A Lake Of Truth/ A Pint Of Poison

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  • September 16, 2014

Ah the last days….it’s what we’ve all been anticipating! Jesus is coming back for a pure and spotless bride! Glory! Glory! Glory! It’s like waiting in line to see a movie that you have long anticipated! So there you are waiting in line and you’ve just been informed that you will have an extended wait. You will be standing in line for a total of 2 hours. But it will be so worth it! (Let’s imagine that it is the latest Christian movie heralded to change the hearts of everyone to the pure truth) You can’t wait to be filled with the pure Gospel, presented finally in a big budget production on the “Big Screen”..

So anyway………..Back to the movie lineup……You’re talking to your friend who you have come with (or your spouse or mother or whatever) and you hear this voice telling you that just down the street, they have a special airing of the very same movie, and there is no waiting and the price is half of what you are preparing to pay! You are promised that it is the same product, no waiting, and half the price! Wow what a deal! What a promise!

Can you relate to this scenario? This is the state of the Christian church today as I see it! We have been so programmed by the world system that our discerners have become dulled and unable to work properly! Look around at the fallen Christian leaders of late. Why has the church been so duped? Why have people flocked from all over the world to get a touch of god (little ‘g’) from these media-centered so called “moves of God”, that turn out to be ‘anti-Christ’. When one of these events takes place in a certain area (usually North America) everyone gets “on fire” to go and get their lives changed (instantly) by the laying on of hands! When you try to discuss the event with people who are hotly pursuing this ‘latest move’, you find yourself facing an aggressive accuser who starts to call you a “heresy hunter”, “religious”, or some other non-flattering label!

The enemy loves all of this! He is sowing discord, but more than that he is designing his latest “doctrine of demons” to suit the current culture that he has masterminded in the first place. He is like the ultimate merchandiser, who first of all…..creates the desire…..then the need…..then the availability…..at the right price. It is a formula set to ensnare and capture our imaginations! It has worked so well for the ages….why would he change his tactic? So what is he sowing today that people are gobbling up at an unprecedented rate? I’m glad you asked?

He is not presenting an obvious, blatant, blasphemous gospel! No one would go for that! No Christian would allow him or herself to be duped into believing that kind of doctrine! So……what is happening? He is presenting the true gospel with just a little twist in it to render it a futile exercise! Oh……make no mistake…..it sounds good……it is based on truth……it is even Biblical to a point…..but there is a snake in the grass folks! Many people today have been spoon-fed for so long that they have never explored the “Things of God” for themselves! It seems that, unless someone else chews the information up and then feeds it to them….they are like helpless babies who have not grown up enough to chew it for themselves!

It says in Hebrews, “ Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Heb. 5:11-14) NASB

Where is all of this pointing to specifically? There are numerous “doctrines of demons” being disseminated throughout the world today! Hold on though…….don’t think that they are going to be so obvious that you are going to be able to nonchalantly spot them easily! You will not be able to see through the delusion without having the continual monitoring of the Holy Spirit! He needs to keep us constantly updated on the latest viruses running around out there trying to capture any unsuspecting victim! Now if we agree with Hebrews that we have not yet become capable of eating solid food and we have not practiced enough, to have our senses trained and tuned to discern good and evil…..we are ready of the picking, wouldn’t you say?

What kind of deceptions am I talking about? Well…..someone sent me this video with a minister on a subway telling us about Moses, and Jesus and quotes from the Bible with this mystical music droning throughout his discourse. What he said sounded alright! I could see how many would be swayed by the style of the message! It sounded good! It made sense! I did not really see anything that I could say was blatantly wrong! But the alarm bells were going off inside me! There were warning bells and intruder-alert blasts sounded strongly in my spirit! Now I am faced with a dilemma! There is a conflict going on inside of me that needs some conflict resolution strategy in order to offset the competing ideas seeking dominance! This is really the place where the “Rubber Meets the Road”. This is the place where we have to move out in the spirit and seek the only One who has the answer to all questions! We have to come before God to move into what may be a new place for some…..that intimate place where every answer is revealed and every problem has a solution! It says in James that we have to take the first step! “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) He is waiting for us to move, according to the Scriptures! Mmmmm….this may be something new but that is the place where God is.

We need to ascend in prayer to discover the answers from Him! Will we make mistakes? Yes! Is it possible for us to be deceived by our flesh? Yes! Is it possible that we will miss it completely? Oh course! But God will direct us through these things to help us to learn how to maneuver in the spirit and in faith. Mistakes should not deter us from pressing on! This is called “Being Spirit-Led”. We also need to have connections with those who understand these things and can help us in times of confusion and discouragement! We need to be very careful that we do not end up in outer space in our ideas as we explore the new ways that God is moving us into. We need to be careful that we do not become prey to the spirit of lawlessness lurking about seeking whom it may lead astray! But WE NEED TO MOVE! We have been stagnant for too long now, and complacency has stricken us with slothfulness! Lukewarmness has captured our imagination as being normal and acceptable!

“The thought of procrastination is murder to the soul.”
– Charles G. Finney

So to sum it all up…..there are many ‘doctrines of demons’ out there selling their wares on the internet, local churches, books, music, videos, and other electronic entertainment tools that are selling counterfeit goods! Buyer Beware! If you hear teachings that avoid “repentance, dying to self, getting real with God, and other non popular teachings” and they speak loudly about being blessed, prosperity, swimming pools, airplanes and all manner of other fleshly desires…..STAY CLEAR!…..mayday…..mayday!

What seems even more dangerous these days are the prevailing philosophies that dissect the Bible and begin to question various foundational ideas like “the virgin birth, the doubt about God being 3 beings in One, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that the Bible is not the inerrant Word inspired by God, or things like…..the world really wasn’t made in 6 days….that is a metaphor. How about “Homosexuality is alright with God”. What about “Abortion isn’t really murder”, and so many other logical sounding concepts that make a lot of sense to our natural senses! Beware! Beware!

Here’s a direct quote from a well know minister….“It is not possible to simply do what the Bible says”. What about this one….”The Bible was written by man and has been changed so many times…..take it with a grain of salt. These types of things obscure the truth without really attacking it directly! We need to be vigilant in this hour! How about reducing Christ Jesus to a social reformer–little more than a cause to live for as one fights poverty, aids, social injustice, etc.

This is very dangerous stuff that attacks the very foundation of our faith! It tries to bring the power of the Gospel down to a human level. Many are trying today to reduce the offensive stuff in the Bible in order to bring into the church in droves. For what…to become seduced into thinking things are alright now because they have said the “sinner’s prayer” which by now we know is not in the Bible! More deception on the rise! It is time to put a stop to the apostasy that is in progress all around us if we could just see it spreading like a cancer to the unsuspecting victims, about to be swept away!

We represent Jesus and though many think that He was meek and mild….He was militant in defense of the pure truth without compromising one single word or thought! He was so steadfast that people everywhere found Him offensive! He attacked the spiritual pride so prevalent all around Him in the religious pastors of the day! We need to beware of becoming Pharisees who are hypocrites. We do not want to become people who say one thing and do another! “Everything that can be shaken will be shaken!”

Finally….be careful what you accept as pure and be on guard for counterfeit doctrines of demons masquerading as the “real thing”. It will fool a lot of people but do everything you can to keep your feet out of the quicksand of deception! Many will go there….but keep your feet from slipping! Stay sweet with God and merciless with evil! Love the good and hate the evil reflected all around you, and in your own life .
“ Be of sober spirit,be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. ” 1 Peter 5:8-10 Remember that “You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:37)

Here is a quote from the book, “Eve of Destruction (Is There Hope for America) by David Cerullo. After writing this Epistle, I turned to this section of the book. It seemed to tie some facts into this Epistle to give it more meat to chew on. I had no idea that the disease had already spread this far!
“Just consider these facts about today’s “born again” Christians:

· 80% agree with the statement, “The Bible teaches that God helps those who help themselves” (not in the Bible)
· 49% agree that the “devil, or satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil
· 39% maintain that “if a person is generally good, or does enough good things for others during their life, they will earn a place in heaven
· 30% claim that “Jesus Christ was a great teacher, but He did not come back to physical life after He was crucified”
· 29% contend that “when He lived on earth, Jesus Christ was human and committed sins, like other people”

And remember that these people are people who say they are “born again”
A recent Harris Interactive poll suggested 42% of US adults are not “absolutely certain” there is a God. Where do you stand on the issues of this Epistle? Has the slippery slope of doubt and disintegration of the truth began to take a hold on your mind? Shore up the banks and push back the lies of the enemy! He has taken enough casualties! Refuse to shrink back Warriors! Push back the gates of hell in your life and in those you love, and they will stand against you. Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not stand against you. Go forth and conquer! Shalom! Shalom!

Rob and Jody Reid

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