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There are many false teachers in the world today, guiding sheep off in every direction, but the straight and narrow.


The idea of teaching another Christ is becoming more encouraged, which scripture specifically says that those who do such things will be cursed. Such is the case when some fall for the idea that the church needs to dumb down the scriptures, so that the word of God appears more pleasant and soft to the world.


Galatians 1:8-9, “If we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any good news other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed. As we have said before, so I now say again: if any man preaches to you any good news other than that which you received, let him be cursed.


We are also seeing more often than not, well meaning Christians who think it is showing the love of Christ to compliment and brag about the idols of the world, even to the point that Christians will worship their God at pagan altars. Some even attend pagan ceremonies and events, in which they will then go and brag about what a wonderful spiritual experience it was.


They never stop to think about what spirit it was that made the ceremony so “spiritual” for them because it most likely was not the Spirit of God.


Matthew 10:16, says that we are being sent out as sheep among wolves, and that we should be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.


John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”


Christ is telling us the opposite of what we have been lead to believe. If we are truly separating ourselves from the world and teaching the real gospel, the world will hate us because they hate Christ. Every good thing that Christ stands for, they abhor or as we would say today, they are offended by.


THE SAME GOD?

This error comes from the worldly view that we all worship the same God, when scripture makes it clear that we do not.


Jude 1:4, “There were certain men who crept in secretly, even those who were long ago written about for this condemnation: ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying our master, God and Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.”


Isaiah 46:9, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me;”


Isaiah 43.:11, “I, even I, am the Lord; and besides me there is no savior.”


Also see: 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 Corinthians 8:6, John 1:1-2, Isaiah 42:8, James 2:19


There is but one God, any attributes or characteristics that is not of the one true God, Jehovah, is of another god and not the same.


COME OUT OF HER!

In Revelation 18:1-3, we read about how an angel came down from heaven and cried with a strong voice, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”


Verses 4-5, “And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE, that you be not partakers of her sins, and you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”


You cannot be a part of the world and be a part of the kingdom of heaven.


1. Matthew 6:24: You cannot serve two masters

2. 1 Corinthians 10:21: You cannot drink from the Lord's cup and the cup of demons

3. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18: Do not be unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership does righteousness have with lawlessness?

4. Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.

5. James 4:4: The friendship of the world is enmity with God.

6. Galatians 1:6: Do I seek approval of man or of God? If I try to please man then I would not be the servant of God.

7. 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, “I wrote to you in an epistle not to keep company with fornicators. Yet, not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then you must need to go out of the world. But now I have written unto you to not keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or idolater, or a angry man, or a drunkard, with such a one do not eat.”


All these verses tell us the opposite of what the world friendly gospel teaches. No where in scripture did Christ change what he was saying to make it more palatable for the world to hear, nor were we ever directed to do so.


We also see that there is a difference in eating with sinners to spread the gospel and in keeping company with them. We are not to keep company with those who refuse to turn from their sins and follow after Christ.


Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have we not cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you who work iniquity.”


CHURCH OF DECEPTION

2 Timothy 3:1-7, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.”


We are seeing so much of this in churches today because people don't want to offend the world or churches want to grow their numbers. They are more friends of the world than they are in being committed to keeping the word of God.


There is an alarming rate of churches rising up that are telling their members that once your saved, you can sin as much as you want, and you can still make heaven, as long as you believe in Christ Jesus.


Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin willfully after that we have come to the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.”


Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”


Scripture says that if we willfully continue to sin after we have come to the knowledge of truth that there remains no more sacrifice. This is because if you continue to willfully sin, then you were never really saved. A committed heart will turn from the ways of sin and death and follow after Christ. If you have a truly repentant heart that wants to please the Father, then the things that disgust Him, should also disgust you.


1 Corinthians 10:13, “There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with temptation also make a way for you to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”


1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things I write unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father; Jesus Christ the righteousness: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”


We will all be tempted with sin from time to time, and most often than not, it will be things that we once enjoyed as sinners that try to entice us and lead us astray. But if we should slip up and sin, we have an advocate with the Father. However, grace is not something we should take so lightly, in thinking that we can willfully continue to do as we please.


DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS

We also see a lot of double mindedness coming from believers. This is caused from people trying to live both in the world and in the spirit. The two do not mix, and believers end up looking more like the world than a child of God because as the scriptures state, you cannot serve two masters.


James 1:8: A Double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.


I have heard some say things like:

1. “We don't know how God sees that”, when there are scriptures that give you God's exact view point on the matter.

2. “We need to make the word of God more palatable for those not ready for it”. As we have discussed earlier, scripture is good for everyone. We are not to water it down, take from it, or add to it, so that it is more digestible to those seeking a worldly friendly God. That's not my God!

3. “No one is perfect”. This statement is 100% true but we should still encourage one another to abstain from sin and obey the scriptures to the best of our abilities. We should not only bear his name as Christians, but we should try to walk and talk like him.

4. “We are all God's Children.” This is false according to scripture. While we are all God's creation, we are not all his children. You belong to who you obey. (John 1:12-13; 8:44, Galatians 4:4-5, Romans 8:15-23, 1 John 3;1)

5. “There are many paths to heaven”. Scripture says there is one.

6. “We all worship the same God”. Scripture says that we do not. My God's character, holiness, and righteousness far exceeds the one that the world worships.

7. “God is not mad/angry with you”. LIE! If you do well, God is pleased with you; if you do not well, then God is angry with you. This is why we all need the blood of Yeshua Christ. Our only hope is that when God sees us, he sees the righteousness of Yeshua because we all have messed up pretty bad.


Scripture says that His anger is building towards this wicked and evil generation. His wrath is being stored up into what Revelation calls vials/bowls that will be poured out in the end before the last and final trumpet sounds.


LUKE-WARM

Sin is an immoral act against God's law and scripture gives us a pretty in depth look at what those deeds are.


1. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Know you not that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”


2. Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in times past, that they which do these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”


3. Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore-mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burn with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”


4. Proverbs 6:16-19, “Six things that the Lord hates; a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that sheds innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that swiftly run to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among his brother.”


5. Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.”


6. Leviticus 18:22-23, “You shall not lie with man, as with a woman: it is an abomination. Neither shall you lie with any beast to defile yourself with: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down to it: it is confusion.”


7. Psalm 5:6, “The Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.”


8. James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”


9. James 4:7, “Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is a sin.”


10. In Matthew 5:27-48, Yeshua is speaking about sin and ends by saying that we should be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect.


God does not go about sinning, therefore it is not something that we should willfully do either. Sometimes, we will get caught up in the moment, and this is why there is the blood of Yeshua.


Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your works, that you are neither hot or cold: I would rather that you were cold or hot. So then because you are luke warm, and neither cold or hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.”


ALL IN

As followers of Christ, we need to make a decision whether to be all in or all out. We cannot be friends of the world and be followers of Christ. We must stop trying to appease the world out of fear of persecution and take our stand.


• 2 Timothy 3:12-13, “Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”


• 1 john 2:15-16, “Love not the world, neither the things of the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father.”


Those of the scriptures, they did not worship at pagan altars, they burned them down. They did not magnify the beauty of the pagan idols, they detested them because they knew that they stood in opposition of everything that God ordained as being holy and righteous.

They sought to correct wrong thinking and error, not to coddle and join themselves with it.

They stood firmly on the side of God and they were all in.


CONCLUSION

It is clear that the biggest problem is that, in desiring to keep the commandment to love people, Christians try to step beside those in the world and guide their steps. Too afraid of persecution or being labeled a hater to tell them of the dangers, they continue to walk beside them, hoping to quietly and subtly steer them off the path of destruction. But what ends up happening, is that you fellow Christian, begin to walk more like the people of the world, until your footsteps no longer resemble those of Christ.


You wake one day just as lost as the people in the world. Watching that you do not speak certain scriptures and the God you are teaching and speaking of has become the one of the world. The one that is cuddly snuggly soft on sin, the one that lets everybody into heaven, and is happy with all of the world's filth. Some of you have become so blinded and misguided that you do not realize that you have traded the truth in for error.


Beloved, examine yourselves, are you all in for Christ? Are you so afraid of persecutions that you will not dare to utter the words “God said...”? If Christ were to return this very second, would you look more like the wheat or the tares? Is there enough difference between you and those in the world that the world will reject you?


Is our attitude, mannerisms, speech, and deeds so different that it radiates without us speaking a word about who it is that we serve? Are you separate from the world?






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