In our investigation of false salvation doctrine, we have found that modern Christian theology has redacted the words of Jesus Christ and the false preachers, teachers and evangelists have craftily brought in salvation gospel that totally opposes and contradicts the Lord.
“But there were false prophets also among the people (of Israel),
EVEN AS THERE SHALL BE
FALSE TEACHERS AMONG YOU (THE CHURCH),
who PRIVILY 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)
3. “EVEN DENYING THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM”
The word “denying” is ‘arneomai’ and it means TO CONTRADICT, TO REFUSE OR TO DISAVOW. It is important to understand that one can UPHOLD JESUS CHRIST AND AT THE SAME TIME CONTRADICT WHAT HE SAYS. One can uphold Jesus Christ and still refuse His commands or sayings. One can uphold Jesus Christ and still disavow His clear-cut commands. These false teachers are WITHIN THE MAINSTREAM DENOMINATIONS.
In order to remain there, they cannot OPENLY DISAVOW JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. To do so would bring immediate expulsion from the Church, because even with today’s rank apostasy the main beliefs in Christ as Messiah still remain. If one of these false teachers were to stand in front of a large audience and UTTERLY DISAVOW JESUS CHRIST AS MESSIAH, AS CHRIST, HE WOULD BE TOSSED OUT AT ONCE by most denominations or churches, but sadly, not all today. This is not the only type of disavowing Peter is speaking of here, although it does include it. He is speaking of leaders who UPHOLD JESUS CHRIST TO THE MAXIMUM, but who CONTRADICT, REFUSE, OR DISAVOW WHAT HE CLEARLY SAYS ONE MUST DO TO BE SAVED! REMEMBER, THIS IS SPEAKING OF “DAMNABLE HERESIES.”
We have absolute confirmation that this is true, because Peter says the VAST MAJORITY WITHIN THE ENTIRE CHURCH OF CHRIST ARE SWEPT INTO THIS NEW SALVATION DOCTRINE. They will not detect this heresy, to the contrary, they WILL EMBRACE IT, AND PROCLAIM THAT THIS FALSE SALVATION MESSAGE IS THE TRUTH, AND THAT ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS A LIAR! The delusion here is powerful, and God allows it to fall upon every human heart that is not obedient to the commands of Jesus Christ. This is what “privily” means. IT IS TOTALLY UNDETECTED. This is not a warning about cult groups, or other ‘fringe’ groups in Christianity. This is a direct warning that the CENTRAL CORE DOCTRINES OF SALVATION WILL BE PERVERTED AND TWISTED, AND THE CHURCH WILL EMBRACE THOSE PERVERSIONS AND TWISTING AS TRUTH.
Christian cult groups are easily detected by anyone with a passing understanding of true doctrine, proven by the fact that there are a large number of books on the market warning of Christian and also non-Christian cult groups. Peter is warning of something FAR MORE SERIOUS, FAR MORE SUBTLE. It will be devastating to the entire Church, which is WHY THE VAST MAJORITY OF CHRISTIANS STAND BEFORE CHRIST REJECTED.
The root for the word “privily bring in” is ‘para’ and it means FROM BESIDE, IN THE VICINITY OF, CLOSE TO, ALONG SIDE. It means that they LOOK ALIKE AND SOUND ALIKE, BUT THEY ARE NOT ALIKE. THEY WILL BE CLOSE, SO CLOSE AS TO BE ‘ALONG SIDE’. They are in fact master counterfeits, a fabrication, fables dressed up to look for all the world LIKE THE TRUTH. Their theologies and their doctrines all contain a deadly error, an error that only the FEW who do as Christ commanded will detect. One of the English words to describe “privily” was “surreptitiously”. It is defined by Random House as “obtained; done or made, etc. BY STEALTH, SECRET OR UNAUTHORIZED; CLANDESTINE. 3. obtained by SUBREPTION.
The word “subreption” is most interesting: “…common law. A CONCEALMENT OF THE PERTINENT FACTS IN A PETITION, AS FOR THE DISPENSATION OF FAVOR, THAT IN CERTAIN CASES
NULLIFIES THE GRANT.”
This is exactly what Peter is saying the false teachers do. THEY BRING IN A TOTAL “LOOK ALIKE” SALVATION MESSAGE THAT CONCEALS CERTAIN FACTS THE BELIEVERS MUST KNOW FOR THEM TO BE GRANTED THE FAVOR OF SALVATION. The concealment of these facts NULLIFIES the NEW COVENANT UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. God cannot grant the favor of REGENERATION. He cannot grant MERCY. He cannot grant CLEMENCY. He cannot grant HEAVEN. The reason He cannot is that the FALSE PROPHETS CONCEAL THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY. Their theology and their doctrine CONCEAL THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN THERE IS, WHICH NULLIFIES THE GRANTING OF ETERNAL LIFE.
The soul that is seeking God must find the strait gate, and then MUST ENTER IT AND WALK THE NARROW WAY. Satan is well aware of this ONLY entrance to heaven. He is also aware that the vast majority of people are FOLLOWERS AND NOT LEADERS. He is all too aware that the majority of people DO NOT, AND WILL NOT THINK FOR THEMSELVES. They will allow OTHERS to think for them. Who then is Satan going to go after? THE LEADERS! If he can get the leaders duped into believing this false theology, and they are the leaders of their respective denominations, then Satan knows the general lay people will simply “go along” with whatever THEIR WELL RESPECTED LEADERS HAND OUT AS TRUTH. It is part of human nature.
What good is it going to do you when you stand before Jesus Christ REJECTED? You can say, “I was obedient to my pastor (teacher, preacher, evangelist), I BELIEVED WHAT HE TOLD ME WAS THE TRUTH!” Do you realize what you are telling Jesus Christ by that remark? You are telling Him that you did not care enough about your own soul to seek the truth out FOR YOURSELF, AND YOU COULD NOT BE BOTHERED TO FIND IT ON YOUR OWN. The Bible is very blunt about leaning upon man for your understanding.
The Holy Spirit is to guide you into the WHOLE TRUTH. A teacher is only a GUIDE, to help you along YOUR OWN PERSONAL WALK. HE IS NOT YOUR TRUTH. The truth that “sets you free” is a truth only YOU can discover for yourself! If you simply accept and embrace what others hand you, you are destined for eternal loss!
The “many” stand before Christ in utter shock and disbelief that they are going to be sent away forever, with no hope, no mercy and no recourse. The false teachers concealed the FACTS OF THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY FROM THEM, facts that they HAD TO KNOW AND COMPLY WITH. There is a saying that goes “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Likewise IGNORANCE OF THE FACTS CONCERNING TRUE SALVATION IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANY HUMAN SOUL. God gave you a Bible, He told you to read it, to study it and to understand enough to comply with the requirements for salvation. If you do not think your own soul worthy of salvation, THEN DISOBEY THOSE COMMANDS AND GOD WILL GRANT YOU YOUR WISH FOR ETERNAL RUIN. This is not funny, this is not a joke, this business is more serious than ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER UNDERGONE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.
As the new covenant is a legally binding contract that God gave to man through the work of Christ, it has legal standing. All those who wish to enter in must do so via the requirements (parameters) laid down by Jesus Christ. The false prophets will then seek to conceal certain facts from the soul that is seeking entrance to heaven through Christ.
Satan and his false teachers MUST COME UP WITH A THEOLOGY AND DOCTRINE THAT IN REALITY DENIES ENTRANCE INTO THE NEW COVENANT, BUT WHICH TELLS EVERYONE THEY HAVE ENTERED IN. Read that again if you do not understand it. A look alike gospel has but one purpose: TO FOOL YOU INTO THINKING YOU HAVE ENTERED IN WHEN IN FACT YOU HAVE NOT. IT BECOMES A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE REAL THING.
Peter is very blunt: these false teachers have a gospel of salvation that is so close to the truth that it IS NOT DETECTED by the vast numbers of denominational Christians as being false. This false salvation message will SWEEP THE ENTIRE CHURCH, FROM THE FUNDAMENTALISTS TO THE LIBERALS. Their doctrines WILL BLATANTLY CONTRADICT JESUS CHRIST AND HIS COMMANDS, BUT IT WILL APPEAR AS THOUGH THEY UPHOLD HIM AND HIS COMMANDS TOTALLY! Their fabrication is a SURFACE THEOLOGY, A MIRROR IMAGE, BUT WHEN INSPECTED THE LIE WILL BE UNCOVERED. Their theology will “explain away” the necessity for any strait gate or narrow way. It will be done through GRACE AND FAITH.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.”
(2 Timothy 3:13)
Notice that these evil men ARE THEMSELVES UNDER A DECEPTION. Grasp it please: THEY ARE NOT AWARE THAT THEY ARE IN DECEPTION. They do not consider themselves “evil” men. The word for evil here is ‘ponerous’ and it means HURTFUL IN EFFECT. In other words, hurtful in influence. It is not a reference to their character or their ethics or moral behavior. It is a reference to THEOLOGY AND DOCTRINE, WHICH INFLUENCES MILLIONS OF SOULS AND SWEEPS THEM AWAY INTO RUIN. These people appear to be in all instances wonderful spirit filled Christian men & women, in positions of great leadership and influence. They are totally sincere, and totally dedicated. Their motives are not being questioned here, because only God can read their INNER HEART. They are under a deception, and they labor for the Lord UNDER DECEPTION. In reality they are no different than the Jews of Paul’s time, where he said that have a zeal for Christ, but without knowledge. Likewise, the Christians who embrace the false salvation doctrine have a great zeal for Christ, but without salvation!
To them and the church, their motives are pure and sincere. They are in love with the Lord and they think they are operating under the Lord’s authority and are being obedient. Jesus used the same word for evil in this verse:
“If ye then, BEING EVIL,
know how to give good gifts unto your children…”
It is imperative to understand that Jesus is not referring to their ethical or moral character. He is not calling them thieves, robbers, murderers, etc. They are not criminals in the common sense of the word. They are moral, upright, decent people with families that love their children. Jesus calls them EVIL. What He is referring to here is about FALLEN HUMAN LOVE. We will explore this in great depth in this series, but human love IS HURTFUL. It is branded EVIL by God. Mankind is “evil” because their love does not match the divine love. The standard God uses to judge the human race is AGAPE LOVE.
The false teachers then embrace a false doctrine as truth, and they in turn propagate this doctrine via seminary training and then through the pulpits across the spectrum of Christianity. To us, as lay people, we would not view these men as “evil” at all, but instead as sincere and dedicated leaders. They are HONEST, SINCERE MEN WHO HAVE OBTAINED POSITIONS OF GREAT INFLUENCE AND POWER. On a human scale of human decency from 1-10 we would rate them 8-10! They are dedicated servants of the Lord, fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION. They are positive their theologies and doctrines on salvation are 100% correct, or they could never do what they do. These people are not stupid souls; they are intelligent men, some of them brilliant, but THEY ARE UNDER A DECEPTION.
They refute Christ, they contradict Christ, they disavow WHAT HE COMMANDED, WHAT HE SAID. They develop a theology that “gets around” what Christ said. Their theology, and doctrinal statements, when carefully examined, WILL ALWAYS REFUTE THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY. They do so via REINTERPRETATION OF WHAT CHRIST SAID. It is a refusal to pick up their cross and “die the death”!
This interpretation will at the root level ALWAYS STAND IN EXACT OPPOSITION TO WHAT JESUS CHRIST SAID. For example, if Jesus said that the process of being saved is a journey, a process, a progression one takes that leads to regeneration; the false teachers will tell you that you obtain regeneration right away, and you make the journey, if any, IN UNION WITH CHRIST FROM THAT POINT ONWARD. If Jesus says the way to true regeneration is hard, full of pressure and agony of the soul; the false teachers will say that does not mean what it says, that the way is easy, simple, and has none of these things, all we need to do is make a sincere decision for Jesus, invite Him into our hearts, and we are saved, which is easy.
If Jesus said that only a small group of people will be saved; they will say that the vast majority, if not everyone will be saved. If Jesus said you must die to obtain life; they will say that was just a symbolism, and Jesus did not really mean what He said, for He died for us, and we need not do so. If Jesus said pick up your cross and follow Him, they will say we need not do that, because Christ did it all for us. If Jesus said you must walk the narrow way, they will say that Jesus did it for us; we need not do it. If they admit to the fact of picking up the cross, or to the narrow way, they will claim we APPROPRIATE IT BY AN ACT OF FAITH, BY A SIMPLE ACT OF BELIEF, OR THEY WILL REDEFINE WHAT IT REALLY MEANS.
In other words, THEY CONTRADICT JESUS CHRIST IN ALL THE KEY AREAS OF SALVATION. Whatever Christ stated as a truth, they will have a counter theology to prove Christ did not mean it. They will tell you that Christ did not mean that, and then espouse their demonic doctrines to prove it. If Christ said the true definition of FAITH is that faith which is a deep, abiding faith that allows you to walk the narrow way and have it tested by fire, they will say faith is a simple decision, a belief. Their entire theology is a counterfeit look alike that IN THE ROOT always opposes the PLAIN, SIMPLE, BLUNT, AND MULTIPLE STATEMENTS OF JESUS CHRIST. What Jesus Christ said, Jesus Christ meant. He also said YOU WOULD BE JUDGED BY THE VERY WORDS HE SPOKE IF YOU DID NOT OBEY WHAT HE SAID. The many bought into a theology of the false prophets that DENIED THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM.
Christ paid a terrible price to redeem the human race. He must have therefore felt the eternal destiny of your soul was very important. If the human soul is of such value to Jesus Christ, then do you not think HE WOULD MAKE THE WAY OF SALVATION ABSOLUTELY CLEAR, SO CLEAR IT COULD NOT BE A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION, BUT WOULD BE SO OBVIOUS ANYONE COULD INTERPRET IT? So then the false prophets must find a way to REINTERPRET THAT SO IT LOOKS TOTALLY AUTHENTIC TO THE UNWARY BELIEVER. Their theology on the surface DOES NOT APPEAR AS A CONTRADICTION. It appears as absolutely correct UNTIL ONE STUDIES THEIR DOCTRINES. It ‘mirrors’ and ‘mimics’ what Christ commanded, yet it IS DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED TO WHAT HE COMMANDED. That takes a supernatural and very diabolical mind to come up with such a master counterfeit.
A contradiction is a contradiction. Here a little and there a little. The leaven gets mixed into the truth, and finally the whole loaf is fully leavened, ripe for the fiery harvest of Christ. The false teachers advance with total secrecy a doctrine so subtle, so insidious that it sweeps millions into eternal ruin. These sincere and dedicated men of the cloth become the unwitting dupes of Satan and then proceed to fabricate one error after another. What starts as a small error grows into a major heresy. It is important to remember that these false teachers uphold Jesus Christ. They acknowledge He is the Messiah. They uphold many cardinal doctrines of the faith. Satan uses this to throw the unwary off guard. The one area that Satan must destroy with false teachings is the strait gate and the narrow way. It is in this area that He sweeps in for a full frontal attack.
It is the upholding of Christ and many key doctrines that ALLOWS these false teachers to appear as ANGELS OF LIGHT, SINCERE CHRISTIANS, A PART OF THE SHEEPFOLD! When they then come out with their own interpretations as to “what the Scripture means” the vast majority of the Church accept it without question. This is exactly as Satan intends.