Deceived

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Watering the Tulips

07/06/2011

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” – Matthew 7:22-23



This will be a shocking response to those today that feel like they are earning their salvation by their works. Notice, these are not claiming the blood of Jesus for their justification. Their confidence for eternal life is in their works. Without doubt, many working today under the guise of Christianity will hear these very words. As harsh as that sounds, the Bible is clear.
Just a few decades after Christ’s ministry, false doctrines began to ease their way into churches. Paul wrote to the saints in Galatia about those that had taught another gospel. He said, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel” (Galatians 1:6). Speaking of these false witnesses, Paul instructed the Galatian saints, “if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:9). This may sound unsympathetic to some. However, we must realize that eternal life is in question here. When we share the Way of salvation to people, we must share the truth of the Gospel in Christ alone.
Are we so naïve as to believe that much of what is being done today in the name of Christianity falls into this category? Did not Paul tell Timothy, “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 Timothy 4:3)? I hear many today who believe we are in the last days (and we are). However, some of these don’t realize that this passage necessarily applies. As difficult as it may be for us to accept it, not everybody who has a church sign in front of their building is doing God’s work. There may very well be some true believers there. But, their doctrine is bad.
Knowing this, how are we to respond? First of all, we need to make sure the place we attend is preaching the Bible as God’s Word. Surely, “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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16). Pastors need to get out of this “self help” business and get back to preaching God’s Word. Secondly, we need to test our own selves to make sure we are trusting in Christ alone. Peter tells us, “…be even more diligent to make your call and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10).
Child of God, we live in a wicked age. Many heretical doctrines are being taught and have misled many. Multitudes are trusting in something other than Christ as their way to Heaven. Rest assured, salvation is in Christ alone!

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