How to Quickly Identify True Christian
Teaching from False Doctrine
The biggest problem with mainline Bible teaching today is that the vast variety of false teachings and false prophecy is being poured out through untruthful, fabricated, counterfeit and deceptive denominational religious dogma. You can be told and hear almost every day about how a particular denominational religion touts their ideas of Christianity as being the “only” correct one and the only way to Christ. And if you don’t do everything they say, then you will end up unsaved and go to hell. So, if you don’t accept their man-made fictitious dogmas, deceptive doctrine and misguided canon, as the one and only way to find and worship God, you are left out in the cold. In some cases, you are told you “will” undoubtedly go to hell. I would suggest that you quickly move away from that kind of reception and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the truth of the Holy Scriptures. Let the Holy Spirit lead you toward a group of worshippers who believe that God is love, and not hate.
It is essential that you understand some very basic principles and fundamentals for your discernment of what the truth of Christianity really is all about. Bible-based Christianity must line up with the Bible, the Word of God. Such Christianity pronounces Jesus Christ to be the Son of Almighty God and believes that He is the only way to
salvation and forgiveness. This is a very clear belief with no other assumptions or compromise. Christ only!
But unfortunately, real Bible-based
Christianity will be rejected by the vast
majority of those who have encountered
its teachings. Thus, there will be fewer
This has always been the case throughout history. In Noah's time only eight people were saved in the whole world. In Lot's time only Lot and his family were saved in two cities. The Bible says that such occurrences in our time will be similar to those of Noah and Lot's time. So it is very likely that the low percentages of people saved could be similar. We live in a world made up of mainly non-believers, and their number is increasing. You hear about the big revivals that are coming. . .oh? When will that be? There are no mega-Christian-centered revivals as such, but Scripture does promise us a big falling away.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. . .” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Why will it happen? Because people
will fall into the many holes of apostasy that are occurring today and learning the doctrines of demons which tickle their ears. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later
times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars. . .” 1 Timothy 4:1-2
Listen up! Pay attention!
Liars just ahead!
The form of Bible-based and Bible-centered Christianity that we grew up with has changed. It is becoming and considered to be radical by most people. Jesus, the apostles and the prophets were considered radical. The Bible says that Christians are a peculiar people. The Christian teachings will boldly rebuke and hate evil to such a large extent that those who preach the truth will greatly upset those who are evil. Those who preach truth will suffer persecution as a result. “But since they don’t have deep
roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.” Mark 4:17 Perhaps, we’ll be shunned.
Bible-centered Christianity will become more and more controversial, contentious and cause divisions. To cause these divisions major change would have to occur in someone's life which would upset others. As dozens of newly self-ordained and other false denominational
preachers continue to grow, their false ministries proclaim nothing but gain, greed, self-esteem (money, money, money), and other unholy misguided promises of doctrine, the church body itself will begin to crumble from the inside out due to a lack of solid, truthful ministry.
The real Christian doctrine of Jesus Christ will witness and testify that almost everything unbelievers do (and many self-confessed Christians), is profane and evil. From the TV shows and movies they watch and consume, to the rotten and filthy Internet sites they visit, digesting pure immoral materials fit only for perverse thinking pigs.
Christianity is all about true love: it is sharing and
caring for others, where the main focus and concentration of godly efforts is to proclaim the proclamation of the Gospel. True Christianity will not be conformed to the world by accepting or desiring materialism, secular humanism, money and/or any commercialism as a good thing or a part of life. Such is unacceptable in God’s eyes. Christianity will not be able to be proved wrong, although people may appear to make it sound untrue by arguing against it using false statements. This is what happens today, in all of the various denominations who claim their way is the only correct way to worship Jesus Christ. Such pride, self-righteousness, arrogance, self-importance, and smugness directs them to put their own fraudulent doctrines and beliefs before even the Ten Commandment of God and His other holy scriptural dictates. Ever hear of a Ruling Elder? Where is that mentioned in the Bible? Except for the man who was the senior servant in Abraham’s household. The Bible is not denying
functional differences and roles within the church; nor did Christ suggest that it is wrong to term one’s biological parent "father." Rather, He is prohibiting the use of self-exalting and honorific titles of distinction among those who have chosen to follow Christ. While conferring honorific titles upon prominent religious authorities may be the way of the world, it is not the path that Christ has called us to pursue.
Authentic and genuine Christianity will not be deceptive or misleading or cause people to believe a lie. It will be about honesty and truth. People today are saying misleading things such as, “the church is fine.” They say that people are getting healed everywhere and saying that folks are healed when they have not been healed. This could be compared to a dishonest salesman who says something is great (when it does not work) in order to get trusting people to accept his worthless product or system. All groups of denominationalism have unwittingly
incorporated those Jezebel spirits of iniquity and deceit into their false brews of poison. Don’t drink from their cups! Don’t worship their leaders, ministers of other puppets who “cow-tow” for attention and position instead of seeking the truth. Check things out for yourself by reading your Bible and by discovering the truth of God’s Word. Don’t listen to “puffed up leaders.” “God is spirit,
and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
True Christianity is positive about good things and doing God's Will, and it hates evil. It is different from the secular mainstream that has overtly become positive about many evil and perverse things. Saying that something evil is good is only leading people to do evil. “Woe to those who
call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 Many people say that things are fine and that many people are being saved and doing God's Will when such is not true. They are being taught, or have been taught unbiblical teachings that obviously dance around the truth. And, these teachings only suppress and smother the fact that the world is mostly evil today, causing people not to repent. True Christianity has the
fruits of commitment for successfully doing God's Will 24 hours a day; and all Christians should follow the historical example of those who did God's Will, such as His Son Jesus, the Apostles, and the Prophets. Using your time and personal resources to do God's Will is one of His purposes of life. Unfortunately, most folks don't do God's Will: they appease themselves by indulging and working for some corrupt system of their choice, or by spending their money and time on unnecessary things. They forget that God is first, and they put something else, less meaningful in His place and ranking of being Number One. This is called idolatry via a first stage of coveting made by a choice of craving the “golden calf.” You didn’t know that, did you? What is your golden calf? Most people have one, I promise you that – look for yourself!
Where does this leave the mainstream Church and the millions of people who think they are saved Christians, but continue to operate like unbelievers do? Although the conventional denominational churches have a lot of true Bible teaching, it appears that they probably will not fit into the minority category of those saved believers. Therefore, they may be rejected and considered lukewarm. Especially, if they don't confess their sins. Repent of those transgressions and ask God for His mercy and forgiveness.
The Bible promises that God will help His chosen people who obey Him by answering their prayers and leading them. However, curses are promised to people that disobey God. “But if you will not obey the voice of the
Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.” Deuteronomy 28:15-19 So, should obedient people receive a greater
percentage of desirable outcomes and a lower percentage of undesirable outcomes than the ungodly? Does God help His people to think or work more efficiently, remember better, make the correct decisions, and find what they need with less frustrating problems, inconveniences or accidents than unbelievers?
Are you able to produce any evidence that folks are obviously led and helped by God so that the result cannot be explained by imagination and the laws of probability? The Bible promises trials and persecution, but it indicates that there should be divine help as well. But, one has to be very careful of what they are told, via false teachings, that if they do “such and such,” all of their cares and troubles will be vanquished by the Lord. Oh, yes! If you send in your monetary love gift, or donation of $25.00 or more, you will be sent a prayer rug rolled on by “such and such” preacher, and God will bless you abundantly. Tell me,
please! Where can I find that in the Bible? So many lying wonders are fed to unsuspecting and unknowledgeable Christians who just take someone else’s word, and follow along the trail of “dead ends.” A little common sense usually works pretty well – don’t you think?
There are many debatable doctrines that you should not be willing to believe and practice unless someone can produce the evidence that those doctrines are what God really wants us to believe. Don’t be afraid to stand up and ask, “Where can I find that in the Bible?” If someone is obviously led and helped by God, as explained in the previous paragraph, there would be a good chance that their beliefs would be fully correct. Have you ever known anyone who can produce the evidence that God is pleased with them and helping them? Do you truly understand the difference between fake and real, fallacy and truth, myth or certainty?
Most serious false doctrines that have been swallowed in full, by many deceived yet open-hearted Christians, and other listeners, are not only appalling and abysmal, but they somehow usually manage to camouflage their insidious messages by going around the Bible verses listed
below. These Bible verses are directly related to false doctrines. Become aware and acquainted with them.
1 Timothy 6:3-5 ”If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” Galatians 1:6-10 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
1 John 4:1-6 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” Demons don’t like to be questioned.
Nor do those individuals who walk in and by the spirit of Jezebel, usually spouting off their false teaching/s of the Bible and not wanting or accepting contradiction.
1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”
1 Timothy 1:3-4 “When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.”
Jeremiah 5:30-31 “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land, the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, my
people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?”
Acts 20:28-32 “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Isaiah 5:20-21 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.”
And for your spiritual protection, please commit to yourself these words from the Apostle Paul.
Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. . .”
It has been said that it is dangerous to be instructed under the wrong teaching. False doctrine can damn you more readily than all the lusts and sins of the flesh. False preachers and teachers are sending more people to hell than all the drug pushers, pimps, and prostitutes combined. Multitudes of blind, misled Christians are singing and praising the Lord in churches enslaved by false and deadly doctrine. Thousands of innocent and unsuspecting Christians are listening to preachers who are pouring out the various nefarious doctrines of demons, as scripture tells us would happen. And then their listeners walk out the door saying, “Wasn’t that a wonderful sermon?” Preaching a hybrid version of the gospel, in an attempt to make it relevant to our Christian culture and society, is putting people's faith in the wisdom of men instead of under the power of God. “And my message and my
preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
Nothing could be further from the truth than claiming that people, especially our youth, don't want to hear the unfiltered and unapologetic gospel message. The devil is hijacking our culture because of this lie. If our watered-down, hybrid, fake version of the gospel is so great, why are we losing our loving and true Christian way of life, the foundation of our now hurting culture? And more and more folks will be falling away from the true and holy message of Christ. Why? Because there are so many fake and fraudulent ministers spewing their phony messages.
What kind of results has the user-friendly church achieved over the last 20 years from preaching watered-down, candy-coated, galling, “ain’t it sweet, feel good” unbiblical messages? We've lost morality, marriage, the family, our youth and our liberties. What part of our hybrid gospel message has worked? None of it. Hmmmm????
Thank God for the remnant of churches and preachers who have not caved in and compromised God’s Holy Word. Thank God for every God-fearing preacher in the land. They are our true brothers and sisters, but we need many more dedicated and Bible-grounded ministers to join their warrior ranks. There are not as many so-called evangelicals living and worshipping anymore in the United States. Current statistics claim only 25 percent of the church are real committed, born-again believers. If every one of us jumped on board the “Jesus Train” and took a real stand for truth and righteousness, combining it with holy fire, the power of God and true love do for
Christ, well, what could we, as real Christian saints achieve? Do you believe with Holy Spirit Power we could accomplish much? When the Two Witnesses from God appear on the earth, during the latter half of the Great Tribulation, look what the scriptures say they will do. Just two of them! Read: Revelation 11:3-12
It is the duty of believing Christians to do everything within our power to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not some hyper-grace nonsense, or humanistic secular baloney stoked with false man-made dogma and the doctrines of demons. Each Christian denomination has their own unique and indigenous rules which apply to their church and their religious organization. They tout their way of following Christ as being God’s only way, and some of those claims may be right, but the bulk of their message is formed by the ideas of men and not God. One must be very careful. You can avoid such teachings if you read and know your Bible inside and out. Most of denominational spewing is tainted with garbage belonging to their artificial imitations manufactured within their sect. Written by men and not by God. For hundreds of years men have spouted off the false claims of past so-called holy men who errored in their claims, yet nothing has been done to change those mistakes. It seems that acceptance is easier to do than to make significant truthful changes.
“But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea,
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:10-16
A Dead Old Church. Is This Your Home?
False churches, false doctrines and dogmas, fraudulent ministers, preachers and teachers abound in today’s world. Most all looking to either make a name for themselves, get rich quickly from the trusting hearts and generosity of others, and without caring how they are deceiving them. They might look good and sound good, but when you test their motives, you’ll find nothing good or worthy. God is offended by their ridiculous claims and obvious ominous
messages. It is unfortunate that millions of unsuspecting and/or ignorant folks, keep filling their coffers with honest money. That’s right! It is always honest money for crooked preachers. Not all denominational preachers are wrong, but when they are following their church doctrines rather than their Bibles, the church congregation will, more than likely, have their ears filled with old traditional denominational fallacies and utter man-made nonsensical rubbish. Hey! It happens all the time, and especially today when the ground for delivery is so ripe.
Some Final Thoughts:
Consider that face that theological liberalism has divided Christendom for centuries. For example: witness the rise of the Unitarian Church and other denominations which have denied the basic fundamentals of faith. In varying degrees, liberalism has made inroads in many denominations today. These divisions are not simply the result of different interpretations of scripture, but the authority of the Holy Bible itself. You say what? Well there is tradition. Rather than allow the scriptures to stand as a complete revelation from God, the new tendency of human nature is filling in the gaps. Why? To revere the teachings and additions of previous generations accepted by their denominational traditions. Those practices which blatantly attempt to give clarification to issues which the scriptures do not specifically or clearly address. Take for example the issue of infant baptism or salvation. Some denominations claim that when an infant is baptized the guilt of original sin is washed away and the baby is saved. This is a false tradition which has become dogma and
therefore, has been given the same authority as biblical doctrines.
Once a principle of tradition is admitted as a legitimate source of doctrine, the way is opened for all kinds of teachings to be accepted by various denominations as if from God’s mouth itself. However, tradition is seldom neutral, yet it almost always detracts from the truth and distorts the clarity of the Bible’s message. Remember: only when we stand on the firm foundation of Scripture are we qualified to build upon the superstructure. All doctrines are an attempt to clarify what God has said about ultimate issues, yet they manage to become focal points of division and controversy. Be very careful what you believe.
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Dahk Knox, Ph.D., Ed.D., D.Sc. 30-31 July 2017