“God is not a man, that he should lie”
The end times Church of the Tares is full of lying spirits of deception, counterfeit Christians, false doctrines, ravenous wolves in the pulpit, demonic deceptions, antichrist deceivers and the occasional false convert.
The Bible warned it would be so.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
–2 Timothy 3:1
One way to tell the counterfeit from the true believer: does the person believe God’s Word? Many say they do in a general way, but when it comes to specifics, they do not.
For example, some months ago at a Bible study, the discussion turned to 2 Timothy 3:12.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
When this verse was brought up, the person leading the Bible study looked incredulous and said,
“You mean to tell me that a farmer in America 100 years ago suffered persecution for being a Christian? I DON’T BELIEVE IT!”
Where does the discussion go after someone in a pulpit declares the Word of God to be false?
EXAMPLE #2 – A new person was introduced. The introduction went something like this:
“This is Joe So-and-so. He was a regular here five or six years ago and now he’s come back!”
Jim So-and-so continued:
“I was a born again, tongue-talking, Holy Ghost-baptized believer. But I was a backslider and couldn’t stay out of the bars. But it got old and now I’ve seen the light and I’m back!”
It was not mentioned that “backsliding” is a concept foreign to the New Testament. Backsliding is only referred to prior to the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the subsequent indwelling of the Holy Spirit in believers.
When 2 Peter 2:20-21 and Hebrews 10:26-29 was brought up (“if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins“), Jim So-and-So loudly exclaimed
“Well, I certainly don’t believe that!”
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
“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. 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.”
–2 Peter 2:20-21
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”
NOTE: God’s mercy is NOT to be trifled with. This is is such an important truth, it is included not once, not twice but THREE TIMES in the New Testament: so there will be NO MISTAKE; NO EXCUSES. And it is not only a single verse, it is several verses ALL making the same declaration: man walks away from the only salvation available to him through the mercy of Jesus Christ AT HIS OWN RISK.
And we do know that some will walk away.
“Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”
But again, when someone declares the Word of God to be false (particularly a church-goer), it pretty much ends the discussion.
The best for Jim So-and-so which one could hope was that he was mistaken about once being a born again Christian.
“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”
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NOTE: There are NO conflicting Scripture. There are NO contradictions. IF the reader believes a contradiction exists, he has not reconciled those Scriptures, for NONE EXIST.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
–2 Timothy 2:15
The true Christian knows the Bible is God’s Word. He knows it is truth. The counterfeit does not know the truth because he does not know God. Because he does not have the Spirit of God, the tare cannot discern between the things of God and the cunning counterfeit.
If it looks good to him, he assumes it will look good to the true Christian.
One way to spot the counterfeit: he DOES NOT believe the Word of God. He DOES believe antichrist deceivers.
Sadly, he is himself deceived. Though he traffics in deceit and deceives others, he himself labors under a heavy burden of deception which he cannot detect.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
–2 Timothy 3:13
That he believes this deception to be the truth is the sad thing. As he deceives others, he believes himself to be a possessor of the hidden truth. Sadly, he is more deceived than the ones to which he lies.
Wrapping himself in the things of deceit, the deceitful worker may look genuine, but his love of the lie betrays him.
God’s Word is the truth.
No matter how clever, the counterfeit will eventually deny God’s Word: either by word or deed or his ungodly associations.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
For those who CLAIM they want to know the truth, it’s “put up or shut up“ time.
And that time grows short.
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“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 28, 2016.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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