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Dangers of being a false teacher

I would like to start off this post by saying that whatever you hear from anyone whether it be me, or your pastor, or anyone on the pulpit, search out the Scriptures and be like the Bereans instead of the Thessalonians and with the instruction and guidance of the Holy Spirit search out things for yourself.  When I was reading this chapter in the Bible – 2 Peter 2 – I had to come into real repentance and at the end of this post there is going to be a prayer for anyone who has misled the congregation, or has failed to see things in a proper light, or whose sins have led people astray or led people to be abused and victimized by their words or actions.  This is my way of a public confession.  Now I know that God does not see my sin, and He sees me as righteous and perfect and holy, but I am also responsible because I am a leader by means of this blog and the people that read it, and I don’t want this to weigh on my conscience in the future if I haven’t come to the Cross and laid my mistakes and failures all down and let Jesus restore and pick up the pieces wherever I have gone wrong and cleanse me with His Blood.  This is also a reminder to those people who are called to be teachers for Christ, that they don’t get pulled away into becoming false teachers or prophets.  Keep yourself on guard against these things:

 Destructive Doctrines

2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does[a] not slumber.

Doom of False Teachers

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

I’d like to stop here for a second – How many of us including myself, have spoken something bad about some pastor along the time?  How many times have we spoken evil against someone who is in a Church elder?  There are people out there who have abused their position of authority and participated in lustful and abusive acts – there were men who abused the young girls and quoted the Bible for reasons why they should do it.  There are men and women that have led the pulpit but denied their natural form of use.  But in all cases whatever the sin is for the person, we shouldn’t remember or it recall it, but warn people against it and this passage says that the angels are afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, even so, we should not speak evil against anyone, especially against authorities.  (refer to Touch not the Anointed post)

 

Depravity of False Teachers

12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.

17 These are wells without water, clouds[b] carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.[c]

When I was reading this, I was like, “Woah, I wouldn’t want to be one of these people!!!”  Imagine the blackness of darkness forever.  They speak evil of things they do not understand and are spots and blemishes (We are called to be a spotless and bride without blemish)- There are people out there like that have eyes full of adultery – (Even if you look at a person with lust in your heart then you have committed adultery with them)  This reminds me of a Jezebel spirit which Jesus talks about in Revelation – “having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls.”  These are people with seducing spirits and need deliverance or help to be set free if they are willing, but so often people are not willing or too ashamed to admit their mistakes.  You’ve got to admire celebrities that admit this problem, but then they don’t turn to Jesus for help, so then where is their healing from this situation.  These Jezebel or seducing spirits have forsaken the right way and gone astray, and followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but he was rebuked for his iniquity.  This particular passage in 2 Peter refers back to Revelation 3.

 

Deceptions of False Teachers

18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped[d] from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,”[e] and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

“Swelling words of emptiness” – I hope my words have not been empty, I believe they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Now that brings up an interesting point, there are pastors that “promise liberty”, but are slaves of corruption-

The Message says it like this –

 

17-19There’s nothing to these people—they’re dried-up fountains, storm-scattered clouds, headed for a black hole in hell. They are loudmouths, full of hot air, but still they’re dangerous. Men and women who have recently escaped from a deviant life are most susceptible to their brand of seduction. They promise these newcomers freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, for if they’re addicted to corruption—and they are—they’re enslaved.

20-22If they’ve escaped from the slum of sin by experiencing our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, and then slid back into that same old life again, they’re worse than if they had never left. Better not to have started out on the straight road to God than to start out and then turn back, repudiating the experience and the holy command. They prove the point of the proverbs, “A dog goes back to its own vomit” and “A scrubbed-up pig heads for the mud.”

There are definite dangers of backsliding and falling away and losing your crown- I would like to believe like some pastors do in Once Saved Always Saved, but the Scripture does have teaching that says that it is possible to be saved and then return back to your old ways, especially when people receive the “Promise of Liberty”, but they themselves are slaves to corruption.  After the first few years I was born again, I experienced some “backsliding” because I was constantly going in and out of churches and not able to find a home church so I do now that even after you’ve been baptised you can still lose your way, but the wonderful thing is that sometimes God will just give you a big wake up call, to where you’ve hit rock bottom, and then you will find your way back, and some people never have the chance to do that and are called before their time, but He is merciful to all.

Romans 11:32-

32 All people have refused to obey God. And He has put them all together as people who don’t obey Him so that he can show mercy to everyone. (ERV)

Isn’t that relieving, knowing that despite the pressure of having to live up to be obedient to God even in ways when we haven’t been loving or followed His nudgings, or guidance, that He has mercy on everyone!!  Praise be to God, for His throne is exalted forever.

Here is a Prayer for people that have led people astray through their teachings:

Heavenly Father,

I come humbly before Your Throne of Grace, knowing that You are exalted and high above the earth and that Your very Kingdom rules and reigns with authority.  If I have anyway abused, neglected, manipulated, people or Your pulpit, then please forgive me and cleanse me with the Blood of Your Son Jesus, and cleanse away all impurities out of my mind, and heart and wash me in that precious Blood.  Help me to proclaim the Truth to the people, which is Jesus Christ, and declare the Word of God, with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and help me not to backslide and slip away like a “dog that turns back to it’s own vomit”.  Lord I know Your ways are merciful and kind, gracious and wonderful, that You will keep the works that are good, and burn away the dead works, but more than that it is by believing upon the name of Jesus and how Jesus has kept us free from sin, that keeps me wanting to share the Good News, and Yes, it is Good News.  For all the times that I have not listened or obeyed, Thank You for having mercy and patience with me.  Thank You for helping.  Give me a fresh start and wisdom to seek after You.  In Jesus Mighty Name I pray, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Touch not the anointed

1 Chronicles 16:22 mentions not to touch the anointed.  The anointing of God is a very special thing in a person’s life.  Once a believer becomes born again, and they are put into a position of preaching and sharing the gospel, they are endowed with spiritual gifts.

15 So David said to Abner, “Are you not a man? And who is like you in Israel? Why then have you not guarded your lord the king? For one of the people came in to destroy your lord the king. 16 This thing that you have done is not good. As the Lord lives, you deserve to die, because you have not guarded your master, the Lord’s anointed. And now see where the king’s spear is, and the jug of water thatwas by his head.”

There can be serious consequences for interfering with someone’s anointing, and when you do that it is good to repent for anything you might have done out of vengeance in ministry in order to allow God to justify you out of His wrath.  We are all washed with the blood of Jesus when we accept Christ alone as the only way to get to heaven, and when we apply this to our sins, God forgives us, but there will be consequences, but God is so merciful He can use it for His advantage.

The anointed can refer to – Kings, Priests, and Christ Himself – and also Pastors or shepherds.  Now I am particularly talking about anyone that has a spiritual gift, whether that be writing, preaching, healing, or the many other giftings, but especially Pastors because they are called to be Pastors.  No Pastor is perfect, not television pastors, not pastors at the local church, and no one in ministry is perfect, so if they have said something to offend you – (I must admit I was offended by a television pastor’s remarks, hence the last post), but I made that mistake and I repented for it, and I realize now that positions of authority, any kind of authority have been given room for error.

That goes for presidents (modern day kings) as well.  We may think that the  people have voted for the president, and that may be true, but they wouldn’t be voted for without God’s permission without the perfect planning of God’s prophetic timeline.  But that does not negate free-will – we make the choice, but God has the final say in who is going to be president.  In America sometimes leaders don’t understand Biblical foundations and the consequences, so they will be prone to error, but all people should be subject and respectful to their leaders, even when their leaders are wrong according to Romans because in that way you are honoring God.  That doesn’t mean that if your leaders are wrong you just do what they say, but like Daniel with Nebuchadanezzar – He called upon the wisdom of God so dependently that it got him out of very difficult circumstances.

This generation is looking for the true sons of God who are people like Daniel in this generation who have the wisdom it takes to seek out God, and to live according to His plans and purposes and put right the presence of the Holy Spirit and the people who are going to back to sound Biblical truth which is well balanced and not an extreme on any case, but holds fast to the Truth, which is the Word of God.  We may not be there yet, but God is preparing the true sons (and daughters) of God for the last days. (ref. Romans 8:19)

Jesus says in the last days the love of many will grow cold and many will be offended.  As a Church we must not get offended by anyone or anything, and that takes spiritual maturity – we are all at different levels of growth and some people with more soul issues get offended more easily, but the truth is that we are all in a growth process.  When we are the point where we are ripe then we will be ready to be harvested as the true wheat and have the tares sifted out.

Leaders, especially Pastors are under a lot of pressure to get the body of Christ lined up properly, and they don’t always have time to get everything correct.  Many of them have personal family times and children they need to take care of, and they have sheep that they have to take care of and counsel and guide.  (ref. John 21)

So you should pray for leaders and other positions of authority over you and have respect for them, and when they abuse their position of authority if you pay them back with kind words and a blessing, then you will reap coals on their heads.

In Bible study we were discussing the prospect of seeking your own vengeance, and doing it by using the Bible or prayer claiming things like Psalm 35, to pray against people, which is the wrong application of Psalm 35.

So this message is short – if anyone has hurt you, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Pastor, but it can be anyone in authority or not, and I am sure you have been hurt because everyone has been hurt, angry, frustrated, distressed, or burdened by someone at least once in their life, if not every once in a while or on a regular basis – forgive them.

Heavenly Father,

Forgive us for any grievances we hold or have held against positions of authority.  Forgive us for any acts of knowing or unknowing behavior or attitudes that we may have against them.  Guide us and protect our hearts and seal them with the blood of Jesus.  If there any sin that is weighing our conscience right now, cleanse it with the blood of Jesus and let us be made whole.  Cause us not to take any actions of lawlessness against anyone.  Give us wisdom on how to interact with people and help us guard our mouth.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,

Amen.

 

Where are your priorities for God’s Kingdom?

This message is primarily for Pastors and leaders that may or not be in full time ministry.  Where do you spend most of your time?  Do you spend most of your time working for money?  Do you spend most of your time in ministry working, thinking that you are doing something for work?  Some leaders spend all their time with their ministry that they neglect their families and then they end up getting divorce or their children often feel neglected.  Don’t get me wrong, ministry work is good, and vital, and should take a very important part in a leader’s life, and even Jesus left His brothers and His mother outside, but sometimes in efforts of being shining lights to the world the most we neglect the very most important people in our lives and then their our home life suffers.

When you are trying to evangelize, and then your child comes to you asking you to pray for them, or maybe just to talk to them, do you turn them away and say that “No” I am too busy.  I just watched the movie “COURAGEOUS” yesterday, and it showed how these fathers learned the lesson of how to be good parents in instilling the Godly authority upon their children’s lives.  SPOILER ALERT:  The main thing that got to me was that the father spent so much time at work, that he didn’t have enough time to spend with his daughter and then his daughter died and then he went through emotional grief.

We don’t want to get to that place where mothers and fathers neglect their time with their children, or husbands neglect their time with their wives or visa versa.  It should be God first, family second, and ministry and/or work.  The way it is for most people is work first, ministry second, God third, family last.  Some people are in ministry and they haven’t sought the presence of God to dwell with them, that when they are in ministry they are just doing legalistic things, and things that just need to get done for the sake of evangelism.  This can be very dangerous.  If you have not repented and sought out God before you enter into ministry, and gotten into ministry, then it won’t matter if there is an interruption from your family members when you are going to minister because God’s presence will help you solve that problem when otherwise you would be operating out of your own flesh.  We should never get into ministry work out of a sense of obligation.  It should be a desire that dwells from the heart and something that comes from the inside that you are willing to lay down if God calls you to do something else and God has a way of interrupting plans.  If you have this mode of “I have to do it this way” and “be stuck in this schedule”, then God has no way of operating through us because essentially His will has to remain dominant in us.  We have to show Agape Love to people around us.  Don’t get into the trap of obligation.  You may have a purpose in fulfilling your ministry, but sometimes your primary purpose is to be a parent and instill values to your children so that when they have problems then they can go and depend on God.  If you don’t have children, then the intimacy that you have with God first, and then your spouse should be expressed in the relationship and I’m not saying that to tell you what to do because I know any better, but I can say that I know what results from people who don’t spend enough time with their families.  That’s what results in crime and violence, suicide, depression, and major problems because parents don’t spend enough time with their families and husbands and wives don’t spend time together realizing that this is a commitment that they have entered into for life.  It’s sad to see that some people will never get beyond where they are because they refuse to see the things that are wrong in their lives and change, I’m preaching to myself on that one.  Sometimes we see but there is so much of our own flesh in there and pride, that is not willing to subject to God and His ways and it all becomes about head knowledge and not a heart transformation.  What we need is a real heart transformation from God and that is what can help us to determine priorities.  As long as we don’t see the things that are dangerous and obstacles in our lives and the things that can become stumbling blocks, then the enemy will use our own weaknesses against us.  That is why it is good to have a good prayer life.

The Bible says “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and the rest shall be added unto you.”  That is His way of doing things and His way of entering into His Presence.  He knows all the people’s needs.  You may have so many people that you want to evangelize or minister to, but sometimes if you have someone with a broken heart at home, then you haven’t really listened to God about what is important.  That’s why it is good for families to have a family altar, where they bring their needs and discussions before God, and discuss His Word and pray as a family so that they can grow closer together.  That may be difficult to do when some of the members of the family are not saved yet, but the ones that are should be as living examples of the light of Christ in whatever the believers in the household do.  Sometimes parents get tired of giving love to their kids especially when they are older, but as the movie COURAGEOUS talks about, the parents have to let the child know that they are adults.  If you have a ministry and you want to encourage your children and your household to have the Presence of God on your lives, then I encourage you to have a family altar.

 

The Book of Joshua says, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  This is the meditation for today.

 

He gave gifts unto men

 

This was another awesome sermon – you may have to adjust the volume a little bit low so you’ll have to crank up the volume.  It goes with the theme God made you unique.  May the Holy Spirit bless you and touch you as you listen to this message.

Warning for Television Pastors

I was watching something on the internet based on a television ministry and it had some really heart, soul, and spirit moving things, and then the speaker was talking about the three conversions that Martin Luther had mentioned, that of the “mind, heart and” …….”the wallet”.   I don’t know the whole story about why Martin Luther said that or what he meant, but to have a really spirit inspiring message and then trying to put the emphasis on getting a seed from the audience left a bad taste in my mouth, and I am not a stingy tither.  I know what he was trying to do.  He was trying to compel people like Paul did in these verses:

“5That is why I thought it necessary to urge these brethren to go to you before I do and make arrangements in advance for this bountiful, promised gift of yours, so that it may be ready, not as an extortion [wrung out of you] but as a generous and willing gift.

6[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [[a]that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.

7Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He [b]takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]” [Amplified]

In GOD’s Word Translation I found “You shouldn’t be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful giver.”

It is good that God wants us to give, but that giving should come from the heart and go to the poor, and not to people who already have the means and resource of making money.  These days you can’t watch a Christian television program without a request for money.  People are not stingy to give as you might think.  They would give willingly if they feel God has led them to support your ministry.  But the thing is that it is God or the Holy Spirit that compels them to give and if you have true sheep in your church or watching your ministry on television, they will give.  It just seems wrong to me that Television Ministries are asking for money all the time.  Didn’t the church in ACTS sell all their possessions and spread the Word?

It is interesting that in Jesus’ ministry, He never asked for money, and I think it was Judas that was handling the finances.  What was more important was to be intimate with Jesus, and not so concerned about money and what to do with it because Jesus said, “The poor you will have with you always, but I am here only a little while longer” or something to that effect.  So the more important thing that the Churches should do is to spread the intimacy of the Holy Spirit to to His believers.

In Revelation Jesus talks about the Laodicean Church, which is the Church of the Last Days:

17For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.(F)

18Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see.

In verse 8, it says that we should purchase our riches from The Lord, and what he means is the relationship that we have with Him.  That is what is more important.  I know that Television Evangelists need seeds to grow, but for that they can depend on The Lord and really Trust Him.  We need to see relationship and intimacy first and then money.  Wasn’t it Jesus who tore down all the things that the vendors were selling in front of the Temple?  He also said, “You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

According to what this preacher was saying, He said that you have to come to one more dilemma to see the victory.  But that may apply to his ministry as well.  He may have to sell all he has and minister to people on the streets and work with people who literally have nothing to give to see what the True Spirit of God is.

How else are we going to see revival if all that is on the mind of pastors, is how am I going to support this church and ministry?  Also another thing you probably didn’t think about is that non-believers are going to be turned away – I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not, but there is a music video on You Tube making mockery of Christian Churches saying that all they do is ask for money.

At our church, my pastor never forces us to give money, and says give what is in your heart and if you can’t give it’s ok and you’d be surprise with so few people we have how much has been given.  Even when I give, I am more willing to give because I am not forced to give or feel condemned if I don’t give, but instead I give because of the mighty work of the Holy Spirit within the Church.

If we want to reach out to non-believers, which is the ultimate goal of the Television Evangelist ministries then our primary objective is to spread the news about Jesus and not how much money we can get or otherwise we’re no better than politicians who take money campaigning to further themselves without regard to the people.

I hope this compels you to be a little more respectful to the hearts of the people.  We’re going through hard times, and there are other ways to get finances than trying to force people to do it.  The Lord is always more impressed with you living your life as a living sacrifice then just a financial sacrifice.