Galatians 2:4-5 ESV
“Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.”
There are false Christians in the gatherings of the church (or what is falsely called “church”) today who are using marketing schemes and manipulative tactics in order to convince even seasoned Christians and non-Christians to yield to a false “cheap grace” gospel which does not put sin to death in the life of the believer, and which does not call for repentance nor for obedience and walks of holiness and righteousness. In fact, they demonize such things as that by calling them “works salvation” and “legalism.”
So much of today’s “church” – mostly consisting in institutional churches, i.e. those incorporated under the state and beholding to church denominations who are marketing “the church,” i.e. their businesses, to the world – they are teaching a cheapened and altered and diluted gospel message, and they are altering the character of God/Christ in order to appease and appeal to human flesh and the people of the world, and in order to draw in large crowds of people from the world to their gatherings.
But we are to be people of faith who are walking in obedience to our Lord, and who are testing what we hear and read from other people, for not everyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ has genuine God-given faith. There are many wolves in sheep’s clothing (charlatans) among us who are pretending to be Christians but who are not Christians in practice. They are among us solely for the purpose to deceive us and to manipulate us into believing their lies and into rejecting the truth of the gospel.
But when we test what we hear or read against the Scriptures, we need to do so in context. For many of these false teachings are being widely accepted because they are using Scriptures out of their context, and they are twisting them to say what the Scriptures do not teach. They are cleverly blending the lies in with the truth so that those who are not students of the Scriptures are not able to discern the lies from the truth. But once you learn their tactics and their message, the lies will just jump out at you.
[Matthew 7:15-23; Matthew 24:11-14; John 10:1-15; 2 Peter 2:1-22; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 1 Timothy 6:3-10; 1 John 4:1-6; Jude 1:3-23]
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Praise the “I AM!”
An Original Work / February 24, 2012
Jesus, my Savior, full of compassion,
Glorious in power, mighty in strength;
Gracious Redeemer, mighty deliv’rer,
My heart adores Him. Praise to His name!
Perfect salvation my Lord provided
When He died for my sins on a tree;
Crucified my sins; conquered in vict’ry,
When He arose, so I could be free!
I am so thankful for His forgiveness;
Grateful that He chose to pardon me,
Giving me new life full in His Spirit,
So I can serve Him; His servant be!
Walking in daily fellowship with Him,
Obeying Him whate’er He commands;
Forsaking my sins, living in freedom,
I will endure with Him to the end!
He gives me peace and calm reassurance
In times of sorrow, or in distress.
His grace is sure, and oh, how sufficient
To meet me in my need for sweet rest.
Oh, how I love You, Jesus, my Savior.
My heart longs for You where’er I am.
Your word is precious; speaks to my spirit;
Brings comfort, healing. Praise the “I AM!”