“If you want to interpret well and confidently, set Christ before you, for He is the man to whom it all applies, every bit of it.” –Martin Luther
Just this last week, my wife and I along with our sons, were having dinner before going to Charles Dickens’ famous “Christmas Carol.” We were having a conversation with some people about the wolves that are devouring the sheep, namely the false prophets within the American church.
All of the sudden, one of those who was in the conversation said, “I don’t want to speak evil of them.”
“Evil of them?” I said, almost in disarray. “Since when did it become evil to call out the false prophets (Deuteronomy 13) and hirelings (John 10:12) that are, in fact, preaching another Gospel (Galatians 1:8), and leading the sheep astray?”
How opposite that is to the Scriptures (Matthew 16:6).
If they call speaking against evil, speaking evil, they are really defending evil and attacking the good.
Look to what Jesus said,
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” -Matthew 7:15-20
Here you have the American, modern-day Pharisees with their interpretations. In many cases, they are giving their interpretation of Scripture, which counters that of the Holy Spirit’s clear inspiration (2 Corinthians 3:6) and believe me, there are two different languages being spoken of here (Colossians 1:28).
Let’s look to what the Word says.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” -2 Peter 2:1
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Romans 16:17-18
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
“For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 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.” -2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” -1 John 4:1-5
And in Titus 1:13-14:
“This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
The fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). It is not evil to teach men to hate evil, pride, arrogance and the evil way. It is clearly scriptural (Proverbs 8:13). Furthermore, by the fear of the LORD, men depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6).
If you ever want to get angry friends, just sit and have a conversation with someone in the modern-day, American Church that speaks the opposite of what the Holy Spirit teaches through Scriptures.
It is the Christian’s obligation and duty to reprove darkness by being the light (Ephesians 5:13).
The Lord’s Word is good, not bad. If it is bad, it is only bad to the sinner that is being exposed who wants to remain in his/her sins (Luke 12:2).
“ Wherefore the law (which exposes and condemns) is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” -Romans 7:12-14
No wonder why the world thinks love is hate and hate is love (Psalm 109:5; John 15:18), light is darkness and darkness is light (Isaiah 5:20).
These are guilty of teaching hate and not love (Leviticus 19:17; Isaiah 5:20; John 7:7), as if to suggest that it is somehow love to withhold the very message that we are commanded to preach and that is “Repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). This message applies to all of us.
Furthermore, if these professors were truly repentant before God (Acts 20:21; 2 Corinthians 7:10), then they would understand what Scripture states: “And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled,” but they do not (2 Corinthians 10:6).
“Therefore we conclude that all law, divine and human, treating of outward conduct, should not bind any further than love goes. Love is to be the interpreter of law.” –Martin Luther
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” -Romans 13:10
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” -Isaiah 8:20
When it comes to laying the ax to the root of the trees (Dealing scripturally with the false doctrines and there teachers in the Church), they don’t even want to touch the branches lest they should offend someone in fear that they might actually repent and be saved (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:24).
They do their absolute best in circumventing the truths in which they are Scripturally commanded to preach (Matthew 28:20) so that they might avoid persecution and any suffering for the Gospel’s sake (2 Timothy 3:12).
“The Gospel cannot be truly preached without offense and tumult.” ―The Table Talk of Martin Luther
Oh, how many of these types of men and women honor that which I despise in keeping of the commandments of men in making void the commandments of God (Mark 7:13). They are as dead men’s graves where men walk over them and are not even aware of it (Luke 11:44).
Then again, evil men understand not judgment (Proverbs 28:5). How could this be? Go to the preceding verse: “They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them” (Proverbs 28:4).
And yet again, we have been warned that this would take place.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Jude 3-4
Those that fail to preach the whole counsel, law to grace, are simply enemies of the cross.
“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” -Philippians 3:18-19
Doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness are far from these pharisaical reprobates (Romans 1:28) and they wonder why the Church in America is in chaos (Psalm 9:17). Yet, they will be the first to accurately tell you what is wrong with it and, of course, the correction that is needed does not apply to themselves.
Yet, on the other hand, if you would like to see where these heretics will reprove, correct and instruct the indefensible in unrighteousness, just point out their Scriptural errors and they will defend their pet doctrines regardless of what Scripture clearly states, and therein is defined a Pharisee.
“Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” -Proverbs 15:10
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