The Redacted Christ – Part Seven
We are now investigating the words of Christ speaking through Peter who gives us a stern warning concerning the apostasy within the Church and why and how they turn away from the truth and are turned unto fables, one of which is FALSE SALVATION DOCTRINE.
“But there were false prophets also among the people (of Israel),
EVEN AS THERE SHALL BE
FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU (THE CHURCH),
shall bring in DAMNABLE HERESIES
EVEN DENYING THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM,
and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And
MANY (THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS)
SHALL FOLLOW THEIR PERNICIOUS WAYS;
by reason of whom THE WAY OF TRUTH
shall be EVIL SPOKEN OF.”
(2 Peter 2:1-2)
We will now examine the issue of the GREAT STEALTH used to bring in a totally look-alike gospel that the millions of Christians embrace that leads them to eternal ruin:
“WHO PRIVILY SHALL BRING IN DAMNABLE HERESIES”
Notice that it says they PRIVILY bring in damnable heresies. A heresy that is damnable is any heresy that if EMBRACED AND BELIEVED TRUE, WILL LEAD TO YOUR UTTER RUIN. It will pose as the “way to heaven” but will lead to hell itself. The word for “damnable” is ‘apolenia’ and it means UTTER RUIN OR LOSS, OR ETERNAL DAMNATION, PERDITION. The root of the word is ‘appollumi’ and it means TO DESTROY FULLY, TO PERISH.
Peter is also very direct about where in church doctrine the false teachers will strike: SALVATION DOCTRINE. That is why these heresies are damnable if embraced! They are ERROR FILLED DOCTRINES ON SALVATION, THAT IF BELIEVED, LEAD YOU INTO ETERNAL RUIN. We are talking of the eternal destiny of millions of human souls! It stands to reason that Satan is going to oppose Christ on the ONE WAY CHRIST GAVE US TO ENTER IN TO UNION WITH HIM. He said we are to enter in at the strait gate and walk the narrow way unto life. Jesus only gave us ONE WAY, and so that ONE WAY will be singled out for attack:
THE ENTIRE ATTACK WILL COME AGAINST THE NARROW WAY!
These teachers who APPEAR to be AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN ALL RESPECTS, will bring in A GROUP OF HERESIES THAT SWEEP THEMSELVES AND MILLIONS OF THEIR FOLLOWERS INTO ETERNAL LOSS FROM WHICH THEY CAN NEVER EXTRICATE THEMSELVES. These teachers will slowly introduce a whole new doctrinal concept of salvation and how one obtains it. To alter these doctrines will take time and the use of slow but sure REDEFINITION OF TERMS. The definitions of faith, grace, works, legalism, repentance, conversion and regeneration will one by one be changed over a period of time. The changes will be small, argued over, debated and finally become the ACCEPTED TRUE DEFINITION. These are the issues of salvation. If these issues are not properly understood, you are in serious trouble, for Christ demanded ALL ENTER IN THE SAME WAY, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS LISTED WHATEVER.
It cannot be over stressed that Satan needs only a comparatively small number of false teachers to turn the majority of Christian leadership into propagators of false doctrine. All he needs to accomplish is to manufacture a gospel so close to the original that the pastors, teachers and evangelists who attend seminary embrace what is being taught there! This is why SINCERITY has nothing to do with whether a person comes to salvation or not. It is not that the vast majority of false teachers are not sincere; it is that they are under DECEPTION. Thus their ethics, their morality, their standings in the community may be impeccable; yet are they still blind leaders leading the blind, and they all fall into the ditch.
Salvation is not based upon anyone’s “sincerity”, but rather on their DEDICATION TO FINDING THE TRUTH, that is, their persistence and DESIRE to find it.
The word for “privily bring in” is vital to understand in our search for the real truth. The word is ‘pareisago’ and it means to “INTRODUCE SECRETLY, WITHOUT DETECTION. TO INTRODUCE SURREPTITIOUSLY, TO BRING IN ALONG SIDE”. Do you understand the ramifications of this? IT MEANS THAT THESE DAMNABLE HERESIES ARE BROUGHT IN TO THE SHEEPFOLD, THE BODY OF CHRIST, THE WHOLE CHURCH, ALL DENOMINATIONS WITHOUT ANY OF THEM DETECTING IT! It is NOT DETECTED WHATSOEVER by the Church at large.
Peter said these false teachers would come in via great STEALTH AND CUNNING. Because they are under a deception, these teachers sincerely believe in their own minds that what they are teaching is the TRUTH, and they will use Scripture to back it up! As Christ said there was only one way to heaven, then we know for a fact that all of these false doctrines MUST AND WILL ZERO IN ON THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY.
Over the years, the entire Church will redefine all the central key doctrines of salvation BUT THEY WILL NOT EVEN BE AWARE THEY HAVE DONE IT! Whole new definitions, whole new concepts will be developed to tell us what it means to be a Christian, how one obtains salvation, what regeneration means, etc. This activity paves the way for the final grand delusion, which sweeps the Church into the arms of the antichrist system. The Church will embrace the antichrist, just as the Church embraced Hitler when he came to power in Germany.
We know that the many stand before Christ rejected because they never had a true union with Him, even though they were positive in their own minds they did have a union. At that time, and not before, do they realize they were fooled, dupes of a satanic deception so clever that only a supernatural mind of vast intelligence could mastermind it.
The word “heresies” comes from the word ‘hairesis” and it means CHOICE, TO CHOOSE, TO MAKE A CHOICE (FROM SELF). That is a SELF-WILLED OPINION. The false teachers read the Word of God, and in their CARNALITY, THEIR FLESH, THEIR OWN EARTHLY WISDOM AND EARTHLY KNOWLEDGE DECIDE WHAT THIS OR THAT VERSE OF SCRIPTURE MEANS. They interpret the Word of God totally apart from the Holy Spirit, but they claim their interpretations ARE SPIRIT LED.
Their theology is an INTELLECTUAL THEOLOGY, A CARNAL THEOLOGY, A RATIONALIZED THEOLOGY, A THEOLOGY OF THE SENSE MAN, THE SOUL MAN, OF THE LOWER MAN. Their theology will appear correct to the carnal mind, to the sense mind. It will have a form of godliness, but it will not have the power of the Holy Spirit behind it. It will be an EARTHLY GOSPEL. Paul worded the real way this way, in paraphrase, “I was NOT taught of man, but of God”
It is also important to realize that this theology will be developed over a long period of time. These self-willed opinions would then be promulgated via biblical commentaries, research papers, tapes, videos and books that would spread throughout the entire Body of Christ. Introduced first in the seminaries, they rapidly become accepted by the vast majority of people. Because these false teachers are leaders and “learned men” of the cloth, which are upheld as ‘great theologians’, everyone rushes to embrace these ‘new illuminations’. Soon they become established traditions, and traditions become TRUTH.
Many people thought the world was flat, AND STILL DO, and have embraced it as a TRUTH, even though the evidence is totally contrary to that position. All of these theologies would be a product of the human mind; very rational, factually very accurate, but wholly devoid of SPIRITUAL TRUTH. At its very foundation it would be a work of Satan and his demons, a work that is a hideous plot against all those souls who are attempting to find out the truth behind life itself.
“For ye are yet CARNAL: for whereas there is among you ENVYING, AND STRIFE, AND DIVISIONS, ARE YE NOT CARNAL, AND WALK AS MEN?”
(1 Corinthians 3:3)
“But if ye have BITTER ENVYING AND STRIFE IN YOUR HEARTS, GLORY NOT, AND LIE NOT AGAINST THE TRUTH.
THIS WISDOM DESCENDETH
NOT FROM ABOVE, BUT IS EARTHLY, SENSUAL, DEVILISH.”
Is this not now the position of denominational Christianity? They openly war upon each other, even in their own denominations. They war upon each other within each church. They have splits, divisions and factions. Each denomination claims that it is holding forth THE TRUTH, THE WAY, THE LIGHT. The vast majority of these so-called “truths” totally opposes and contradict each other. Has the Holy Spirit gone insane? Is the Holy Spirit divided against Himself? Is God a schizophrenic? Has the Godhead left the Church or has the Church left the Godhead? Do these multitudes of opposing truths come from the God of harmony or from the GOD OF CONFUSION?
The Scripture is very blunt, very plain. A ten year old can interpret Scripture correctly by just reading what it says and accepting it for what it says. THIS WISDOM IS NOT FROM GOD ABOVE, BUT IS EARTHLY, SENSUAL, DEVILISH. It is carnal, of the flesh, of the sense and soul man. It is DEVOID OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, FOR IT IS A MAZE OF CONFUSION, CONTRADICTION, WARFARE, AND FACTIONS ALL OF WHICH PORTRAY UTTER REBELLION AGAINST GOD. Each human mind interprets as “it will”, and so each Church body becomes filled with heresies and strife. These men then draw off others after them and form denominations within denominations, factions within factions, and it starts all over again.
The word “earthly” is ‘epigios’ and it means OF THE EARTH, OF THE WORLD, WORLDLY, OF THE FLESH, CARNAL, OF THE MIND, OF THE INTELLECT. The word for “sensual” is ‘psuchikos’ and it means THE FIVE SENSES. It is wisdom of man, of the intelligence of mankind. It refers to the soul man, the lower man, the unregenerate man, a soul destitute of agape love. It does not have the illumination of the Holy Spirit, it does not know or recognize the spirit of agape love, the spirit of Christ. The word for “devilish” is ‘daimomiodes’, and it means DEVIL LIKE, FROM DEMONS. The human mind is under the dominion of Satan, and that is what Peter is referring to when he speaks of these heresies. They are from the self, which is dominated by Satan. James put the finger right on the source.
The Holy Spirit cannot oppose Himself, and thus there cannot be opposing doctrine IN TRUTH. God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have unity, and their unity springs from their essence of agape love, and from this inner light flows their unity in truth and in doctrine. We will examine this issue much later in this series.