1 Timothy 4:1 “some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”
May the Grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, be with you now and forever.
The subject of this column, False Doctrine, is not new, nor is it one that Christians necessarily want to spend much time on. Especially those who are ‘Christian’ in name only, those who fill the stadiums of the mega-churches. Who call themselves ‘Seekers’ and yet seek after only those who fill their itching ears with soothsaying.
Selling the gospel of the prosperity of the world found in material gain is anti-Christ. Speaking in tongues that are not spoken language is the language of satan. Healing without anointing, prayer and laying on of hands of the congregation is disease to the soul and condemnation of the body to illness. Prophesying without declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ and those prophecies not coming true 100% of the time is to speak the vain imaginings of a spiritually bereft mind.
1. Dual Covenant
(Jewish Covenant Theology, One Law Theology, Messianic Judaism)
Jewish Covenant Theology is the idea that Jews, as observers of the Old Testament Law, are exempt from Salvation by Christ, that they are already partakers of the gift of eternal life. This is not only diametrically opposed to everything the Bible teaches but is also a very dangerous idea that has and will result in the loss of many souls.
The following verses are enough to prove that this is in error: John3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever (not just Gentiles) believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.’
Romans 6:23 ‘The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.’
Acts 4:12 ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men (not just Gentiles) whereby we must be saved.’
Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
One Law Theology is an offshoot of the New Evangelical Movement. This misguided nonsense, this lie, holds that the Old Testament Law must be observed wholly by both Jews and Gentiles alike, in order to be Redeemed.
One of the fundamental underpinings of Judaism is rejection of Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah. Rejecting Jesus is an automatic one-way ticket to hell and no one is exempt from this. Therefore, unless a person who is practicing the Jewish faith renounces it and accepts Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and ceases to place his faith in the ceremonial Law, Law of Moses, there is no Salvation.
The spectre of anti-semitism is raised whenever anyone attempts to question this dogma, effectively shutting down any meaningful dialogue and examination of the errors of these teachings. This is unfair in the extreme mainly because Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi and if our Saviour came from the line of the Hebrew King David, how can it be antisemitic to question those who are twisting His words?
The Gospel of the New Testament was the bridge first to Jews, then Gentiles, between the gulf of the Ceremonial Law and death. Following the Ceremonial Law does not make one righteous. Jesus was the fulfillment of and the end to the Ceremonial Law. He signified the end of the old Covenant and the embodiment of the new. Following the Lamb of God and His Commandments is the ONLY way to Salvation. For everyone. EVERYONE.
Let’s start off with what The Bible has to say about ecumenism:
2 Corinthians 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
The definition of ecumenism is the simple statement that there are many paths to heaven and all Christians should band together and find the common ground in other religions. That catholics are Christians and therefore Protestants and catholics should be partnered. That Mohammedans worship God but call him allah and they are spiritual brothers. That Buddhists are defined by love and peace and therefore are the same as Christians, et cetera. What a slippery slope to damnation this is! The simple truth of the matter can be found in three verses from The Holy Bible:
John3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.’
Romans 6:23 ‘The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.’
Acts 4:12 ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’
The bottom line is that any faith that denies these three truths is apostate and anti-Christ and should be left alone. To take up the Cross is to differentiate oneself from the world and to invite persecution. If the world is against me because my faith condemns them to damnation for their unbelief, then how am I fulfilling my oblifations as a Christian by embracing their beliefs and not dilligently working toward their understanding of the truth, that the only path to Salvation is the Cross? There are not enough works that will save a soul from hell, lest any man boast; there are no amount of incarnations that will enable a man to ‘get it right’; that allah is the moon god worshipped by a simple and backward desert clan that used his image as a totem for to convert at the point of a sword entire nations of people?
The goal of the adversary is to coalesce the belief systems of the world into one universal, ecumenical, religion. The easiest way to do this is to create division in the Body of Christ and sow doubt in the mind of man to the point where it seems logical that if we all come together as one, the problems of the world can be solved, and if not, the source of our problems would be the racalcitrant Christian and his inabillity to ‘go along with the program.’ Surely the persecution of tribulation will be centered on this point and there are many Christians who will compromise their stand in the interests of ‘going along to get along.’
Any man of faith who professes an ecumenical outlook can be safely labeled as heretical and anti-Christ and should be ignored. Any faith movement that is centered upon this satanic dogma is anathema to the truth and should be avoided.
If we simply look to the Scriptures, our final authority, for the answers, we will be pleasantly surprised by how simple it really is. It is the world which complicates and sells compromise as the path to peace. I would gladly take a lifetime of trial and tribulation on this earth, as long as I have the reward of my Father in Heaven to look forward to for eternity.
The premier figure in the ecumenical movement today is that apostate, that heretic and satanic imp, ‘pope’ Benedict the XVI, who said “Whoever seeks peace and the good of the community with a pure conscience, and keeps alive the desire for the transcendent, will be saved even if he lacks biblical faith.” (pope Benedict XVI’s general audience, Nov. 30, 2005.)
Another champion of ecumenism, the harridan and torture-monger known as “mother” Teresa is quoted as saying: “If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are. … What God is in your mind you must accept” (from Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, by Desmond Doig, p. 156).
Then is there no need of the Cross? For the Resurrection? For profession of faith in the only Begotten of the Father? If so, then the entire Bible is to be ignored and the 6,000 year history of the Work of the Creator God is null and void. If you believe that, then good luck to you. I myself choose to believe that it is only through faith in Jesus and the proclamation of the Cross that I can be saved and that Salvation is not to be found in any other belief, man, or figure in history.
Again, in John 3:3, Jesus said “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
Not by faith in Buddha, or Krishna, or L. Ron Hubbard, or Mary, or the Pope, or anyone else but Jesus. There is no ecumenism in the Plan of The Creator.
3. The Emergent Church
A branch of the New Evangelical Movement, the Emerging Church is perhaps one of the most counterintuitively named of them all.
Basically a rehash of Gnosticism with Eastern Mysticism thrown in the mix, this is a dangerous hybrid in that it portrays Jesus and the Apostles as propogating a version of Christianity that is centered on the self as welll as reinventing the traditional New Testament Canon in the image of a New Age philosophy.
Their keywords of ‘mystery’ and ‘tolerance’ are two ingredients in a postmodern poison which includes such thinly veiled satanic beliefs as ‘Christian Yoga’ and ‘Meditation’, practices intended to center the spiritual on the carnal and the focus not on God but on self.
Although ostensibly believing in the concept of sin, they steer clear away from any discussion of it and focus on ‘good news’ and ‘grace’, defining salvation as that given by grace alone and not dependent upon the neccessity for repentance or changing one’s self to better reflect the personality of Christ.
The blatant confusion propogated by the ‘Emergent Church’ is fueling a wave of apostasy that is successfully widening the gulf between true believers and those who claim to be. Calling yourself a ‘Christian’ does not make it so.
By ‘changing to keep up with the times’, this movement is directly anathema to the reality that neither God nor His Word change. They are constant from beginning to end. Any movement that seeks to change God’s Word is flirting with spiritual death and is in direct contravention to the Word of the Almighty Himself;
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
4. Faith Healing
Once the carnival sideshow of offbeat Christianity, faith healing has become mainstream.
Based on erroneous interpretation of scriptures such as James 5:13: ‘Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick…’
Faith Healing is an integral part of the New-Evangelical movement and is closely related to the Word-Faith and Prosperity Gospel heresies discussed below.
Using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), techniques of hypnosis and stage management, faith healers are experts in creating a mood and controlling a crowd. The right lighting, repetitive music and nonsensical verbiage reinforces faith in the unseen, and faith healers manipulate highly suggestive people (who are already there expecting a miracle) and use preconceived expectations to convince them that they or others are being healed.
Healings reported by such harlots of satan’s empire as Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, etc., are almost always restricted to back pain, migraines, bone pain or other dis-eases not visible to the naked eye. When cripples walk, they are almost always exposed as plants, or they fall down after attempting to emerge from their wheelchairs or after throwing their walkers away. When Jesus healed, the blind saw, the crippled walked (or even danced), and the dead lived. These healings were instantaneous and observable to everyone within ear and eye shot. These healings lasted for the life of the healed. Modern day faith healers have not been able to make the blind see again, the mute speak or the deaf hear. Claims of healings such as these almost invariably come from remote parts of the world and are not accompanied by any proveable evidence or testimony.
Peter Popoff is one of the more egregious of these outright frauds. In 1986, investigator James Randi exposed Popoff and his methods, which led to Popoff’s bankruptcy in 1987 and subsequent exile from the Christian community. Popoff wore an earpiece through which his wife fed him details on various members of the audience. Using this information, Popoff would appear to have ‘Holy’ understanding about their illnesses and was able to convince people that he could heal them. These transmissions were intercepted by Randi and exposed Popoff to the world for the fraud he was. Steve Martin’s 1992 movie ‘Leap of Faith’ is a great study in the behind-the-scenes machinations of the modern faith healer and exposes Popoff’s methodology. The unrepentant faker Popoff is at it again with a television program in which he currently offers ‘Miracle Spring Water’ and ‘Miracle Manna’ for free to build his mailing list of potential donors.
The gifts of the spirit, such as healing, were for a specific people (the Apostles), a specific time (during and immediately after Christ’s ministry), and a specific purpose (to grow the Body of Christ and establish the first churches). Though healing does occur, it is by and through the Will of God, not to enrich the fakers and fraudsters who would prey on the desperate and spiritually vulnerable.
5. Hebrew Roots Movement
Colossians 2:16 ’Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.’
Romans 14:5 ’One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.’
Romans 7:6 ’But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.’
So, if we take the Word of God as our instruction manual on how to live, we must accept that there is no exhortation to the gentile to live under Levitical Law, as a matter of fact, we are specifically called NOT to follow these laws. The Law of God, the Moral Law (as opposed to the Ceremonial Law and the Levitical Law) is what He wrote upon our hearts. That excepting the morally degenerate and irretrievably maladjusted, or for that matter those who have no capacity for self-control, we all know that idols are not real, that theft is wrong and murder is a sin. But just as the Hebrew word ‘ratsach’ was defined as the Greek ‘phoneuo’, both have murder as their primary meaning. It was the catholics that conspired to restrain all and sundry from defense of the helpless when they rendered the same as ‘kill’, thus eliminating the option of differentiating between committing murder and killing. The one an act without conscience or reason and the other with the potential for careful consideration and definite purpose to the greater good.
So also the Messianic would twist the scriptures and reinterpret those words he finds inconvenient to the confining nature of his belief system.
Let us understand that the Lord our God is in no way beholden to anyone. He is the Supreme Being, and if he had wanted us to continue under the Levitical Laws as the only path to Salvation, He would have avoided sending Himself in the guise of his Son to be sacrificed, murdered, for our sakes.
6. Judeo-Christian Doctrine
A branch of the Ecumenism, the concept of Judeo-Christian doctrine seeks to homogenize these two ideals. However, the only similarity between these is God, Jesus and the Old Testament. The doctrines of Judaism seek to imprison Jews in the morass of laws to be followed in order to be reconciled with God. The only laws to follow now are the Ten Commandments. The only reconciliation between man and God is found in faith in Christ. There is no other way. Until the Jewish faith embraces this truth, Romans 11:11‘I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.’, there is no marriage of the two doctrines.
As stated above, rejection of Jesus as the Messiah is basic to Judaism. Either Judaism is right, or Christianity is. Since Jesus Christ fulfilled every single prophecy concerning the Messiah and His identity, and based on eyewitness testimony provided in the New Testament and historical records independent of the authors of the Scriptures, the reasonable conclusion is that Christianity is the correct view and though Judaism had a very important place in the genesis of salvation, Jews are in no better a position than any other unrepentant group and their only hope is faith in Jesus, the same as it is for all of us.
Everyone born since the Resurrection is on the same playing field. King David and Moses, Abraham and Joseph may enjoy salvation by their faith in and obedience to God attributed to them as righteousness, but the same cannot be said of Golda Meier or Anne Frank, Rabbi Akiva Goldsman or Dr. Laura Schlesinger. Only God knows their hearts, but by their fruits shall they be known, and without faith in Christ there is no Salvation, period.
7. Lordship Salvation / Works Salvation
The most common heresy is that of selling the Lordship Salvation as the way to the Promise of eternity with The Lord.
Lordship Salvation is the heresy that a lost sinner MUST stop living in sin PRIOR to being saved, that one must provide some righteousness of their own as a prerequisite to Salvation. There is none righteous, no, not one and the Sacrifice of our Lord and Savior takes the place of the righteous sacrifice that we cannot give. We are not now and will not be until transfiguration in a position to offer our God a spotless character which to save. If we were ever in a position to completely turn from sin and become perfected by our own efforts without first being Saved and asking for forgiveness, we would not need Salvation, the Second Coming, or Christ at all.
That is not to say that once Saved we don’t repent of our sin and ask for strength to turn from it, of course not. Rather, it is by Salvation that we are given the strength to turn from sin and when we find ourselves back in temptation or backsliding that we have the right to ask God for the strength and guidance to turn from it. That is Grace, He gives us that Grace through the shed Blood of His Son and our dependence upon It is our offering to Him.
Lordship Salvation is a straight path to Salvation by Works. Taught by the catholic Church as the way to Redemption, that by Works you are Saved and NOT by Faith and the Grace of God. That self-righteousness by not sinning and/or by good works is the causative factor in Redemption, PRIOR to Salvation.
The heresy of that den of vipers, the catholic Church, and sold as Salvation by Works is responsible for God alone knows how many lost souls just as the untold numbers lost to the teachings of the likes of Ray Comfort and his acolyte, Kirk Cameron.
Salvation is simple, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”Matthew 7:21; “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40.
Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
“When anyone comes promising salvation to those ‘who make full surrender’ of all that they have to God, and who ‘pay the price of full salvation’, he is preaching another gospel, for the price was paid on Calvary’s cross and the work that saves is finished. It was Christ Jesus who made the full surrender when He yielded His life on Calvary that saves us, not our surrender in any way to Him.” Harry A. Ironside, ‘Another Gospel?’
The following is quoted directly from http://roboam.com/repentance/wilkin-06.htm
‘Jesus did not tell Nicodemus that he had to turn from his sins in order to be born again (John 3). Nor did He tell the woman at the well that she had to turn from her sins to obtain eternal life (John 4). The same is true with the man born blind (John 9), and Martha (John 11). And, tellingly, the book’s statement of purpose (John 20:31) does not mention turning from sins as a condition for eternal life.‘
Remember, the Holy Bible is The Final Authority.
8. Motivational Speaking / Self-Help / Self-Forgiveness
Motivational speaking is centered on the concept of ‘self-help’, that only by feeling good about ourselves can we become better people and ensure material and spiritual success. That by ‘naming it and claiming it’ we can unlock our profit-potential in the Lord and become wealthy with material gain. That the only true happiness is found in being young, rich and healthy. This of course leaves out the Biblical requirement of Salvation in Christ as a prerequisite for spiritual growth and puts the emphasis on wealth and material gain, a concept which is held in contempt by our Saviour and those to whom he entrusted His Ministry (the Apostles).
The order to earnestly seek to follow in His footsteps, taking the examples given by Him and the Apostles on how to approach life and our relationships is not mentioned whatsoever and neither is the expectation of deliverance from this world system by our Saviour. In the world of motivational speaking, we save ourselves from ourselves.
If ‘self-help’ were possible in any lasting sense, why would we need to look outside of ourselves in the first place?
Alonmg with this heresy is the self-deferating concept of ‘self-forgiveness’. The idea being that only through foirgiving ourselves can we truly ‘let go’ of the ties that bind us from spiritual growth. See the new-agery yet? This concept of motivational speaking is rife with new age concepts and as such should be avoided at all costs.
1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Just as I thought, Jesus Saves, and by that through forgiveness. I do not nor cannot.
9. Prosperity Gospel, Seed-Faith, Word-Faith, Purpose-Driven Movement
The Prosperity Gospel, similar to the doctrine of Seed-Faith, the Word-Faith Doctrine, and the Purpose Driven Movement, is a mishmash of such damnable heresies that it’s futility should be self-evident. The fact that it is the fastest growing movement within mainstream Christianity shows you how depserately worldy Christians have become.
The idea stems from the (il)logical argument that:
1. God spoke the universe and everything it into creation;
2. God created man in His image;
3. Man can speak things into existence.
Unfortunately, that argument falls flat on its face and the simple reason lies in the second part, namely ‘in His image’, His ‘likeness’. Not in His absolute creative power and certainly not in His eternal wisdom.
The magical imagery associated with the ‘think it and create it’ myth is that if we are ill, we are to blame for ‘thinking’ ourselves sick. If we are poor we are to blame for not imaging riches but instead ‘affirming’ a ‘poverty mentality’. The onus of responsibility for everything in our lives lies upon us and NOT on the One at Whose feet we are instructed to lay our trust.
The ultimate purpose of life is NOT happiness, it is knowledge of God. Our joy in this world lies in expectation of deliverance from it, not a more comfotable existence within it. Those who would propound this satanic creed are on a straight shot to hell and taking their adherents with them on greased skids.
This doctrine of devils known as Word-Faith and Purpose-Driven or Possibility Thinking, that by speaking a verse of the Bible you get the promise of it delivered to you, is foolish heresy. One can no more receive God’s Blessings merely by repetition of verses than can a parrot understand the concept of love by repeating the word “love”. One who is Saved and studies the Bible, quotes from It in prayer and in witnessing, grows in his knowledge and understanding of God, but the true Blessings of our Father God come from Him at His pleasure. All is according to His Glory and His Will, regardless of whether His Will being made manifest in our lives brings us what we THINK we should be blessed with or not.
The Prosperity Gospel and Seed-Faith Doctrine are one and the same. The assumption is that God wants us to be rich and have our wants met here on earth, and that by demanding it of Him and/or by ‘sowing’ financial seeds, they will then germinate into untold riches for us. Nonsense.
If we could speak anything into existence we would have no use for God, for Salvation, for doctors, bankers, a job, a haircut, nail clippers. Come on. But most important, we are not to seek to forgive ourselves. We are to understand that we need forgiveness and that can only come from the One Who is empowered to forgive. If I sin against you, you forgive me, then I ask God for forgiveness. The one is to maintain the purity of your soul and the other mine.
If the power of self-forgiveness was real, then by extension so would the power of the confessional be real. It is not. A frustrated celibate dressed in flowing robes and named ‘Father’ has no more power of real forgiveness than I can speak a stone of granite into a nugget of gold.
The universe and everything in it is subject to the Will of God, not the other way around. You can ‘name it and claim it’ from now until Kingdom come. Unless the Father is Heaven Wills it, it will not be so. Unless, of course, the ‘god’ you worship comes from that other place and you are practicing idolatry, in which case your reward is here on earth, and below it in the after-life.
10. Speaking in Tongues
A definitive mark of the Pentecostal, Charismatic New Evangelicalism, the practice of speaking in tongues is engaged in by many pentecostal denominations. Claiming a special ‘anointing’ of the Holy Spirit, a ‘Holy Spirit baptism’, the claim is centered on the events of Acts 2:4-11. However, the language spoke by the Apostles to the 5,000 assembled were earthly languages, human tongues, languages specific to the gathered masses so that they could hear, in their own mother tongue, the revelation of the Gospel of Salvation. The Apostles were speaking languages they could not understand, but that were understood clearly by those to whom they were speaking. The word ‘tongues’ is from the greek ‘glossa’ which has only one meaning and refers to specific, human, languages.
Of the three instances of tongues in the New Testament, never once were they unintelligible, the languages spoken were mentioned in a list:
Acts 2:8-11 ‘And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born; Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.’
The main question is, if tongues were provided as a sign for unbelievers, why is this nonsense practiced only by believers in closed company? This was not self-edification, this was as a witness. 1 Corinthians 14:22 ’Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.
23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all.’
This is a far cry from the psychotic babbling that is engaged in by the likes of satanic apostates Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton and their ilk.
These utterances are nothing more than the insane babblings of a one possessed by demonic spirits, not in any way a ‘Holy Spirit’ sent from God.
The frenzied, trancelike babbling, screaming and shaking, jumping and tongue-flicking engaged in by many claiming this spurious baptism of the Holy Spirit are engaging in behavior never once mentioned anywhere in the Bible as being a symptom of Holy inspiration, rather it is very specifically mentioned in reference to unholy possession.
Engaging in this behavior is to ally yourself with the unfruitful works of darkness. If your church practices this insanity, flee and get home to your Bible and pray for cleansing.
11. Spiritism / Spiritualism
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
And just what does our Father in Heaven and His Son define as ‘the unfruitful works of darkness’? Let’s see:
1 Samuel 15:23 ‘For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.’
2 Chronicles 33:6 ‘And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.‘
Galatians 5:20 ‘Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,‘
So astrology, spellcraft, witchcraft, palm reading, idolatry, scrying, seances, ouija, all New Age philosophy, earth (Gaia) worship, reincarnation, all of these and those activities deriving from and associated with them are considered the unfruitful works of darkness.
The bottom line is that unless one is severely mentally challenged and thus under grace, one knows whether one is engaging in these practices.
One major sign of the times is the obsession of catholics with palm reading and astrology, image worship and communicating with the dead. In this litany of sins, if the synagogue of satan (the catholic church) approves of it or by silent acceptance approves it not, it is definitely a sin.
Even people who consider themselves Christians regularly consult their daily horoscope; think they see the spirits of deceased loved ones and talk to them; watch psychics such as James van Praagh, John Edwards or Sylvia Brown.
This is a serious matter and if you are reading this, you are intelligent enough to know what the occult is. There is no point in arguing the fine points of palmistry versus astrology. It is all forbidden. The following are Bible sources to illustrate how God feels about it
It seems that lukewarm Christians like to split hairs between the Old and New Testaments, as though they are two separate books, when in reality the entirety of the Holy Bible is 66 books that are written as a whole. However, to drive the point home that these instructions from our Creator are meant for EVERYONE, the following are verses selected from the New testament.
Take heed and follow the Word of God, or face the consequences at the Great White Throne Judgement.
1 John 4:1 ’Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.’
1 Timothy 4:1 ’Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry (Catholics), and commanding to abstain from meats (Catholics), which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.’
Acts 8:9 ’But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.’
Acts 13:6 ’And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:
7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,
10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.’
Acts 16:16 ’And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.’
Matthew 24:24 ’For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’
Revelation 9:21 ’Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.’
Revelation 21:8 ’But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.’
Revelation 22:15 ’For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.’
Some Final Thoughts
False doctrines such as these are dangerous on many levels. They not only delay a person’s spiritual growth, they lead the person down a dark road of apostasy that is very difficult to return from.
Remember, our souls are the targets in this spiritual war and the Adversary will create any avenue possible to keep mankind from Salvation. The seducing, soothing voices of apostate preachers working to fill the pews of churches that practice false doctrines is such a tactic, and the spiritually weak are especially susceptible to this.
Pray always for discernment and clarity. Pray to our Creator God for fellowship with true members of the Body of Christ. Read your Bible and compare everything in the world with what the Bible teaches. For example, if your church practices faith healing or tongues, they are not Biblical. Speak to others members of the church about these Biblical truths, and having done so, leave that church.
Some verses from The Holy Bible that should be studied and prayed over by every Christian are:
Hebrews 12:6 ‘For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.’
James 1:26 ‘If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.’
James 4:4 ‘Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.’
Matthew 24:4 “See to it that no one misleads you.”
Ezekiel 22:26 ‘Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.’
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