“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because 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 of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:1-3
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Mt. 24:24
“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.” 1 Peter 2:1
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4
What a crazy notion! How can the Bible, which most assuredly is God’s Word with proof beyond measure to attest to this, ever be considered NOT truth? God is ALWAYS true! God’s Word is always true, right? YES! Then how can the Bible NOT be truth? This is how, and in this message comes a mighty warning. An almighty warning, in fact.
The Bible is NOT truth when IT IS TWISTED. When IT IS PERVERTED. When IT IS DECEPTIVELY ALTERED. And going all the way back to when the serpent Satan twisted God’s words to deceive Eve and Adam, and when the devil twisted God’s words to tempt Jesus in the desert, God’s Word has been twisted around so people are deceived. What does this have to do with you, you might wonder? And what is the almighty message – the message coming from God in this?
The Lord in His Word is abundantly clear in His warnings over and again that we must be exceedingly careful not to believe false prophets, false gods, false religions, and false teachers. And that there will be an increase in all this as the world draws to a close before the return of Jesus and the unfolding of God’s ultimate plans for the universe.
Friend, BE CAREFUL! False teachers and false prophets and false gods and false religions thrive on twisting around the truth so it looks and sounds like truth but is actually deceptive, dangerous, and ultimately deadly.
In the time in which we live, there are numerous churches whose pulpits are filled by false teachers who wave the Bible around, quote scriptures here and there, and then twist everything around so they are preaching lies from Satan. On the surface, they may look and sound Christian, and any of us can fall prey to this if we are not exceedingly careful. The same is happening in so-called Christian books, and numerous places outside the church walls, too.
We must study God’s Word for ourselves and always measure what we hear and read preached to make sure it lines up with God’s truth, His Word. Anything that does not line up with the Bible is not from God.
The Bible is ALWAYS truth, BUT when God’s Word is perverted to tickle the ears of the people to deceive them, the teaching is false and wrong and deadly and to be gotten rid of. The false teaching must be done away with!
We need to continually seek the Lord, to study His Word, to be led by His Spirit, and to live by His ways – HIS TRUTH – for the glory of God almighty, AMEN!