I have been writing about the great and final apostasy for many years. There are many examples of nominal Christian (think, Episcopalian) churches succumbing to it. Additionally, we can see the dark orb of apostasy rising in evangelical denominations and certain megachurches. No need to look further than Oprah Winfrey’s list of “awakened leaders” to find a collection of apostate pastors.
However, some people react negatively when I tag one of their favorite leaders as a heretic. But do they really know those individuals? They know only what they see on TV and what they read. I concede that some of them at times preach truth. However, as I have pointed out before, Satan will give you a boatload of truth if you will accept a spoonful of deadly poison. Even the proverbial wolf knows that he must use the skin of a sheep if his deception is going to be successful. And the tare appears as the wheat.
The question arises, “Then how can we know when someone is not of God?” Christ declared that the only way is by their fruit. However, they dispense their bad fruit cleverly, by small increments, and disguised as the “bread, meat, and milk” of God’s truth. Thus, Believers need to develop discernment. When the bad fruit manifests, they should loudly cry, “Wolf!” At the very least they should avoid that individual’s influence. Continue reading
I personally know people that outwardly appear to be Christians, but inwardly they are possessed with false spirits. I could call them a demon spirits, but they do not appear as what one would think that demon spirits manifest as. But then, how do we believe demon possession manifests? Does it manifest as lust? Hatred? Violence? Do we expect a demon possessed false Christian to behave as the man at the Gadarenes?
The Apostle Paul wrote that Satan’s demon possessed ministers appear as “ministers of righteousness”. Christ said that we would only know the false ones by their fruits. They wear “sheep’s clothing” and know how to talk like “sheep”. They can come on Facebook as a true Believers, post like true Believers, take about how persecuted they are for living righteously, and about how they can hardly wait for Christ to return.
These deceivers are all about filling in the blanks in Satan’s full-scale assault on the Remnant. In other words, what the more destructive demons leave after their major assaults, these demonic ones among us are about destroying what’s left over. They slither about sowing discord, propagating slander, dividing, and worming their way into the confidence and trust of new converts or weak Believers for the purpose of separating them from the influence of the Holy Spirit and God’s anointed shepherds. Continue reading
“Modern evangelicalism has surrendered to the world, excused it, explained it, adopted it and imitated it. Young preachers imitate people in the world with a good deal more energy than they imitate the holy saints of God.” A. W. Tozer, Sermon: This Thing Called Christendom.
If this is still true today, then it is necessarily more widespread and potent. No wonder that professing Christians have rejected the spiritual perspective and struggle so vehemently to preserve their comfort zones in the world system. In one breath they will talk about heaven, and in the next breath they reveal entanglement in the affairs of the world system. Continue reading