Anathema

This morning I was spending too much time on Facebook reading posts commenting, watching videos, all that fun stuff and when I realized my morning had become a bit of a black hole. I stop for a moment to assess what it was I was looking at. I admit I found Great joy in listening to my friend Roger play his keyboard. I got caught up on some news with friends, but The post I spent the most time on was in regards to a false teacher that has captured the minds and hearts of millions of people here in America and around the world. His deceptive teachings are far from the truth of repentance, forgiveness and everlasting life. Both in Galatians and second Peter we are warned about people just like him that will come and pervert the Gospel for their own gain deceiving many. This famous TV personality known as a Christian preacher has perverted the Bible so far that he actually says the apostles were wrong and the Bible is out of date.

2 Peter chapter 2 talks about destructive doctrines. Verse one says, “but there were also false prophets among the people even as there will be false teachers among you who will secretly bring in destructive heresies even denying the Lord who bought them and bring on themselves Swift destruction.” Verse two,” and many will follow their destructive ways because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words for a long time their judgment has not been idle and their destruction does not slumber.”

Verse 3 in the King James Version is even clearer, “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

In the book of Galatians chapter 1 in verse six it says, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel. 7 which is not another but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 but even if we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

This is heavy stuff! This is the place where we need to be wise and diligent in our own study of the Word of God so that we are not deceived!  It is pretty easy when someone comes out and says that the Apostles are wrong and that the bible is outdated to know they are not following the truth but if you don’t know that the word of God is eternal and is just as relevant today, yesterday and forever more, you can be deceived.
2 Peter 2:3 (KJV) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

There is a judgement already in place for the deceivers.

Mark 13:31 (KJV) 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Why would someone claiming to be a follower of Christ not trust in His Word?

Jesus is the Word. The gospel of John is full of teaching that Jesus is the Word of God. John chapter 1 verse 1-3, ” In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God all things were made through him and without him nothing was made that was made.”

John 1:14, “And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.”

Mark 13:31 (KJV) 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV) 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
Those preaching false doctrine or a different gospel are anathema or accursed. This is a strong word.
This word speaks of a person doomed to destruction.

My prayer today is that the eyes of those that are being deceived would shed the blinders and come to the fullness of saving grace in Jesus Christ. That there would be a revival in the understanding of the need for repentance. That God’s people would have a hunger for His Word and desire to seek after those that are lost and lead them on the path of eternal life.

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About Jesus Follower

A Christian for over 30 years I love the study of the bible and the application of it to live a life pleasing to God.
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