Test All Things Pt. 11 – True Servants Vs. Professional Public Speakers

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There is a great difference between true servants of Christ, and professional public speakers. These differences must be identified so that believers will not be deceived, confused, or distracted, by a particular type of false teacher. This is the type who preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ, yet do obey the gospel wholeheartedly for the sake of not losing popularity. They are more concern about protecting their careers then caring for, and even guarding, Christ’s sheep. They have no regard for heeding the Biblical warnings to obey Christ’s commands in everything, because the do not have a love for Christ, or his church. Therefore they can be spotted by breaking the following commands:

1 Timothy 5
21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

John 14

15    “If you love Me, keep My commandments.

John 15

12    This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13    Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
14    You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

These type of false teachers are carnal, and this is what they desire:

Acts 20

29    For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30    Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

These false teachers attract believers who are carnal, and desire to become followers of popular speakers, and even take their names. Such carnal Christians are described below:

1Corinthians 1

10    Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11    For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12    Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13    Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

1Ccorinthians 2

3    For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4    For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5    Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7    So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
21    Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

This type of carnality among believers is what paves the way for the professional false teachers to come into the church, and take a following for themselves without anyone realizing what is happening, because they do not always depart from the faith formally. Instead, many continue to teach the true gospel, and their following are willing to use the professional speaker’s good reputation as a justification for the false teacher’s subtle undermining of the faith. For example, the popular teacher will choose to maintain his popularity by not preaching the full counsel of God so that his followers will not be aware of subtle, yet major, heresies, that contradict the essentials of the faith, while appearing to be true to those who are not well trained in their knowledge of Scripture. They will hold back this information for the sake of not causing controversy within their group that could cost them their popularity, and hurt their career. When many churches are led by these type of false teachers, major heresies are accepted into the church as though they are merely a cause of minor divisions which believers can choose to disagree upon while maintaining Christian unity. Also, the followers of these false teachers are lacking discernment, due to a lack of abiding in the word of God for themselves, and from loving the popular teachers more than Jesus. Trusting in popular opinion is a major reason for this kind of doctrinal confusion as well. Therefore, when false teachers become both widely accepted, and popular, in the church, the essentials of the faith will become confused, distorted, and people will not make righteous judgments on doctrinal matters according to the word of God, but instead, they will lean to popular opinions, and their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). If not for Jesus’ promise to never leave his church, to protect them, and to guide them to the end, this acceptance of professional public speakers could mean the end of the gospel.

Therefore, professional public speakers, who are more concern about having a following for themselves to support their careers, must be marked, and avoided whenever they persist in showing partiality in their obedience to Christ (1Timothy 6:13-14, John 15:14). This partiality can also be seen by their desire to partner with unclean people in ministry work. It can also be noted by their acceptance of certain false teachers, and even defending them. These are all bad fruits, by which this kind of false teacher can be identified.

Matthew 7

15    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17    Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19    Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20    Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Romans 16

17    Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18    For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

2John 1

9    Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10    If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11    For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Now that the signs of professional false teachers has been identified, the signs of true servants of Christ must be noted as well, so that they will be recognized. They are willing to teach the full counsel of God to their own hurt, and they do this because of their love for Christ, and his Christ’s church (2Corinthians 4:1-12, Galatians 1:9-10, 2Corinthians 5:13-14). They no longer live for themselves, and therefore, they are not enslaved to the demand of gaining, or maintaining, popularity. They are willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel, and do not try to become friends with the world, or deceive those who learn from them, and are diligent in warning them of false teachers (Acts 20:17-36). Their characteristics are Christ’s characteristics of truth, righteousness, goodness, and love. They are usually not well loved by the masses, nor do they have large followings, but they are loved by Jesus, and they are loyal to him.

The Apostle Paul is a good example of a true servant of Christ, who was not concerned about maintaining a good career, but loyalty to Christ, and the welfare of his church.

2Corinthians 4

1    Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2    But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3    But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4    In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5    For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6    For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8    We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9    Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10    Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11    For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12    So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

Galatians 1

9    As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10    For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Galatians 4

11    I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
12    Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
13    Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14    And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15    Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
16    Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
17    They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
18    But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
19    My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
20    I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Galatians 5

2    Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3    For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4    Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5    For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6    For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7    Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8    This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9    A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10    I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11    And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12    I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13    For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14    For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

2Corinthians 11

1    Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2    For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3    But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4    For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
5    For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
6    But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
7    Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
8    I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
9    And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
10    As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11    Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
12    But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
13    For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14    And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15    Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
16    I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
17    That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
18    Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
19    For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
20    For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
21    I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
22    Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
23    Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24    Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25    Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26    In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27    In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28    Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29    Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30    If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31    The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

2Timothy 3

10    But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11    Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12    Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13    But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14    But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15    And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17    That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Colossians 2

4    And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5    For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6    As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7    Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8    Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9    For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10    And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

1Corinthians 2

1    And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2    For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3    And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4    And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5    That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

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Test All Things Pt. 10 – Cultural Crusaders’ Manipulation

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Do not be deceived by the world.
Christ’s church was not commissioned to fight culture wars.
Christ’s church was commissioned to preach the gospel. The work of the gospel is Christ’s call to action to his church, and not culture wars. So let’s not add to his commands to the church.

“National responsibility” and “obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ” are not one and the same, but two different duties, and must never be merged as one. Or else, Tim Keller’s false gospel of social justice is true. So when we stand against unjust laws, and try to reason with a wicked, and perverse culture, we must remember that these are civilian affairs, and not our high calling of God in Christ. Therefore, the world has no right to tell us that their culture wars are also our responsibility as a church. Don’t let them manipulate you with their extra-biblical commands and deceptive speeches (Romans 16:17-19).

Keep the work of the gospel pure, because a little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:7-10).

Matthew 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,
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Revelation 2

24 … I will put on you no other burden.

25 But hold fast what you have till I come.

26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations —

27 ‘ He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father;

28 and I will give him the morning star.

29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ‘

Colossians 2

 

4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

 

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

 

2Corinthians 10

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2Timothy 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:

2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

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;

4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

 

Romans 1

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

1John 2

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us — eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming (Matthew 25:1-13).

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Worldview Weekend Radio Commentary on Common Core Curriculum

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Topic: Brannon explains why he is thankful for the “Baby Boom” generation of Christians and what will it mean for the church if the Lord does not return before this generation goes on to glory? Topic: Home-school publishers and private Christian schools are conforming to federal education standards tied to United Nations. What many of us that were writing and predicting in regards to Goals 2000 and America 2000 some twenty years ago is now coming to pass. Topic: A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training report describes “evangelical Christianity” as examples of religious extremism. While Christians that stand for Biblical truth will be persecuted according to 2 Timothy 3:12; is it possible that the rhetoric of some of the New Religious Right plays right into the hands of the government? Topic: Hear the audio of what is reported by Right-wing Watch to be a talk show host for the American Family Association and Radio Network. In this audio this host makes a statement that Brannon believes could give the government cause to label Christians as “extremists when such statements are made. Brannon also believes the statement by this talk show host is a very poor witness to the unsaved world and a bad example to other Christians. Brannon describes that such a statement might reveal a real problem with how many self-professing Christians think. Brannon explains why such a statement is completely unacceptable and should be rejected and seen for what it is.

To listen to the program, click on the link entitled, “Commentary on Common Core Curriculum“.

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Test All Things Pt. 9 – ‘Judge Not’…At All???

By Terrence Straughter & SlaveOfJesusChrist

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I Thessalonians 4

7    For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.
8    Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

When it’s only “God can judge me” what are you going to say when he finally does judge you? Many already knew the truth but rejected it. The people you accused of judging, and condemning you, just for preaching God’s message to repent and believe the Gospel, walk in righteousness, abstain from sin, God may say “that was me working through them to reach you”. God’s sheep have an accountability to preach the gospel, and to help each other out (particularly fellow members is Christ.)

I John 4

4    You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5    They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
6    We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Its because we know that everyone is in need of hearing the truth, just as every child is in need of parenting. No one ever asks a child if they want a parent. Children are parented whether they want it or not. Christians have truth from God that can save everyone, who believes it, from God’s wrath. And it doesn’t matter if anyone wants to hear it. If we love God, and the people of this world, we’ll tell them the truth, even though Jesus, himself, told us this…

John 3

18    “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19    And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20    For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21    But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

That is why we give these warnings:

Hebrews 10

26    For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27    but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
28    Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29    Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
30    For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”
31    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 6

1    Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
2    of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3    And this we will do if God permits.
4    For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5    and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6    if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
7    For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;
8    but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

Hebrews 3

12    Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
13    but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14    For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
15    while it is said: ” Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

1John 1

5    This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6    If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7    But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10    If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1John 2

1    My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2    And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
3    Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

Test All Things Pt. 8 – Gnosticism

By Terrence Straughter

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I John 4:1-3 NKJV

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

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Test All Things Pt. 7 – A Little Leaven

By Terrence Straughterleavenandunleaven

Truth…truth…truth…truth…truth…truth…damnable heresy…truth…truth…truth…truth

“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). We have to understand this is what Satan’s ministers do. They are up there preaching ‘Jesus’ and look just like they are of Christ, the scriptures clearly tell us this is the case with them (2Corinthians 11:12-15).

The most deceptive lies are the ones closest to the truth. If they hold to anything that’s going to “accurse” us, and themselves as well, first, they need correction (Galatians 1:6-9). Bible says warn them twice in Titus 3:10, and to reject them if they don’t receive. These are crucial truths to be accepted, like the Gospel, and essentials of the faith that we can’t deny and have eternal life. Not every doctrinal difference calls for separation.

Now if they rebel then you are to mark, avoid and expose them. (Romans 16:17,18, Ephesians 5:11,12) They are leading people astray. So you tell the church, “So and so is teaching another gospel.” It’s not gossip and slander like people want to call it. It’s in the open, leading people astray. So the exposé is not revealing anything behind closed doors. Instead, someone is ignorantly or proudly teaching heresy out in public, or maybe their doctrinal statement of faith denies Jesus is God, or something else. Well, it’s deceiving openly, so we are to correct openly.

It’s just sad when people don’t want anything said. The Bible calls these people, evil doers, and wolves, and we need to know them and separate from the rebels. That’s not hate. That’s obedience, and love, to keep the sheep away from them. You already know that God wants his church without spot, or wrinkle. Well don’t play with the wolves then. They are in the church as written in Jude. That’s sad when people know someone is a heretic but they want to get a word from them. God says don’t give them God speed or you are a partaker of their evil deeds (2John 1:8-11).

I could possibly listen to someone like Creflo Dollar, and his whole sermon could be biblical, and helpful, but because I know his gospel, it’s wrong and disobedient to God. We don’t need a word from heretics go to God, or a sibling in the faith.

God bless

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Test All Things Pt. 6 – The Founding Fathers of America

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Is America rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ?

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Where the founding Fathers of America believers in the gospel, and the God of the Bible?

These questions are important, because the average Christian is taught to think about the founding fathers, and the American revolution, as though both are rotted in Christianity. Many are also taught that Christian political activism, and its war against the dominate liberal culture of America, is their Christian duty in America.

A quote from Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers, and the author of “Common Sense” and “The Age of Reason” proves that the claim of America being a Christian country, that was founded by Christians, should not be trusted, but further examined, because below is a clear, and bold, rejection of Jesus Christ, and the gospel.

The Age of Reason, page 111 & 112

It is not the existence, or non-existence, of the persons that I trouble myself about; it is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene. It gives an account of a young woman engaged to be married, and while under this engagement she is, to speak plain language, debauched by a ghost, under the thomas paineimpious pretence (Luke, chap. i., ver. 35), that “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.” Notwithstanding which, Joseph afterward marries her, cohabits with her as his wife, and in his turn rivals the ghost. This is putting the story into intelligible language, and when told in this manner, there is not a priest but must be ashamed to own it.*

*Mary, the supposed virgin-mother of Jesus, had several other children, sons and daughters. See Matthew, chap. xiii, verses 55, 56.
Obscenity in matters of faith, however wrapped up, is always a token of fable and imposture; for it is necessary to our serious
belief in God that we do not connect it with stories that run, as this does, into ludicrous interpretations. This story is upon the face of
it, the same kind of story as that of Jupiter and Leda, or Jupiter and Europa, or any of the amorous adventures of Jupiter; and shows, as
is already stated in the former part of the Age of Reason, that the Christian faith is built upon the heathen mythology.

How important is Thomas Paine?

Another founding father, John Adams, stated Paine’s importance in this way:

Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain. [5]

In his book, “The age of Reason”, Paine openly rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ, and affirmed Deism as the true religion. Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, were also Deists.

To learn more about the religious views of America’s founding fathers, click on the link entitled “The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers“.

The founding fathers of America established the American Constitution, which many American Christians have been deceived by. The deception is the belief that God wants Christians, and the common citizens, to revolt against tyrants, such as the king of England, and anyone who tries to change the constitution.

Does God want the common citizens to rebel against those in authority?

Exodus 22

28    “You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.

Does Christ want his followers to rebel against their oppressors.

Luke 20

21    Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth:
22    Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23    But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me?
24    Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”
25    And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Romans 13

1    Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
2    Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.
3    For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
4    For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
5    Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.
6    For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.
7    Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

1Peter 4

11    Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
12    having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13    Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,
14    or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
15    For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men —
16    as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
17    Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18    Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.
19    For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
20    For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
21    For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
22    ” Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
23    who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24    who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.
25    For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1Timothy 6

1    Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.
2    And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

Indeed, the founding fathers of America has led many Christians astray during the time of the revolution. However, they have been dead for almost two hundred years. Therefore, Christians are not being led astray by the founding fathers today. Instead, those who are still promoting the idea that America is a Christian nation, that was founded by Christians, are the real problem in the church. They must be corrected, because they are misleading, and confusing Christians throughout the church in America. Also, some, such as David Barton, Peter Lilback, and Kirk Cameron, have dedicated themselves to deceiving Christ’s church in America into following a false Christianity, which is a nationalist cult, which claims to be Christianity, but is really just a, dominionist, social gospel. According to Scripture, these kind of people must be marked, and avoided.

Romans 16

17    Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
18    For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
19    For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.

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