many to be a great apologist because of his defense of the existence of the Creator God and the resurrection.

Now read the following quotes and weep. I think you will be shocked at not only what Craig says but also how he says it.

“Now, I would be disingenuous, Sean, if I were to say that I don’t want the young earth creationist interpretation to come out true. To me that is a nightmare, my greatest fear is that the young earth creationist might be right in his hermeneutical claim that Genesis does teach those things that I described earlier. And I say that would be a nightmare because if that’s what the Bible teaches, it puts the Bible into massive, I think irredeemable, conflict with modern science, history and linguistics and I don’t want that to happen.”

“I think it should prompt us not to be over literalistic in the way we read these narratives. And once you begin to look at them in terms of mytho-history, it’s difficult to look at them any other way. I mean, when you read a story about two people in an arboretum with these magical trees whose fruit, if you eat it, will grant you immortality or the knowledge of good and evil, and then there is this talking snake who comes along and tempts them into sin, and then you have this anthropomorphic God walking in the cool of the garden, calling out audibly to Adam in his hideout, you think, well, of course, this is figurative and metaphorical language. This isn’t meant to be read in this sort of literalistic fashion. And so once you begin to see these narratives this way, you begin to think, how can I have read them any other way? It would be like reading Aesop’s fables literalistically as really about talking animals, for example, rather than as figurative or metaphorical in order to teach some moral lesson.”

“Assuming then, for the sake of argument, the truth of evolutionary biology concerning human origins, we can imagine sometime prior to 750,000 years ago a group of hominins, maybe a few thousand, and through a biological and spiritual renovation, perhaps divinely induced, a miracle that caused a genetic regulatory mutation in a pair of these hominins, they were lifted to fully human status and capable of supporting a rational soul through their brain and nervous system. And they would then begin to have children, and I think given their full humanity, they would naturally tend to isolate themselves from their nonhuman contemporaries. In time they and their descendants would supersede all of the nonhuman descendants and eventually give rise to different species of human beings like Neanderthals, Homo sapiens, and Denisovans.”

Licona [interviewer]: “What about the matter of Adam being made from dirt and Eve being formed from one of Adam’s ribs? Are those elements part of the myth in the mytho-history or do you think they are historical?”

Craig: “I think that is part of the figurative language of myth. I have long been suspicious of things such as the creation of Eve from a rib out of Adam’s side as though God performed some sort of literal surgery on the man and built a woman out of it or that God shaped this figurine out of dirt and breathed into its nose the breath of life and the statue came alive. It seemed to me that this was clearly figurative language, but I didn’t have a reason for thinking that until I became acquainted with this genre called mytho-history.”

“Did God stoop so low in condescending to become a man that he took on such cognitive limitations that Jesus shared false beliefs typically held by other ordinary first century Jews? Since I have good reason to believe in his deity, as explained above, I would sooner admit that Jesus could hold false beliefs (that ultimately don’t matter) rather than deny his divinity.”

In answer to the question, “Are you actually confident that Jesus was born to a virgin?” Craig’s answer: “I’m reasonably confident.”

“I don’t insist on the inerrancy of Scripture.”

“It really is true that a solid, persuasive case for Jesus’ resurrection can be made without any assumption of the Gospels’ inerrancy. By contrast, the case for Jesus’ belief that the Old Testament Scriptures are inerrant is much weaker.”

You can view the video clips where Craig made some of these statements and more at this link: Answers.tv/lane. It’s important for you to watch the videos if you can (they are all short clips).

Craig vs New Testament authors

William Lane Craig mocked the idea that the first man was made from dust. But what does the apostle Paul state? “The first man was from the earth, a man of dust” (1 Corinthians 15:47). Paul obviously took the account in Genesis as literal history. God himself in Genesis said to the man, “till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

 

Craig mocked at the first woman being made from the first man.

What does the apostle Paul state? “For man was not made from woman, but woman from man” (1 Corinthians 11:8).

When Craig was asked if he believed Jesus was born of a virgin, he said, “I’m reasonably confident.”

Matthew records the following: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’” (Matthew 1:22–23).

Now there are many Christian academics and leaders who compromise Genesis, not just William Lane Craig. And why do they do this? Well, as we sinned in Adam, Genesis 3:1 really sums up the problem we have. We would rather believe man’s fallible word than the Word of the infallible God. To put it another way, “for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God” (John 12:43).

Hearing some of these latest statements from Craig burdened me greatly. The ministry of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter could never compromise God’s Word with man’s fallible beliefs like the religion of millions of years/evolution. As my father taught me, a Christian should never put fallible man’s word in authority over God’s infallible Word.

More than ever, we need to challenge people with the truth of God’s Word and the saving gospel. As we celebrate the birth of the God-man Jesus at this Christmas time, let’s remember that it was in Genesis 3:15 that God first promised the Savior. Yes, the account of a literal Adam, a literal tree, a literal fruit, a literal serpent, and a literal fall is why Adam’s race needed a Savior, the last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), to save us from our sin.

 

World Religions, Cults & The Occult (Series in Progress)​

World Religions


There's a lot of confusion in the world about religion, and what the right path is. Whether it's Judaism, Christianity, Islam, etc., there must be an absolute path to take since all religions are diametrically opposed to each other. Is it one God? Or many gods? Are all the names equating to the same spirit? Or is it all a mixed bag of confusion? Since God is not the author of confusion, this series will make it absolutely clear by unraveling the truth behind each and answering the hard questions.

Cults


With so many belief systems and the heart of man trying to fill a void that only God can fill, some people find themselves involved in strange spiritual groups that sometimes lead to awful consequences. Some of these cults are ran by people who really believe that they are God. Could you be involved in a cult? Have you been deceived by a pseudo form of Christianity? Have you been told that you can become your own god? Well this series also covers the controversial topics of cults and why there are so many in the world today.

 

The Occult


Satanism, witchcraft, sorcery and so on. We've all heard of these from one time to another. With the continuing rise of Neo-Paganism, it should be no surprise that the occult is flourishing in these last days. If you want a better understanding of this dark belief system then this series is for you. The war in the spirit realm is very real and you need to be equipped to deal with the realities. We'll go behind the secret teachings, history and practices, leaving you totally informed.

Introduction                       Parts 1-5

Judaism                              Parts 1-7

Islam                                   Parts 1-8

Hinduism                            Parts 1-6

Buddhism                           Parts 1-6

New Age                            Parts 1-6      Parts 7-12

Roman Catholicism           Parts 1-6      Parts 7-12 

Mormonism                       Parts 1-6       Parts 7-10

Jehovah's Witnesses         Parts 1-4       Parts 5-8

Seventh Day Adventist     Parts 1-4       Parts 5-8

Christian Science               Parts 1-6  

Scientology                        Parts 1-4        Parts 5-8       Parts 9-12

Charismatic Movement    Parts 1-6        Parts 7-12     Parts 13-18     Parts 19-24     Parts 25-30     Parts 31-36     Parts 37-42   

Witchcraft                          Parts 1-5        Parts 7-12     Parts 13-16     Parts 17-20

Satanism                            Parts 1-5        Parts 7-12     Parts 13-16

Voodoo & Vampires          Parts 1-6        Parts 7-8

 

What is Roman Catholicism?

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The Roman Catholic Church portrays itself as the one legitimate heir to New Testament Christianity, and the pope as the successor to Peter, the first bishop of Rome. While those details are debatable, there is no question that Roman church history reaches back to ancient times. The apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Romans about AD 55 and addressed a church body that existed prior to his first visit there (but he made no mention of Peter, though he greeted others by name). Despite repeated persecutions by the government, a vibrant Christian community existed in Rome after apostolic times. Those early Roman Christians were just like their brethren in other parts of the world—simple followers of Jesus Christ.

Things changed drastically when the Roman Emperor Constantine professed a conversion to Christianity in AD 312. He began to make changes that ultimately led to the formation of the Roman Catholic Church. He issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which granted freedom of worship throughout the empire. When doctrinal disputes arose, Constantine presided over the first ecumenical church council at Nicaea in AD 325, even though he held no official authority in the churches. By the time of Constantine’s death, Christianity was the favored, if not the official, religion of the Roman Empire. The term Roman Catholic was defined by Emperor Theodosius on February 27, 380, in the Theodosian Code. In that document, he refers to those who hold to the “religion which was delivered to the Romans by the divine Apostle Peter” as “Roman Catholic Christians” and gives them the official sanction of the empire.

The fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Catholic Church are really two branches of the same story, as the power was transferred from one entity to the other. From the time of Constantine (AD 312) until the fall of the Roman Empire in 476, the emperors of Rome claimed a certain amount of authority within the church, even though it was disputed by many church leaders. During those formative years, there were many disputes over authority, structure, and doctrine. The emperors sought to increase their authority by granting privileges to various bishops, resulting in disputes about primacy within the churches. At the same time, some of the bishops sought to increase their authority and prestige by accusing others of false doctrine and seeking state support of their positions. Many of those disputes resulted in very sinful behavior, which are a disgrace to the name of Christ.

Just like today, some of those who lived in the leading cities tended to exalt themselves above their contemporaries in the rural areas. The third century saw the rise of an ecclesiastical hierarchy patterned after the Roman government. The bishop of a city was over the presbyters, or priests, of the local congregations, controlling the ministry of the churches, and the Bishop of Rome began to establish himself as supreme over all. Though some historians tell these details as the history of “the church,” there were many church leaders in those days who neither stooped to those levels nor acknowledged any ecclesiastical hierarchy. The vast majority of churches in the first four centuries derived their authority and doctrine from the Bible and traced their lineage directly back to the apostles, not to the church of Rome. In the New Testament, the terms elder, pastor, and bishop are used interchangeably for the spiritual leaders of any church (see 1 Peter 5:1–3 where the Greek root words are translated “elders,” “feed,” and “oversight”). By the time Gregory became pope in AD 590, the empire was in shambles, and he assumed imperial powers along with his ecclesiastical authority. From that time on, the church and state were fully intertwined as the Holy Roman Empire, with the pope exercising authority over kings and emperors.

What are the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church that distinguish it from other Christian churches? Whole books have been written on this subject, but a sampling of the doctrines will be outlined here.

 

Roman Catholicism teaches:

Bible teaches:


The bishops, with the pope as their head, rule the universal Church.

Christ, the head of the body, rules the universal church (Colossians 1:18).


God has entrusted revelation to the bishops.

God has entrusted revelation to the saints (Jude 3).


The pope is infallible in his teaching.

God alone is infallible (Numbers 23:19Acts 17:11).

 

Scripture and Tradition together are the Word of God.