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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Enduring to the End, continued
For the time will come when men 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. (II Timothy 4:3—NIV)
We must be very cautious when listening to teaching or voices that are telling us something that appeals to us. If there is any doubt at all we are to resist such teaching and voices, knowing that whatever is of the Lord will withstand conscientious resistance and come to pass with power.
Doctrine and voices that proceed from the Lord do not conflict with the Scriptures, can stand up under patient scrutiny, can ordinarily be discussed with other fervent Christians, and are not accompanied by inflamed desires, haste, fear, or a forcing of circumstances.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
The six doctrines we have mentioned, unconditional grace, the unbalanced emphasis on God's love, the teaching we are to reverence the Lord but not fear the Lord, the so-called "pre-tribulation rapture of the believers," God wants us to be rich in material things, and the use of soulish faith to imagine and obtain whatever we desire, are contrary to the Scriptures.
It is, of course, proper to show reverence toward the Lord. But in addition the Scriptures teach us the fear of the Lord. Whoever does not fear to displease the Lord is proud and also ignorant of spiritual realities.
The six teachings are deception and we are to flee from them.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:5)
Throughout Church history and even today there are various individuals who claim they are Jesus Christ. Sometimes these deceivers organize a cult and gain numerous followers. No doubt we shall see many impostors in the future.
We know that such are not Christ. Christ is at the right hand of the Father in a state of unimaginable glory. There is more power in His little finger than that contained in a galaxy of stars. The pretenders are only flesh and blood people who may be charming and may have some occult power. But compared to the Lord Jesus they are less significant than ants scurrying about in garbage.
The believers of today are far too susceptible to deception. A persuasive individual, male or female, who professes to come in the name of the Lord Jesus, especially one who works miracles, can engage in any sort of foolishness and still draw crowds of silly, gullible Christian people.
The Lord would command us to put to the test every evangelist and teacher before we accept what they have to say. We should compare what they state with the Scriptures and also look to see if they personally are righteous and holy of character. How can one get good water out of a poisoned well?
There are many "Christian" leaders whose prime objective is to wring as much money as they can from the people. They will teach and do anything they think will keep the believers coming and giving of their money.
To be continued.