False Preachers and False Believers are in Our Churches

[Gospel is that we must believe Jesus Christ, with proof that we obey his commandments, for our everlasting life. Any other gospel is perverting the gospel of Christ. The Bible invariably says that we must believe and obey the gospel, in order to escape the vengeance of our Lord Jesus Christ, in flaming fire.]

If you love the truth, continue in God's word; it is His Truth that will make you Free. But beware: God warns Christians about false Christs, false apostles, false prophets, false witnesses, false pastors, false teachers, deceitful workers, and false brethren. These warnings guarantee that false and deceitful workers and believers are hidden among true Christians in our churches. God wants true believers to be wary and to reject false believers, false teachings, and false preachers. But how can we know who they are? Even as sincere as we are, we may be also embracing a false doctrine, or supporting a false worker. And so, how do we know that our own personal beliefs are not false or deceitful?

False teachers will not tell you that they are false teachers. In fact, a false pastor will pretend to be a true pastor, a false prophet will pretend to be a true prophet, a false teacher will pretend to be a true teacher, and so on. In short, a false church will do everything possible to appear to be a true church. But false teachers, even though pretending to be truth, are (in the words of Jesus Christ) wolves in sheep's clothing. They will deceive many. They may have giant auditoriums, popular TV shows, and large followings of loyal (even fanatical) Christians. They will perform signs and wonders so impressive that, if it were possible, they would seduce even the very elect. This means that these false teachers and prophets may even have supernatural powers. From a popularity standpoint, these false teachers will wield tremendous influence and power.

False teachers masquerade as truth tellers; they work hard to make their false teachings appear to be truth. They choose their audience to be the vast majority of common people, select varieties of messages that will attract them or captivate them, pretend to attack a group of false preachers (who may not even exist) to arouse their audience, they have the education to perform well, they are good speakers (even orators), when this is all set, they search the Bible (with the help of computers and programs) to pick up verses or part of verses which is suitable to support the messages which they have prepared, and deliver it to people as if, God has given them the messages to preach. They got you, and if you are intelligent, then they got you for sure, because their messages will appeal to intelligence, but not to the spirit and to the truth of God. If you know the truth of the Bible thoroughly, then you can escape from these preachers. But, they got 90% of church people. How, then, can we distinguish false teachers from true teachers, and false doctrines from true doctrines? If only you wanted to know! The word of God teaches how. Let us study the Word.

1. Where Are The Deceivers?

Christians know about various cults, and know to be wary of ‘religions’ that are based on teachings/writings other than the Bible. What Christians typically don’t suspect, though, are false teachers inside Christian churches who falsely claim to teach the Bible. Of course, Christians may agree or disagree with how various denominations teach their own doctrines as true, and all others are wrong. But they are all wrong, since the purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not taught in any denominational doctrine. But this is very minor and they are just false alarms, whereas the major deception will rob you from eternal life, while they make you to think that you are in the arms of Jesus Christ. Most of the times, they are just preaching stories as gospel or twisting the word of God, and to avoid making a scene, we simply accept and assume our own Bible scholars must be smarter than we are. Remember, though, that Jesus Christ did not love or endorse even the bible scholars of his own time, but called them hypocrites, saying; "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (Matthew 23:13).

Jesus Christ and his apostles repeatedly warned us of the presence of, and the need to be wary of, deceptive workers. In your church, does your minister caution you to be wary of false ministers? Does he teach God’s truth in a way that empowers you to recognize false teachings; and to spot false teachers? If not, your minister may be a deceiver who cannot afford to educate you regarding false teachings, because this exposure would be disastrous for his own ministry! The issue of false teaching and how to identify it is crucial and must not be ignored. These are not my words; they are the words of Jesus Christ regarding false workers.

2. Does God Prefer 'Love and Unity', Instead of 'Dissent and Disagreement?

'If only all Christians would unite together and show the love of Christ to the world, how marvelous that would be!' 'Can't we all just coexist in godly peace and harmony?' This is the prayer and fervent desire of many good, well meaning, loving Christians. But the love of Jesus Christ is somewhat different than this open-armed embrace of tolerance. Matthew 10 says: "34) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." God so loved the whole world, he sent his son to die for them. But the privilege to become God’s sons and daughters is reserved only for those who separate themselves from the unrighteous world. 2 Corinthians 6 says: "14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." So, God wants his people to stand for righteousness rather than for tolerance; he wants us to come out from among the crowd including Christians and be separate – to walk with God rather than to walk with our friends, our church, or our denomination.

3. False Teachings: Planned Deception or Ignorant Deception

Satan deceived Eve with cunning ingenuity in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3 says: "4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:" Then, Eve deceived her own beloved husband without knowing what she was doing. "6) ..., she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." The deceit that occurred in the Garden of Eden continues today, as Satan deceives his followers and they in turn deceive other people. Just as Eve deceived Adam, Satan’s followers today deceive their own loved ones. Sadly, this deception often occurs with the best of intentions, and these false teachers often don’t understand or realize the harm they are doing.

Satan told Eve that she would not die. He also said that, by disobeying God, she would become like God. Even now, preachers teach the same message to their congregations. They teach Christians that they are saved (meaning that they will not be punished with eternal death) even while they continue in sin (i.e., disobedience to God), which is the same as Satan told Eve that she will not die, even if she disobey the commandment of God, by eating the fruit. This teaching is intentional deception – it does not match Biblical teaching. These false teachers don’t mention the eternal consequences of sin; they encourage their congregations and loved ones to continue in sin. They say that these sins are unavoidable and have no consequences –  and they are all forgiven already. This type of teaching is deadly deception.

What is meant by the term ‘Grace’ in the Bible? Ministers define grace as a special privilege awarded to those who claim the name of Jesus Christ for their salvation. They dismiss the Bible’s description of Grace (deeming it too harsh), and redefine it to make it more ‘mainstream’, more ‘palatable’. This contradicts scripture. 2 Corinthians 12 says: "9) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Grace is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ that rests upon a believer in order to strengthen him/her, particularly in times of weakness/temptation. The grace of God is given to obedient (humble) believers to enable them to overcome sin. It is a help to believers in time of need; it is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card that serves as a license to sin, but Grace is the power of Lord Jesus Christ that rest upon a believer in order to strengthen him/her at the weak point of the believer, so that he/she may overcome sin, but not commit sin. Details of grace can be found by a click on this link: "Grace of God"

False workers usually pretend to be good, godly workers. 2 Corinthians 11 says: "13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15) 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." Some of these workers are even possessed by Satan. They purposely twist the Word of God and lie to people as Satan lied to Eve. Some of them are like Eve, serving the cause of Satan without being aware of the mistake they are making. Whether these lies are intentional or not, makes no difference, their consequences will be the same. God says that their end will be destruction.

Most preachers do not know what the Bible truly teaches about salvation. (Click on this link for a detailed explanation of Biblical salvation: "the Salvation according to the Bible.") False preachers preach false salvation, and people are deceived by this false message. Regarding false teachers, 2 Peter 2 says: "18) For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."

4. Good Preachers Or False Preachers?

Consider to take a few sermons preached by your favorite preacher. Compare it to a sermon of Jesus Christ (you may take, for example, a portion of the sermon of the mount). If the purpose and concept of the sermons of your preacher are the same as of Jesus Christ, you have a good preacher. If they are not the same or if there is discord, then you have a false preacher.

A. Tares And Wheat

From Genesis to Revelation, almost all the books of the Bible warn about false workers. Outwardly, these workers appear to serve God; but inwardly, they serve mammon; i.e., they work for the things of the world, for their own personal gain and fame, or (as God says) they serve Satan. They appear righteous, but they are fakes planted by Satan in the field of God (i.e., the church world). They are counterfeit Christians and false workers. Even though the Bible repeatedly warns us of such false workers, these false servants are intermixed with the true servants of God. Christians generally don’t speak up about this or point out these people.

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 13: "24) Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which he sowed good seed in his field: 25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26) But when the blades were sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27) So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in the field? from whence then hath it tares? 28) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this." Satan has strategically placed his people in key leadership and ministry positions in the Church world, and that is why these ministers do not caution their followers about false workers. They do not want to be found out! Some of them may caution you about someone else (perhaps a teacher of Bible truth, or a preacher of another denomination), but such caution serves primarily to hide their own lies they themselves represent. Those who preach clever lies; those who use the Bible to tolerate, permit, justify and/or live with sin are of Satan. Another strategy of these preachers is, to criticize the lies of the other preachers, pretending as if they tell the truth, whereas they are bigger liars than others. Compare their sermon with the sermons of Jesus Christ, then you will know that these preachers are of the devil, the father of lies.

B. The Will Of The Father

There are diverse ministers of God who preach their various messages with love, compassion, excitement, emotion and charisma. They can be very convincing. Could these ministers be false? They might be. After all, Jesus Christ says, in Matthew 7:21: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." The true minister of God is the one who does the will of the Father who is in heaven. The Father’s will for Jesus Christ was that he die on the cross. Matthew 26:42 says: "He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." The Father’s will for the disciples was that they take up their own cross and follow Jesus Christ. Matthew 16:24 says: "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." The will of the Father for a true preacher is to preach the word of God truthfully and faithfully; to further the kingdom of heaven and not to pursue personal gain. Colossians 4:12 says: "---, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God." The will of the Father in Christian ministry is to present the Church perfect and complete in all the will of God. Ephesians 4 says: "11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12) "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" If a minister does not keep himself pure and does not gear his ministry toward making people perfect for the Lord, then the Father in heaven is not the source of his ministry. Though it may be glamorous and appealing, that ministry is of his own making. Most ministers build fantastic, spectacular, masterpiece ministries for themselves, while pretending to work in the name of God. The will of the Father in our personal life, is not fame, wealth, or popularity; rather, it is sanctification, which is moral purity. 1 Thessalonians 4 says: "3) For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4) That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5) Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6) That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7) For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." God does not serve us; but we serve Him. God does not pre-forgive us and authorize us to commit sin; he requires us to live pure, sinless lives in obeying God. We are his creation and we must choose to do his will.

C. Enter By Way Of The Strait Gate And The Narrow Way

As in Matthew 7, Jesus Christ says: "13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." In the first 2 verses, Jesus Christ tells us to strive diligently to enter into eternal life. But false preachers teach that to strive means to seek salvation by works, so they insist we must not strive to obey Christ, the work of our salvation must be done totally by Christ and by him alone, and if we do anything to obtain salvation, it will be works against Christ, and we will be damned in hell. This is opposite to what Jesus Christ has preached. Knowing that his teachings would be twisted and misused Jesus Christ, in verse 15, cautions us to beware of false teachers. He knew that these false teachers would appear outwardly good, but would be inwardly evil, deceptively teaching falsehoods that lead to spiritual death. These false teachings are sugar-coated poison. Beware of them, and be fully aware that the churches are disseminated by messengers of Satan. When Jesus Christ came to the world, there were almost no true servants of God in the temple. Jesus Christ says in Luke 18:8 "... Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" It appears that this time has come and that is why most preachers are false, even in churches.

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5. False Salvation Teachings

Most Christians believe that they are saved since they tell the name of Jesus; they are absolutely certain they will go to heaven. This is big relief to them, since it provides a safe, stress-free alternative to an otherwise scary, uncertain future. Preachers teach that if we believe on Jesus Christ we are saved; it all sounds straightforward and non-intrusive. But, in truth, we all believe in Jesus Christ anyway, don’t we? We also believe that he is the Son of God, that he performed miracles, that he preached the gospel, that he died for us on the cross, that he was raised from death, that he is with God the Father in heaven, and that he will take us to heaven when we die, don’t we? These beliefs, we say, prove that we are ‘strongly religious Christians’. Preachers say we are saved because we believe these things about Jesus Christ. But these same preachers will not probe too deeply to see what kind of lives we live, whether we practice our favorite secret sins, etc. So, is their message, a message of salvation or is it a message of deceit? Preachers quote ‘selected’ scriptures as they preach, in order to validate their preaching. Is it possible to misquote and misapply specific scriptures/verses to support incorrect conclusions? Let’s look at a few examples.

A. Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ

Acts 16 says: "30) Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31) They said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." These verses are taught to Christians as the complete, self-contained, all-inclusive package of requirements that must be satisfied for salvation. It’s an appealing offer; these requirements are fairly easy to satisfy since every Christian believes in Jesus Christ. As a result (according to the way this verse is preached), all Christians are saved and will go to heaven. Note, interestingly, that preachers somehow exclude 'and thy house' from their message of salvation; they play it safe and avoid the questions this raises. Let us look at this verse and study it in its context.

In Acts 16:16-18, Paul cast out a divination spirit from a damsel. In verses 19-22, people took Paul and Silas to the court with false accusations, and the magistrate ordered them to be beaten. In verses 23-24, they beat them; and put them in prison, with their feet locked fast in the stocks. "25) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26) And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 27) And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28) But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29) Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" These soldiers were brutal Roman soldiers of the first century. They knew nothing about the Bible, its laws, its commandments, or its prophecies; neither did they know of the Messiah, sin, grace, heaven, hell, or inheritance in the kingdom of God. They knew NOTHING of God! That being the case, what did they mean when they asked: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

They had just experienced a severe earthquake that shook only the prison, opened all the prison doors, and broke all the chains as well as the stocks on the prisoners hands and feet. All this, yet no one was hurt. It was an unique and strange earthquake. They were scared to death by it. The guard’s immediate response was suicide, but they were spared this fate by the shocking intervention of their prisoners. In this context the terrified guards spontaneously asked these unshackled prisoners: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Their question certainly did not convey the subtle hidden meaning: 'how can we inherit the kingdom of God?' (they knew nothing of this kingdom). A more realistic interpretation would be: 'How can I escape such freak earthquake, or disaster, or even from some angry prisoners, or something similar?' But, it never could be, "how can I be saved from hell?" Preachers hide the truth when they take this verse out of its context, and exploit Christians by intentionally misinterpreting it. They tell Christians to believe in Jesus Christ (every Christian believes in Jesus Christ anyway) then to proclaim they are already saved. They say that salvation is a 'done deal'. But it is not true. We have to do what Jesus Christ us to do to be saved.

Looking again at scripture, in verse 31 Paul and Silas said: "... Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." This is the very first introductory message to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus Christ, yet preachers teach this verse to Christians as the total and complete message of salvation. Further, these preachers instruct their congregations to simply believe and do nothing more, because anything other than simple belief will be ‘works’, and we will not saved by works. So anything more than simple faith will jeopardize their salvation.

Let’s look at this message of salvation in the context of the exact words of Paul and Silas. Acts 16 says: "31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33) And he took them the same hour of the night, ... and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34) ... and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house." It is similar to Matthew 28: "18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." They taught the commandments of Jesus Christ for everyone of them to obey, they all have believed and accepted the preaching of the commandments to obey and were baptized. It is not just "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house", but it is just the heading of the salvation message. But, it is not the complete message. Preachers trick their audience/congregation by telling partial sentence as the complete message and deceive them. Then, the verse says that they shall be saved. 'Shall' denotes salvation in the future. They have believed and took the baptism already. If they continue to obey the preaching of Paul and Silas, that is the commandments of Jesus Christ, they will be saved. It is the message of the passage in its context.

Acts 16:12 says: "And from thence to Philippi,..." The jailor, who asked Paul and Silas: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" was from Philippi, so it is likely he would have become a member in the body of Christ at Philippi. So, let me take the liberty to quote a few verses from the letter to Philippians, just to see what kind of follow-up instructions this jailor received from Paul. Philippians 2:12 says: "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Paul’s letter confirms the necessity to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. It does not say that they were saved already because they believed Jesus is real; rather, it tells the church to work out their salvation by obeying until the end, as they "have always obeyed."

Philippians 3 says: "17) Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18) (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: 19) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. 20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself." Obey Jesus Christ and follow Paul in the same manner that he follows Jesus, but do not follow or listen to the preachers, (18) that are the enemies of the cross of Christ: These are the enemies: (19) whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. These workers are servants of the devil according to scripture. They mind earthly things instead of heavenly things, God says it is shame.

B. Confess The Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 10:9 says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Preachers say that in order to be saved, all we have to do is mention the name of Jesus Christ and believe that God has resurrected him from death. It is that simple. If it is true, every Christian in the entire world and about 70% of Americans are saved and will go to heaven. But it is not true.

Let us look at the context of the passage. Romans 10 says: "12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The context refers to salvation for both Jews and Greeks (Non-Jews). The Jews have not accepted Jesus as Messiah. The Greeks at the time of this writing were Gentiles who knew nothing about the scriptures or about the Messiah. Neither the Jews nor the Gentiles mentioned in this verse were Christian believers. Paul is telling them to accept the resurrected Jesus Christ as their Lord for their eternal salvation. The term 'Lord' means 'Master.'

Let’s look again at the context of this verse. At the time of this writing, Jesus had just been crucified. His death occurred on a cross (a shameful death), and he was killed alongside two criminals, one hanging on either side of Jesus. For a Christian, at this time in history, it was a dangerous act to openly confess faith in Jesus as his resurrected lord and master; an act likely to be met with swift punishment at the hands of the same rulers who had Jesus killed. This is a far cry from today’s Christians mentioning that Jesus Christ is Lord.

When the Jews and Greeks confessed Jesus Christ as their 'Lord', they meant that he was their master and they were his servants (i.e., slaves). But today, when Christians use the term 'Lord,' they think of it as just another name, like Mike, Bill, or Tom. Lord Jesus Christ could mean, 'Lord' is his first name, 'Jesus' is his middle name, and 'Christ' is his last name. But when the Bible says: "call upon the name of the Lord," it is to willingly acknowledge that he is master and become his servant/slave. People argue and debate over whether should we obey Jesus or not, and whether obedience is required for our salvation. If he is truly our 'Lord', there is no reason for this kind of debate, because we will obey him. Further, these verses use the term ‘SHALL BE’ saved. They do not say they ‘just got’ saved, or that they ‘are immediately’ saved, nor is this what these verses mean. Rather, ‘shall be’ means that completing this first step and all subsequent steps specified in scripture will lead to salvation.

Despite these facts, preachers tell Christians that as soon as they confess the name of Jesus Christ and/or confess that he is Lord (whatever ‘confess’ means!) and believe that he is resurrected, they are saved. What is the reason behind this deliberate misrepresentation? Is it not a planned delegation of the souls of Christians to eternal death? We must treat Jesus Christ as the Master of our life (that is what ‘Lord’ means). Simply believing that he will take us to heaven, and calling out him by his first name 'Lord' does not make him our Master; neither will it bring us to salvation. Until we obey him as he is our Master, 'Lord' means as if it is his first name. Only our obedience begins our salvation.

C. Neither Is Salvation In Any Other Name

Acts 4 says: "10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Preachers pick up these verses from scriptures, create a sentence from the underlined portions, and explain it like this: 'God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, gave his name to us, his name is the means whereby we must be saved, and there is no other name for salvation.' Their message of salvation is simple: We must simply claim the name of Jesus Christ, and so doing we will be saved (from hell) and guaranteed to be carried to heaven, as if it is a magic chant word of 'Mantra'.

It is so unfortunate that Christians fall for such a deceptive misrepresentation of scripture. The entire chapter of Acts 3 describes a situation where Peter and John went to the temple and healed a man who was born crippled. After he was healed, he ran around the temple praising God, and people were amazed. Peter preached to them regarding the fulfillment of the prophesy about Jesus Christ. You may read the entire third chapter, but let me quote a few verses: Peter says in Acts 3: "6) Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God."

Chapter four explains that, because the people were so excited, the priests and Sadducees went looking for Peter and John, laid hands on them, and put them in jail. The next day, the authorities questioned Peter and John. Their reply is recorded in Acts 4: "7) And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? 8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole." The priests and Sadducees specifically asked ‘By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?’ Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said that the lame man was healed by the power and the authority that was given by Jesus Christ. Every preacher knows this passage. Knowing its context, then, why do they preach it as the means of eternal salvation, rather than Peter’s answer to his accuser’s questions about a miracle healing? The context has nothing to do with eternal salvation or attaining heaven. To preach that this verse constitutes the sole requirement for salvation is to deliberately twist scriptures to give a false salvation message. This is an intentional deception, yet it is widely taught by preachers. Many people quote this verse for eternal salvation. They are lie on purpose to deceive.

Salvation, which brings eternal life, comes to us through the preaching of Jesus Christ, and the Bible clearly describes it. Salvation comes to a person who, obeys Christ’s commandments. God gives his grace, spirit and power, to all those who strive to obey him, to help them in the path. Salvation is not a gift casually awarded to someone who says the name of Jesus Christ and it is deception.

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6. Deception By Twisting Scriptures

2 Corinthians 11 says: "13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15) 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." These servants of Satan will not escape the wrath of God; they will be punished at the end in the lake of fire. However, they bring damnation to many vulnerable Christians. Let us look at a few examples.

A. Our Righteousness Is Filthy Rags

Most preachers quote Isaiah 64:6, which says "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Then they explain this verse to us by saying that all the righteous acts of a faithful Christian appear as filthy rags in the sight of God. Most preachers likely know this teaching is deceptive, which means they intentionally misrepresent this scripture to deceive Christians. They serve Satan, and they are well paid for the job of deception. Not all such deception is intentional, but even if the same deceptive message is taught from ignorance, the end result is the same; Christians are deceived. Preachers deceive their own as Eve deceived Adam without knowing what she was doing.

To see the true meaning of this scripture, one need only read it in context. "5) ...  behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned. 6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7) And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities." In these verses, though these people were living in sin and iniquities, they didn’t even call upon God. God's wrath was upon them and God had rejected them. They were lost in their sins; the best of their works are filthy – everything about them was unclean. False preachers use this verse to tell the godly people that their righteousness is filthy rags. This is a filthy lie of the devil to mislead God's people. How utterly tragic it must be for true Christians to be falsely accused of their righteousness as filthy rags. And, it is a relief to know that this preaching is a lie and it is from the devil and his servant preachers.

Let us look at the previous verse. Isaiah 64 says: "4) …since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5) Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways." Look here how marvelous are the benefits for the righteousness of godly people! It says that the things God has prepared for them are so marvelous that the human mind cannot even comprehend them! God is waiting to meet them in his second coming to honor these people with these great heavenly benefits. Would a God who welcomes righteous people to an eternity with him in heaven consider the righteous acts of these very same people to be filthy rags? Can you see and understand how tragic it is that these preachers teach Christians that their best acts of righteousness are seen by God as filthy rags? Let me ask you something: How is it that none of these preachers read verses 4 and 5, while everybody reads verse 6? Verse 6 comes after verses 4 and 5, not before. Why is it that they skip verses 4 and 5 to preach verse 6? They are crooked, froward and preach lies intentionally.

Righteousness is gained only by our obedience to God, and righteousness cannot be achieved in any other way. Jesus Christ will not give it to us as a gift; we have to obey him to receive it. Deuteronomy 6:25: "it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us." Romans 6:16: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Clearly, righteousness is a goal prized by God; a goal for which we must strive. The only one way to obtain righteousness is by obeying God. Preaching that Jesus Christ swaps his righteousness for our filthy sins, is insanity and crime against God. Yet, from small preachers to big name theologians, preach this nonsense for their own destruction.

Let us look at another scripture to see how God regards the righteousness of godly people: 2 Samuel 22 says: "21) The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 22) For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. 23) For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. 24) I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. 25) Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight." False preachers say the righteousness of godly people is nothing more than filthy rags, yet verse 25 clearly refers to righteousness as cleanness in God’s sight. Deceptive preachers must repent, stop telling lies, and teach the truth. They do it because they serve Satan, but showing themselves as servants of God. We must reject them and escape from damnation.

If you like details on this topic, click on this link: "Is it Filthy Rag". This video covers the next topic "B" also.

B. None Righteous, No, Not One

Romans 3:10 says: "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Preachers quote this verse and claim: 'There has been and there will be no one righteous in the whole world'. They teach that righteousness is not achievable, even with the grace, power, and presence of God. They point out the phrase: 'no, not one:' definitely includes you and me. The tragedy of this deception is that Christians, recognizing themselves as sinners, sincerely believe that this verse is about them and other Christians. They believe this verse proves that there is no hope to ever become righteous, and that they are inevitably relegated to unrighteousness. Such hopelessness is tragic, but it is a LIE.

Let me correct this misrepresentation and deception by explaining the context of this verse, because its true meaning can be understood only when it is presented in context. It is my sincere wish that you will read these verses in their true context, and decide for yourself whether this matches the one you and your believer friends have been led to believe. Romans 3 says: "10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13) Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14) Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15) Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16) Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17) And the way of peace have they not known: 18) There is no fear of God before their eyes."

These verses 10 to 18 contain detailed descriptions of the unrighteous filthy people. Preachers say this description applies to you, me, and every other Christian. Are you such a person? I can tell you that I am not. These verses describe the characteristics of ungodly atheist criminals, and it is to these criminals that they apply. It is completely unnecessary for preachers to use these words to disparage Christ-seeking Christians. It is completely inappropriate to cite these words as a source of insult for those who are decent obedient disciples, for those who are striving to obey God, or even for those who are converted Christians. Preachers deceive Christians, and this deceit may encourage the lie that continued sin is OK – after all, if you can never be righteous, why even try? This is an inaccurate, inappropriate and devious application of Paul’s message from Romans 3:10, and its improper use falsely discourages Christians from pursuit of a life of holiness and righteousness.

C. All have Sinned

Preachers quote Romans 3: "23) For all have sinned, (past) and come short of the glory of God;" They quote this verse, but will not preach the truth. In one respect, we all have sinned. The deception occurs when they preach this verse as an unending continuance rather than the past. They say that we all are sinners and we will all continue to sin always; but this verse say it as 'all have sinned' that is past. The next verse: "24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Justified here means that we are made JUST, that is righteous, who used to be sinners. So, the group of people in this context has been made righteous, which gives us hope that we can be also made righteous, if we follow the same path. "25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." Here we see, God has been forbearing (i.e., patiently tolerating) with them for the previous period of time when they were committing sin, hoping that they will stop sinning. And, God has forgiven their past sins, as they have stopped sinning, in order to show that God is righteous, because they do not sin now and has become righteous. But, preachers describe unrighteousness as a permanent status and teach that nobody can obey God and become righteous. They thereby deceive Christians and provide them fake salvation. Desperate Christians fall victims to these deceivers and to Satan and are eternally destroyed.

D. While We Were Yet Sinners, Christ Died For Us

Romans 5:8 says: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Preachers quote this verse, then say that we were, are, and always will be sinning. But the verse specifically says "while we were yet sinners." ‘WE WERE YET’ sinners means that: 1) we WERE sinning, i.e., the sinning occurred in our past, so there was an end to it, and 2) since it says that in the past we were sinners, it also strongly implies that we need not be sinners now. What really matters is who we are now; whether we are sinners or righteous people. The message in this verse is that, although we have sinned in the past, we can now live without sinning by the grace of God, and our past sins can be forgiven because Christ died for us. Do pastors just misunderstand this verse, or are they intentionally trying to deceive us?

E. Not By Works Of Righteousness

Titus 3:5 says: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…." Preachers quote this verse and say that God saves us not because of our righteousness, but because of his mercy. But, as always, it is important that we read the verse as it is written, rather than reading it as we wish it to be. Let us accurately read the message in this verse, in its context with the previous verse. "4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Here, we can see two sentences describing two functions or works of Jesus Christ. Let us look at each of the two sentences independently, and see what Jesus Christ has done. 1) "But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done,"; And 2) "but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" In this context, the first sentence says that Jesus Christ has appeared as a man for the whole world, not because WE were righteous (we know that the whole world was not righteous, even though there could be a few striving to obey God, and a few may be obeying God. Jesus did not come because of this righteousness of the world, but ...), but because of the kindness and love of God toward men (the whole world). It is the same message as in John 3:16. Also in this context, sentence two says that he saved US (but not the whole world) because of his mercy (his grace), by the washing of regeneration (purification) and renewing (conversion). It is as in Ephesians 2:1-10. In these verses, it is clear that Christ did not become a man because of the works that we have done. It is also clear, however, that he saves US by purifying and converting, from unrighteousness to do righteousness. It is as a result of his power that makes us to walk righteously until the end. The deception exploited by false preachers is very dangerous for vulnerable Christians, and promotes the idea that it is OK (even necessary) to go on in sins.

F. If We Say That We Have No Sin, We Deceive Ourselves

1 John 1:8 says: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Preachers quote this verse and say that every human being in the whole word will continue sinning until they die. If a living man claims that he, by the power of God, does not sin anymore, preachers will call this man a liar, quoting this verse. Preachers of Satan humiliate and exploit true Christians using this verse.

Apostle John is writing this epistle to new believers. Let us look at this verse in its context. 1 John 1 says: "6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" Here we see, that some of the new believers are exactly like modern Christians, who say that Jesus has fellowship with them, but will keep sinning. They also has done the same thing. They said that they have fellowship with Jesus and keep sinning, that is walking in darkness. So, Apostle John rebukes them in verse 8 for saying this lie. In the next verse he tells them how they can correct it. "7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." He tells them to walk in light, as Jesus Christ is in light, that is not to commit sin, so that their past sins may be forgiven. In verse 8, he tells them that if they do not walk in the light (walking with Christ), and say that they have no sin (meaning that they are saved), it is a lie and it is not the truth. It is truly a warning to Christians of today also. They say this lie because they follow the teachings of false preachers. If you need more information, click on these links. Article: "Deception". Video: "Deception".

G. Apostle Paul And We All Are Wretched Sinners

The Apostle Paul was teaching newly converted Gentiles in Romans 7. During this teaching, he talked hypothetically as if he were a Gentile going through the process of conversion. Preachers purposely select this passage and say that it is not his teaching, but it is his testimony, knowing full well that it is not. The testimony of Paul is delivered in Philippians 3:3-11, whereas the teaching of Paul is delivered in Romans 7. In Philippians 3:6 Paul explains his testimony as follows: "Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." That is, Paul says that, although he was persecuting the Christian church, he was blameless according to the law of the Old Testament. In verse 7 his testimony says: "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ." This verse explains that, after meeting Jesus Christ, Paul also became perfect in the law of Christ, which is the law of the New Testament. Paul was perfect both in the laws and in grace. If you need more information, click on these links for a video: "Romans 7".

Paul was teaching in Romans 7, the path to a newly converted gentile takes to salvation; Paul was not giving his testimony. Nevertheless, false preachers wrongly (and intentionally) say that Romans 7 is Paul’s testimony, in order to mislead believers. They say these verses prove that Paul was a sinner himself. They do this, not to accuse Paul, but to distort the truth so they can teach that sinning against God is okay, since even the Apostle Paul has sinned. Their teaching is deceitful, and it is from Satan. Satan's servants preach this very vigorously.

7. His word is truth

The word became flesh. John 1:14 says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…" As a man, Jesus became grace and taught the word to men. Titus 2 says: "11) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…." Jesus prayed that God would sanctify people by the word, which is the truth. John 17:17 says: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

1 Timothy 6 says: "3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness 4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." Any teacher of the word of God whose teachings are not consistent with these three factors are false teacher. The three factors are: 1) consent not to wholesome words, 2) the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and 3) the doctrine which is according to godliness. According to the word of God, we must reject the preachers, who will not comply with these three conditions.

A. The Wholesome Words

We must not stray away from the truth of the wholesome words of the Bible. That is, the truth must be understood from the perspective of the entirety of the Bible. The Bible does not, within itself, present contradictory truths. A doctrine that contradicts other verses in the Bible is a false doctrine, since it is not consistent with the wholesome words of God. Each verse from the word of God must be understood in context; God placed each verse in its unique location for this specific reason. We must be careful to take from each verse only the meaning which God has intended for that verse. It is deceitful to pick up random verses with an intent to interpret them as a lawyer, who twists truth to favor his clients.

B. Words Of Jesus Christ

Our Lord Jesus Christ was the first person who preached the gospel. Hebrews 2:3 says: ”How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him…." This verse directs us to follow the gospel that was preached by Jesus Christ, rather than making up our own gospel. Despite this scriptural directive, preachers replace the true gospel with the stories about Jesus Christ to divert the attention from the gospel he preached. They preach sermons focused on the messenger, to hide his message that he preached so that we may become free from sins.

C. According To Godliness

There are several doctrines that have been invented by theologians over the period of many years. These false doctrines are shortcuts that pretend to offer an easy path to heaven; a path that avoids the need to fulfill the requirements of God. But, we must acknowledge that nobody can deceive God. True men of God will lead others to godliness by the teaching of Jesus Christ and by the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Any sermon that does not lead a person to godliness (which is holiness and righteousness) is not of God.

D. Religiosity Is Hypocrisy

Scriptures say that if we draw nigh unto God, he will draw nigh unto us. But most of us draw nigh unto him with our songs, praises and worship services, which means that we draw nigh to him by our ceremonies, rituals and our mouths but not with our life. To draw nigh to God means to draw nigh with our obedience in life. Matthew 15:7 says: ”Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8) This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. God hates this hypocrisy. We must forsake this hypocrisy, humble ourselves, and draw nigh unto him.

8. God's Servants are Cast Out from Churches

3 John 1:9-11 says: "9) I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not." So, prominent men of churches will not accept the true servants of God in churches. "10) Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church." They will influence even other churches to cast the true men of God out of churches. "11) Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God." So, do good works of righteousness, if you are of God. Don't worship churches, but worship God. Be righteous and holy. God will gather you to himself.

The above are just a few examples of how false preachers twist scriptures to preach lies that deceive Christians. In John 8:31&32, Jesus Christ says: "to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Continue in his word, which is the TRUTH, and that truth will make you free.

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