Is God dead?

April 29, 2016

the old pine box

 

Many of the current teachings on spiritual warfare promise great benefits to the church if they are followed. They promise a great hope in the area of evangelism—the greatest ingathering of souls in the history of the church. They also promise believers greater freedom and increased spiritual power. Unfortunately and tragically, when these teachings are examined in the light of Scripture, this new spiritual warfare seems closer to fitting the description of the final apostasy during the end times of the church age. In addition, the new spiritual-warfare theology increasingly appears to fit the description of the false religious system headed by the false prophet in the coming Tribulation.

 

Apparently, Satan and his demons are giving many advocates of the new spiritual warfare the types of “power” experiences they are seeking as a means to deceive them. Because these advocates tend to emphasize only the demonic realm (and that from a false perspective), they are open to Satan’s attacks in the realm of the flesh and, especially because of lack of discernment, the influence of the world system and its false teachings.

 

 

The apostasy of the last times during the church age leads up to and helps prepare the world for the coming false religion during the Tribulation. As we look at some of the passages describing characteristics of this final deception, many aspects of the new spiritual warfare apparently are increasingly similar to the characteristics of this coming false religion. Notice that these attributes that we are about to list could be called “occult sins.” The false teachers are not noted for wanting to take away from the Word of God by denying God’s Word, as evil as that error is, but for wanting to add to Scripture in the name of the Lord.

 

In Matthew 7:21–23 our Lord says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ ” will enter the kingdom of heaven” (v. 21a). This statement is followed by the response of the people who are condemned, who boasted of three activities that they thought should qualify them to go to heaven: “Did we not “prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” (v. 22). These are the very areas in which the new spiritual warfare claims achievements, and are major emphases in many of the teachings found within the new spiritual-warfare movement. However, our Lord’s sobering reply was a command to depart from Him because “I never knew you” (v. 23). According to Christ, true spirituality is evidenced not by power signs but by genuine Christian character (v. 20).

 

 

In 2 Corinthians 11:13–15, Paul warns believers that Satan and his demons are subtle and seductive in their dealings with Christians. Demons are able to disguise themselves as angels of light and servants of righteousness. Many people who are involved in the new spiritual-warfare movement give lip service to this notion, but they seem open to information learned from any experience with the supernatural realm or any person who claims to speak in the name of the Lord no matter how much his teachings and lifestyle differ from those of the Bible.

 

Next time you hear a preacher say; “the bible says”, look it up and see if it really does say that, and not from some sleazy version like the Message bible or Dakes, or if they really talk about repentance, which is a dirty word because it implies you can actually be wrong.

 

And let’s go for broke here, the magazine Christianity Today says that God has chosen Max Lucado to be the replacement for Billy Graham, if that’s true, then God is probably actually dead.  (go ahead and stone me).

see I do pick on someone other than Joel Osteen and Benny Hinn.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

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