History of Religion Series Part 1
The command of God’s word unto believers is, “Grow in GRACE and in the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). And if the Spirit of God is leading us (Romans 8:14), he is going to keep us on God’s order, or he’s going to lead our lives along the lines of the Scriptures, His word.
“Blessed are those which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled,” God’s word also says (Matthew 5:6).
And so, I’ve learned to be watchful, and I have come to see the significant functionality of pastors in the Body of Christ. There is a need for thereof in the body, yet the Bible says, “BEWARE of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). The word says, “We beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you” (I Thessalonians 5:12). Beseech means to beg—eagerly. It means to implore urgently. So, I have come to see that we must be watchful of where and from who we are receiving our doctrine or coming to receive from God because such has an effect and influence upon how we live before God. The Bible says, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. AND IF THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND, BOTH SHALL FALL INTO THE DITCH” (Matthew 15:14). We are to be very conscious of Who we are following.
For this cause, I preface this vid. I began watching this brother’s vids back in 2019, and that is when I began and concluded this here series.
God allows many things. One of the things God permits is counterfeits. This is consistent in both the Old and the New Covenants. He isn’t pleased at all with counterfeits, but he permits them for purposes. “. . . Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul. . . .” (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). “Truly, Truly, I say unto you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters in through the door is the shepherd of the sheep” (John 10:1-2). THIEF “applies to false teachers, who do not care to instruct men, but abuse their confidence for gain.” Robbers is “one who uses violence.” In both the Old and the New Testaments, God permits counterfeits. And this is a time where we are called to be watchful for “many shall come in Christ’s name saying he is the Christ and shall deceive many” (Mark 13:4-6).
Furthermore, in reference to this vid, I was at a former assembly of worship, and I used to would hear the saying, “Family is everything,” and I’d have to sit silently in disagreement and disdain. Such is an erroneous statement of the world, especially when God gave his only begotten Son. . . We must be able to identify the spirit of truth and the spirit of error both inside and outside the church and stand against it. “Family is everything” is a theologically errant notion seen in both the Old Testament, under the theocratic law of Israel, to stone their wayward son (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) and in the New Testament in Christ’s teaching of grace (Matthew 10:34-38; 12:47-50). Christ came to teach grace so that we can worship God in spirit and truth. He came as the fulfillment of the law. And the law plainly disputes that saying of “Family is everything” (Deuteronomy 13:6-11). Christ came to make us so holy and righteous that our righteousness transcends our relationships. This is a point not stated but merely illustrated and subconsciously communicated in the vid.
There is a parable in God’s word in reference to the church of a mustard seed sowed in a field, but once it became a tree, the birds of the air came and lodged in its branches (Matthew 13:31-32). Through understanding the parable, one would see that Christ gave again warning to us to take heed to all of these false doctrines, false men, and ungodliness that shall come to reside also in and among the church. Follow the link below.