by: GARY R. KANE
|Jesus has warned us: "...
Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, (claiming to be
Christians, sheep, men of God, 'anointed ones'), saying, I am Christ; (or even of Christ..
anointed), and the time draweth near: Go ye not therefore after them. (Luke 21:8).
People today are in all sorts of bondage, confusion, torment, and .."Defeat." They are boxed into ungodly structures just like the Pharisees; and, like the Pharisees, they cannot understand or hear the words of Jesus because carnal doctrines, (easy preaching, and fear and approval of men), and religious traditions have captured their hearts. They are being led astray by "false teachers!"
"Beware of false prophets, (teachers and preachers), which come to you in sheep's clothing, (dressing the part, talking the part, pretending to be servants of God, and righteousness), but inwardly, (in their heart and motives), "They are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15).
You see, these false teachers and preachers "flatter congregations with words in order to fulfill their selfish ambition." "Their motives are perverted !"
Carnal doctrines are developed by men who are blinded to the truth, (because of their rejection of it), now their heart goes after selfish ambition. When a teacher's heart loves selfish ambition, he will always seek the approval of men, rather than the approval of God! So, he will agree with the one's in the congregation that oppose him, for fear that he will loose his position or reputation, and then he will listen to all the lies from the powers of darkness, about how he should, "back off a little, and bring them on slow." Water things down a little.
Instead of getting all the truth, these sheep get only "partial truth." This teacher, or preacher, will seek to make a name and reputation for himself, rather than "say what God says," (and preach all the truth), he will say what the people want to hear, "what the people say that God is saying." This man is a frightened wolf, hiding behind a suit and a tie, or a pair of blue jeans!"
"Jesus answered them, and said, my doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, (have insight and understanding in the truth of God's Word), whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory, (pride wants the attention and reputation), but he that seeketh His glory who sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:18).
You see beloved, deceivers, speak first the truth, and then, (when persecution, and trial, and conflict, and selfish ambition, arise), "they begin to back off and speak 'error,' to cover their own sins which they love, (follow the flesh)."
The "only motive," in a pure heart, will be the fear of the Lord, and a love for Him, that "compels"us to obey and follow Him,..."and preach all, all, all, the truth !
Beloved, do not be "seduced" by.... "charisma," or "good looks," or "religious words," etc... Do not be blinded by ambition. None of these are a substitute for a heart in love with Jesus! The highest calling is still to walk in the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ ! "DON'T BE DECEIVED."
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