False Teachers: Are You Deceived or not?

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Nothing is more dangerous then a false teacher of God’s word.  I heard someone say, “A bible in the wrong hands is worse than a man with a gun.”  God warns against deceiving teachers.  For they teach the ways of man not of God.

Some well known ones just during my life time have been:
*David Koresh who thought he was the Messiah and preached it was holy to have many “spiritual” wives in the flesh and in heaven.  
*The Manson Family in around 1967
*Jim Jones was the one who influenced around 900 members to drink poison. 
*The Bhagwan Shree Ranjneesh were a group that for awhile took over a town near where I grew up in Oregon.  
*And I just finished reading the book “The Witness wore Red” by Rebecca Musser who escaped the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  With Warren Jeffs as one leader who was convicted as recently as 2006 for incest and sexual misconduct. Also taught that many wives were his now and in heaven.  which is NOT taught anywhere in the bible as when we are made spirit beings there will be no married people in heaven.  Jesus said that!  

God has warned us that MANY would come claiming they are Christ.  But are false prophets:

2Pe 2:1  But false prophets were also among the people, as also false teachers will be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, and denying the Master who has bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2Pe 2:2  And many will follow their destructive ways, by whom the way of truth will be evil spoken of.
2Pe 2:3  And by covetousness, with well-turned words, they will use you for gain, for whom judgment of old does not linger, and their destruction does not slumber.

They are clever and with deception deceive many.  How can you keep yourself from falling under their spell?  It is important that you remember these facts:
#1 Pray.  Pray that God will direct you to all truth and to not let you be deceived.  Pray this daily.  This is most important. 
#2 Know the word of God.  If you are newly called then it is your responsibility to read and re read the bible. Do not depend on what others “say”.   The bible is truth. God’s True Bible and ONLY the bible. Make sure if you read revisions of King James you always cross reference different versions to see how they compare.  Get a bible study app or just the old Strongs Concordance to study the meaning of  words as you study.  Since you will not know all the word of God for awhile you can still do this.  As you sit in church and listen to those teaching you, make sure what they say is what the bible says.  
My husband at his public baptism

#3 Do not believe a concept from one verse in the bible.  The bible is meant to be used in conjunction as a whole.  Here a little and there a little. You must study the whole bible and not take one verse out of context.  Example.  A verse says in the new testament to greet people with a holy kiss:
Rom 16:16  Greet one another with a holy kiss. The assemblies of Christ greet you.
1Co 16:20  The brothers all greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
1Th 5:26  Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss
 I personally had this happen to me.  I was new to church and had only gone a few times.  One day a man totally unknown to me came to visit from this church. I was uneasy inviting this man into my house but I was trying to learn the ways of God so let him in.  He said it was just to visit and he talked a while.  I do not remember what he said or what I said.  But as he got up to leave he said I should KISS him with the holy kiss.  Because the bible said so. I would NOT!  I gave him some reason and was terribly upset.  I then called my new pastor and told him what this man said and how it made it me feel.  The man did not last long after that in that church.  My point is as soon as you start learning and growing, the wolves will try to manipulate the words of God for their own use to lead you astray.  This man was not wanting a Holy kiss but a sexual kiss of intimacy. A person can give a kiss that is not on the lips and because you care for them.  That is the kind of kiss the bible was talking about.  
A church is not a building.  A church is according to God the people He has called 

#4 NEVER believe a person that tells you , “you cannot understand God unless you go through them”.  That they only can teach you. They may say that and that only their so called ministers can tell teach you.  This is a lie.  GOD will teach you.  There are many wonderful and sincere pastors and leaders but there are so many who are out for what they can get from you.  Some are power hungry.  Some our deceived into thinking they only are the TRUE and only leaders to teach God’s children.  Jesus Christ is your only true mediator.  Through Christ you are lead to understanding.  And that through His word. 
Another example.  
My grandparents where newly baptized.  They belonged to a new church that was very “legalistic”. My grandfather loved the bible and was getting the literature from this church.  So one day a neighbor asked some questions and one thing led to another and Grandfather lent the man a booklet from the church.  Later when some of the leaders of that church came by , of course grandfather mentioned they gave this man a booklet.  (I may have some of the story wrong but the meaning is the same) Long story short a argument came out because they did not like that he lent the booklet without their permission and soon they disfellowshipped my grandparents.  This is NOT what CHRIST would do. Grandfather knew his bible.  He knew they had a lot of truth but they missed who was the Church and who was in charge and it was not those ministers!  They wanted full control over every member.  They wanted to dictate what to eat, to the point of checking the cupboards for white sugar, or any church regulated bad foods to eat.  Again this just showing that unless you know God and who He is -you will not know what is right or wrong behavior for church leaders.  Church leaders, pastors are your guide.  They are human with human weaknesses just like you and I.  They are not all knowing all perfect humans any more than we are. 

 But I do respect those who God has put into position to teach!
The key here is “GOD” put there. And you will not know except by their fruits! Their actions, and their speech must line up with the word and actions that Christ modeled for us. 

This now brings me to this book.  “The witness wore red”.  That book greatly disturbed me.  I had to read it after I started.  I wanted to know why so many people would put up with so much evil.  
#1 Most were born into a way of living that dictated certain things. They did not know any other life style and because they were brain washed to thinking everything outside of their compound was evil they were afraid to even look at any other teaching. 
#2 Fear Based rule!  The leader and others he appointed dictated they were HOLY and they ruled.  They used the bible verses but only the parts that suited them for their purposes . They taught from their own writings not whole bibles.  
#3 Prisoners.  They thought the leaders were protecting them from all harm when in fact they were walled in, dictated  and laden with harsh rules so as to keep them from seeing what the truth was! 
These men were marrying young girls are young as 14.  All the men were to marry many wives, give all their property, homes and most their money.  They were commanded to have many children and their children were married off to who the main man or his appointed leaders said they were marry.  Most of this was political plans for power among the men.  Sexual abuse were going on in the “temple” and in homes.  Abuse and beatings happened.  If you want to know about what techniques can be used to manipulate others read the stories of the false teaches and self proclaimed prophets .  This book is a eye opener..  but one must first know the word of God before you can see the lies, deception and rule they use.  

Remember the saying, “if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything”.  That something you stand on needs to be the words of God that Jesus Christ brought to the world when He was here. It was written for us to read and understand if we so choose.  Otherwise you will fall for any evil that comes looking like it is love when in fact it is evil at its worst. 

Ref. about having wives in heaven:
Luk 20:34  And answering, Jesus said to them, The sons of this world marry and are given in marriage.
Luk 20:35  But those counted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage.
Luk 20:36  For they are not able to die any more; they are equal to angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
"Follow the path toward the light. For the light reveals and behind you the darkness conceals"

There are many verses in the bible that are used to get sincere people to do things FOR the ones demanding them.  Tithing is something we will do if we want to follow the examples of God’s way of love.  The purpose is to give back to others what God has given to us.  We may earn the money but God himself made it so you can earn it. But deceivers and those not spiritually mature will demand you give certain amounts to them.  If you do not they will use demeaning speech or actions to get you to feel guilty so you do.  They in turn use this money for a luxury way of living for themselves and those in power with them.  A good church and leader will use the money mostly for the help, and good of those in need.  
Tithing is by God’s definition to be given from the heart. Not because you are commanded to do so but because it is your good pleasure to give.  This leaves you with the decision to decide when and how much.  A min of a good steward would be 10 percent of what you have earned.  You earn 50.00 you pay $5.00 to help others.  It can be to the church that feeds you spiritually or to charities in need where you know it is helping feed the poor and and needy.  
The thing is, if all the people only do what is commanded of them and do not use their own mind to give then it is not as God commanded.  It is not from the heart and has not accomplished the intent of the law.  That law is love.  God does not need your money.  God does intend to see you grow spiritually to the point where your character has grown so much that you are past just giving 10 percent because the law  said so- but in freedom of Christ you give 15 or 20% now because you just love to give and help others.  You are so thankful for Gods love and providence you give out of a thankful heart.  THAT is TRUTH! That is the fulfillment of the law!  

Mat 5:17  Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to annul, but to fulfill.

As you go forth into the days ahead.  Do not be deceived.  Know the word of God.  Know God!  Know His love and ways so you are not lead astray with new teachings that are not according to his teaching.  The world is fast becoming expert at deceiving and leading others astray.  We cannot prevent this.  We CAN stand at the house of the Lamb in truth and not be moved!!  

Some other verses for you to read:
Jer 14:14  And Jehovah said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I did not send them and I have not commanded them, nor did I speak to them. They prophesy to you a false vision, and a worthless divination, and the deceit of their heart.
Lam 2:14  Your prophets have seen false and foolish things for you; and they have not revealed your iniquity in order to turn back your captivity. Yea, they visioned for you burdens of falsehood and seductions.
Mat 7:15  But beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inside they are plundering wolves.
Mat 7:16  From their fruits you shall know them. Do they gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Mat 7:17  So every good tree produces good fruits, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruits.
Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot produce evil fruits, nor a corrupt tree produce good fruits.
Mat 7:19  Every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and is thrown into fire.
Mat 7:20  Then surely from their fruits you shall know them.Mat 7:17  So every good tree produces good fruits, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruits.Mat 7:20  Then surely from their fruits you shall know them.
Mat 24:11  And many false prophets will be raised and will cause many to err.
Mat 24:24  For false christs and false prophets will rise up. And they will give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Mar 13:22  For false christs and false prophets will be raised, and they will give miraculous signs and wonders in order to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Luk 6:26  Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers did according to these things to the false prophets.
2Pe 2:1  But false prophets were also among the people, as also false teachers will be among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, and denying the Master who has bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.
1Jn 4:1  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.

and also. 

 Like I touched on above.  Deceivers use many verses in the bible to deceive .  For instance.  Marrying many wives is not something God instituted.  Man did.  If you are going to grow in the fulfillment of the laws than you will know that God created them as ONE man and ONE wife.  God did not create one man and many wives.  He could have!  He did not and for a reason.  The marriage or sexual union between the man and wife was to show the spiritual  union of God with humanity.  This union is not about sex but about united in spirit and deed. This union then is HOLY for God is Holy and His intent is HOLY. 
 Love and cooperation.  Unity.  Harmony. 
And what about divorce?

Mat 19:3  And the Pharisees came near to Him, tempting Him, and saying to Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every reason?
Mat 19:4  But answering, He said to them, Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning "created them male and female"? Gen. 1:27
Mat 19:5  And He said, "For this reason a man shall leave father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." Gen. 2:24
Mat 19:6  So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Mat 19:7  They said to Him, Why then did Moses command to "give a bill of divorce," "and to put her away"? Deut. 24:1
Mat 19:8  He said to them, In view of your hardheartedness, Moses allowed you to put away your wives. But from the beginning it was not so.
Mat 19:9  And I say to you, Whoever shall put away his wife, if not for fornication, and shall marry another, that one commits adultery. And the one who marries her who was put away commits adultery.

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