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FALSE PROPHETS, FALSE TEACHERS, AND RECYCLED HERESIES

Samuel A CainBut 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 Peter 2:1 ESV)

Even in this modern age, we live with an abundant supply of false prophets, false teachers, and recycled heresies. Many in the church believe that God’s Holy Word may be manipulated to appeal to a new generation of people. We have preachers on television who distort the Gospel by appealing to men’s pride and wish for the pleasures of materialism. Truth is abandoned in order to enlarge membership rolls.

R. C. Sproul wrote these lines to discuss heresy in our day:

It seems that the only real and intolerable heresy today is the despicable act of calling someone a heretic. If the one accused is guilty of heresy, he or she will probably elicit more sympathy than his accuser. Anyone who cries “Heretic!” today risks being identified as a native of Salem, Massachusetts. …

We live in a climate where heresy is embraced and proclaimed with the greatest of ease. I can’t think of any of these major heresies that I haven’t heard repeatedly and openly on national TV by so-called “evangelical preachers” such as Hinn, Crouch, and the like. Where our fathers saw these issues as matters of life and death, indeed of eternal life and death, we have so surrendered to relativism and pluralism that we simply don’t care about serious doctrinal error. We prefer peace to truth and accuse the orthodox of being divisive when they call a heretic a heretic. It is the heretic who divides the church and disrupts the unity of the body of Christ.

A church caught up in the world’s philosophies of relativism and pluralism will soon become irrelevant and labeled “Ichabod” by the Holy Spirit. As we enter through the doors of the Christian Church, we need to lay aside those notions of how we should be entertained and psychologically affirmed. We are there to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

According to Soren Kierkegaard:

The human race in the course of time has taken the liberty of softening and softening Christianity until at last we have contrived to make it exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament…

In our lifetime, we have seen incorrect teachings merge with the truth, causing confusion among believers. Instead of bowing down before God and His Word, we judge God according to our personal morality, feelings, and desires.

Nevertheless, we must glorify God by remaining true to His Word. We must stand against the serious errors, heresies, and doctrinal aberrations of Satan. We must read and reread the Bible to draw strength from His Word to oppose the evil one. Having done all to stand, we must continue to stand against false prophets, false teaching, and the doctrine of devils. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV) “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12 ESV)

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  7. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’

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