False Doctrinal Teachings in our Churches

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

False Doctrinal Teachings in our Churches

Consider to take a few sermons preached by your favorite preacher and compare it to a sermon of Jesus Christ (you may take, for example, a portion of the sermon of the mount). If the purpose and concept of the sermons of your preacher are the same as of Jesus Christ, you have a good preacher. If they are not the same or if there is discord, then you have a false preacher. 2 Corinthians 11 says: "13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 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; whose end shall be according to their works." These servants of Satan will not escape the wrath of God; they will be punished at the end in the lake of fire. However, they bring damnation to many vulnerable Christians. Let us look at a few examples.

1. Our Righteousness Is Filthy Rags.

Most preachers quote Isaiah 64:6, which says "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Then they explain this verse to us by saying that all the righteous acts of a faithful Christian appear as filthy rags in the sight of God. Most preachers likely know this teaching is deceptive, which means that they intentionally misrepresent this scripture to deceive Christians. They serve Satan, and they are well paid for the job of deception. Not all such deception is intentional, but even if the same deceptive message is taught by ignorance, the end result is the same; Christians are deceived. Preachers deceive their own as Eve deceived Adam without knowing what she was doing.

Please read this in another page, by a click on this link: "Is our righteousness filthy rags?"

If you like details on this topic on a video, click on this link: "Is it Filthy Rag".

2. None Righteous, No, Not One.

Romans 3:10 says: "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Preachers quote this verse and claim: 'There has been and there will be no one righteous in the whole world'. They teach that righteousness is not achievable, even with the grace, power, and presence of God. They point out the phrase: 'no, not one:' definitely includes you and me. The tragedy of this deception is that Christians, recognizing themselves as sinners, sincerely believe that this verse is about them and other Christians. They believe this verse proves that there is no hope to ever become righteous, and that they are inevitably relegated to unrighteousness. Such hopelessness is tragic, but it is a LIE.

Please read this in the next page by a click on this link: "Romans 3:10, None Righteous, No, Not One:"

3. All have Sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Preachers quote Romans 3: "23) For all have sinned, (past) and come short of the glory of God;" They quote this verse, but will not preach the truth. In one respect, we all have sinned. The deception occurs when they preach this verse as an unending continuance rather than the past. They say that we all are sinners and we will all continue to sin always; but this verse say it as 'all have sinned' that is in past tense. The next verse: "24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Justified here means that we are made JUST, that is made righteous, who used to be sinners are now righteous. So, this group of people in this context has been made righteous people, and righteous people are those who are obedient to God, who are living in righteousness but not in sin. This gives us hope that we can be also made righteous, if we follow the same path. "25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." Here we see, God has been forbearing (i.e., patiently tolerating) with them for the previous period of time when they were committing sin, hoping that they will stop sinning. And, God has also forgiven their past sins, in order to show that God is righteous, because now they do not sin and so God forgives their past sins. But, preachers describe unrighteousness as a permanent status and teach that nobody can obey God and become righteous. They thereby deceive Christians and provide them fake righteousness and they by preach fake salvation. Desperate Christians fall victims to these deceivers and to Satan and they are eternally damned.

4. While We Were Yet Sinners, Christ Died For Us.

Romans 5:8 says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Preachers quote this verse, then say that we were, are, and always will be sinning. But the verse specifically says "while we were yet sinners." ‘WE WERE YET’ sinners means that: 1) we WERE sinning, i.e., the sinning occurred in our past, so there was an end to it, and 2) since it says that in the past we were sinners, it also strongly implies that we need not be sinners now. What really matters is who we are now; whether we are sinners or righteous people. The message in this verse is that, although we have sinned in the past, we can now live without sinning by the grace of God, and our past sins can be forgiven because Christ died for us. Do pastors just misunderstand this verse, or are they intentionally trying to deceive us?

5. Not By Works but by Mercy He Saved Us.

Titus 3:5 says: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…." Preachers quote this verse and say that God saves us not because of our righteousness, but because of his mercy. But, as always, it is important that we read the verse as it is written, rather than reading it as we wish it to be. Let us accurately read the message in this verse, in its context with the previous verse. "4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Here, we can see two sentences describing two functions or works of Jesus Christ. Let us look at each of the two sentences independently, and see what Jesus Christ has done. 1) "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done,"; And 2) "but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" In this context, the first sentence says that Jesus Christ has appeared as a man for the whole world, not because WE were righteous (we know that the whole world was not righteous, even though there could be a few striving to obey God, and a few may be obeying God. Jesus did not come because of this righteousness of the world, but ...), but because of the kindness and love of God toward men (the whole world). It is the same message as in John 3:16. Also in this context, sentence two says that he saved US (but not the whole world) because of his mercy (his grace), by the washing of regeneration (purification) and renewing (conversion). It is as in Ephesians 2:1-10. In these verses, it is clear that Christ did not become a man because of the works that we have done. It is also clear, however, that he saves US by purifying and converting, from unrighteousness to do righteousness. It is as a result of his power that makes us to walk righteously until the end. The deception exploited by false preachers is very dangerous for vulnerable Christians, and promotes the idea that it is OK (even necessary) to go on in sins.

6. If We Say That We Have No Sin, We Deceive Ourselves.

1 John 1:8 says: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Preachers quote this verse and say that every human being in the whole word will continue sinning until they die. If a living man claims that he, by the power of God, does not sin anymore, preachers will call this man a liar, quoting this verse. Preachers of Satan humiliate and exploit true Christians using this verse. This is a very important study.

Please read this by clicking on this link: "But if we walk in the light,"

7. Apostle Paul and We all are Wretched Sinners.

In Romans 7:24, Apostle Paul says, "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Here, Apostle Paul teaches the newly converted Gentiles in Romans 7. During this teaching, he talked hypothetically as if he were a Gentile going through the process of conversion. Preachers purposely select this passage and say that it is not his teaching, but it is his testimony, knowing full well that it is not. The testimony of Paul is delivered in Philippians 3:3-11, whereas the teaching of Paul is delivered in Romans 7. In Philippians 3:6 Paul explains his testimony as follows: "Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." That is, Paul says that, although he was persecuting the Christian church, he was blameless according to the law of the Old Testament. In verse 7 his testimony says: "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ." This verse explains that, after meeting Jesus Christ, Paul also became perfect in the law of Christ, which is the law of the New Testament. Paul was perfect both in the laws and in grace.

If you need more information, click on these links for a video: "Romans 7."

Paul was teaching in Romans 7, the path to a newly converted gentile takes to salvation; Paul was not giving his testimony. Nevertheless, false preachers wrongly (and intentionally) say that Romans 7 is Paul’s testimony, in order to mislead believers. They say these verses prove that Paul was a sinner himself. They do this, not to accuse Paul, but to distort the truth so they can teach that sinning against God is okay, since even the Apostle Paul has sinned. Their teaching is deceitful, and it is from Satan. Satan's servants preach this very vigorously.

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