Expect False Prophets

“But there were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be false teachers among you, who
privitly shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying
that the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction.”                      II Peter 2:1

You could and should understand that a man who worked his early manhood in a trade of a fisherman to be blunt. This was the kind of person who was to the point very quickly. This was the Apostle Peter who quickly spoke his thoughts. From what we read of his personality his words were often spoken in a way we can admire.

There is something about the truth which can annoy each of us when we hear it spoken for the first time. It has been a historical fact that people especially those in power want to kill them who come with the truth. People who have wisdom should always anticipate resistance when the truth is told. It was true when Peter lived. It has been true since then. It is true now. Peter said in II Peter 2:1 this is the future:

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall
be false teachers among you, who privitly shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying that the Lord that bought them and bring upon themselves
swift destruction.”

Now here are some characters who told the truth. Their lot was to be ridiculed for speaking out..

The Apostle Paul saw the weakness in the Jewish religion. The book of Romans illustrated it is necessary for Christ to come for the sin of men. It was Martin Luther who said the just do not live by works alone but also by faith.

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It was Charles Martel, “The Hammer”, the Frank, who declared the Muslims must be stopped.
His army did stop them.

It was George S. Patton who said the Russians must be driven back after the defeat of the Nazi regime in 1945. There were several who wanted to kill the United States General. Here are two that did: Stalin and Will Bill Donovan. It is suggested one should read the book of Bill O”Reilly and Martin Dugoand “Killing Patton”.

There are people in every age who do not want to know the truth. Isaiah 3: 16,17  expressed this fact:

“Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and
walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and , mincing
as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Therefore, the Lord will smile with a scab the crown of the head of the
daughers of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.”

The purpose that Jesus came into the world was to save all the people from sin according to Matthew 1:21:

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 6:15 we are to be holy people

“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take
the members of Christ and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.”

The first nine verses of II Peter 2 are what is going to happen. One should never be surprised that it does. Every single decade has this. There are no exceptions. There were false prophets in the Old Testament and seducing teachers in the New Testament. Space does not allow me to expand upon the names and dates of the seducers in the last few decades. Think on these: Swaggert, Jim Jones and Jim Baker. The list goes on and on.

MODERN WAYS

It seems that Protestantism has been teaching that Jesus is just one way to God. This is a damnable lie. He is the only way. After when asked if Jesus is the only way Church leaders will respond incorrectly. Here are some remarks.

• I can’t speak for others
• I will not be arrogant in my answer
• I don’t know all possibilities
• I’m not God
• I need to discuss this further
• Much can be said about other religions
• We must show love at all times

There never is a clear answer. The response leaves much doubt and confusion. This is exactly what II Peter 2:2 states:

“And many shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason of whom the way
of truth shall be evil spoken of”.

This always produces a result that is detrimental to be Church of Jesus Christ.

ONE CHURCH

There is a body of Christians who have suffered enormously from the watered down version of beliefs. Liberalism confuses people.

From my knowledge of the following the same could be written about the following groups:

Presbyterian
• Methodist
• Some Baptist
• Anglicans
• Various other mainline groups

It is that I am more familiar with the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) than other groups. I have read generally about other groups and I think like comparison and like figures would be similar if laid out.

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

In the beginning of this group they were believers of the Bible. It was the inspired word of God. Peter predicted what was about to take place is that there would be destruction from within. The church is no different than government, schools, universities and foundations. The original customs and their intentions are sabotaged by evil men.

There were three areas where deterioration took hold in the Disciples of Christ. The scholars and some preachers started spouting liberal philosophy. The attack was on a thrust of rationalism. The members were denied the truth and all could be explained in human terms.

Then there was adopted humanism which says that we explain the Bible only on human logic. The liberals will not say Jesus is the only way.

II Peter 2:2 clearly states that the prophets said God’s way is the only way.

“And many shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason of whom the way
of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

The words are important.

The second problem was the Disciples of Christ confused unity among Christians as being denominational unity. These leaders wanted to join with different denominations.

Interbreeding does not work well in the animal world. You create half-breeds. When Israel broke into two parts Judah tried this. Disaster! When the truth is compromised what you have is the seed of final oblivion.

The third problem was the structure was changed from a free church where each congregation used only the Bible for an organization that is ruled from a hierarchy now.

Central control!   Headquarters!   Command centers!

When a church group becomes a denomination it loses its freedom to react. There is the ultimate fact of membership drop. The Disciples of Christ will hold rallies, general assemblies and send out people to keep what is left in line so that the money can come to them for buildings and bureaucrats.

RESULT

The Disciples of Christ published a yearbook. You can see the result of the three mistakes.    MEMBERSHIP DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

1. Adoption of Liberalism.
2. Unity with other denominations.
3. Denominational structure.

This is what this produced.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:17,18,19

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit.”
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring
forth good fruit.”
“Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into
the fire.”

Peter told these people what the reason for this is. It is the money and power that is sought. People are sought to be merchandise. See II Peter 2:3

“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise
of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation
slumbereth not.”

II Peter 2:4-8 tells is what God did to the world and cities.

What makes you think you are any different? You are not some might say this writer is a hell fire and brimstone writer. You may call me whatever but the truth is the truth.

NEW TESTAMENT PATTERN

The way out of the Disciples of Christ is a free church that is each congregation is to pattern itself after the New Testament Church. There are certain actions which are to be taken to be free from the control of men.

That is a promise written by Peter in II Peter 2:9.

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve
the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”

Personally from what I have read other liberal groups follow the pattern of the Disciples of Christ.

I for one will be free. The Bible only!

“Would you be free from the burden of sin”
There’s power in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.”
                                                                          Jones

 

Gerald Fugit
January 4, 2015
Diggingoldwells.com/beliefs

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