Sometimes Christians get lazy in their spiritual walk. They don’t want to do their homework, they don’t want to put in the effort so they seek people that will tell them what they want to hear.
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. 2 Timothy 4
The Gospel is Good News, that Jesus died for us and that He rose again and that we are saved through belief in Him. But some of us may be carried away with something that sounds good, and is too good to be true.
It is like a counterfeit dollar bill, and it is a very close match to the original. There is only one original, the Word of God, but unless you hold it up to the light you cannot see the markings of the true dollar bill. Instead you have all these forgeries when you hold it up to the light they show nothing. They are fake and very deceptive.
How can you tell what is the Dollar Bill from the counterfeit? You hold it up to the light and you hold the counterfeit up to the light and all the other counterfeits and then the one that has the marking of the true dollar bill is the one and you can use that to purchase in spiritual terms your inheritance, but the other ones are useless and pointless.
Have you ever seen the show – “To Tell the Truth?” That’s where you have three people who all claim to be the same person, but only one is the real one, and by asking a series of questions they have to determine which is the real one. That’s what we have to do as Christians, we must not believe everything and everyone we hear, and we must guard our eyes and looking for the real Jesus and not some fake.
How can we tell if we are choosing the right one?
2 Thessalonians 2
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Lawlessness is not so much about whether or not to follow the Torah, but is more about not having a repentant life before God. When you sin, God hates it, and when He sees the Son, the blood of Jesus washes over the sin.
Hebrews 10 says –
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,”[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
2 Timothy 2 says –
14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.
15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
16 But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
17 And their teaching [will devour; it] will eat its way like cancer or spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus,
In this context Hymnaeus and Philetus were people who said that the resurrection of the dead is past. But the same can be said of all these preachers that are on television – not all of them, but a lot of them are not preaching what is sound doctrine, and anything that preaches against having an unrepentant heart and people that seek after gain, are deceiving.
From my experience you must test to see what kind of fruit bears in their life. Of course none of us are there yet, we are all at different levels of maturity. The anointing they have to preach is not the same as the person, especially if they are trained in being an instructor of the Word.
Some of them are eloquent speakers, and don’t we know our mistake with an eloquent speaker. Do their lives bear fruit – are they seeking after the Kingdom of God. Have they laid themselves down at the altar and taken up their Cross, and crucified their passions and desires of the flesh, if not then they may still have some work to do. I am not talking about the average person who has not been thoroughly trained to be in ministry. They deceive you with lying signs and wonders but as 2 Peter says, “They go back to their own vomit.”
After you’ve been back to the vomit, or after you’ve fed from the pigs, the Father still loves you enough to bring you back, but if you habitually sin, and I’m not just talking about bad habits, but I am talking about direct moral violations which are indicated in the Bible then there is a repercussion for those things.
Of course none of us is perfect, but God has to do that refining work in us to purge out all the impurities. So while we wait on God let us remember not to chase after the anointing. The only anointing we need is from Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.