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Beware of False Teachers

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I. Introduction

Today we want to pick up where we left of last week in 1 Timothy 4:1-2. Today’s Christian must be on guard for the apostacy that the Holy Spirit declared long ago in the Scriptures would happen during the later times.

I admonished you last week that we need to ‘hit the gym,’ meaning that we have to get our own spiritual weight up so as to be able to avoid our own apostacy from the faith by being able to spot error and not fall prey to deceitful spirits and the doctrines of demons that permeate our society and are borne by all kinds of false teachers in our day.

II. Doctrines of demons

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

“Any religious instruction that does not conform to historic Christian faith as preached/taught by Jesus and His apostles.”

2 Peter 2:1–3 ESV
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

A. ‘The Prosperity gospel’

The Prosperity gospel is a distortion of the gospel which connects the gospel with the promise of earthly blessings such as wealth and good health.

J. B. Hixson, Getting the Gospel Wrong: The Evangelical Crisis No One Is Talking About, Revised Edition. (Duluth, MN: Grace Gospel Press, 2013), 181.
Videos - “False Teachers Exposed”
Joel on sin: By his own admission, he intentionally avoids using the word sin in his preaching and writing. When asked why this is the case, Osteen told Larry King, “I don’t use [the word sinners]. I never thought about it. But I probably don’t. But most people already know what they’re doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change. There can be a difference in your life. So I don’t go down the road of condemning.” He writes, “God focuses on the things you’re doing right. He sees the best in you.… [Y]ou can stop obsessing about all your faults and give yourselves a break. Every person has weaknesses.”
J. B. Hixson, Getting the Gospel Wrong: The Evangelical Crisis No One Is Talking About, Revised Edition. (Duluth, MN: Grace Gospel Press, 2013), 187.
Luke 6:24 ESV
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
1 Timothy 6:5–6 ESV
5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain,
1 Timothy 6:9–10 ESV
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Titus 1:7 ESV
7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
Titus 1:11 ESV
11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
Jude 11 ESV
11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.

Proponents of this view: Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch, Frederick K. C. Price, and Charles Capps, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, etc.

J. B. Hixson, Getting the Gospel Wrong: The Evangelical Crisis No One Is Talking About, Revised Edition. (Duluth, MN: Grace Gospel Press, 2013), 181.

B. The ‘Performance gospel’

The Performance gospel emphasizes man’s good works as either a prerequisite or “postrequisite” for receiving eternal life.

J. B. Hixson, Getting the Gospel Wrong: The Evangelical Crisis No One Is Talking About, Revised Edition. (Duluth, MN: Grace Gospel Press, 2013), 217.

Example: Judaizers - Acts 15:1

Acts 15:1 ESV
1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Today many churches add things to the gospel, like doing good works, paying tithes, attending services a certain number of times, surrendering, committing, pledging obedience, contracting with God, and the like, but the Bible makes clear that salvation is not earned by any human works but is acquired only by trusting Jesus for eternal salvation.

Galatians 2:16 ESV
16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
John 3:16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Many have “failed to realize that the question of character and conduct belongs to a different area, namely, sanctification, and is taken up by Paul in due course, whereas justification relates to status and not to condition.” (Everett F. Harrison in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary–Romans)

C. Others...

1. Hebrew Israelites

The Hebrew Israelite movement is rooted in Black Judaism, a belief system birthed in the late 1800s by black Christians from the South's Pentecostal "Holiness" movement. They claimed to have received a revelation: America's recently emancipated slaves were God's chosen people, the true Hebrews.

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2015/history-hebrew-israelism

2. Kemeticism, Kemetic movement

Urban Apologetics: Restoring Black Dignity with the Gospel Chapter 8: Kemeticism and the Gospel (Vince Bantu)

Kemeticism is a revival of ancient Egyptian religious practices.

3. Black Conscious Community

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