“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.”
During a discussion several months ago, the question was posed, “What is the biggest lie (or deception) the apostate churches tell?”
THAT was a very good question.
“Other gospels,” “false salvation messages and practices which look and sound good” and “another gospel” were probably the biggest lies settled upon by the group.
And these are serious lies.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
BUT one lie which piqued some interest was the following.
“That’s your interpretation.”
“That’s your opinion.”
…with the subject immediately changed and the discussion closed.
This is a deception which introduces error, allows it to be taught, destroys sound Biblical teaching and, more importantly, prevents rebuking and correction of those errors.
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
“That’s your interpretation.”
This lie allows the wolf in sheep’s clothing to make an ungodly, unbiblical declaration without fear of rebuke or correction.
For example: A “Bible study leader” justifies a woman serving as a pastor (in direct contradiction of 1Timothy 2:12 and 3:2 as well as 1Corinthians 14:34).
IF anyone challenges this unbiblical claim, they begin with “That’s your opinion.”
IF the challenger cites the verses and says “No, this is not opinion, this is Scripture.”
“Well, that’s your interpretation.”
And the discussion is immediately switched to something else.
In this manner, the apostate churches corrupt the Word of God.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Perhaps not the biggest lie, but a grievous one, nonetheless.
This is a deception which breeds further deceptions.
Without correction and rebuke, unchecked corruption of God’s Word has spread like a cancer throughout the buildings which pose as centers for the worship of Jesus Christ.
The whole world will worship the dragon [Satan] and the man of sin. And they will worship them in the network of corrupt, apostate churches which even now flourish in every town, village and city in America.
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast…And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Believers are commanded to be not deceived.
Is the reader following that command?
“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 originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 8, 2016.]
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