The Road to Error

 

THE ROAD TO ERROR

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)     INTRODUCTION A WHILE BACK I TAUGHT A SERIES ON THE APOSTATE CHURCH.  YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT THE WORD APOSTATE COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD APOSTASIA, WHICH MEANS TO FORSAKE OR ABANDON THE FAITH.  IT SEEMS VERY CLEAR TO ME FROM SCRIPTURE THAT IS POSSIBLE TO ABANDON THE FAITH AFTER ONCE BEING SAVED.   SCRIPTURE WARNS US REPEATEDLY AGAINST FALSE PROPHETS AND FALSE TEACHERS AND THE ERROR THEY PREACH AND TEACH:

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)   PAUL AGAIN IN 2Co 11:13 spoke of …false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

C)   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.

D)   JUDE WARNED US IN 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 condem-nation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

E)   john – 1Jo 4:1many false prophets are gone out into the world.

F)    JESUS – Mat 7:15 BEWARE of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

G)   JESUS – Mat 24:4 – 5 AND Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 FOR many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 

H)    Gal 1:6 – 7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

II)    THE CHURCH WAS FOUNDED ON THE PERSON & WORK OF JESUS CHRIST

A)   Mat 16:15 – 18 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I Will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

B)   Eph 2:20 SPEAKS OF THE CHURCH AS BEING “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 IN whom every building having been fitly framed together, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord; 22 IN whom you also are built together for a dwelling place of God through the Spirit.

III)   JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH PROVIDING PURPOSE, VISION, DIRECTION AND EMPOWERMENT TO THE CHURCH

A)   Col 1:16 – 19  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Eph 1:22 – 23  And He has put all things under His feet and gave Him to be HEADover all things to the CHURCH, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

IV)  SATAN PROVIDES US MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO FALL INTO ERROR, BUT I BELIEVE THAT THESE OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE CLASSIFIED OR CATAGORIZED INTO FOUR MAIN CATAGORIES RELATING TO “HIS WORD”, THE BIBLE AS OUR STANDARD FOR DOCTRINE AND MORALITY (OR PURITY).  THESE ARE PREACHING OR TEACHING (OR LISTENING TO PREACHERS OR TEACHERS) THAT

A)   THOSE THAT DENY THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE WRITTEN ABOUT IN ROMANS CHAPTER ONE..

B)   PREACH OR TEACH SCRIPTURE SELECTIVELY, OVER EMPHASIZING CERTAIN PASSAGES WHILE IGNORING CERTAIN PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE DUE TO WRONG MOTIVES OR IGNORANCE.

C)   PUTT THEIR OWN SPIN OR BIAS ON THE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURES DUE TO IMPURE MOTIVES OR IGNORANCE.

D)   WRITING YOUR OWN “SCRIPTURE”.  EXAMPLE “BOOK OF MORMAN”, THE WRITERS AND PRODUCERS OF “THE DI VINCI CODE” HAVE ATTACKED THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH:  THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE, THE DEITY OF CHRIST, HIS SIN LESS LIFE, HIS RESURRECTION, ETC. AND HAVE SUBSTITUTED THEIR OWN GOSPEL…THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS WRITTEN HUNDREDS OF YEARS AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT.

 V)    CONCLUSION

A)   JUDE WARNED US IN JudE 1:3 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.

B)   2Ti 2:22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a PURE heart.

C)   Jam 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first PURE, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

D)   1Jo 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is PURE.

E)   2Pe 3:1  This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your PURE minds by way of remembrance:

F)    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 ….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, …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; 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.

G)    JESUS SAID “YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.”

 

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