false teaching

Blog for Podcast #47 (When you know someone has listened to a false gospel)


Intro

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Today’s podcast asks a question and then leads into what causes questions like this come into existence. So, let’s begin today’s study with that question.

Discussion

Is the Rapture a reality?

Why ask this question?

Because there are those that count themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. Yet they deny His words that He spoke.

What words did Jesus say about a rapture?

Well, there are three occurrences of this Luke 17, and Matthew 24:30-31; 24:37-41.

Luke 17:34-37 – That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” 37 “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

Note that in the verses before these, Jesus states that those in the world will be behaving like that of Noah and of Lot. Noah before the flood destroyed the world and Lot before the fiery judgement of Sodom and Gomorra and the cities about them.

Matthew 24:30-31 – And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

These verses ties into Daniel 12:1-3 and Revelation 7:1-8 and is speaking of the last rapture that is solely for the Jewish nation. The key to this is in two parts. The first is that it will cause “deep mourning among ALL the peoples of the earth.” Which says that none are left that honor God or have the Holy Spirit within them. And lastly that “they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world.” The chosen or in other words “sealed.”

Continuing now with the verses where Jesus Christ Himself speaks of a rapture type event:

Matthew 24:37-41 – “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.

Per the words of Jesus Christ there will be those performing tasks or even sleeping. One person disappears the other stays. He states on His return that angels will gather the chosen which are the sealed as I already mentioned. These are His only true mention of what could be described as a rapture.

When someone says there is no rapture. Are they not denying the words of Christ? If they are denying the words of Jesus are they not in actuality denying Him?

My answer to that question is yes, they are.

Matthew 10:32-33 – “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.

This is witnessed elsewhere in the Bible as well.

Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

When I started these podcasts in one of my studies, I showed that the phrase “I never knew you.” Is a Jewish law legalism. It does not mean you were never a part of the Body of Christ. It means that Jesus Christ is stating that those people in these verses that are asking to enter into Heaven have turned away From Him. So, since they have departed from Him. He never knew them. Why? Because they chose their life on earth over following the true teachings of the Bible. Therefore, when they originally joined the Body they lied about their true nature unto the Christ. They jointed the lukewarm whom Jesus spit from His Body in distaste. (Revelation 3:15-16)

So, to get back on track.

The fact that Jesus Christ mentioned people vanishing from the face of the earth. Implies a rapture event. He even establishes what to look for to know that His return is near.

Matthew 24:37-39 – “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 

Luke 17:26-30 – “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 27 In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

So, if someone has taught you there is no rapture. Then they are teaching a false gospel.

2 Timothy 2:16-18 – Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith.

By the way, the “resurrection of the dead” is the rapture. Therefore, there is mention of the rapture throughout the Bible.

Now back to the topic of false teachings. I once again turn to the first chapter of Galatians:

Galatians 1:6-10 – I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. 8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. 10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Let’s look at the last verse in the KJV:

“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.”

It is made clear in this verse that those spreading the false gospel were using teachings that made people joyous to the point of returning to their sinful nature. A life which they had left behind when accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. Joyous not in the true teachings of the Bible, but in themselves and themselves alone. For they were being pleased and not God. This is why those that teach only the parts of the gospel to make people feel good are cursed.

Here is an important thing that people do need to realize. God does love ALL of humanity. But due to this love he wants all to have life. Not life here in this temporal and corrupt existence. But a life filled with true joy. An eternal joy that cannot be found here on earth.

What is also made clear in this verse is that the true Gospel is not meant to only please us. In fact, we are told there will be times with sorrow and pain, as well as suffering.

Let’s look at a verse about pain.

Proverbs 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Those that falsely teach the Gospel hate the people they are teaching it to. Those that teach the true Gospel makes people uncomfortable. Even to the point of feeling like that they have been spanked. When they accept their guilt of their sin they will become emotionally distort. Not with what they heard, but with themselves for living in sin.

This is not me saying this. This is the Bible saying this:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – 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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

For it is our responsibility to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim 4:2)

Reprove – G1651 – elegcho – to admonish, to convict, convince.

  1. Admonish – to warn someone not to do something, usually in a kind way, or to tell someone to do something:

Rebuke – G2008 – epitimao – to tax upon, censure, forbid.

  1. Censure – to express strong criticism or disapproval.

Exhort – G3870 – parakaleo – to call near, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation)

  1. Imploration – earnest supplication

a1) supplication – an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.

  • Hortation – The act of exhorting, inciting, or giving advice
  • Consolation – something that makes someone who is sad or disappointed feel better

The true gospel does not accept sin it exposes it and shows its filth for all to see. Causing those that live in these sins to feel discomfort and even pain.

When truly teaching the true gospel, it is not done in harshness, but in love. In compassion. In honest and sincere concern for those living in sin. For those that truly love them wish to see all be welcomed into heaven. But this is only achieved through ending sin in our lives. Which can only be done by surrendering authority of our lives from ourselves and giving that authority unto God.

This can only be done through one door. Asking Jesus Christ to be our Savior from our sins. As well as getting baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then we are to seek to end sin within our lives, but especially those sins which are clearly shown within the Bible that are not to be allowed in heaven.

For if we embrace sin. We embrace the world.

I will end with these verses for you the listener and reader to think hard upon:

James 4:1-10 – What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. 4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5   Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

God Bless

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: How quickly sins build


I have recently had a change to my working arrangement at my place of employment. It has thrown me into contact with a new group of people for the most part.
One of these people says he is a follow of God. I have listened to his words and I have watched his behavior. Due to 2 Timothy 4:1-5, it is my duty as a follower of Christ to talk to him when the opportunity arise. Let’s just say some of the encounters have not gone smoothly.
What it has made me acutely aware of though is just how quickly sins can accumulate in just a single day.
No human being is perfect, and as the title of this article points out. I am aware of my own sins and short comings, for the most part. However, as I see this man and I see his lukewarmness at best. I actually feel sorrow.
He lives in this false belief that he is actually going to be in service to God. Yet daily he snubs his nose at our Creator. Why?
Mainly due to a willful neglect of correctly reading the Bible as well as listening to the teachings from a false prophet, that have misled and misdirected him.
I would like it if he could open his heart. It is possible, but only time will tell.

People must be willing to accept they have been taught the Bible incorrectly.


One of the hardest things I had to learn myself was this very concept.
One of the main reasons for this in many cases is that it allows people to avoid guilt and conviction.
Many say that we must take the Bible literally, and I fully support this. However, when it comes time to follow this countless actually don’t follow or accept this statement. Also in most cases there are those that love to approach the Bible and more specifically the words spoken two thousand years ago by Jesus Christ, as if He is Confucius. Taking His teaching out of context and turning them into one liners. Taking one sentence out of a lesson on one thing but then applying them as a full teaching with a totally different meaning than what Jesus actually meant when He taught the lesson.
Examples of this is “You shall not judge…” and “Sell all your possessions and give it to the poor…”
The former when read completely and correctly was about hypocrisy. Living in your own sin and most likely the same exact sin and pointing the finger at your neighbor accusing them of the same sin. While the latter is in reference to the corruption of materialism upon the faithful. You see Jesus looked upon the rich man with love for He knew the man believed, but also knew that the man would not give up his earthly rewards. Why? Because like most in this world, they have not been taught that earthly rewards are useless endeavors, for this temporal life is but a blink of the eye compared to our true life to come where our TRUE rewards await us. Be that reward something of wonder or something of horror is what our actions with our faith and truly following the literal teachings of the Bible will determine.
This issue of not truly and fully following the Bible comes from a lack of wanting to surrender, to let go, and have true faith and belief in someone that is not physically present.
Why this is, is because we all have not been taught correctly on how to view what people call “spiritual.”
John 20:24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” 26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
To accept that Bible literally also means coming to accept that even though you at one point did truly accept Christ as your savior that you can lose your salvation.
2 Peter 2:20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
This also applies to those that wish to say Jesus is all about love and accepts all. Yes, He does accept you if you truly do ask Him into your heart, but this is a two way street. For if you do truly accept Him you will desire to end your sinful lifestyle. You must also accept that yes He does “love,” but God also punishes. For He does this from His love. For He allows hardship caused by our sinning to awaken us to the truth that only true happiness must come from Him, not ourselves or our selfish desires. You see if you live in sin and have no remorse or sorrow then you love the sin more than you love God. So if you love this sin so much more than your Creator, you in reality love only yourself.
James 2:14 – What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Those that teach ONLY love, which is faith alone, teach of eternal death, for they say: “Yes God loves you as you are. Come to Him and He will take you into heaven as you are.”
Do they not see that those that live in their sin are still naked and in need of the food of God called the Bible? Yet they turn them away in their sin and say to them “depart in love.” Sending them to their damnation.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

I challenge you to be more honest.


Now I am not saying that you the reader is lying, but I am saying you are not giving the full story. This is lying through omission, which is not correct.
As a result many that think themselves to be “Christian” in reality are not. A prime example is the Homosexual man that stood before the Supreme Court during the recent hearing about gay marriage. He held a sign saying he was both Christian and Gay, which per the Bible you cannot be both. You must choose one and abandon the other. Since he has embraced that he is gay, then he is not a “Christian.”
This is honesty, this is facts. Do I hate him for it? No, but I bet several of you reading this post just stopped and are refusing to continue to read. Those that did are in the wrong. While those that continue to read and will not verbalize and type as I just did are not being honest with themselves or those that we are commissioned to reach.
This leads people like this man down the wrong path. A path where they envision themselves living with their lover in heaven.
Again this is a misnomer. For instance Heaven is but a wait area until the time of the Rapture or the Great White Throne Judgment. We are not to live in heaven forever, this is a man-made falsify of not understanding fully the Bible. Do I know the Bible completely? No, but I know it more than those that believe these false teaching and continue to pass their errors on to others.
We are to study and know the Bible so we can be fully honest and upright with all. We are to talk to them in love and equality even though they may live in sin. For we are to counsel them on the errors of their ways so that they may grow in their faith and turn from their sins.
Will we lose all our sins immediately? No, for the most part, for we are humans and we are corrupt. Even Jesus stated in John 15 that God Himself would prune us, tearing away sin after sin so that each time as we grow in our faith we would bear new and sweeter fruit unto the Lord.
So again I challenge you. Be more honest with those you see can be reached and try to get them to understand that they must turn from all their sins even though it will take time to cast them off, but they must turn from those sins which are considered to be worse than others by the Bible itself. For to live in these you say to God that they are more important than He is and when the time comes he will say He does not know you.