1John 4:1 tell us, "Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
we look at different religious groups, their teachings and
teachers as well as the doctrines that these groups are
professing, we sometime hear some people say, "The Bible
says we are not to judge others. Why are you judging
these people." The simple truth is, that the Bible commands
us to, "Test The Spirit" (1 John 4:1) to see if
they are from God. In Acts 17:11 we read. "Now these
were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining
the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so." There
you have the word of God, the Bible, telling us that when
someone tells us something, and they say that message or
doctrine they are presenting to us is from Jesus Christ, our
first duty according to the Bible is to test what they say
God has said with what we know God has told us
in His Word, The Bible. This is Christian Apologetics.
Testing doctrine to see if it is true.
It wasn't all that many years ago that it was not that hard
to tell false doctrine from true. But as the saying goes,
"If you tell a lie enough times, it can start to sound like
the truth." For
the longest time the main areas of false teaching and
doctrine that was confronting the Christian church was found
in groups like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Science and others.
many of the false teachings that were part of the kingdom of
the cults, the occult and Eastern religions, like Buddhism, Hinduism and
more are now being accepted and taught and heard in what was once considered sound Biblical teaching churches.
book publishers and bookstores are offering Eastern
Mysticism & New Age practices like the Hindu practice of Yoga
and polytheistic and Eastern doctrine
and other false teaching in what are being called "Christian
books" and "Christian Novels." Many people believed the
heretical concepts found in the "Da vince Code" by Dan Brown
and believed these were true. Now there comes a "Christian novel" titled
Shack" on the scene that is full of false
concepts on the Trinity and false teaching and "Christian's
are reading it by the millions. But so many people are
believing what the book teaches and then argue that "The
Shack is just, fiction." So if someone wrote a book about
you, and it was full of lies about you and who you are,
would that be OK if the book was fiction. This is the place
where Christian apologetics is needed to discern truth from
What appear to be "Christian
churches" are teaching things that are not in line with essential, historic, Christian teachings.
Doctrines like, sin, repentance, the Trinity, Salvation by grace alone, through
faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and the deity of Jesus Christ
are being downplayed or removed altogether and replaced by
more "seeker sensitive ideas.
These false teachers
are telling their followers doctrines and practices that is not in harmony
with the Bible and in many cases are called "doctrines
of demons" in God's Word the Bible.
Contemplative prayer, prayer paths or Prayer Labyrinths
which are actually taken from new age and Hindu practices
are being introduced and accepted by many churches that are
moving towards the Emergent Church movement today.
In the book of Genesis 3:4,5 we read, And
the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
This lie of Satan, that men can become gods that was first
taught in the Garden of Eden was and is still taught in The
Mormon church. But this false teaching, that was in
the past found only in the kingdom of the cults and the New Age
Movement. However, now this and other false teachings
are being taught in "Christian" churches by
false teachers like Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin and others.
Creflo Dollar says "we are gods" and spends several minutes showing from the Bible
about animals begetting "after their kind." He says,
"horses beget horses, Dogs beget dogs." He then
moves on to say that since we are made in God's image then
"we are little gods"
because god begets gods. Creflo Dollar fails to mention that we are "made in
God's image, Not Begotten. If a man makes a bowl out of
clay, the bowl is not a man it is a bowl. It is just a
creation of the man. Just as we are a creation of God, but
we are not gods in the remotest sense of the word. The main
reason this false teaching is so wrong is that we are by
nature human, and God is
by Nature. So you
can see the same lie Satan started in the Garden of Eden is
still being spread today and leading humans away from the
truth about God.
of these movements are very popular and considered by many
to be welcome additions to the church to reach more people.
But what is the message behind these movements and are they
teaching the truth to those who are coming to the movement?
To name a few, The Word of Faith movement, or the Health and
Wealth gospel, The Seeker
Sensitive movement, The Emergent
Church and other movements brought into the
"Christian church" through such popular books as
Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren
as well as books like "Become A Better You" by author Joel Osteen and others. What
are they teaching? But more importantly, what is being left
out of their messages, which is being taught as the Truth?
Many areas of these movements are part of the Postmodernism
teaching. But as you compare those teaching with Historic
Christianity you soon see many
What is left out
is the doctrine of sin and our need to repent of sin and
turn from it to Christ. As the message of many of these
teachers is watered down to a motivational message of self
improvement and the fact that we are all sinners in need of
a savior is left out of their message, we are becoming a
church that is filled with "Carnal Christians." The question
arises, if you can't tell the difference between the
"Christians" and non-Christians, is there a difference? The
second question is, are those who say they are Christians
but are living like the world really born again Christians
who truly know Christ as savior?