No Christian wants to be labeled a false Teacher…or a false Prophet…but there are millions of them out there…and you may be innocently one of them.
Paul understood this only too well, and wrote to young Timothy warning him of deceiving spirits and doctrine spread by demons. The Holy Spirit had revealed to Paul that deceiving spirits and demons would manifest themselves, and become increasingly active in the latter times…the times that we are living in now.
1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
How many of us naively shout our “Amens” agreeing with a preacher who maintains that his preaching is the truth and nothing but the truth? …when we do this we forget that very important scripture where Paul is castigating those in the church at Corinth for allowing false teaching…2 Cor 11:12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast.
11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Are you certain that the doctrine taught in your church is the true doctrine of Holy Scripture? Are you content to just sit there and accept what your preacher says and never query him…even if your spirit is offended? What is it with us that we just accept that what they are preaching is in fact the truth?
The Kingdom of God is coming with Jesus to judge all mankind; both the living and the dead…that is fact
Paul tells us this 2 Tim 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
Knowing that this judgment will take place here on earth …what must we do?
4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
And why must we do this?
4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
Millions already have, the false teachings regarding the timing of the so called Rapture, for example, are testimony to this…not everyone can be right…so who is right and who is wrong? Who of them are false teachers preaching fables?
4:4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables
And finally the words given to young Timothy by Paul, thunder down the corridors of time to us in 2011…
4:5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Jesus Christ did not simply ask us… He orders us! …MT 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…and do it in TRUTH…