Every year billions of dollars are spent on Christian books, but how many of them can live up to that label? How many of them could be measured by God’s word?
Walk into any Christian book store today and you will find anything from self help, Christian romance, mysticism and new age philosophy and religion all written by supposed Christian authors. You would be hard pressed to find but just a few Christian books in the Christian book store that actually line up with God’s word. However look no further than the best seller section for a whole plethora of heresy, false gospel, new age teachings and all the psycho-babble you can read. You actually have to go searching and sometimes on the internet for Christian book’s that line up with the God of the bible. Although you can always just skip all the Christian books written by men and head straight to the bible section, but who wants to read the bible these days? It’s too hard to read, too depressing, too much judgment and talk of our sins and it just makes us selfish Christians feel worse about ourselves and the bible just doesn’t really pertain to us and our more modern lives and problems.
We would rather read the nice gospels these authors talk about in their books. Sadly that’s the attitude Christians have toward God’s holy word, and it is clear that they don’t read what it says or they wouldn’t be reading all this Christian labeled garbage they find in the book stores because they would know by reading God’s word that it is just that, Garbage.
I myself have been guilty of blindly purchasing Christian labeled materials without bothering to find out more about the author and what they believe. I mean after all it’s a Christian author, with a Christian book in a Christian book store where could I go wrong? However when I go to the grocery store I don’t take for granted that my whole wheat bread is actually what the label says it is, no I know better than that. I know I have to flip it over and read the ingredients to determine if it is whole wheat or white bread masquerading as wheat bread. I surely don’t want to purchase false wheat bread because you know my stomach is more important than my eternal soul. You would think I would take more time to find out what I am actually reading to see if it is the real thing or something false. Well I learned my lesson the hard way, straight down the path of deception and thanks be to God that he opened my eyes to the truth of his word.
I have since learned that everything must line up with God’s word and that we are to test every spirit. 1 John 4 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Yes contrary to the teachings of many pastor’s that warn you to “touch not God’s anointed” or to be careful not to speak against the man of God, God’s word really does tell us to check to see if it is of Him or not.
10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea . When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
The teachings and writings of authors and pastors are to be measured by God’s word to see if the things they teach are so. The “touch not God’s anointed” phrase that we hear so much when speaking out against a bad or heretical teaching doesn’t even apply to them. We are all anointed if we are saved. Touch not God’s anointed is a reference to the King’s of the nation of Israel and is used exclusively in the Old Testament. I’m not going to go into a detailed explanation of this but you can read about it at the link or research it for yourself. http://www.letusreason.org/Pent47.htm
So many times authors, teachers and pastors use scriptures that they have taken out of context to get a point across that they are trying to make. Just because they use scripture and preach about Jesus doesn’t mean that their teachings line up with God’s word. There are a lot of different movements out there in the Christian world right now that do that very thing. On the surface they might look alright until you start searching the scriptures to see if what they are saying is so. There are some today that are all about the cotton candy messages, no sin or repentance of sin is to be found in their messages. Others that are so mystical and fruity they are stuck in the third heaven somewhere astral projecting and manifesting strange signs and wonders. Others who are all about church growth and oneness with other religions and I could go on and on. We have to be good Berean’s and read God’s word and search the scriptures daily. If we don’t study God’s word we can’t expect to know Jesus, His truth’s or His gospel and we surely won’t avoid deception. Psalm 119:11 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. That word you are to hide in your heart doesn’t get there magically; you have to put it there by reading and studying it.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! One would think this scripture is talking about unregenerate sinners but it says they have a form of godliness, this is talking about supposed Christians. This description of these men in perilous times looks a lot like what we are seeing in the church today and on the bookshelves of the Christian book stores. People are heaping up for themselves teachers that appeal to their own fleshly desires, self help guru’s, prosperity preacher’s, shaman’s and mystic’s all in sheep’s clothing.
2 Timothy 3:16-4:4 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
My intention with writing this article is to hopefully encourage others to investigate the books, teachers and preachers that they are influenced by. IT is not wrong to examine the writings and teachings of author’s, preachers and teachers, quite the contrary it is biblical and we are supposed to do it. When we discover their teachings don’t line up biblically we have to stay away from them. I myself have liked many teachers and preachers that I later found to be following a wrong path and it was difficult for me to admit they were wrong and move on but we are here to serve Jesus and not men. If my foundation is built on Christ then I won’t be moved or shaken when I find out my favorite author, teacher or pastor is heretical or consistently in error. If I am spitting out more bones than there is meat then there is a problem. If the gospel of Jesus Christ is an after thought then there is a problem. If there is nary a mention of sin and repentance there is a problem. If you are in a church that you are not growing and maturing in because the sermons are watered down to reach the lost and there is no discipleship, bible study, more meaty teaching for maturing there is a problem. If your pastor doesn’t have watchmen and warn you about apostasy and deception he isn’t doing his job as your shepherd. Pastor’s should be warning their congregations about these things but instead they promote them and even adopt the principles and visions of false prophets.
If I have offended anyone with this article I am sorry but I would rather offend you now while there is still time. I could have specifically named the books and people that I am referring to in this article but it would take me a year to compile the list. I ask God daily to give me wisdom and discernment and to open my eyes to things that aren’t of him. I pray that you would do the same and ask God to open your eyes and ears to these things we should stay away from.
Matthew 7:13-18 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15″Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.