Who’s here? False prophets, false teachers. Satin and his goonies, wolves disguised as sheep. The Bible warns that in the end days, lies and deception, chaos and trouble, pride and disobedience will be everywhere. (Matthew 7:15 NIV) (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
Who can trust the news nowadays? Everything is distorted, every story is twisted to the favor of whoever presents it. Pastors, ministers, reverends, rabbis and priest, don’t all have good track records. We all have been made painfully aware of a church with a dark and dirty secret. Many Christian’s have a misconstrued twist on the truth. So, what about the teaching of God’s word? Can we trust everything we hear about the Bible? Is your church leading you or misguiding you? How are we to know?
I’m the kind of person who wants to know where you got the story, you’re telling me. I’m the first one to run to the library or jump on the internet and search for some form of validation. I have always been like that. Ever since I was a child, I have been accused of asking ridiculous questions. My mother once told me that after gazing up and out the car window for quite some time, I asked her, “Which one of those five electric cables on the service poles is the one that feeds our toaster in our home”? She told me it was the bottom one. My father was the one who would finally put my mind to rest. He explained that it was not any of them that in fact they were just transporters of energy to each of our homes. He showed me in the house where the energy entered and how it was split up among many outlets. He then showed me that the toaster would work on any one of those outlets. So, mom lied and dad told the truth. Today, I still demand the truth and the proof to support it.
God has provided us with the Bible. It’s our manual for life. It’s better than the internet, it’s better than any book at the library. The Bible is the only source of truth that we have. Everything else is corrupt with one thing or another. The Bible is the only tool that we can use to discover who the false teachers are or which preachers are the wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing.
I asked myself if the pastors I allow to teach me, are the real deal or they feeding me their own version or the truth. I mean everyone else does so why should I trust in my Church leaders. I think we owe it to ourselves to screen our ministers for the truth. After all what we are taught affects us personally.
- When I watch an online pastor or my own church pastor, I have to ask does he/she teach me the entire Bible or at least the majority of it. Am I receiving a tiny portion that suits my pastor or am I also being taught the things I don’t particularly like and the pastor may feel uncomfortable pointing out to me? (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV) If I am only being taught the best parts, do I really want to continue on with this pastor?
- Does your pastor use scripture in the sermons given? Are the scriptures used frequently or rarely? I personally think the more the merrier. I want to be saturated so that I can grow.
- As much as I do not want to hear about my sin, consequences and Hell, the place designed for sinners, I want my teachers to educate me on these undesirable topics so that I can identify and avoid them. Do your preachers warn you and prepare you with knowledge of these? (2Tomothy 4:2 NIV) Believers have the Holy Spirit in them to convict them of their sins. Unbelievers do not have the Holy Spirit and many of the sins they commit they may think are okay. They must be warned, they must be taught.
- “The Laws of Attraction”. Here is dangerous territory. Are we being led to believe that by focusing on the good we can have or attract whatever it is we desire? I witnessed this through an online Christian video. This is NOT found anywhere in the Bible. What we think and believe has nothing to do with how we will be rewarded.
- Are you being suckered into the Prosperity Gospel? Yikes! More dangerous territory! Simply this is being taught only what you want to hear. The priest will preach that if you have enough faith you will have financial security, good health, happiness and safety. All you have to do is have enough faith to make it happen. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV) Who does not want to hear that they can be rich, famous and healthy if they have faith. The trouble is, when it doesn’t happen. We lose our faith in God because we’re told we will achieve these things and we know we had all the faith in the world; or, we feel guilty because we think that we are unworthy of God’s blessings.
- Some false teachers DENY, that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. This is completely opposite to what the bible teaches. The entire Gospel or Good News may as well not have been written. These teachers may lead you believe that you only go to heaven if you do good deeds and earn your entry. Access to Heaven is not works based it is Jesus based. Run from these false teachers.
I hope that this blog will help you to identify who the real prophets are and who the demons of Satin are. Satin will do whatever he can to deceive you and keep you from gaining access to heaven. He is a sore loser and he wishes to take everyone down with him in the end.
This is not by any means a definitive list. Read your Bible daily. Join a small group. Get to church. Choose friends who are morally sound. Pray and ask.