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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4
The Communication of the Remnant (Part 3)
I left you with this message from our Lord and Savior.
Concerning the end times, when His disciples asked Him what will be a sign of Your coming the very first thing Jesus said was this,
4b: “See to it that no one misleads you.”
Mislead = to cause somebody to make a mistake or form a false opinion or belief, either by employing deliberate deception or by supplying incorrect information – to lie.
Of all the things Jesus Christ (a.k.a the Creator God) could have told his disciples about this traumatic time in man’s future He chose to lead off with this warning.
There’s a reason for this my friends.
The Bible tells of a time when people will no longer “tolerate” the Truth.
This reality adds a highlight to Jesus’ statement above.
2 Timothy 4
3: For the time will come when they (They = Believers my friends. Scripture is not referring to unbelievers in this verse) will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves (who) teachers (In the church and in institutions of higher learning where they train receptive minds with the theories of Freud and Darwin and insist they are factual. They teach liberally that we all evolved from monkeys and God doesn’t exist. Whatever their heart fancies) in accordance to their own desires (another word for desires is lusts),
4: and will turn away their ears from the truth (what God has said) and will turn aside to myths (lies).
Generations come; generations go. Society changes with the times.
People think the Bible (or how it’s interpreted) should change right along with it.
For instance: the majority of Americans are receptive to the homosexual lifestyle. Resistance to the gay-agenda in other words is waning fast even amongst Believers.
The president made mention of gay acceptance and equality in his inaugural address.
- For the record the Bible does not teach a doctrine of hatred toward anyone, and the only thing the Lord Jesus Christ speaks out against is sin and pride. So the people spreading their message that Christians "hate" homosexual people are at the very least ignorant. The Bible clearly states Jesus died for ALL and not just for some. These folks should spend time studying the Truth instead of spreading hatred and untruths.
once thought to be unthinkable among Christians, is now considered one of the
facts of life. While the divorce rate is
right around 50% or higher for the nation, it is currently at 45% for
evangelical Christians, according to the University of Chicago Research and
young people attending church have a different opinion of marriage then their
parents these days. There is no longer a
“stigma” attached to divorce as there once was.
Divorce is now seen as “unavoidable.” Interviews with young adults suggest they want their first marriage to last, but they are not too particularly optimistic about that possibility. They are embracing the concept of SERIAL Marriage, in which a person gets married two or three times, seeking a different partner for each phase of their adult life. Many young adults these days have a dim view of marriage altogether. They look around and what do they see? They see wrecked marriages, shattered lives, and broken dreams. Why not just live together and skip the marriage thing?
After all, it is what it is…
Society changes…and they expect their church to keep in step.
Church goers are turning from the Truth of God’s Word and following after false prophets, false pastors, false ministers, false teachers, and deceptive workers in the church in large numbers.
This should not surprise anyone. For there is no place on earth Satan’s evil influence has not infiltrated. Even the walls of the church have been breached.
Are you not aware Scripture says Satan disguises himself as an angel of light?
2 Corinthians 11
12: But what I am doing (preaching the LORD JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED) I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
13: For such men are (what) false apostles, deceitful workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14: No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Young people are still seekers. They’re searching for truth. I believe this.
But they’re up against the world and the god of this world.
That’s a powerful one-two punch.
I know a young man for instance who has been introduced to Jesus and the gospel.
But he’s exploring his other options which are Yoga and Hinduism at the moment.
In my opinion, he’s sold out to Yoga and its RELIGION.
Jesus has been demoted to a discussion group.
The problem with this young man is he too has “itching” ears.
He’s an intelligent young man. He’s been introduced to the Truth.
But the Truth is not enough. He seeks something “else;” something a bit “more.”
Let’s get right down to the nitty-gritty.
What does the Bible say about these people with the “itching” ears?
They are self-centered, self-absorbed, self-concerned, self-indulgent, self-serving, self-interested, and motivated by their desires (2 Timothy 3:17).
These folks are going to be attracted to whatever or whoever makes them “feel good.”
And this is why the PROSPERITY GOSPEL is still the gospel in vogue today. Thousands crowd into Mega-Churches on a weekly basis to hear their man (or their woman as the case may be) deliver their “feel good message.”
This style of preaching is referred to as RELATIVISM or “Cotton Candy Theology”
It tastes good – but has no substance.
The prosperity message is: God blesses those God favors with material wealth…
And millions of Christians fill up the pews every week to hear this false teaching.
Why? It’s just what they’re “itching” ears want to hear.
Please don’t just take my word for this. Follow the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/opinions/outlook/worst-ideas/prosperity-gospel.html
People with itching ears want preachers who tell them what they WANT to hear instead of want they NEED to hear. As we get closer to the Lord’s second coming, the more of these “itching” type preachers we are going to see.
There’s quite a demand. It’s also quite profitable!
For a group, such as Christians, who proclaim to believe their Bible, many have tossed it aside and elected homosexuals as priests and ministers.
For example: the Episcopal Church has elected two homosexual bishops.
The Church of England, struggling to remain “relevant” in modern Britain despite falling numbers of believers, has lifted a ban on gay male clergy from becoming bishops. Soon women may be allowed to become bishops as well.
On the subject of same-sex marriages in America:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially began blessing same-sex unions in 2009.
The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly Permanent Council has ruled that same-sex ceremonies are not forbidden, as long as they are not considered to be the same as marriage services.
The United Methodist Church – Baltimore-Washington annual conference (May 2011) seeks to change the church’s Book of Discipline to be amended “to allow pastors to perform same-sex marriages and ceremonies in member churches in jurisdictions where legislatures already have gay marriage laws, such as the District.”
*Waiting on vote in 2012.
Quakers recorded the first same-sex marriage in the USA in 1987.
The United Church of Christ affirms equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender and declares that the government should not interfere with couples regardless of gender who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of legally recognized marriage. 2005
The Affirming Pentecostal Church International and the Global Alliance Apostolic Pentecostals are US based denominations of Oneness Pentecostals that will perform weddings for both heterosexual and same-sex couples.
The United Church of Christ has no formal rules requiring or prohibiting solemnization of wedding vows. Each local church is autonomous in the management of its own affairs and has the right to operate in the way customary to it, it cannot be abridged or impaired. It has the freedom to bless or prohibit and kind of marriage or relationship in whatever way they discern appropriate. They may choose to bless same-sex marriages, same-sex unions, same-sex relationships, etc.
The Body of Christ
These are the days of the “itching ears.” Consequently, these people come to church with certain demands; and they influence their church leadership. And it’s not just in the liberal churches, either. It happens in evangelical churches as well.
People come to church with a personal agenda in mind.
Some of these are:
· Make me happy
· Meet my needs
· Don’t talk about sin
· Don’t talk about hell
· Tell me how to be successful
· Don’t be so negative
· Bible doctrine is boring
· Theology doesn’t matter
· Sermons are too long
· Make the gospel relevant
· Tell more stories
· Make me laugh
· Tell some jokes
· Help me feel good about myself
· Build up my self-esteem
· Don’t be divisive
· Be positive
Where is the “hunger” for the Word of Truth in the Church today?
When will it be RIGHTLY DIVIDED?
Where is the personnel accountability?
Faith is followed by action…
The Lord said, “See to it that no one misleads you.”
The Church of Oprah began several years ago. That’s right. Oprah Winfrey.
She was a Believer once until one Sunday morning (during the sermon) a Baptist pastor made her wonder why God would be “jealous.” Her mind started to wander…
From that moment on she has entertained the notion that God is jealous of her.
Why, because Oprah believes she is a god too.
Millions of people around the world have “bought” into her heretical philosophy.
Please take the time to view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4LLwkgmqA
People, people, people…Satan has been selling this lie to millions for centuries –
“You can be like God.”
Eve fell for it (Genesis 3:5) and helped plunge the entire human race into sin and death.
This lie is Satan’s best weapon against mankind.
Mr. Joel Osteen has been and is a rising star in the Christian world.
Lakewood Church, in Houston Texas, is the largest mega church in the USA.
It averages 43,500 in attendance per week.
His sermons are viewed in over 100 countries worldwide.
His family members make up the church leadership.
Their website says the church is evangelical in belief.
But Joel Osteen preaches the Prosperity Gospel.
FYI: Mr. Osteen does not possess a degree from a Bible college.
The Troubling View of Joel Osteen
Joyce Meyer also preaches the Prosperity Gospel.
In addition, her teachings are not confirmed by the Word of God.
To be honest her preaching is heretical.
But don’t just take my word for it, please.
Pastor Josh Buice has a few words to add.
Paul R. Belli and G. Richard Fisher from Personnel Freedom Outreach’s also comments on Joyce Meyer’s false teaching and a few other things.
Please be aware this is not an attack on these individuals or on their efforts.
I’m not here to judge these folks. This Bible lesson is for your edification only.
We’ve looked at some of the more well known people who are teaching false truths.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg so to speak.
The practice is wide spread and growing at an alarming rate.
The majority has always gotten it wrong when it comes to believing God.
Far too many believers are being led astray by these individuals and their false teaching. But they preach a message that those with “itching” ears want to hear.
Unfortunately, trusting individuals seeking the Truth get caught up in their web.
Believers hold to the Truth. Take a stand!
We live in a society where long held values are being confronted and challenged.
The Apostle Paul writes,
2 Timothy 1
13: (Insert your name here) Retain the standard of (what) sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
As I’ve said I’m not judging anyone and this includes the folks who flood into these churches week after week to hear these people preach their “feel good” messages.
Some of these folks may be Believers. We may be hobnobbing with them for eternity. Only God knows the answer to such questions.
But history shows following the crowd is not always a wise decision when it comes to spiritual matters.
(To be continued)
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