False Followers

July 26, 2013

There is something dreadfully wrong with a church that, while claiming to love God, will not obey what His Word commands. While promising peace and freedom to all who take up their methods, the masses of false teachers within the church inoculate themselves and their listeners to the real Truth. While appealing to the lusts of the sinful, they actually turn themselves and their followers into slaves of filth. (2 Peter 2:18,19) Jesus pronounces woe to them, saying, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees –hypocrites! You shut the Kingdom of Heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, neither do you allow to enter those who are trying to.” (Mt. 23:13) How true. In fact, anyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit and His zeal for righteousness and Truth is persecuted by those who follow Christ only in pretense.

A true Christ-follower fervently loves the Lord and is therefore extremely conscientious about learning what He requires. Such a person thus inherently loves the Word of God, and because it is Christ Himself (John 1:1,14), he meditates on it in order to learn, in order to become conformed to his Leader, and in order to fellowship with the Love of his heart. Anyone who avoids this is suspect concerning their true identity, for all who belong to Christ, do love His Word, do eagerly feed on it/Him, and do faithfully put it into practice. –Every bit of it, doing so in the manner and timing by which the Spirit in the Word directs them. For through the Word, and by applying it to their lives, is where believers find true healing (Ps. 107:20), the power of God (Mt. 22:29 // Rom. 1:16 // 2 Peter 1:3,4), and insight into the secrets of the Kingdom. (Ps. 119:99,100 // Luke 8:10 & 10:21)

But what do we have instead? We have a form of godliness that denies the power of God. (2 Tim. 3:5) To deny the power of God is to remain weak, fearful, and timid in character and in advancing the Kingdom –Christ’s Kingdom within ourselves, within the church body, and across the earth. Those who deny Christ in this way (Titus 1:16) remain a part of the evil kingdom. We are to have nothing to do with them (Rom. 16:17,18) except to expose their disobedience (Eph. 5:6,7,11), for they are the type who, though pretending to learn, have depraved minds and refuse to accept the Truth. (2 Tim. 3:5-8)

Titus 3:9-11 gives the same command, warning us not to tolerate those who try to get us sucked into controversies about what the Truth really teaches. Such people, it says, are warped, sinful, and self-condemned. It is no favor to them for us to engage them in their “godless chatter”. (1 Tim. 6:20)

The Word of God is extremely clear about what is sin and what is not. Verse after verse describes that which pleases God and that which does not, yet when Christ-followers try to help sin-practicers see, these sinners, in trying to avoid the issue of their sin, will exercise lengthy efforts to muddle in other issues in order to confuse and side-track what they don’t want to face. Those who do this have hearts full of ungodly appetites. (Rom. 16:17,18)

1 Cor. 6:9-11 is just one passage that describes the difference in the behavior of those who have been washed by Christ and those who will not inherit His Kingdom. Here is the list of those headed for damnation:

1. The sexually immoral. Scripture spells that meaning out for us: The sexually immoral includes anyone who looks at someone lustfully (Mt. 5:28), as well as anyone who participates in even a hint of impurity (Eph. 5:3) through word (v. 4), action (Mt. 5:30), or the eyes. (v. 29)

2. Idolators. Scripture tells us who that includes: Anyone who worships, serves, or prioritizes someone else or something else (including doctrines of men –Mark 7:6-13) other than God Himself and His commands. (Ex. 34:10-15 // Luke 16:13)

3. Adulterers (those unfaithful to their pledge to their spouse and those unfaithful to God’s laws) 4. Male prostitutes (any, including females, who offer their bodies for payment) 5. Those who offend God’s ways by being a homosexual in thought and/or conduct 6. Thieves (those who steal and defraud) 7. The greedy (those who continually want more of things they already have enough of) 8. Drunkards (those who turn to alcohol to soothe themselves rather than to God’s remedy –Christ the Word) 9. Slanderers (those who speak against others unnecessarily and/or to ruin their reputation) 10. Swindlers (those who use deceit in order to deprive others of their money, property, or possessions)

None of these people will inherit the Kingdom of God –unless there is full repentance from their heart and mind and in their lifestyle. (Luke 6:46-49 & 13:3)

Rev. 21:8 adds to the group of those condemned to the fiery lake, the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, those who practice magic arts, and all liars. So, as we can see, all who practice sin do go to Hell.

Why does most of the church not teach these things? It is because they are too busy inoculating themselves to the Truth by practicing a false religion and engaging in worldliness and sinful pleasures. Wisdom cannot get into them and turn them to the True Doctrine, and as a result, they deprive themselves and their followers of eternal life.

with love,

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