The Apostate Church (Part 2)

THE APOSTATE CHURCH SERIES (PART 2 )
FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – IN MATT 24: 24 SPEAKING ABOUT THE END OF THE AGE, JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES THAT “FOR THERE SHALL ARISE FALSE CHRISTS, AND FALSE PROPHETS, AND SHALL SHEW GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS; INSOMUCH THAT, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT.” FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS BEGAN TO INFILTRATE THE CHURCH FROM THE DAYS OF THE APOSTLES. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THEIR ACTIVITY AND INFLUENCE WOULD INCREASE AT THE END OF THE AGE SO THAT IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, EVEN THE ELECT WOULD BE DECEIVED. WE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED OR ALARMED BUT VIGILANT, CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH THAT WAS ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS. LETS LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS INFILTRATING THE CHURCH AND HOW THIS AFFECTS THE CHURCH:

II) WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE RISE FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS?
A) PAUL – 1TI 4:1- 2 NOW THE SPIRIT SPEAKETH EXPRESSLY, THAT IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH, GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS; 2 SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY; HAVING THEIR CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON;
B) JOHN – 1JO 4:1 …MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.
C) PAUL ALSO SPOKE HYMENAEUS AND PHILETUS IN 2TIMOTHY 2:17 – 18 “ WHO CONCERNING THE TRUTH HAVE ERRED, SAYING THAT THE RESURRECTION IS PAST ALREADY; AND OVERTHROW THE FAITH OF SOME.
D) PAUL AGAIN IN 2CO 11:13 SPOKE OF …FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST.
E) PETER – 2PETER 2:1 – 2 BUT THERE WERE FALSE PROPHETS ALSO AMONG THE PEOPLE, EVEN AS THERE SHALL BE FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU, WHO PRIVILY SHALL BRING IN DAMNABLE HERESIES, EVEN DENYING THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM, AND BRING UPON THEMSELVES SWIFT DESTRUCTION. 2 AND MANY SHALL FOLLOW THEIR PER-NICIOUS WAYS; BY REASON OF WHOM THE WAY OF TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF.
F) JUDE 1:3 – 4 BELOVED, WHEN I GAVE ALL DILIGENCE TO WRITE UNTO YOU OF THE COMMON SALVATION, IT WAS NEEDFUL FOR ME TO WRITE UNTO YOU, AND EXHORT YOU THAT YE SHOULD EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH WHICH WAS ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THE SAINTS. 4 FOR THERE ARE CERTAIN MEN CREPT IN UNAWARES, WHO WERE BEFORE OF OLD ORDAINED TO THIS CONDEMNATION, UNGODLY MEN, TURNING THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, AND DENYING THE ONLY LORD GOD, AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
G) JESUS – MAT 7:15 BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, WHICH COME TO YOU IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, BUT INWARDLY THEY ARE RAVENING WOLVES.
H) TODAY I AM MORE CONCERNED ABOUT FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS WITHIN THE CHURCH THAN THE ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS, AND RECOGNIZED CULTS AND FALSE RELIGIONS SUCH AS THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, MORMONS, SCIENTOLOGY, UNITARIANS, MOSLEMS, HINDUS, HARI KRISHNA’S, BUDDHISTS, ETC.
III) WHAT SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS ENABLE FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS?
A) A HURRICANE COULD NOT FORM AND GROW INTO DANGEROUS STORMS UNLESS THE OCEAN CURRENTS, WATER TEMPERATURES, AND THE ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS WERE FAVORABLE. IN THE SAME WAY, THE DEPRAVED SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF MEN ENABLE FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS CAUSE GOOD CHURCHES TO DECLINE INTO APOSTATE CHURCHES THAT ARE NO LONGER ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD’S WORD.
B) ROM 1:18 – 32 FOR THE WRATH OF GOD IS REVEALED FROM HEAVEN AGAINST ALL UNGODLINESS AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS OF MEN, WHO HOLD THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS; 19 BECAUSE THAT WHICH MAY BE KNOWN OF GOD IS MANIFEST IN THEM; FOR GOD HATH SHOWED IT UNTO THEM. 20 FOR THE INVISIBLE THINGS OF HIM FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE, EVEN HIS ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD; SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE: 21 BECAUSE THAT, WHEN THEY KNEW GOD, THEY GLORIFIED HIM NOT AS GOD, NEITHER WERE THANKFUL; BUT BECAME VAIN IN THEIR IMAGINATIONS, AND THEIR FOOLISH HEART WAS DARKENED. 22 PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS, 23 AND CHANGED THE GLORY OF THE INCORRUPTIBLE GOD INTO AN IMAGE MADE LIKE TO CORRUPTIBLE MAN, AND TO BIRDS, AND FOURFOOTED BEASTS, AND CREEPING THINGS. 24 WHEREFORE GOD ALSO GAVE THEM UP TO UNCLEANNESS THROUGH THE LUSTS OF THEIR OWN HEARTS, TO DISHONOR THEIR OWN BODIES BETWEEN THEMSELVES: 25 WHO CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE, AND WORSHIPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE MORE THAN THE CREATOR, WHO IS BLESSED FOREVER. AMEN. 26 FOR THIS CAUSE GOD GAVE THEM UP UNTO VILE AFFECTIONS: FOR EVEN THEIR WOMEN DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE: 27 AND LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER; MEN WITH MEN WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY, AND RECEIVING IN THEMSELVES THAT RECOMPENSE OF THEIR ERROR WHICH WAS MEET. 28 AND EVEN AS THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND, TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT CONVENIENT (FITTING OR SUITABLE?); 29 BEING FILLED WITH ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, FORNICATION, WICKEDNESS, COVETOUSNESS, MALICIOUSNESS; FULL OF ENVY, MURDER, DEBATE, DECEIT, MALIGNITY; WHISPERERS, 30 BACKBITERS, HATERS OF GOD, DESPITEFUL, PROUD, BOASTERS, INVENTORS OF EVIL THINGS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, 31 WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING, COVENANT BREAKERS, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, IMPLACABLE, UNMERCIFUL: 32 WHO KNOWING THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, THAT THEY WHICH COMMIT SUCH THINGS ARE WORTHY OF DEATH, NOT ONLY DO THE SAME, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM.
C) 2TI 3:1 – 7 THIS KNOW ALSO, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME. 2 FOR MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, COVETOUS, BOASTERS, PROUD, BLASPHEMERS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, UNTHANKFUL, UNHOLY, 3 WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, TRUCEBREAKERS, FALSE ACCUSERS, INCONTINENT [WITHOUT SELF CONTROL], FIERCE, DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD, 4 TRAITORS, HEADY, HIGH-MINDED, LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD; 5 HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY. 6 FOR OF THIS SORT ARE THEY WHICH CREEP INTO HOUSES, AND LEAD CAPTIVE SILLY WOMEN LADEN WITH SINS, LED AWAY WITH DIVERS LUSTS, 7 EVER LEARNING, AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.
D) (SEE ALSO GALATIANS 5:19 – 21)
E) PAUL – 2Ti 4:3 – 4 FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS, HAVING ITCHING EARS (WHO TICKLE OUR EARS) ; 4 AND THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, AND SHALL BE TURNED UNTO FABLES. THERE IS AN EXPRESSION THAT WATER FINDS ITS OWN LEVEL – WE ELECT OFFICIALS THAT HOLD THE SAME VALUES THAT WE HOLD; WE ATTEND CHURCHES THAT BELIEVE AND TEACH WHAT WE BELIEVE, REGARDLESS OF GOD’S STANDARDS.
IV) WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HALLMARKS OF FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS?
A) WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY? 2PE 2:1 – 3; 10 – 22 (MSG) BUT THERE WERE ALSO LYING PROPHETS AMONG THE PEOPLE THEN, JUST AS THERE WILL BE LYING RELIGIOUS TEACHERS AMONG YOU. THEY’LL SMUGGLE IN DESTRUCTIVE DIVISIONS, PITTING YOU AGAINST EACH OTHER–BITING THE HAND OF THE ONE WHO GAVE THEM A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR LIVES BACK! THEY’VE PUT THEMSELVES ON A FAST DOWNHILL SLIDE TO DESTRUCTION, 2 BUT NOT BEFORE THEY RECRUIT A CROWD OF MIXED-UP FOLLOWERS WHO CAN’T TELL RIGHT FROM WRONG. THEY GIVE THE WAY OF TRUTH A BAD NAME. 3 THEY’RE ONLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES. THEY’LL SAY ANYTHING, ANYTHING, THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO EXPLOIT YOU…10 THEY DESPISE INTERFERENCE FROM TRUE AUTHORITY, PREFERRING TO INDULGE IN SELF-RULE. INSOLENT EGOTISTS, THEY DON’T HESITATE TO SPEAK EVIL AGAINST THE MOST SPLENDID OF CREATURES. 11 EVEN ANGELS, THEIR SUPERIORS IN EVERY WAY, WOULDN’T THINK OF THROWING THEIR WEIGHT AROUND LIKE THAT, TRYING TO SLANDER OTHERS BEFORE GOD. 12 THESE PEOPLE ARE NOTHING BUT BRUTE BEASTS, BORN IN THE WILD, PREDATORS ON THE PROWL. IN THE VERY ACT OF BRINGING DOWN OTHERS WITH THEIR IGNORANT BLASPHEMIES, THEY THEMSELVES WILL BE BROUGHT DOWN, LOSERS IN THE END. 13 THEIR EVIL WILL BOOMERANG ON THEM. THEY’RE SO DESPICABLE AND ADDICTED TO PLEASURE THAT THEY INDULGE IN WILD PARTIES, CAROUSING IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. 14 THEY’RE OBSESSED WITH ADULTERY, COMPULSIVE IN SIN, SEDUCING EVERY VULNERABLE SOUL THEY COME UPON. THEIR SPECIALTY IS GREED, AND THEY’RE EXPERTS AT IT. DEAD SOULS! 15 THEY’VE LEFT THE MAIN ROAD AND ARE DIRECTIONLESS, HAVING TAKEN THE WAY OF BALAAM, SON OF BEOR, THE PROPHET WHO TURNED PROFITEER, A CONNOISSEUR OF EVIL. 16 BUT BALAAM WAS STOPPED IN HIS WAYWARD TRACKS: A DUMB ANIMAL SPOKE IN A HUMAN VOICE AND PREVENTED THE PROPHET’S CRAZINESS. 17 THERE’S NOTHING TO THESE PEOPLE–THEY’RE DRIED-UP FOUNTAINS, STORM-SCATTERED CLOUDS, HEADED FOR A BLACK HOLE IN HELL. 18 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. 19 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 IF 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. 21 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. 22 THEY PROVE THE POINT OF THE PROVERBS, “A DOG GOES BACK TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” AND, “A SCRUBBED-UP PIG HEADS FOR THE MUD.”

B) IT IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS TO GENERALIZE. NOT ALL FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS ERROR IN THE SAME WAY. THE BIBLE INSTRUCTS US TO TRY THE SPIRITS: 1JO 4:1 BELOVED, BELIEVE NOT EVERY SPIRIT, BUT TRY THE SPIRITS WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD: BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD. WE ARE NOT TO JUDGE ANYONE, THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDGE. HE WILL SEPARATE THE TARES FROM THE WHEAT, BUT THE BIBLE SAYS BY THEIR FRUITS WE SHALL KNOW THEM.
C) IN GENERAL IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS:
1) HAVE LOST THE FEAR OF GOD & ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE WORD OF GOD. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN PLUMB LINE. WHEN BOARDS AND PRESBYTERIES VOTE ON MATTERS THAT THE BIBLE AND GOD CALL SIN, THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS ABOVE GOD’S WORD.
2) HAVE LOST THEIR FIRST LOVE, FOR CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH. THEY SEEM TO HAVE A CAREER RATHER THAN A CALLING.
3) PREACH TRUTH BUT NOT ALL THE TRUTH. PAUL SAID THAT WE ARE TO DECLARE THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD. FOR EXAMPLE: THEY PREACH THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD, WITHOUT WARNING PEOPLE OF WRATH OF GOD COMING UPON THE EARTH AND THE NEED TO REPENT.
4) PREACH A GOSPEL THAT IS OUT OF BALANCE, NOT COMPARING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE, OVER EMPHASIZING SCRIPTURES FOR THEIR OWN FINANCIAL GAIN.
5) GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT SO THEY CAN GET WHAT THEY WANT, WHICH IS TYPICALLY MONEY, THE PRAISE OF MEN AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTROL PEOPLE.
6) PREACH “A FEEL GOOD GOSPEL” THAT FAILS TO PREPARE PEOPLE FOR THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AND DOWNPLAYS THE RIGORS AND DEMANDS OF A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST. THEY MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES EVEN WHEN THEY ARE LIVING IN SIN AND HEADED FOR HELL.

V) WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIFIC TEACHING OR TEACHING PRACTICES OF FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS? (I GIVE THESE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.)
1) DENY THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INERRANT, INSPIRED WORD OF GOD.
2) DENY BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF CREATION, EMBRACE THEORY OF EVOLUTION.
3) DENY THE DEITY OF CHRIST, HIS VIRGIN BIRTH, SINLESS LIFE, HIS MIRACLES, HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, AND ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN.
4) PREACH A SOCIAL GOSPEL – A GOSPEL REDUCED TO DOING GOOD DEEDS. “HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING THE POWER OF GOD.”
5) DENY THAT GOD PERFORMS MIRACLES TODAY. OTHERS USE TRICKERY TO SEEMINGLY PERFORM MIRACLES THAT DID NOT OCCUR. THEY HAVE A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENY THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL.
6) THEY MAY TEACH TRUTH BUT IGNORE OR MINIMIZE MANY PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE: INCLUDING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT TEACHING THAT THESE GIFTS AND MINISTRIES WERE LIMITED TO THE APOSTOLIC ERA, WHEN THE INSTRUCTION GIVEN ON THESE GIFTS WERE GIVEN TO LETTERS TO EXISTING CHURCHES AND GENTILE BELIEVERS.
(a) TEACH AN EASY BELIEVISM THAT FAILS TO EMPHASIZE THE REQUIREMENT TO repent AND turn away from sin AND LIVE A GODLY LIFE. TEACH THAT ONCE WE ARE SAVED WE ARE FOREVER SAVED EVEN THOUGH WE TURN AWAY FROM THE GOSPEL AND LIVE AN UNGODLY LIFESTYLE. IN 2 TI MOTHY 1:19 PAUL SPEAKS OF Hymenaeus and Alexander LEFT THE FAITH AND MADE SHIPWRECK OF THEIR CHRISTIAN LIFE, WHOM PAUL DELIVERED TO SATAN THAT THEY MIGHT LEARN NOT TO BLASPHEME.
(b) 2 PETER 2:20 – 21 FOR IF AFTER THEY HAVE ESCAPED THE POLLUTIONS OF THE WORLD THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, THEY ARE AGAIN ENTANGLED THEREIN, AND OVERCOME, THE LATTER END IS WORSE WITH THEM THAN THE BEGINNING. 2PE 2:21 FOR IT HAD BEEN BETTER FOR THEM NOT TO HAVE KNOWN THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAN, AFTER THEY HAVE KNOWN IT, TO TURN FROM THE HOLY COMMANDMENT DELIVERED UNTO THEM.
7) DENY OR FAIL TO PREACH A LITERAL HELL OR JUDGMENT TO COME- THAT WE WILL ALL LITERALLY STAND BEFORE GOD AND GIVE ACCOUNT OF OUR WORDS AND DEEDS:
(a) THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR THAT GOD WILL COME AND JUDGE THE EARTH.
(i) DAN 7:9 – 10 I BEHELD TILL THE THRONES WERE CAST DOWN, AND THE ANCIENT OF DAYS DID SIT, WHOSE GARMENT WAS WHITE AS SNOW, AND THE HAIR OF HIS HEAD LIKE THE PURE WOOL: HIS THRONE WAS LIKE THE FIERY FLAME, AND HIS WHEELS AS BURNING FIRE. 10 A FIERY STREAM ISSUED AND CAME FORTH FROM BEFORE HIM: THOUSAND THOUSANDS MINISTERED UNTO HIM, AND TEN THOUSAND TIMES TEN THOUSAND STOOD BEFORE HIM: THE JUDGMENT WAS SET, AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED.
(ii) JOH 12:48 HE THAT REJECTETH ME, AND RECEIVETH NOT MY WORDS, HATH ONE THAT JUDGETH HIM: THE WORD THAT I HAVE SPOKEN, THE SAME SHALL JUDGE HIM IN THE LAST DAY.
(iii) REV. 20:11-15 AND I SAW A GREAT WHITE THRONE, AND HIM THAT SAT ON IT, FROM WHOSE FACE THE EARTH AND THE HEAVEN FLED AWAY; AND THERE WAS FOUND NO PLACE FOR THEM. 12 AND I SAW THE DEAD, SMALL AND GREAT, STAND BEFORE GOD; AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED: AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS OPENED, WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE: AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS. 13 AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN IT; AND DEATH AND HELL DELIVERED UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM: AND THEY WERE JUDGED EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS. 14 AND DEATH AND HELL WERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH. 15 AND WHOSOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.
(b) THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT HELL AS A LITERAL PLACE OF EVERLASTING TORMENT:
(i) MAT 10:28 JESUS SAID, AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL: BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.
(ii) MAT 23:33 JESUS SPEAKING TO THE SCRIBES, PHARISEES AND HYPOCRITES SAID, YE SERPENTS, YE GENERATION OF VIPERS, HOW CAN YE ESCAPE THE DAMNATION OF HELL?
(iii) LUKE 16:23 JESUS SAID, AND IN HELL HE LIFT UP HIS EYES, BEING IN TORMENTS, AND SEETH ABRAHAM AFAR OFF, AND LAZARUS IN HIS BOSOM.
(iv) REV 20:13 AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN IT; AND DEATH AND HELL DELIVERED UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM: AND THEY WERE JUDGED EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.
8) TURN THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, AND IMMORAL BEHAVIOR EXPLOITING THE OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND CHILDREN FOR SEXUAL AND GRATIFICATION. WE HAVE SEEN TOO MUCH OF THIS LATELY IN BOTH CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT CHURCHES OF ALL DENOMINATIONS.
9) TEACH OR FAIL TO CORRECT THOSE WHO PRAY TO MARY AND THE SAINTS, PUTTING MARY AND THE SAINTS ON EQUAL STATUS WITH JESUS CHRIST. MARY WAS CHOSEN OF GOD TO BE THE MOTHER OF JESUS BUT SHE IS NOT EQUAL WITH CHRIST. JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY “OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN…FORGIVE US OF OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESSPASS AGAINST US…” AS HE WAS DYING ON THE CROSS JESUS SPOKE TO HIS DISCIPLE “BEHOLD THY MOTHER!” NOT BEHOLD THY GOD.
10) PREACH A PROSPERITY GOSPEL THAT EMPHASIZES THE WEALTH AND RICHES OF THIS WORLD, AS IF THE FOCUS OF THE GOSPEL WERE AN INVESTMENT PLAN FOR GETTING RICH IN THIS WORLD. THEY ARE NOT PREPARING BELIEVERS FOR THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT INEVITABLY COME WITH THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
11) EXPLOIT PEOPLE FOR THEIR OWN PROFIT, (corollary of #10) THESE INDIVIDUALS OFTEN ACCUMULATE GREAT WEALTH AT THE EXPENSE OF PEOPLE MUCH POORER THAN THEMSELVES. JESUS AND THE APOSTLES DID NOT EMPHASIZE THE ACCUMULATION OF WEALTH AND MATERIAL POSSESSIONS, NEITHER SHOULD WE. THESE OFTEN TREAT THE WEALTHY MUCH DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY DO THE POOR.
12) TEACH THAT THE SAINTS WILL USHER IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD BY TAKING OVER THE GOVERNMENT BY BECOMING ACTIVE IN POLITICS AND ELECTING CHRISTIANS WHO WILL ENACT LAWS THAT WOULD MEET WITH GOD’S APPROVAL AND REVOKING LAWS THAT DO NOT MEET WITH GOD’S APPROVAL – THIS SOUNDS ALL WELL AND GOOD, THE PROBLEM IS THAT THIS IS NOT WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US WILL HAPPEN. THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT JESUS CHRIST WILL COME TO JUDGE THE EARTH AND EXECUTE VENGEANCE: PSALM 110:1,2, 5 THE LORD SAID UNTO MY LORD, SIT THOU AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THY FOOTSTOOL. 2 THE LORD SHALL SEND THE ROD OF THY STRENGTH OUT OF ZION: RULE THOU IN THE MIDST OF THINE ENEMIES. …5 THE LORD AT THY RIGHT HAND SHALL STRIKE THROUGH KINGS IN THE DAY OF HIS WRATH.
13) THIS LIST OF FALSE DOCTRINE AND FALSE TEACHINGS IS FAR FROM COMPLETE.

VI) HOW WILL FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS AFFECT THE LOCAL CHURCH?
A) MANY BIBLE SCHOLARS BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH OF LODICEA DESCRIBED IN REV. 3:14 – 22 PORTRAYS THE CONDITION OF THE CHURCH OF THE LAST DAYS BEFORE JESUS RETURNS. LODICEA WAS A CITY OF GREAT WEALTH AND SPLENDOR ABOUT 40 MILES FROM COLL0SE. UNLIKE THE CHURCH OF PHILADELPHIA WHICH WAS NOT REPRIMANDED OR CONDEMNED, LODICEA WAS NOT COMMENDED FOR ANYTHING.
B) JESUS PORTRAYED AS “THE AMEN, THE FAITHFUL AND TRUE WITNESS, THE BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD…”. AMEN – TRUSTWORTHY, FAITH & TRUE WITNESS. HE CANNOT BE BOUGHT, BRIBED OR INFLUENCED. HIS ASSESSMENT OF THEIR SPIRITUAL CONDITION CANNOT BE CHALLANGED.
C) JESUS SAID REV 3:15 I KNOW THY WORKS (DEEDS), THAT THOU ART NEITHER COLD NOR HOT: I WOULD THOU WERT COLD OR HOT.
D) WORKS / DEEDS: THINGS THAT ONLY GOD CAN DO THROUGH US & THINGS WE CAN DO (GOOD WORKS). FIRST LET’S DISCUSS THE KIND OF THINGS THAT WE CAN DO THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST.
1) JOH 14:12 VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO SHALL HE DO ALSO; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO; BECAUSE I GO UNTO MY FATHER.
2) MAR 16:15 AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, GO YE INTO THE ENTIRE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. 16 HE THAT BELIEVETH AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED; BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE DAMNED. 17 AND THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE; IN MY NAME SHALL THEY CAST OUT DEVILS; THEY SHALL SPEAK WITH NEW TONGUES; 18 THEY SHALL TAKE UP SERPENTS; AND IF THEY DRINK ANY DEADLY THING, IT SHALL NOT HURT THEM; THEY SHALL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY SHALL RECOVER.
3) 2TI 3:5 HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF: FROM SUCH TURN
E) WHILE IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE THAT WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH AND NOT THOUGH OUR WORKS; IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT GOD EXPECTS US TO DO HIS WORK BY DOING GOOD WORKS. JAMES SAYS JAM 2:17 EVEN SO FAITH, IF IT HATH NOT WORKS, IS DEAD, BEING ALONE. JAM 2:18 YEA, A MAN MAY SAY, THOU HAST FAITH, AND I HAVE WORKS: SHOW ME THY FAITH WITHOUT THY WORKS, AND I WILL SHOW THEE MY FAITH BY MY WORKS.
F) A CHURCH NOT DOING GOOD WORKS IS A CHURCH WITHOUT FAITH: 1) THERE IS NO PASSION FOR FIRE IN THEIR SERVICE TO GOD, 2) THEY LOST THEIR FIRST LOVE FOR CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH, 3) THEY LOST THE REVERENCE AND RESPECT FOR GOD – GOD WAS NO LONGER A PRIORITY IN THEIR LIFE, 4) THEY SERVE GOD ON THEIR OWN TERMS, 5) THEY SERVE GOD AS LONG AS IT DID NOT COST THEM ANYTHING, 6) THEY SERVE GOD WHEN IT WAS CONVENIENT, 7) THEIR ATTITUDE IS “WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?”
G) WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE SAY REGARDING GOOD WORKS:
1) JESUS SAID MAT 5:16 LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS, AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.
2) PAUL WROTE TO THE EPHESIANS EPH 2:10 FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HATH BEFORE ORDAINED THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.
3) PAUL WROTE TO TIMOTHY 2TI 3:17 THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE PERFECT, THROUGHLY FURNISHED UNTO ALL GOOD WORKS.
H) THEY ARE NEITHER HOT NOR COLD SPIRITUALLY, AND BECAUSE THEY ARE NEITHER HOT NOR COLD GOD WOULD SPIT THEM OUT OF HIS MOUTH. GOD IS LIKE THE CONNOISSEUR OF FINE COOKERY, TAKING US INTO HIS MOUTH TO TASTE OUR GOODNESS.
I) THEY SAW THEMSELVES VERY DIFFERENTLY THAT GOD SAW THEM: REV 3:17 BECAUSE THOU SAYEST, I AM RICH, AND INCREASED WITH GOODS, AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING; AND KNOWEST NOT THAT THOU ART WRETCHED, AND MISERABLE, AND POOR, AND BLIND, AND NAKED.
J) LIKE SO MANY CHURCHES TODAY, THEIR EMPHASIS WAS UPON WORLDLY WEALTH AND MATERIAL POSSESSIONS. THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE RICH. GOD SAW THEIR CONDITION DIFFERENTLY. …KNOWEST NOT THAT THOU ART WRETCHED, AND MISERABLE, AND POOR, AND BLIND, AND NAKED
K) HE COUNSELED THEM IN REV 3:18 … TO BUY OF ME GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE, THAT THOU MAYEST BE RICH; AND WHITE RAIMENT, THAT THOU MAYEST BE CLOTHED, AND THAT THE SHAME OF THY NAKEDNESS DO NOT APPEAR; AND ANOINT THINE EYES WITH EYE SALVE, THAT THOU MAYEST SEE.
L) GOLD IN SCRIPTURE SPEAKS OF LIVING FAITH, PURIFIED IN THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION; FAITH PRODUCES GOD’S CHARACTER IN US:
1) MAL 3:3 AND HE SHALL SIT AS A REFINER AND PURIFIER OF SILVER: AND HE SHALL PURIFY THE SONS OF LEVI, AND PURGE THEM AS GOLD AND SILVER, THAT THEY MAY OFFER UNTO THE LORD AN OFFERING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.
2) ROM 1:17 FOR THEREIN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED FROM FAITH TO FAITH: AS IT IS WRITTEN, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
3) 1PE 1:7 THAT THE TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH, BEING MUCH MORE PRECIOUS THAN OF GOLD THAT PERISHETH, THOUGH IT BE TRIED WITH FIRE, MIGHT BE FOUND UNTO PRAISE AND HONOUR AND GLORY AT THE APPEARING OF JESUS CHRIST:
M) WHITE RAIMENT SPEAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PURITY. REV 19:8 AND TO HER WAS GRANTED THAT SHE SHOULD BE ARRAYED IN FINE LINEN, CLEAN AND WHITE: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS.
N) BECAUSE OF LOVE FOR HE GIVES THEM 7 US AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT. REV 3:19 AS MANY AS I LOVE, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN: BE ZEALOUS THEREFORE, AND REPENT. 2 PETER 3:9 … SAYS GOD IS “LONGSUFFERING TO US-WARD, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.”
O) REV 3:20 BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR, AND KNOCK: IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE, AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, AND WILL SUP WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME. THIS VERSE PORTRAYS JESUS STANDING OUTSIDE HIS CHURCH, PATIENTLY KNOCKING TO GAIN ENTRANCE. HOW IRONIC! UNLESS WE REPENT OF OUR LUKE WARMNESS, AS REFLECTED BY OUR LACK OF PASSION TO FOR HIS WORK, OUR SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS WE WILL PERISH. WE THINK WE ARE RICH AND IN NEED OF NOTHING WHEN IN REALITY, WE ARE WRETCHED AND MISERABLE, SPIRITUALLY IMPOVERISHED, BLIND – WE HAVE EYES BUT WE DON’T SEE. WE STAND NAKED BEFORE GOD; WE HAVE CAST OFF THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WAS OURS BY FAITH AND STAND BEFORE GOD SPIRITUALLY NAKED AND WE DON’T REALIZE OUR MISERABLE, PITIFUL CONDITION.
P) THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS (MAT 25:14 – 30) & THE PARABLE OF THE WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD (MAT 20:1 – 16): MAT 20:16 SO THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST, AND THE FIRST LAST: FOR MANY BE CALLED, BUT FEW CHOSEN.
Q) REV 3:21 TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH WILL I GRANT TO SIT WITH ME IN MY THRONE, EVEN AS I ALSO OVERCAME, AND AM SET DOWN WITH MY FATHER IN HIS THRONE. 22 HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES.

VII) WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY WILL HAPPEN TO FALSE PROPHETS & FALSE TEACHERS?
A) 2CO 11:15 …THEIR END WILL BE WHAT THEIR ACTIONS DESERVE.
B) JOHN 12:48 HE THAT REJECTETH ME, AND RECEIVETH NOT MY WORDS, HATH ONE THAT JUDGETH HIM: THE WORD THAT I HAVE SPOKEN, THE SAME SHALL JUDGE HIM IN THE LAST DAY.
C) 2PE 2:3B- 9 …WHOSE JUDGMENT NOW OF A LONG TIME LINGERETH NOT, AND THEIR DAMNATION SLUMBERETH NOT. 4 FOR IF GOD SPARED NOT THE ANGELS THAT SINNED, BUT CAST THEM DOWN TO HELL, AND DELIVERED THEM INTO CHAINS OF DARKNESS, TO BE RESERVED UNTO JUDGMENT; 5 AND SPARED NOT THE OLD WORLD, BUT SAVED NOAH THE EIGHTH PERSON, A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, BRINGING IN THE FLOOD UPON THE WORLD OF THE UNGODLY; 6 AND TURNING THE CITIES OF SODOM AND GOMORRHA INTO ASHES CONDEMNED THEM WITH AN OVERTHROW, MAKING THEM AN ENSAMPLE UNTO THOSE THAT AFTER SHOULD LIVE UNGODLY; 7 AND DELIVERED JUST LOT, VEXED WITH THE FILTHY CONVERSATION OF THE WICKED: 8 (FOR THAT RIGHTEOUS MAN DWELLING AMONG THEM, IN SEEING AND HEARING, VEXED HIS RIGHTEOUS SOUL FROM DAY TO DAY WITH THEIR UNLAWFUL DEEDS;) 9 THE LORD KNOWETH HOW TO DELIVER THE GODLY OUT OF TEMPTATIONS, AND TO RESERVE THE UNJUST UNTO THE DAY OF JUDGMENT TO BE PUNISHED:
D) 2PE 2:3B – 9 (MSG) …THEY WON’T, OF COURSE, GET BY WITH IT. THEY’LL COME TO A BAD END, FOR GOD HAS NEVER JUST STOOD BY AND LET THAT KIND OF THING GO ON. 4 GOD DIDN’T LET THE REBEL ANGELS OFF THE HOOK, BUT JAILED THEM IN HELL TILL JUDGMENT DAY. 5 NEITHER DID HE LET THE ANCIENT UNGODLY WORLD OFF. HE WIPED IT OUT WITH A FLOOD, RESCUING ONLY EIGHT PEOPLE–NOAH, THE SOLE VOICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, WAS ONE OF THEM. 6 GOD DECREED DESTRUCTION FOR THE CITIES OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH. A MOUND OF ASHES WAS ALL THAT WAS LEFT–GRIM WARNING TO ANYONE BENT ON AN UNGODLY LIFE. 7 BUT THAT GOOD MAN LOT, DRIVEN NEARLY OUT OF HIS MIND BY THE SEXUAL FILTH AND PERVERSITY, WAS RESCUED. 8 SURROUNDED BY MORAL ROT DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, THAT RIGHTEOUS MAN WAS IN CONSTANT TORMENT. 9 SO GOD KNOWS HOW TO RESCUE THE GODLY FROM EVIL TRIALS. AND HE KNOWS HOW TO HOLD THE FEET OF THE WICKED TO THE FIRE UNTIL JUDGMENT DAY.
E) JUDE 1:11 WOE UNTO THEM! FOR THEY HAVE GONE IN THE WAY OF CAIN, AND RAN GREEDILY AFTER THE ERROR OF BALAAM FOR REWARD, AND PERISHED IN THE GAINSAYING OF CORE.
F) MAT 7:21 – 23 NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. 22 MANY WILL SAY TO ME IN THAT DAY, LORD, LORD, HAVE WE NOT PROPHESIED IN THY NAME AND IN THY NAME HAVE CAST OUT DEVILS? AND IN THY NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? 23 AND THEN WILL I PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.
G) ROM 1:18 FOR THE WRATH OF GOD IS REVEALED FROM HEAVEN AGAINST ALL UNGODLINESS AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS OF MEN, WHO HOLD THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS;
H) REV 19:20 AND THE BEAST WAS TAKEN, AND WITH HIM THE FALSE PROPHET THAT WROUGHT MIRACLES BEFORE HIM, WITH WHICH HE DECEIVED THEM THAT HAD RECEIVED THE MARK OF THE BEAST, AND THEM THAT WORSHIPPED HIS IMAGE. THESE BOTH WERE CAST ALIVE INTO A LAKE OF FIRE BURNING WITH BRIMSTONE.
VIII) HOW DO WE PROTECT OURSELVES FROM FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS?
A) READ AND STUDY GOD’S WORD DILIGENTLY. 2TI 2:15 STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.
B) ASK GOD FOR WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT – 1CO 12:8 – 11 FOR TO ONE IS GIVEN BY THE SPIRIT THE WORD OF WISDOM; TO ANOTHER THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE BY THE SAME SPIRIT; 9 TO ANOTHER FAITH BY THE SAME SPIRIT; TO ANOTHER THE GIFTS OF HEALING BY THE SAME SPIRIT; 10 TO ANOTHER THE WORKING OF MIRACLES; TO ANOTHER PROPHECY; TO ANOTHER DISCERNING OF SPIRITS…
C) WALK IN THE LIGHT THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE – IF YOU ARE NOT WALKING IN THE TRUTH THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOU OPEN YOURSELF FOR DECEPTION. JOHN 14:30 HEREAFTER I WILL NOT TALK MUCH WITH YOU: FOR THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD COMETH, AND HATH NOTHING IN ME. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING IN YOU THAT WANTS TO BE DECEIVED YOU WILL BE DECEIVED. 2CO 11:14 …FOR SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
D) MAINTAIN INTIMACY WITH CHRIST THROUGH A LIFE OF DAILY PRAYER AND DEVOTION.
E) ATTEND A BIBLE BELIEVING AND BIBLE PRACTICING CHURCH REGULARLY. A CHURCH THAT PREACHES THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD: 1) CHRIST’S ATONING DEATH AND RESURRECTION, 2) THE REQUIREMENT THAT WE TURN AWAY FROM SIN AND LIVE A GODLY LIFE, 3) THE NECESSITY OF RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT, 4) THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT, AND 5) GOD’S PROVISION FOR HEALING OUR BODIES; 6) A CHURCH THAT WORSHIPS GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH, 7) A CHURCH THAT EMPHASIZING AND PRACTICES PRAYER AND FASTING, 8) THAT TEACHES THAT JESUS MAY RETURN AT ANY MOMENT, 9) A CHURCH THAT TEACHES ABOUT THE LOVE AND GRACE OF GOD, BUT ALSO TEACHES STEWARDSHIP & ACCOUNTABILITY OUR TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US, 10) A CHURCH THAT PREACHES OF A DAY OF JUDGMENT FOR BOTH BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS, 11) A CHURCH THAT TEACHES LITERAL DEVIL, A LITERAL HELL AND A NEW HEAVEN AND 12) THE HOPE OF NEW EARTH WHERE THE RIGHTEOUS WILL DWELL WITH GOD FOREVER.

IX) WHAT IS THE CHILD OF GOD’S RESPONSE TO THE RISE OF THE APOSTATE CHURCH AND FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS? SHOULD WE WRING OUR HANDS AND GIVE UP HOPE SAYING ALL IS LOST?
A) RENOUNCE DISHONESTY, CRAFTINESS, MANIPULATION IN HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD- THE APOSTLE PAUL SPEAKING OF HIS OWN MINISTRY SAID IN 2CO 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…
B) BE PATIENT AND PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD – JAMES 5:7 – 8 BE PATIENT THEREFORE, BRETHREN, UNTO THE COMING OF THE LORD. BEHOLD, THE HUSBANDMAN WAITETH FOR THE PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH, AND HATH LONG PATIENCE FOR IT, UNTIL HE RECEIVE THE EARLY AND LATTER RAIN. 8 BE YE ALSO PATIENT; STABLISH YOUR HEARTS: FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD DRAWETH NIGH.
C) STAY THE COURSE – NOT GROWING WEARY IN WELL DOING – ROM 2:7 TO THEM WHO BY PATIENT CONTINUANCE IN WELL DOING SEEK FOR GLORY AND HONOUR AND IMMORTALITY, ETERNAL LIFE:
D) ABSTAIN FROM THE INDULGING YOUR FLESHLY APPETITES – 1PE 2:11 – 12 BELOVED, I BESEECH YOU AS SOJOURNERS AND PILGRIMS, TO ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUST, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL; 12 HAVING YOUR BEHAVIOR SEEMLY AMONG THE GENTILES; THAT, WHEREIN THEY SPEAK AGAINST YOU AS EVIL-DOERS, THEY MAY BY YOUR GOOD WORKS, WHICH THEY BEHOLD, GLORIFY GOD IN THE DAY OF VISITATION.
E) DEVELOP A DISCIPLINED SPIRITUAL LIFE – 1PE 1:13 – 16 THEREFORE GIRDING UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND, BEING SOBER, PERFECTLY HOPE FOR THE GRACE BEING BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, 14 AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN, NOT FASHIONING YOURSELVES ACCORDING TO THE FORMER LUSTS IN YOUR IGNORANCE, 15 BUT ACCORDING TO THE HOLY ONE WHO HAS CALLED YOU, YOU ALSO BECOME HOLY IN ALL CONDUCT, 16 BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
F) TRUST IN THE LORD – PSA 37:1 FRET NOT THYSELF BECAUSE OF EVILDOERS, NEITHER BE THOU ENVIOUS AGAINST THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY. 2 FOR THEY SHALL SOON BE CUT DOWN LIKE THE GRASS, AND WITHER AS THE GREEN HERB. 3 TRUST IN THE LORD, AND DO GOOD; SO SHALT THOU DWELL IN THE LAND, AND VERILY THOU SHALT BE FED. 4 DELIGHT THYSELF ALSO IN THE LORD; AND HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART. 5 COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD; TRUST ALSO IN HIM; AND HE SHALL BRING IT TO PASS. 6 AND HE SHALL BRING FORTH THY RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE LIGHT, AND THY JUDGMENT AS THE NOONDAY. 7 REST IN THE LORD, AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM: FRET NOT THYSELF BECAUSE OF HIM WHO PROSPERETH IN HIS WAY, BECAUSE OF THE MAN WHO BRINGETH WICKED DEVICES TO PASS. 8 CEASE FROM ANGER, AND FORSAKE WRATH: FRET NOT THYSELF IN ANY WISE TO DO EVIL. 9 FOR EVILDOERS SHALL BE CUT OFF: BUT THOSE THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.

G) PUT YOUR HOPE IN GOD – 2PE 3:13 – 14 NEVERTHELESS WE, ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISE, LOOK FOR NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH, WHEREIN DWELLETH RIGHTEOUSNESS. 14 WHEREFORE, BELOVED, SEEING THAT YE LOOK FOR SUCH THINGS, BE DILIGENT THAT YE MAY BE FOUND OF HIM IN PEACE, WITHOUT SPOT, AND BLAMELESS.

X) CONCLUSION – ARE CHURCHES IN TROUBLE TODAY? I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES? IS THE SITUATION HOPELESS? THE ANSWER IS EMPHATICALLY NO! GOD HAS NOT LOST CONTROL. THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE DELIVERED AND UNRIGHTEOUS WILL BE JUDGED. GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE WILL PREVAIL!
A) ISAIAH STATES THE SITUATION CLEARLY IN ISAIAH 59:1 – 2 BEHOLD, THE LORD’S HAND IS NOT SHORTENED, THAT IT CANNOT SAVE; NEITHER HIS EAR HEAVY, THAT IT CANNOT HEAR: 2 BUT YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE SEPARATED BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GOD, AND YOUR SINS HAVE HID HIS FACE FROM YOU, THAT HE WILL NOT HEAR.
B) JESUS DECLARED THIS THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR: 2CHRONICLES 7:14 IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.
C) WE CANNOT SAVE THE WORLD SINGLE HANDED AND GOD DOESN’T EXPECT US TO, BUT WE CAN BE FAITHFUL WHERE GOD HAS PLANTED US. WE CAN BE PLANTING OF THE LORD – THOSE OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. IT IS UP TO US TO BE FAITH IN PRAYER, IN INTERCESSIONS FOR THE SAINTS OF GOD AND FOR THE CHURCH.

 

 

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