Warning of Error

June 30, 2017 by missionsandmysticism

  “Our forefathers were far less tolerant than we are, and it is to be feared that they were also more honest. It will be a sad discount upon our gain, in the matter of charity, if it turns out that we have been losers in the department of truthfulness.” Spurgeon

To those who might wonder why we have chosen this public forum to call out Adventures in Missions, the answer is that the teaching at AIM needs to to be exposed publicly because they are public in their teachings.  They are not connected to a local church, nor do they have pastors or elders in authority over what they teach.  Therefore, it is not a local church issue.  

“How did Jesus deal with those who didn’t believe the truth?  How did Jesus deal with those who didn’t believe the truth who were totally religious, who set spirituality at the pinnacle of human experience?  How did Jesus deal with people in religion, religious leaders?  Did He have a conversation?  Or did He issue a condemnation?  Because I just want to do what Jesus did.

Well, clearly Jesus did not engage in post-modern conversation.  He did not deal in some abstract relativistic dialogue on the themes of spirituality, throwing around ideas about God and ideas about Himself as Jesus that were as flexible as rubber.”Confronting error with Condemnation, not conversation

Jesus did not warn quietly in private.  “and in the hearing of all the people he said to His disciples, ‘Beware of the scribes…they will receive greater condemnation.'” Luke 20:45-47

Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matt 7:15

In Acts 20:31 Paul said to the elders of the church, “Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.” 

Tears over what??  verses 29,30 tell us,  “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.”

Paul also warns the young pastor Timothy, of deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. (1 Tim 4:1-2)

Peter warns of false prophets bringing destructive heresies. (2 Pet 2:1-3)

Jude, our Lord’s brother writes his entire letter about false teachers.

John, the beloved disciple, warns also. (1 John 2:18)

Jesus Christ is our model. We should emulate Him if we are redeemed by Him. We share His communicable attributes such as, holiness, (being made holy and one day perfected) love, goodness, justice, righteousness, wisdom.  We do not share His incommunicable attributes.  He alone is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, sovereign.

We imitate His character, teach His Word, and are responsible to rebuke those that contradict it.  We do this because, regardless of who the teacher is, God is concerned that His Word is not mishandled.  We do this because as John Calvin notably said,

“A dog barks when his master is attacked.

I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent”

We care deeply about the impressionable millennial generation as they try to get their feet under them and grow into maturity.  Bad doctrine can have tragic eternal consequences.  “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Gal 1:8)  Accursed means damned to hell.  Jesus spoke of hell more than heaven because He cared to warn those headed there.

It does not make any difference if the one preaching a different gospel is nice, vulnerable, transparent, caring, or compassionate.  In fact, it makes no difference at all.  Even if the apostle Paul or an angel from heaven was speaking error they were to be damned.

The Scripture is reflective of God’s character and we are obligated to defend the truth.  It is a serious business to tamper with God’s Word or to put words in God’s mouth, to the potential peril of eternal souls who have believed a false message. 

Christ was kind and gentle to those that were submissive and responsive to Him, but He did not shy away from rebuking those in opposition to Him.

He called the false teachers of Israel, hypocrites (Matt 23:15, 23, 27), blind guides (vs 16), a brood of vipers (vs 33) and sons of hell (vs 15).  Why? Because in vs 15 Christ says, “you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.”

He was NEVER polite to the false leaders of Israel.  Pronouncing judgement on them because of the eternal consequence of following them. 

While we understand we are all fallen and sinful.  Christ did leave His Word in our hands to defend.  It is loving to speak truth.  It is loving to expose error.  For the sake of eternal souls.  Not everyone who calls Christ “Lord” is known by Him. We write because we care that the truth, while hard to hear at times, is clear.  We pray it is helpful to some that need help to discern the error being taught at Adventures in Missions. 

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  Matt 7:21-23

We are concerned because the saving Gospel in missing and distorted.

We are concerned because leadership promotes other false teachers.

We are concerned because supposed words from God are used to justify false teaching and the direction of ministry.

We are concerned that young, impressionable millennials are being separated from the guidance of their families, the faith of their family and brought under the leadership of men who do not know their Bibles, have an incorrect view of missions, and do not seem to know Christ for that matter.

This is why we write what we do.  We are following Jesus’ example because it is the most loving thing we can do.  Tell the truth and expose error, following Christ’s example.

Continuing from, “Condemnation not Conversation”

“False teachers robe themselves in the garments of God.  They want people to believe that they represent God, that they know God, that they have insights into spirituality and divine truth and divine wisdom, even though they are the emissaries of hell itself.  The apostle Paul in writing to Timothy, helping him to understand ministry in the church said this in 1 Timothy 4, “The Spirit explicitly says that in later times – ” these times “ – some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars.” 

Demon doctrine energized by demon spirits in hypocritical false teachers who lie.

…Never were false teachers more aggressive than during the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It was as if hell amassed its heaviest assault on any one person on the Lord Jesus during those three years… To thwart the gospel purposes of God, Satan unleashed everything he had on Jesus Christ.  And when we ask who were the agents of hell?  Who were the agents of Satan who attempted to thwart the purposes of God?  Were they the criminals in the culture?  Were they the tax collectors, the traitors?  Were they the prostitutes, the thugs, the thieves?  No.  The emissaries and agents of Satan were the most devout, the most religious, the most respected religious leaders in Israel…

False religion never restrains the flesh.  So these people all operate like the worst of the unregenerate, except it isn’t apparent on the surface.  False religion can’t subdue the wretched heart.  That can only be subdued by regeneration, and that only happens by means of gospel truth.  So they are always going to be one thing on the outside and something else on the inside.  Beware of them.  They are not godly.  They don’t have anything spiritually to offer.  They can’t give you anything beneficial.  They are destructive.  They are deadly.  They are dangerous.  Don’t get near them, you’ll get singed, stained.  Stay away… The idea is clear.  If you’re in the wrong religion, you’re going to be condemned. 

If you’re a purveyor of the wrong religion, you’re going to receive a far greater suffering and damnation in hell.  They’re dangerous.  Be warned.  They’re hypocrites.  They’re worthy of condemnation. 

Compassion?  Yes.  Gospel?  Give them the gospel.  Pray for their salvation.  Have a sad heart.  But in the end, we have nothing to learn from false teachers and false religions.  And they must know that they are under sentence of divine condemnation.  They must know for their sake and the sake of those who need to be protected from them…”

“Lord, we can only thank You that this is in Scripture. Were we to speak like this independently of clear teaching of Scripture, it might be more than people could bear. But we know it’s Your mind and Your will because You put it in Your Word. 

Yes, we are sad.  Yes, we weep over those who are part of these false systems.  Yes, we desire mercifully to give them the truth, proclaiming the truth.  Even this message is a mercy to any false teacher who hears it.  But we must warn them of their coming condemnation and we must warn those who might be seduced by them and fall into that same condemnation.

Thank You for this gracious and merciful warning.”

 

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