No Other Gospel: Satan’s Deception Through False Teachers

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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.

One of my very favorite books in all the Bible is Paul’s epistle to the Galatians.  This letter addresses a problem seen in many churches today of adding man-made requirements to being a Christian and beautifully reveals how free Christianity truly is from external salvific requirements. This is another good book to learn what separates true Christianity from many of the different cults masquerading as a superior Christianity when, in fact, they are not Christian at all.  As John MacArthur points out, Galatians is not a detached theological treatise but a deeply personal letter written from the grieving heart of a godly man for his spiritual children, whose faith and living were being undermined by false teachers.1

The first 12 verses of Galatians 1 include Paul’s introduction and his stern rebuke of the people of Galatia abandoning the true Gospel and being swayed by those false teachers.  Much like today, the false gospel these teachers espoused created a plethora of Jews who made a merely superficial profession of faith but eventually turned back to their works righteous ways.  These folks were what we today would consider false converts and it was they (Judaizers) who arose within the church itself, “speaking twisted things” and trying to “draw away the disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30)  Such is the danger of false conversions and false teachers within the church.

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The Always Ambiguous Andy Stanley

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My wife and I have been catechizing our almost-4-year-old son since he’s been able to talk. It started with “who made you?”, and we have added a new question whenever it seemed like he had a grasp on the previous one. Even though he doesn’t fully grasp the meanings and implications of these questions and answers about our Creator, he is learning. My hope is that we are building for him a solid spiritual foundation. A foundation that perhaps God will use to call him to salvation. Teaching him takes time, but it really is simple. Tell him something clearly and repeatedly. It sinks in, eventually.

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The Daily Discovery (May 21, 2015)

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When Feelings Triumph Over Truth, Sin Is Revealed – “It continually amazes me when professing Christians behave like unbelievers—insulted by God’s Word, repulsed by discipline and loving reproof (or strong rebuke when necessary), and deferring to their feelings rather than the Word of God.”

Spurgeon Speaks: The Priority of Pastoral Ministry – “The great 19th century pastor, Charles Spurgeon, was committed to training young men for pastoral ministry. One of the ways he did this was by giving regular lectures to the young men attending his Pastor’s College. Spurgeon wanted to prepare the young men for the rigors of ministry…”

Christians, Now Is Probably A Good Time To Stop Watching “Game of Thrones” – “Over the course of the last couple of years, I’ve gotten many emails from people asking my opinion of Christians watching ‘Game of Thrones.’  Here it is.  Of course, ‘Game of Thrones’ isn’t the whole issue, just one example. In general, many of us have become pretty permissive and lackadaisical about the media we choose to consume, and I think it’s a worthy and important thing to discuss.

Talk with your deceased loved ones using new virtual-reality software – “Paranormal Games is the brainchild of Steve Koutsouliotas and Nick Stavrou. Before Project Elysium, they released titles such as ‘Flappy Ears’ (in which a player takes the role of big-eared Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and dodges spiky pillars, using only the flapping power of his ears), and Dead Kitty Racket (in which you … yes, hit dead kittens with a racket). Judging from their previous endeavors, Project Elysium will either be an interesting or bizarre experience.”

Pastor resigns after outed on Grindr – “This piece is posted on USA Today. The actual headline reads ‘Antigay pastor resigns after outed on Grindr.’ There’s nothing in the article that comes close to showing that Matthew Makela is antigay. The writer quotes him as saying that he supports biblical marriage. Apparently USA Today would like its readers to think that anyone who supports biblical marriage is antigay. No, we’re ‘probible’ and those who reject the Bible’s teaching are ‘antichrists.'”

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The Daily Discovery (May 20, 2015)

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Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel – “This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as ‘Mary Jesus Crucified.’ She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.”

Tongues, Healing and Prophecy Notes- Part 1 – “Today I’m going to be posting up first half of my notes from the third talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference. That talk was about a biblical understanding of tongues, healing and prophecy. Much of the content was already available on this blog, but some of it was found in other things I’ve written (that aren’t online) or was original (or spontaneous). My main objective in addressing the subject was to try to give, from the Bible, a definition of tongues, healing and prophecy as practice by Christ, the prophets and apostles.”

Tongues, Healing and Prophecy Notes – Part 2 – “Today I’m going to be posting up the second part of my notes from the third talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference. That talk was about a biblical understanding of tongues, healing and prophecy. The previous post I put up was about tongues. Today, I’m going to be posting the notes about healing (specifically apostolic healing).”

Who is the knower of hearts? – “God is omniscient, which means that He knows all things. What is puzzling to me at times is that so many who profess to be Christians either do not understand what this really means or, their hearts are so hard in their unbelief that the ‘god’ of their ‘faith’ is one of their own making, hence, they live and ‘do their religion’ in ways that are ‘of the world’ and in no way could be called Biblical Christianity.”

22 Historical Confirmations in Two Verses – “Skeptics are notorious for boldly asserting that you cannot trust the New Testament documents. They will point to apparent contradictions or miracles to bolster their claim. I’ve even heard a well-educated person state that the Gospels were just ‘made up’ by their authors, like a modern-day fictional author. The question is, do we have any good reasons to believe that the Gospels are simply mythology? Or, are there good reasons to believe that they communicate actual events in history?”

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The Daily Discovery (May 19, 2015)

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The Myth of Mary Magdalene – “Who is Mary Magdalene? What it is about her that garners so much attention? Was she a prostitute, a disciple, or even the wife of Jesus Christ? The legends surrounding this woman range from the innocuous to the blasphemous. The real tragedy, however, is how such myths distract us from the reality of God’s grace in this woman’s life.”

The Evidence of Good Fruit – “As Christians, are we proud, or self reliant?  Is this the evidence of our fruit?  If we trust in ourselves, there is little room for trusting God and being humble.”

Ravi Zacharias on Buddhism, Christianity, and Suffering – “According to Buddhism, the source of suffering is desire. Eliminate desire, and you eliminate suffering. The goal, then, is complete detachment.  When his son was born, the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) famously declared: ‘A fetter has arisen.’ That is, he perceived his son as an obstacle to his enlightenment. The Buddha then abandoned his wife and child in order to pursue detachment.”

A Testimony of a Church is the Godliness of Its Youth – “I had the pleasure of attending the graduation at Liberty Christian School, here in Sidney. A number our church children attend the school that’s organized and operated by Bible Baptist Church, and one of our young ladies was graduating. With her, were four other young ladies. It was the second-largest senior class in the small school’s history. It was typical for what you might expect at a small Christian school. There was a hymn. There was a short sermon from various Bible verses picked by the graduates. There were speeches full of thanks and appreciation to parents and teachers. In some ways, it was just so ordinary.”

Does R.C. Sproul Believe in Miracles? – “I get this question all the time, ‘R.C., do you believe that miracles happen today?’ If you want me to give the simple answer, the answer is no. Today, you can go into a pastor’s office and see a sign that says, ‘Expect a Miracle.’ But if you expect a miracle—if miracles are expectable—there’s nothing miraculous about them. If they’re ordinary then they carry no certifiable weight. It’s by their extraordinary character that they have sign power: sign-ificance.

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The Daily Discovery (May 18, 2015)

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The Standing Miracle of the Church – “His salvation is cleansing from sin, and if we love sin we are not saved from it. We cannot have justification without sanctification. There is no use in quibbling about it; there must be a change, a radical change, a change of heart, or else we are not saved.”

Help for The Malarkeys – “Please pray for Beth and Alex Malarkey, two precious saints in Ohio with severe needs. Yes, this is the same Alex Malarkey of the [discredited] Boy Who Came Back From Heaven book. A complicated situation, but prayers and perhaps a financial gift would be deeply appreciated. We were not asked to raise money for the Malarkey’s, but over the past year have developed a friendship with this mother and son, and feel compelled to do so. Even if you are unable to give financially, please take a moment and share this post on your social networks.”

Sex Education Today – “I’ll bet many parents are unaware of the questions their kids must answer on public school surveys. According to Renew America columnist Alan Caruba, surveys were given to children in Massachusetts and schools across America with questions such as…”

If we’re not communing with God… – “One of the things my father-in-law often says he has little time for is navel-gazing. That is, the incessant paralyzing introspection that is the aim of the modern self-help industry. We get advice from Oprah and her cabal. We run to Dr. Phil. We dig into some Tony Robbins. We do the hokey pokey and we turn ourselves around. And while we might get a little dizzy, we still don’t know what it’s all about.”

Mark Driscoll Demonstration Taking Place at Gold Creek Community Church – “Mark Driscoll is speaking at Gold Creek Community Church (the live feed freezes often but you can catch some of it here) while a demonstration is taking place outside.  He is speaking about Hebrews 11.  Outside former Mars Hill members are giving out a flyer about their actions (click the link to read it).”

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Three Reasons I’m Encouraged by American Evangelicalism

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Psalm 135:6 [ESV]  Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

We live in a time where it seems as though American Evangelicalism is purposely doing whatever it can to undermine the authority of scripture and the sovereignty of God.  Seeker-sensitive mega churches and their pastors are growing herds of false converts who have no idea what the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is and mistakenly think the Bible is about themselves and their temporal comfort and happiness.  I’ve written about these issues at length and there remains an endless cesspool of material from which to choose a suitable Biblical discernment article.  I should add, brother Tony Miano does an excellent job of addressing the many failures of American Evangelicalism every so often on Twitter.

In other words, it’s easy to find a celebrity pastor or conference speaker who is espousing a doctrine antithetical to the Gospel and address their errors.  It’s not so easy to find reasons to be encouraged amongst the chaos.  Further, one thing I’ve learned in a little over a year of blogging is that articles lacking provocation, especially in regards to a popular personality, do not get very many clicks.  This then begs the question, am I writing and podcasting in order to espouse Truth and share the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ or am I seeking the adoration of fellow fallen men and those to whom I hold in high esteem?

If I’m being honest with myself, I don’t think I’ll always like my answer to that question.

Divine Providence?
Interestingly, literally in the middle of writing this article, Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith graciously shared one of my past articles regarding Jefferson Bethke. It has caused the sort of dust-up between Christians for which this article is intended to be a respite. There are no coincidences.

With that in mind, the challenge I placed before myself was to pray about and come up with three reasons why I am encouraged about the future of American Evangelicalism.  While this was a most difficult exercise, it was indeed cathartic.  I pray it is edifying and uplifting to my brothers and sisters in Christ who may also be grieving the current state of American Evangelicalism on a daily basis.

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 034 – Wonky Contemporary Christian Music

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  • On today’s show Landon opens the mailbag for the first time in show history and answers two very interesting questions.  Then, he moves into the first edition of “wonky Christian music” and review Oceans by Hillsong United and Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli.

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The Daily Discovery (May 14, 2015)

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Lecrae, Sadie Robertson, and the Devil Went Down to Georgia – “So goes the story in Meansville, Georgia as reported by the Christian Post. According to Marc Pritchett, founder of RUSH Ministries, these commitments took place during a ministry event put on by his organization on May 9th, 2015. Pritchett claims that ‘10,000 souls’ have been reached through Rush Ministries since its founding over a decade ago. Pritchett estimated that approximately 7,000 young people attended his May 9th event in Meansville.”

Ed Young at Code Orange – Revisited – “For those of you who are newer to Falsified Ministries, you may not be aware of a video we put together a few years ago of Ed Young’s antics at the Code Orange Revival hosted by Steven’s Furtick’s Elevation Church back in January of 2012. We thought it might be helpful for you as a follow up to “Ed Young is ‘Donkey Wrong’ with ‘Hee Haw'”, in order to understand just how much deception into which people at Fellowship Church are caught up.”

First Video of Romans 9 Debate Posted – “Well, this really wasn’t supposed to be how this was done, but hey… I am really desirous of putting this whole experience in the rearview mirror. I am looking forward to my debate with Shaykh Mustafa Umar in SoCal on the 23rd, so I would really like to get this situation wrapped up. Leighton Flowers has posted his crew’s video of the debate.”

5 Reasons to Be Silent -“Silence is not highly valued in modern culture. When it comes to communication, it seems that we value quantity above all. And in our digital world it only gets easier to add your own voice to the cacophony. I recently read about a new book that suggests the act of writing is outstripping the act of reading in the digital age.”

Refreshed In Repentance – Hear Trevin Wax’s story.

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The Daily Discovery (May 13, 2015)

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Expository Preaching: Cheating & Easy? – “At least that is what Andy Stanley said in a recent interview when asked what he thought about preaching verse by verse through books of the Bible. That is his first of two reasons why he does not believe in expository preaching.”

A False P.E.A.C.E. Will Deceive Many – “The Bible tells us that there will come a day when we will have just one religion, united together in common ground. But it also tells us that this will be a false religion, and that many Christians will be deceived into following its leaders and its doctrines. Along with this great deception will be one united government. But many watchmen, including our guest today, believe that in order for a one world government to be possible, the people must first accept and embrace the global religion of a false peace.”

Final Observations on the Leighton Flowers Discussion – “On today’s Dividing Line I offered some comments on last Thursday’s debate with Leighton Flowers in the Dallas area. Professor Flowers had already done so…repeatedly…in various forums. I expressed my disappointment with the debate, and the fact that we had debated two different topics.”

Christian, Stop Sharing Joshua Feuerstein Videos – “Joshua Feuerstein achieved social media notoriety in 2014. He started out posting simple devotional videos, cheesy ‘God thinks you’re a hundred bucks’ kinds of sermonettes, which attracted viewers because of his fierce delivery. None of his devotionals are ground-breaking. In fact, some just butcher the Bible verses he uses. His charisma has been his draw and Facebook his primary medium.”

Study Finds Fewer Christians, More Unaffiliated In US – “According to a new Pew Research Center study, the number of Protestants and Catholics is shrinking in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the numbers are growing among non-Christian faiths, especially among Muslims and Hindus. Berean Research’s view is that the number of true Christians, as opposed to professing Christians, is substantially lower than the study indicates.”

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