Summary: We are entering into perilous times as believers and need to be aware of the season & dangers that are clear and present.
7 Great Lies in the Church Today Nov. 17, 2013
A Video from Youtube on Atheist Mega-Churches.
1 On Sunday, gathering like this happened in San Diego, Nashville, NY, & other US cities.
a Trying to raise $800,000 to start congregations all over the world.
b 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (NASB) 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
2 After last Sunday’s message I felt there was still meat on the bone.
B In North Korea on Sunday, Nov. 3. 80 people were executed.
1 Taken to stadiums, tied to a pillar, bag over their head & shot dead by machine gun fire.
a Reason: Watching South Korean T.V. possessing pornography, & possessing Bibles.
b They were shot before 10,000 witnesses!
2 N Korea mixes Marxism with the worship of N Korea’s founder Kim II Sung & descendants.
C We are entering into perilous times as believers and need to be aware of the season & dangers that are clear and present.
1 We must know what we know & why we know it.
a False teaching creep in for two main reasons:
aa A Biblical truth is taught to the exclusion of other biblical truths, producing imbalance.
bb A Biblical truth is taught in an exaggerated way, often going beyond what the scriptures teach.
b When either of these happen, the flock is left vunerable & exposed.
2 Paul warned us
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NASB) 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
a Today, churches in America as a whole, are dangerously close to embracing such myths.
b Before we lose any more souls, it’s critical we identify the 7 greatest lies that have infiltrated the church and have led to a very dismal state.
I An overemphasis of prosperity.
A Carnal prosperity preaching encourages God’s people to seek after riches/money/wealth - or to seek after God for the purpose of riches.
1 Often, preachers & those who follow their messages will look at your clothes, car, house to judge your spirituality.
a Prosperity preachers will back their prosperity messages with scriptures like...
aa The covenant God made with Israel.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 8, 11-13 (NASB)
1 "Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 "All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God:8 "The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you.11 "The LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 "The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 "The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully.
bb (Give alot, work hard, faithful to God, blessing will come your way.)
Psalm 112:1-3 (NASB) 1 Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NASB) 9 Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.
cc Luke 6:38 (NASB)38 "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
b Paul wrote about financial principles of sowing & reaping.
1 Corinthians 9:11 (NASB) 11 If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?