My list is a bit different. Currently, I believe the greatest deceptions keeping ‘ONE’ from happening “that the world will know” (John 17) are:
- Once-saved-always-saved / “only believe” / “It’s hard to lose one’s salvation” — “the way can’t really be ‘narrow,’ in which we must abide in Christ to be right with Christ,” having clean consciences
- “Christian” Zionism — Follow Talmudic, anti-Christ Israel to get blessed
- Feminism = rebellion to the way God designed us, and to what He specifically told us. Feminism may largely be responsible for deceptions #1 and #2 being mainstream today, destroying the church and our country, while we demolish others. Paul’s words have been shunned, as society affects the church, instead of the church affecting society. We need to get back to God’s order — life in the Son!
Lower on my list are these false beliefs and practices:
- “Christians” James-3 cursing Christians from the heart (v. 14) is not taught or obeyed. James-3 cursing is a silent epidemic!
- Ignorance of the role demons play in controlling “Christians” and driving sin
- “Overseers don’t need to actually be ‘blameless,'” as Paul clearly stated
- Jesus’ directive and Paul’s practice (Acts 24:16) to reconcile is not obeyed — “People can reconcile in heaven” instead
- Jesus’ greatest two commandments aren’t really commands
- Pre-trib rapture – escapism
- Ephesians 4:11-16 holiness standard no longer taught or practiced
- Truly prophetic people are shunned
- NIV, LB, NASB, ‘The Message,’ etc. are false Bibles based upon corrupted Egyptian manuscripts that have removed Romans 8:1B and many more texts important for sound doctrine
- Worship leaders and musicians who do not worship in Spirit or in truth
- “Christians cannot be under ‘condemnation,’ only ‘conviction'” (false interpretation of Romans 8:1)
- “The fear of God is only reverence”
- “God is only love.” Paul’s Romans 11:22 balance completely ignored, as well as dozens of NT warning verses!
- Immodesty – The Low-Cut Top Epidemic and guys letting themselves look, opening doors to lust demons, instead of BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT as we are ‘ONE’ with each other in Christ “that the world will know!” (John 17)
- Hebrew Roots movement. Paul wrote an entire book of the Bible, Galatians, to warn about the Judaizers, whom he strongly condemned. The word of God is being intentionally ignored, as Galatians is crystal clear.
- Jesus’ and the Holy Spirit’s directives on divorce and remarriage shunned. “Whatever feels good do it.” “The Holy Spirit and New Testament don’t need to be obeyed. “God forgives anything even when people don’t repent.”
“For The TIME WILL COME when THEY WILL NOT LISTEN to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves TEACHERS AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS; and will TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and turn aside to FABLES” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)
6 False Teachings Bringing Deceptive Darkness Into the Church
Since that very moment in the Garden of Eden when a single bite shattered the harmony of the world, man has tried to make his own way, be his own master, and set up his own kingdom. It’s nothing new.
Nevertheless, if we want to be faithful followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this day and age, we must be alert and ready to boldly stand against the spirit of the age that seeks to modify the message of Christ, undermine His power to set us free from sin, repaint Christ’s picture to make Him more acceptable to a wayward generation and rewrite the gospel to remove the offense of the cross.
For the last 2,000 years, the church has been plagued with heresy after heresy seeking to tame the gospel, and today is no different. Here are just a few of the popular beliefs in our current culture that threaten to infiltrate the church:
- Universalism: the belief that all people will be saved or that all ways lead to God and eternal life. Many who subscribe to this theology claim that, for instance, Christians and Muslim worship the same God.
- The Prosperity Gospel: the belief that God’s primary concern is for believers to be healthy and wealthy. If Christians are sick, suffering or poor, it is because of sin or a lack of faith.
- The New Age Movement: a belief system of Eastern influence that emphasizes universal tolerance and doing what feels good (moral relativism). It contends that man is divine and can create his own reality and identity.
- Legalism: the improper use of the law described in Scripture to try to attain or maintain salvation. Legalism also fosters judgment of fellow Christians for not adhering to one’s own ideas of holiness rather than encouraging them to imitate Christ, obeying God’s standards as explicitly outlined in Scripture.
- Hyper-grace: the overreaction to legalism, resulting in abuse of God’s grace. Believers find themselves drawn to the modern hyper-grace movement because they are looking for freedom not just from legalism, but also from God’s standards.
- The Emerging Church: a movement that claims to be Christian but employs culturally sensitive methods to make the gospel more palatable to a postmodern culture. Jesus’ life is treated more as an allegory or narrative rather than a true event. Of particular concern is the inclusive approach to various belief systems, an emphasis on emotions over absolute truth and the notion that there is no hell, judgment or need for forgiveness. The Emerging Church movement also glorifies honesty and confession, but without repentance.