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Edition 446: December 4th 2018
The Bible itself, like a giant jigsaw puzzle of the ages, gives a picture of what right division and application of scripture looks like. So if you’re trying to build a doctrine that doesn’t look like the overall end picture, it is you who is wrong and needs changing.
Heresy: Strong’s G139 “Hairesis. Meanings: To choose for oneself or selective division.
It means to choose how much you will accept and reject. Heresy is cherry-picking within doctrine, rejecting other doctrine. It is a “damnable” practice according to scripture.
Galatians 1:9 “If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
The overall purpose of heresy is to get you sidetracked and into error, away from the truth.
Obviously, we have to be selective, but not at the expense or contradiction of other verses and doctrines. Everything must add up.
There is a big difference between interpretation of scripture and application. For example there are many things in the Old Covenant that may not be interpreted as being for us in the New, but they can still be examples for us today.
Bible dispensations (Ephesians 3:9-10, Hebrews 1:1 Colossians 1:25) are essential for keeping things in harmony and order. But there are those who over- dispensationalise, saying that nothing from one dispensation relates to the next. They are in a ditch.
Heresy is a particular end-time plague. It has brothers, sisters and cousins, who are: False prophets, false teachers, deceiving, seducing spirits. It will intensify in these days, but it has been a major problem and the chief cause of division throughout the age.
●Heresy is a spirit. It is a “spirit of error” within the church, mostly perpetrated by leaders and teachers. It is evident in those who are not led by the Spirit of truth.
Heresy is a church issue, it’s not external. One of the great problems is that it causes disunity and division in the church, which then prevents many from being saved. Have a look at this shocking verse below, and note how important unity is:
John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me, that they may be one, as You Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
Biblical heresy has a dramatic, negative effect on the church and on the world. The world looks at the divisions and thinks God must be confused!
People fall for heresy because they are of the same spirit. ●They are ignorant of the scriptures. ●They are ignorant of the devil’s devices. ●They have no Spiritual gifts of revelation, protection or spiritual gifts of warfare.
People fall for heresy because they have a preconceived, erroneous belief on some issue and then chose selective verses, and cherry-pick to back them up.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers. They will turn away their ears from the truth and be turned aside to fables.”
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 “I hear that there divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must be factions among you, that those who are approved may be me recognised among you.”
The evil power of heresy:
1 Samuel 15:24 “Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned because I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and your words, because I feared the people, and I obeyed their voice.’”
1 Kings 18:21 “Elijah came to all the people and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ But the people answered him not a word.”
A double minded person is unstable in all his ways, says the Bible. Today, the power of the devil in the mass-media, entertainment, and the opinions of the masses is extremely strong and influential.
People, especially the young, acclimatise to room temperature. Its getting cold in here!
If you want to be a successful Christian in these days, you have to break this evil power. You must cast it down and throw it out. You can be so easily led into deception by the voice of the majority of the people. You can and must be led into separation from the world and its ways by our Lord.
Romans 16:17 “I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions among you contrary to the doctrine you learned, and avoid them.”
Jude 1:18 “I told you that there would be mockers in the last time, who walk according to their ungodly lusts. They are sensual persons, causing divisions, not having the Spirit.”
When you are going the right way with our Lord, it will cause godly division!
John 7:43 “So there was a division among the people because of Him.”
I wonder how many church leaders have ever obeyed this verse below:
Titus 3:10-11 “Reject a diverse man (Lit= Heretic) after the first and second admonition (warning) knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”
Heresy will warp you. I know many who have become badly warped!
Isaiah 47:10 “You have trusted in wickedness, you have said, ‘No one sees me,’ your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you said in your heart, ‘I am and there is no one besides me.’”
The word “warped” means: twisting, inverting, corrupting, or changing, to lead people away.
Once a church leader or teacher has been warped by heresy, he changes into a pulpit-wolf. He is a minster of division and growing error.
The church consists of spiritual babies, adolescents, teens and the mature. All must be well fed. Wolves make bad babysitters!
Acts 20:27-31 “I have not shunned declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and the flock, amongst which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers...After my departure, savage wolves will come in not sparing the flock...And from among you men will rise up speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves...Therefore watch!”
You can trust God’s truth. It is the great edifier. Bear in mind that part of being edified involves being terrified, which is just what the full truth does. Don’t cut out the severe and hard sayings, and the warnings of God!
Knowledge alone of the word, without the Spirit produces proud, arrogant, clever idiots. Pretence is not spiritual experience. You need to see through it.
What heresy is, and is not:
Heresy is not just a few minor differences in beliefs in the church. Those, we will always have. They should not be reasons for division.
A church must be well established on the foundation of the six major doctrines of Messiah in Hebrews 6:1-2. All true doctrines of the Bible can be found within this foundation.
Heresy attacks any of those foundational doctrinal beliefs.
Differing beliefs, especially within some cultures are fine, as long as the foundation is solid.
We must have unity within the foundation. Bear in mind that the church is the “pillar and foundation of truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)
Heresy is a more intensive division and is clearly rooted in a spirit of error, attacking the very foundation of major beliefs.
How to identify this spirit in church leaders, teachers:
A Bible teacher must be be trusted. This divine is earned over time. It must be apparent in its longevity, endurance and consistency. It must be tested, and have visible biblical fruits. A teacher carries within him spiritual privilege, which carries great responsibility.
Teachers and leaders who fall into heresy have problems of pride, lack of repentance, and no fear of the Lord. Their fall into heresy is often a repeating pattern.
Sometimes people fall into heresy because they are products of this superficial instant, pop-up world. Their knowledge of scripture is shallow. They are not called.
The Bible teacher must be fully open to the entirety of the work of the Spirit of God, including openness to the gifts of the Spirit. This is an urgent need in these days of coming great attack on all the things of God.
Don’t waste your time on those with no time for God and His word, and don’t waste your time with teachers who are not clearly led by the Spirit. They are not qualified to be teachers. These are dangerous days indeed!
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (Amp) “The Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in the latter times, some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines taught by demons, through hypocrisy and pretension of liars whose consciences are seared.”
2 Peter 2:1-2 (Amp) “In those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines and destructive heresies, even denying and disowning the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves, swift destruction...The truth will be maligned and defamed.”
Galatians 5:16-21 “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh....If you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Now, the works of the flesh are evident, which are: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy murder, drunkenness, revelries and the like...Those who practise such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Many of you reading these very words have fallen for much heresy. The deeper you get into heresy, the more difficult it is to get out. There is a cross-over point where the spirits at work will lead you to become a full-blown cult member.
Heresy stabs at the essence of major doctrines of the Bible. Its activists choose and cherry pick their verses, but because they are led by the spirit of the false angel of light, they are producing a hell-hole, devoid of God. They are producing idols of their mind – for destruction.
At the end of the day, the heretic stabs, and cuts up the Bible to suit his demons!
Delightful dogs and despicable hounds:
Are you a sheepdog? Are you a true watchdog, a watchman on the wall? You need to be able to detect wolves in sheep’s clothing! There are many wolves among the flock. The Bible said that it would be an end-time plague. The true sheepdog knows the true sheep, and barks and warns when he sees the wolf disguised as a sheep.
But there are so-called sheepdogs, and shepherds who are dumb, stupid, blind, and asleep, and can’t see the wolf, and can’t bark to warn the sheep of the wolves. They can’t bark because they are despicable, dumb hounds!
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Isaiah 56:9-11 “All you beasts of the field, come to devour, all you beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, they love to slumber...They are shepherds who cannot understand. They all look to their own way, everyone for his own gain from his own territory.”
Do note the problem: “They look to their own way.” That is the wrong way for any watchman or teacher to look!!
People follow their leaders, which is well and good when the priests are priests of God. But when they not, there’s always trouble ahead. And by the way, today it is fashionable to question and disrespect authority of all forms, but especially the authority structures of God.
Did you know that God is going to destroy some people’s mothers?
Hosea 4:4-6 “...Your people are like those who contend with the priest. Therefore you shall stumble in the day. The prophet (false) will also stumble with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother (false religion). My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge (of God), I will reject you from being a priest for Me.”
The danger of heresy is that it knocks on and affects many other doctrines.
Heresy and Israel:
Because God has a soon-coming, mighty plan for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews, all things relating to this are under growing attack.
The greatest demonic-led attack on Israel by the church is replacement theology. It may not fit the traditional definition of heresy, but it is!
The beliefs of unsaved Israel now, is pure heresy at this stage, but because of the uniqueness of Israel, we know that is soon about to change.
Consider the following most important line of words:
Israel:●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected▐●Regathered ●Repented ●Accepted.
The words above are the most important in the world! They spell God’s entire plan of the ages, in a few words. In fact these six words above encompass more than a million books on the subject!
The thick division bar represents a horrifying division. Church ministers of replacement theology stop at the division bar. They believe the first three words, but then stop. You could name that thick bar Adolf! They insert the church right there replacing God’s climactic, glorious plan for end-time Israel with themselves.
The rapture will take place somewhere just after that division bar.
Please let this sink into your thinking. I’ve intentionally created this as a simple yet powerful illustration of the greatest drama of all time.
This will rock the world. Great heresy is already before us. We see it in growing anti-Semitism and all things that fall under the demonic Swastika – the symbol of world peace without Jews.
May I share with you a personal issue?
When I was a kid my mother taught at a Hebrew nursery school. From those days, she drummed it into me that the Jews had a special calling upon them and were to be respected and loved. We lived in a Jewish neighbourhood, so I grew up influenced by the Jews, Jewish customs, and Jewish girlfriends. I’ve always had a strong, enduring connection to them.
Now, as a believer, I can always tell, in five seconds, if a Bible teacher or minister has a heart for Israel or not. Sometimes I know it before he opens his mouth.
The big thing that I note and can feel and identify is - does he see Israel like a prodigal son – just like the Father does? Is there an excitement that the lost son is on his way home? Is there a spark in his eyes? Is there a heart-witness?
Some pastors preach excellent but terrible sermons. Their stuff is good – all from the Bible, but it is what they are silent on that gives them away!
Heresy grows. It seldom comes manifest in its mature form.
It’s good to bear in mind that we are in a spiritual environment. Nothing is static. You are moving forward or backwards at any time.
People are on a journey. They are hot for our Lord, or warm, or lukewarm, or cold, or dead, or a habitation of demons.
The Spirit of the living God will warn you of heresy (if you have the gifts in operation) He will set off alarm bells and warning lights – that’s the time to get out and run away from it, not later on, after it has grown.
Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”
1 John 2:26 “These things I have written to you, concerning those who try to deceive you.”
Any teaching that interferes with or changes established doctrine on salvation is a heretic. Any teaching that in anyway adds to or subtracts from the full revealed Bible is heresy.
●All forms of replacement theology end in heresy, because it gets rid of Israel now and ultimately leads to replacement reality and the antichrist!
Replacement theology is cherry picking and choosing selected verses above others, which refute their overall picture. It is the most widespread, enduring heresy ever.
●Coming under the law is a modern heresy, which includes some modern movements.
●Gnosticism and its offshoots is heresy.
Some of the following are pure heresy and some may not be heresy yet, but become so when in practised in excess:
●Emergent church teachings. ●Hyper-grace. ●Seeker sensitive movement. ●Liberal theology. ●Liberation theology. ●Universalism. ●Origenism (allegorical interpretation) ●All theology and teachings that underplay or avoid the full message of the cross, which includes the resurrection and ascension and the Second Coming.
If you are in a good church moving forward with our Lord, and your source of spiritual food and growth is good, pray for your leaders. Pray that it remains so. Pray that they continue on the cutting edge. Pray for your leaders! This is not a game, or a club, or an entertainment show! This is about eternal life – forever and ever.
Church history is full of shipwrecks -doctrinal shipwrecks and their wrecked captains! But right in the middle, the true stand securely.
New, intense doctrinal errors are arising, and will get worse as the coming of the Lord of glory, and the lord of evil approach!
Dividing and applying the truth must be Spirit led. "Rightly dividing" truth has a subtle presumption that it is right. In many cases it is, but it can be a powerful tool of the devil too.
The big questions to ask of any teacher are these: Does it glorify the living God. Does it exalt Him? Does it draw people closer to God? Is it costly to your ego and self-life? Does it all add up consistently with all doctrine? Does it bear witness in your spirit?
There is a huge shaking coming. Thankfully, it will shake many awake!
It’s a wonderful, glorious refreshing thing to be bathed in truth in these days!
I took these two pictures in the Chobe River area, Botswana.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!