Soooooooo! Happy July 2020 friends 🙂
I am really blessed to see yet another month and totally amazed at how time has passed by since the lockdown measures were put in place throughout all different places in the world.
People have kept themselves busy with various activities during this period, learning several skills, attending online lessons, pursuing self-discovery and etcetera. Needless to say, it has been a numbing time for other people, especially those whose families have been greatly affected and effected by the corona virus.
Not being left behind, it has not been a wasted time on my part as well. I believe I have discovered many things about my character and writing and also acquired habits that I would not have otherwise recognized capable of getting were it not for being cooped up at home.
1st July was such an eye opening day for me because I paused for the whole day and reflected about the year and my writing. If I am honest, I am taking long periods to write because I end up wondering if I am too harsh on my articles, if I come off judgemental, arrogant, know-it-all—basically over thinking which is also not a good thing.
My articles, do exhibit painful truths in them but when I think of how lost I was in religious systems, I cannot help but speak the truth and pray to deliver with as much love as possible.
So today, we are discussing false prophets, false teachings and basically anything that man is peddling to others and is not of God and from God.
When Jesus became the top most priority of my life about the time I knew He truly exists, I desired to know more about Him so deeply I remember watching all available online preaching and I made this mistake— I assumed that all the preachers were speaking in truth and speaking for God.
I was still not able to discern which was false gospel and which was the true gospel. So it’s is inevitable you will find some of my early writings as give-aways of this confusion because they talked about ‘what God can do for you if you just have enough faith, if you declare and claim it everyday, if you are specific in prayer, if you are a dedicated person in prayer and etcetera— so basically —works.’
I nearly exhausted myself following these teachings thinking I could manipulate God with declarations and affirmations. However, with time when you listen to diverse teachings the Holy Spirit guides you to the truth and full knowledge of the cross.
Majority of the preaching we have today is a ‘what God can do for you, what you can do for God kind of gospel’
So, let us find out what is the true gospel so that we can differentiate between the false and counterfeit gospel.
The true gospel is,
The work is already finished.
God has already done for us what we could not do for ourselves and there is nothing more to do/accomplish other than to do His will.
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? John 6:28
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent. John 6:29
And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
Notice? They asked, what works might we do?
Believe on Him whom He hath sent and do the will of Him that hath sent the Son
The will of God is not what He can do for us or what we should do for God. But what He can accomplish and do through us by our faith in Christ. How by our availability to Him, We can be a channel through which His name may be glorified and through which men may be brought to Christ.
When Jesus began His ministry, He told His disciples that He came to do the will of His Father.
Mathew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
In recognizing how wicked our hearts and ways are, we must turn to Jesus with contrite hearts, in repentance and hang on to Him for dear life. For His is the only name given under heaven whereby we must be saved.
Then and only then can God accomplish His work through us.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure—Philipians 2:13
For we all deserve God’s judgement but by His love and grace, He has justified us and made us righteous through Christ. Notice, now we have the righteousness of Christ and God no longer looks at us as sinners but His beloved. Therefore, we are all equal before God for no man can stand before Him and declare He made it to heaven by how much he prayed, preached about Jesus, fed the poor, gave tithes and any other works.
For we have been justified only by the grace of God and not of our own merit so that we cannot boast.
With this, we can therefore approach God with boldness not on the basis on the good we have done but on the merit of His grace.
And this is the true gospel
Man however, on his attempt to further add on to the finished work of the cross has created a stumbling block for so many people.
False teachings and prosperity gospel have sprung up and pushed back the light which Christ brought. If we look around keenly, we can observe the falling away of the church which Paul talked about.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2Thessalonians 2:3
It is not easy to spot false teachings, well, other than the ones we know are down right ridiculous, like demanding for money in exchange for answered prayers/removal of generational curses— but even those, many have fallen prey as well.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves~Matthew 7:15
There are other dangerous ones whose teachings sound innocent, accurate, instructive and even have large congregations following them. Such a kind is highly deceptive because the world is entirely convinced of the Lord’s hand upon their ministries but inwardly, they are ravening wolves, deceptive, untrue and an abomination.
These are those who come up with newly found truths and teach these truths as the word of God.
These are those who make light of sin and comfort people in their sin. They only tell people of God’s love and mercy but willfully fail to emphasize on God’s wrath and judgement with equal measure.
These are those who preach many ways/all religions lead to God leading many astray.
These are those who tell people how God desires to prosper them and give them better lives. But in reality, the life of following Christ on earth is a cross-bearing one. Prosperity given by God must never be attributed to man but only to God and for the glory of God.
These are the ones who deceive people for prophecies, prayers, cleansing, in exchange for indulgences and some few bucks.
These are those who pervert the word of God by twisting His word and using it out of context.
These are those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. Who seem religious on the outside but are seducers, pretenders and deceivers like the Pharisees.
These are the ones who teach that the Bible is not trustworthy as the word of God and come up with their own supposed revelations and teachings.
Howbeit, that God has changed? If we truly believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever, how can He then change with the seasons or times? Or how can He now be more tolerant with some sin and intolerant with others unlike in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah? Doesn’t this therefore make Him out to be confused or even worse a liar?
What a fearful thing it is, to be a man who leads the sheep of God astray, who comforts and encourages them in their sin. For judgement is an assured thing, just like in the days of Noah, God must judge the world.
Therefore, since many people do not even know they could be listening to false teachings/followed false religions all their lives, let each man pray to God for discernment and for truth. For we know that God is no respecter of persons, for if a man in His heart is willing to know the truth, the Lord will reveal it.
¹Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
It would be a terrible fate to live a life convinced of knowing and believing a false truth and even to roll the dice on your eternity only to find out your true fate on the day of judgement.
The amazing thing about salvation, is that you can be sure you are saved. Yes you can be sure! For God’s sheep know Him, they hear His voice and follow Him.
2Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall
(I advise you to read the whole chapter for better understanding of the context)
So to conclude,
Believing in Jesus as well does not mean verbal believe. But heart, mind, soul and body commitment. It is an active participation on what Christ taught, and one certain thing you are assured to experience is the bearing of a cross. However, Jesus is always there with you for He said, come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. —Matthew 11:28-29
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world— Matthew 28: 20
Let us not be deceived by false prophets and teachings but ask the Lord to lead us to His truth, that we may receive it without any hindrance and heavy yokes upon our necks. For His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.