Summary: How a Christian can avoid deception from the pulpit
There are indeed mockers of Jesus Christ living among us who continue to walk after their own ungodly lusts. Jude tells us that they do not have the Spirit of God living in them. Unfortunately, some of these mockers have infiltrated the pulpits of our churches. The church has got to be so careful when it comes to allowing someone to come in and speak. It would be totally ludicrous for me, or anyone else, to allow someone who claims to be a minister of the Word to stand behind this pulpit without first checking them out.
By way of introduction into my message, and to show you exactly what I am talking about, listen to a few quotations from some very popular television evangelists. See if you can pick out the heresy behind what is being said. Some heresies are very noticeable. In some cases, it sounds so much like the truth that you can’t really tell.
“I don’t think anything has been done in the name of Christ that, and under the banner of Christianity that, has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition.”
“For once a person believes he is an ’unworthy sinner,’ it is doubtful if he can really honestly accept the saving grace God offers in Jesus Christ.”
“I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is…The biggest one is God… I mean, He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least--that’s a big loss, man. . . . Now, the reason you don’t think of God as a failure is He never said He’s a failure. And you’re not a failure till you say you’re one.”
“God can’t do anything in this earth realm except what we, the body of Christ, allow Him to do. Now that statement is so--that’s so--that’s so foreign and so contrary to tradition that, like I said, if they could get their hands on me right now most evangelicals would burn me at the stake and dismember me and feed me to the crocodiles, because they’ll consider that statement to be just heresy.”
“Adam, as I said, gave it [the earth] away to the serpent, to the Devil. As a result of it, he got his behind kicked out of the garden. He went out of Eden, out of the garden. He began to wander around, and he has troubles from day one. Now God was out of the business. God was out of the earth realm. God had no more stock in this earth realm. No more. None at all. Nothing He could do. Not a thing in the world He could do. . . .The only way God could get back into this earth realm, He had to have an invitation. Ha-hah! He had to have an invitation. And so, God looked around--saw different men, saw Noah, saw different ones. He gave them a few instructions. They did what He said. So and so and so and so. But, finally, He got to a point where He had His plan ready for operation. And He saw a man named Abraham.”