I am starting to understand why folks are so easily deceived (misled) by false teachers. It seems there are so many people out there that are convinced they are believing and following the God of the bible but when you talk with them you realize they couldn’t be. Here are some things I am noticing when talking to people about God and God’s word.
1. They refer to their own feelings and experiences most of the time and rarely do you hear the phrase (God’s word says, the bible says or Jesus said).
2. They don’t back up their theology with scripture, they can explain away what they believe at length using again feelings and experiences but rarely do they use a scripture to back up what they are saying and when they do it is almost always taken out of context. One of my favorites is (Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. ) Most of the time people will quote this and leave off the conditions at the end of the verse, and people love to quote this verse to make others think no matter what God is going to work all your stuff out for good,” you just wait and see, he keeps his promises this is a right now word for you.” Lets take a look at that again, who does God do this for? Those who love God, those who are called according to His purposes. So that didn’t say to those who are called according to their own purposes, No it’s His purposes and sometimes what God decides is good for his people that Love Him we don’t like it very much, sometimes it hurts, sometimes it breaks our hearts but God knows it is for our own good, He always has a reason. It also say’s those who love God, Jesus tells us in the following scripture how we are to Love the Lord our God.
Luke 10:25-27 (New King James Version)
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b]
3. They mostly refer to their pastor or themselves, when having a theological conversation you will hear many times over, me, me, me, I, I, I and Pastor said. They should be referencing what Jesus said! I have also heard this “my pastor is an anointed man of God, I trust him to preach us the truth, how dare you speak against him?” How dare your pastor pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ,where is his fear of the Lord, he should know better? Folks your pastor is a man, sure all God’s children are anointed but if your pastor is preaching things that are contrary to God’s word and twisting and perverting God’s word then he is no more anointed than my Thanksgiving turkey, he is a puffed up false teacher!
4. They don’t understand or think they need discernment, not sure why that is but I am hearing more and more people say they don’t pray for it, it’s not their thing and they aren’t concerned about it. They want all the wisdom and knowledge they can get but discernment is unimportant to them. We need all three, we have to be able to discern sound biblical teaching and discern what spirit is at work. Especially in these days that are growing darker, if you want to persevere until the end you could use some discernment because some of these wolves are quite good at deceiving people. The scripture below even mentions false signs and wonders that these false christs and false prophets will perform, so how do you know your experiences are real or false without discernment? Better be careful folks that you know what God you are worshiping!
Matthew 24:23-25 (New King James Version)
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
5.They don’t understand what taking scripture out of context means or rightly dividing the word of truth. When you mention this to them they assure you that they don’t take the word out of context and they do rightly divide the word of truth. However when they use scripture you can clearly see they don’t.
6.They don’t adhere to Sola Scriptura, scripture alone. This one seems to be rampant these days because when you show someone biblically that something they believe isn’t in the bible and it is contrary to God’s word they don’t care because they don’t believe God’s word is the final authority, that it is our plumb line, our Christian owner’s manual on living as a Christian. It is merely to them, a back up story book, but their experiences, feelings, prophecies and sermons from their pastor are the final authority. We can’t rely on our feelings, experiences or men, we have to rely on God’s word, keep your eyes on Jesus.
I know these folks are deceived because God is allowing them to be deceived but I also know that God and God alone can bring them out of deception, after all he brought me out. I also want to say that I don’t claim to know everything, not even a little bit, the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know. I struggle and make mistakes every day just like everyone else, I have been deceived and sat under false teaching and I put out this blog to help others who are still there, coming out of deception or have already come out of deception and need others to talk to. It is very scary to realize that so much of what you have been taught is false, it is scary to leave your church and be called a divider, back slider, critical spirit etc. It is also very lonely at first but there are many of us out here that are experiencing and have experienced the same things. Don’t sit under these false teachers and don’t rely on your own understanding and experiences because they will all lead you in the wrong direction.