Deceiving Preachers are followers of Satan

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Deceiving Preachers are followers of Satan

"2 Timothy 3:4 lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." Deceiving preachers have a form of godliness. They deny the power of God that is given to true believers to become the children of God. They love the pleasures in sin more than obeying God. I am not referring to those who struggle to overcome sins without victory, but to those who do not believe the salvation from sin itself. They believe a salvation from hell as they live a life of sin. They say that the grace of God will take them to heaven if they keep a form of godliness using the name of Jesus Christ while they continue a life of sin. Perhaps they may not know that grace is the power of God given to believers to overcome sins. They are denying the power of God, which is grace itself, which will save them from their sins. "John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power (grace) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." Without knowing the power of God, many preachers have joined Satan to preach false doctrines and deceive Christians.

1. Show worship service OR Doing the Will of God

Matthew 7:21-24 say, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Here, Jesus Christ explains two kinds of works. Call Jesus Christ 'Lord, Lord,' which is flattering him, which is typical of our worship, and it is not counted for salvation. But, we are required to do the works that is 'the will' of God the Father, that is to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 say, "this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." So, holy living is required and accepted as good works. But, the works of prophesies, casting out devils and miracles will not be considered for salvation of a person. But rather, the obedience to the preachings of Jesus Christ will be considered as good works that is built on the rock, and it is considered for salvation.

Romans 2:6-11 say, "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God." Verses 6 & 11 say that God will not do any personal favor and his judgment will be strictly according to what we do. So, our works are vital for our salvation. Verses 7 & 10 say that if we continue in well doing and good works of righteousness, we will have eternal life. Verses 8 & 9 say that if we are contentious, evil, unrighteous, or do not obey God, we will be in hell. So, our good works of righteousness and obedience to God are mandatory for salvation.

1 Timothy 5:24&25 say, "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid." Verse 24 says that both open sins and secret sins will be judged. Verse 25 says that every good works will be seen. But we say, 'only God knows.' Verse 25 says, good works will be noticed and there are no secret good works. So, if others have not seen it, we do not have it.

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Jesus Christ tells us to show our good works to men, so that they may see and glorify God the Father. But the devil says not to do good works and we are not saved by it. But, Jesus Christ says in Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Again, preachers say that rewards does not mean heaven, but if you need heaven, you should not do works. But, the truth is, if you need rewards in heaven it is according to works. They say many foolish things, and foolish people listen to them. We cannot stop them. But, we can escape these silly traps of Satan, if we follow the word of God.

2. There are many False Gospels

Ezekiel 18:4 ... the soul that sinneth, it shall die. 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. God says that nobody will take the sin of someone else. However, Jesus Christ died for the whole world, not to take their punishment upon himself, but to become the author of salvation for the whole world. He saves only those who obey him. That is, Jesus Christ will remove the unrighteous instinct that causes a person to sin, so that the person do not have to sin anymore. Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him... 9 ... he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Satan, through his servant evangelists and pastors, preaches that we do not have to obey God in order to be saved from hell. God warns that those whoever do not obey God will be damned. In spite of the warnings of God, most Christians believe false gospel of Satan and disobey God in their life. But they praise God through their mouth thinking that heaven is guaranteed for them. Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. So, obey God in order to be saved.

A. Deception of Satan

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. God said not eat of the tree of good and evil. If they eat from it they will die eternally on that day. But Satan preached saying that they will not die. Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. Adam and Eve ate the fruit believing the gospel of Satan and faced eternal death. Even now Satan deceives people. The message of Satan has not changed even today. His main strategy is to remove the fear of God from the people so that they could sin. He convinces people that God will not eternally punish them for their sins against God, since Jesus died on the cross. But, God will take vengeance on those who disobey his gospel. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Satan spreads his messages through false preachers. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; Satan preaches cunning and deceiving messages to remove the fear of God, from the people of God. Satan convinces them that it is not possible to obey God. So he advises them to flatter God and to praise God instead of obeying God. The devil is doing it in a cunning and crafty way. Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Since people want to believe, which is convenient for them rather than to believe the truth, even God will send them strong delusion so that they may believe a lie. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 ---; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

B. Past, Present and Future Sins are forgiven, etc,.

Most Christians believe that God loves them unconditionally and God will save them from hell no matter what they do. They believe that God forgives their past, present and future sins. They are in the deception of Satan. (1) Past Sins. God forgives only the past sins if the conditions are met. Romans 3:25 --- to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, ---. (2) Present Sins. God forgives present sins means that God approves their disobedience, as if God endorse their sin. Is this not ridiculous? (3) Future Sins. This is to say that God forgave them even before they commit sin, which is to say that God gave them license to do sins. It is foolishness. God says that if we commit sin, then we are not saved, we will die eternally. "John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" So, if we sin, we are sinners. Sin is disobedience to God and the wrath of God is upon them. "Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:" Sin brings death. Please read this link to see, how God forgives. Link: 'Forgiven'.

C. Deceiving Preachers

"2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;" Most pastors pick up a few verses and preach what they want to preach without its proper context. They blaspheme God and preach lies. They pretend to do the work of the Lord for their own worldly benefits. These benefits could be fame, prestige, pride, luxury, comfort, profession, or anything else other than eternal life. They should quit this work for their own eternal good. The wrath of God is upon them.

Some of these workers could have come to the work of the Lord with good intentions. But as the days went by they could have seen the money, fame, prestige, etc., and they could have backslid. God will not tolerate them. Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. These verses are not referring to a new person trying to learn the things about salvation. This person already has the knowledge of the word and he is willfully sinning, perhaps willfully embracing a false doctrine in order to justify his own sin. Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? If a person still lives in sin ignoring the warnings given him by the Spirit of grace, God charges him with the offense of trodden his son under foot, etc. God considers this matter very seriously.

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