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Freedom # 5: A Jealous Preacher

The problem of false doctrine creeping into the church will always continue to require constant vigilance and exposure to the end of the Church Age. Because such preaching is considered unloving and judgmental, it is rare today. Hence, false teachers continue to proliferate in these last days, just as Paul warned in many of his epistles, including II Timothy 3:13 and 4:1-5.

   

Paul had a deep jealousy and fear for the Church. II Corinthians 11:1-15.  He was also amazed and shocked how quickly the Galatian Church was abandoning his Gospel of Grace by being drawn into the confusion  of trusting law and grace for salvation.  Such a gospel is no gospel at all.  Instead it is deadly poison.  Take a glass of pure water and add only one drop of deadly poison and the entire glass of water becomes deadly poison.  It is perverted and kills.  That was the problem in the Galatian church.

   

Satan, our chief enemy,  is behind all this false doctrine.  His methods of working in the church are exposed in II Corinthians 11:3,  13-15.  He was at work in  Old Testament times  as Jeremiah 5:30-31 describes.   Jesus predicted false teachers during His ministry on earth as mentioned in Matthew 24:24.  The spirit of Anti-Christ has been at work in this world for 2000 years. This arch enemy of Christ will one day be revealed and rule on this earth. See II Thessalonians 2:9-12  Revelation 12:9  and 13:4 to learn what lies ahead for this earth.

   

Though there are false prophets and false religions on this earth, our enemy is not man; but Satan himself.  Nothing less than the whole armour of God as listed in Ephesians 6 can equip us for battle with Satan. 

   

Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18 that as the Church moves forward, nothing, not even Satan himself, can stop the church in its forward advance.  We are promised that Satan will be destroyed under our feet shortly. Genesis 3:15 and   Romans 16:20

   

The primary target of all false teaching is the person of Jesus Himself.  To deny His deity as the second person of the Godhead, or to deny his humanity when He walked on this earth, or to deny the value of His shed blood as the full atonement for our sins, or to deny  His bodily resurrection from the dead, is a denial of Christ and is the most dangerous of all doctrinal perversions.  We can be wrong about many doctrines of the Bible and still be saved and go to Heaven; but one who denies the doctrine of Christ is lost and hell bound.  Read the vital importance of the doctrine of Christ in the short, one chapter Epistle at the end of the New Testament just before The Revelation.  Read II John 7-11  Read it and obey it!

  

Read Galatians 1:6-9 and you will see that any gospel that perverts the Gospel of Christ is no gospel at all.  False teachers don’t modify the Gospel.  They nullify  and destroy it.

   

Don’t be deceived by miracle workers. Though miracles were signs of the authenticity of the Apostles in the first century, they are all gone now.  Miracles today do not prove that a preacher is of God.   Satan  and his false teachers will be working miracles and deceiving people in the end times. See Revelation 20:2-3  21:8  and 22:15.

   

The only test of the genuine is the Word of God.  Test everything you read or hear by the Word of God.  Be like the Berean Christians in Acts 17:11.  Do not accept a false teacher as a brother in Christ, no matter how sweet his smile and how warm his personality.  They are cursed of God.  Christians are to have no fellowship with those who are accursed of God.  Read  Galatians 1:6-9 again.

  

God’s people do not touch nor have fellowship with that which is accursed of God. Read the story of the fall of Jericho in Joshua 6:17-19  After the supernatural fall of Jericho,  God warned  Israel to stay away from it and not touch anything in the city.  Achan, chose to disobey God and hid some valuable things from the city in the floor of his tent. In Joshua 7:1, 10-26 we learn of  the consequences of Achan’s disobedience.  He and his family were stoned to death for that sin.

Pastors and elders are warned in Acts 20:17, 28-31 and Romans 16:17-18 to fulfill two major responsibilities in a church.

1. Feed the flock God’s Word

2. Expose doctrinal error and false teachers.

Everything else that goes on in a church is subordinate to these primary responsibilities.

How is your church doing in these two areas?  

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September 7, 2007 - Posted by | Freedom

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