Deceptive False Teachings

We take a break from our teaching on Tithing and will dive straight into our topic for today on how to recognise false teachings.

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FALSEHOOD

"Be on the lookout for fake and false prophets," I would caution. However, not everyone who adheres to false teachings and ideas is an inner ravenous wolf. Contrary to popular belief, bad and false teaching does not always indicate false prophets.

While some are false prophets, others propagate falsehoods out of ignorance and ambition. God maintains the power to judge the thoughts, intents, and motives of men's hearts. 

Their longevity and their life and ministry may be estimated depending on the fruits they produce. Additionally, we may examine teachings and behaviours through the Word and the Spirit's perspective.

My aim is not to pass judgement on anybody. Rather than that, I would want to call your attention to certain developments that are beneficial to God's people and objectives. The real will always expose the counterfeit, the fake. The light reveals the darkness. I pray for the Holy Spirit's enlightenment and for grace to accompany our choices.

DECEPTION

Immaturity, ambition, deception, and other circumstances may all contribute to real people playing right into the hands of the devil. Spiritual dryness often pre-disposes people to be deceived and, as a result, to deceive others. 

Unguided quest for a supernatural world creates desires in our natural minds, which may push us to extremes that contradict our reasoning skills. Numerous people are just illiterate, uneducated, inexperienced, and inept in the things of the spirit. Spiritually, they are comparable to street children who grow up exposed to the elements.

I am concerned about those who are satisfied with inflexible theological systems that are devoid of flow and movement. I am also concerned about those who succumb to a false spirituality in response to spiritual desolation.

FALSE MYSTICISM AND SPIRITUALITY

Christian mystics have a long and illustrious history. However, as far as I am aware, the majority were not boasting or attempting to market their experiences. It is necessary to distinguish between mysticism and mysticism promotion. The development of multi-media venues magnifies the dangers in today's society. We must always be attentive, alert, vigilant, and cautious.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 -- So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober.

Individuals who lack responsibility in their personal relationships are especially vulnerable targets. Paul exhorts us to familiarise ourselves with people who labour among us and to acknowledge, appreciate, and respect them for who they are.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 -- Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them most highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

FAMILY OF GOD

Abuses alone do not render all authority null and void. Our value and fruitfulness are dependent upon our location within the Father's family, namely in the body of Christ. Being surrounded by family and friends who will live for us and guide us is important to growing up in a safe environment and environment.

God organised the body's components sequentially according to His desire. And God has given them to the church in the following order: apostles first, prophets second, teachers third, miracles fourth, gifts of healing, help, administration, and other languages fifth.

1 Corinthians 12:28 -- And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues.

Paul continues in verse 31. With all your heart, desire the best gifts. Nonetheless, I will show a technique that is much better. 

1 Corinthians 12:31 -- But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.

He then launches into what has become known as "the love chapter." When our genuine objectives are biblically prioritised and organised, we become less vulnerable to today's erroneous beliefs and behaviour.

DESIRING RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES

Christians, like everyone else, have fleshly lusts. Additionally, they are susceptible to religious yearnings for the supernatural. Much of what is referred to be "Christian" is really founded on concepts, beliefs, and practices from other religions and must be recognised and rejected in the same way that we combat bodily and mental immoral inclinations. 

Both are manifestations of the jezebel spirit. The aim of this spirit is to deceive people into worshipping false Gods, angels, and other supernatural entities, a practice known as idolatry.

Visitation accounts in the Bible are the result of God's effort. He continues to do so. Additionally, he initiates miracles and healings, at times through words of wisdom or prophecy, and at others through sovereign actions. He initiates everything that is alive in the new creation. The Holy Spirit bestows life.

KINGDOM AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

Our first objective should not be to look into supernatural events. Our main aim is to advance the kingdom and righteousness of God. God assigned miracles first, followed by healings, and then apostles, prophets, and teachers in that order.

I want more than any other experience, even physical healing, to be controlled by Jesus' Lordship and righteousness. I want miracles and healings to flow from an obedient life. And indeed, they do.

Paul's encounter in the third heaven was a one-time occurrence. He was taken aback by it, but he did not instigate it. He made no effort to exploit or export it without a definite understanding. Consider his epistle to the baby Christians of Corinth.

REVELATION AND WISDOM

Paul at times wrote in pain and weakness. When we detect arrogance in someone who is trying to push us beyond what is normal and natural, we should take notice. Paul made no such effort. 

Indeed, he did the polar opposite. He recognised that spiritual individuals spiritually see and assess God's deep secrets. However, since the Corinthian Christians were still carnal babies, Christ was unable to connect with them spiritually.

Among mature believers, we speak (hidden) knowledge, understanding that has been designed for our glory, prepared for those who love Him and revealed to us by His Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 2:6 -- Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing.

1 Corinthians 3:3 -- for you are still influenced by the flesh. For since there is still jealousy and dissension among you, are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people?

CONCERNED FATHERS

Fathers do not want their children to be tempted, lured, or kidnapped by magical, occultic, or even deceiving temptations. Fathers want to see their children grow into all God has planned for them, even the hidden wisdom God intended for our glory before the ages. 

Fathers want for their children to see what the sight has not seen, to hear what the ear has not heard, and to accept what man's heart has not yet received. These things have been reserved by God for those who love Him.

When I mention fathers, I do not mean the false doctrine in today's churches and the namesake father-son relationships in which people exploit or live off one another and everyone else.

THE WALK OF THE SPIRIT

God has prepared wisdom, not strangeness, for our benefit, and he has done so for our glory. The wisdom and knowledge that comes from on high are first and foremost pure, followed by peaceable, mild, ready to surrender, full of compassion and good fruits, devoid of prejudice and hypocrisy, and last, unwavering. 

James 3:17 -- But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.

The fruit with which Father wishes to feed our hearts will not lead us to experience any strange occurrences.

James 3:18 -- And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.

LIKE JESUS CHRIST

Like many brothers and sisters in Christ who is the Firstborn Son, the power of the Spirit has been given to us in order for us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ and to express His life in our own lives. 

His life is documented in the Gospels. The book of Acts recounts the history of the early church. The Epistles provide us with guidelines for godly behaviour. I do not notice anything strange about His life. I do not find anything strange about the early church's existence. 

LIKE THE APOSTLES

In the teaching of the apostles, I do not find any encouragement to be bizarre or unworthy. I can see the fruit of the Spirit in action. I observe people with clear heads who are being re-energized. I watch lives being changed from glory to glory – and not into mystical strangeness – as they go from glory to glory.

As he requested the Colossians to pray for him, Paul (who was in chains) begged for "open doors" to proclaim the mysteries and secrets of Christ and His kingdom, so that he might "make the mystery of Christ apparent" as he should. 

He then gives them the following instructions to always walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Allow your speech to constantly be kind and seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each individual.

Colossians 4:5-6 -- Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.

MYSTERY OF CHRIST CONVEYED

With wisdom and kindness, the mystery of Christ is conveyed in a way that makes it acceptable to those who are on the outside - the gentiles. So much of what is referred to be spiritual these days is a complete turn-off, both within and outside the home, and this is true for both men and women.

Matthew 24:23-26 -- Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him.

I am aware that this is placed in the context of prophesying the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. However, the same principles, ideas, and opportunities apply now as they did in the past.

CHRIST IN US

Jesus has come to live inside and among us by His spirit, and he will continue to do so. We are not required to go in search of Him. It is inside us that the kingdom of heaven may be found. 

We do not need an out-of-body experience to accomplish our goals. Check the written record to make sure everything is correct. Consult with respected elders. Be a good Berean in every way. Do not be fooled by appearances. 

There is no need to put your thoughts into neutral. You do not need to be completely insane. Through your reasoning abilities, the indwelling Christ can communicate with you and give you His thought. The only way to experience resurrection life is to embrace the cross, not by floating on some magical cloud.

THE INNER MAN

I am capable of reasoning, justifying, and the extension of love and compassion. However, if my "inner man" continues to speak, I must pay attention to what is going on. I make an effort to bend over backward, front, and sideways and introspect my heart always. 

However, I am also aware that we are living in perilous times because of the sensitivity in my "inner man." It is possible that people will not lose their salvation. But, at the very least, we are being distracted from our tasks. It is becoming more difficult for us to fulfill God's mission in these times.

The serious duty for conducting oneself in a manner that does not insult those who are ignorant or unbelievers comes with gatherings that are open to the public and/or broadcast to the whole globe through the internet and mass media. How long until they accuse you of being mentally sick and fake?

1 Corinthians 14:23 -- So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds?

APOSTLES DOCTRINE

The teachings of the apostles were upheld by the early church with tenacity. The apostles were in a connection with one another and held one another responsible, seeking and correcting one another out of concern that they were wasting their time by going about in circles. 

The church of today, including the five-fold graces, must remain firm in the apostles' teachings and the life of Christ, as did the early church of Jesus Christ. We can always follow examples of sound apostolic directives from scripture.

It is you who are sons of light, and we who are sons of the Day; we do not have a place in either the night or the darkness. As a result, instead of sleeping like the rest of the world, let us remain wide awake, alert, vigilant, careful, and on our guard, and let us maintain our sobriety, our calmness, be collected, and circumspect in all things.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-13 -- For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation. For God did not destine us for wrath but for gaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that whether we are alert or asleep we will come to life together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them most highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

Strive to be at peace with one another. Stay blessed, safe, and healthy always.

Blessings,

Godwin.


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