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False Prophets, Teachers and Leaders
in the Laodicean Age
By Lynette Schaefer
The Laodicea Church was the last of the seven churches talked about in the Book of Revelation 3:14-19.
It is evident that we are living in times when absolute truth is no longer regarded as the basis for a statement or a lifestyle.
Truth is no longer an absolute; it is now a relative term used to suit the whims of many people and their personal opinions, lifestyles or private interpretations.
It is no longer, “this is a fact that comes from the Bible; therefore, we need to live go by it”. It is now, “you have your beliefs and I have mine, so what is good for you is your own truth, but I have mine”.
I am unable to find that sentence in my Bible, KJV, but I believe the following scripture is what Mr. Schaefer is talking about:
Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Josh 24:14-15).
Joshua was the man that took over after Moses died.
Biblical Truth used to be a revered, respected, authoritative foundation that churches and society in general would base their lives on as to what was acceptable or not; people didn’t have trouble knowing right from wrong because there were absolutes society lived by instead of a worldview where “truth” is whatever happens to be your own reality.
Thus, we have been reduced to an unhealthy society that is experiencing so many family problems, violence, immorality, sickness, laxity, materialism, and so on. Of course, there have always been problems in society to some degree; but why does it seem that now, in this day and age, we are dealing with so much chaos in our world?
This is all true, but I would like add to Schaefer’s list: divorce, abortion rampant, atheism is picking up speed, homosexuality has its foothold in America, and due to technology laziness has become a hobby for many.
And due to laziness, look at how fat the world has become, especially the United States.
Why are so many churches in our world declining in attendance? Standards have relaxed with regard to many Christians becoming worldly and engaging in worldly activities; marriage and divorce are rampant amongst Christians; there is less reverence for or desire to study the Bible; less or no time with God.
The quality of family life has become less important as family members are too busy making money, pursuing materialism and other pursuits than being centered on their relationship with God.
The result of this type of decline is a society that calls evil good and good evil.
And that is not a good thing, it angers God greatly:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Is 5:20).
Not only that, we now have churches that are preaching falsehoods, watered-down gospels, non-offensive messages that appeal to the lost instead of convicting them, ecumenism and the desire to be all-inclusive with non-believers.
Assorted cults that are on the rise and we now have all sorts of entertainment that has replaced expository preaching, which often features “Christian Rock” type of music that is sensual to the flesh and tickles the ears instead of glorifying our wonderful God.
Not all Christian Rock is bad, “I Can Only Imagine,” by MercyMe for example is good.
Churches are now resorting to these schemes in order to fill their church pews and bring in more money. More and more churches are guilty of not properly feeding their flocks, and, because of this, their people are ignorant, undiscerning, worldly, misled, deceived, and not Christ-like.
The rest of society could care less about the Bible, church, or worshiping God. It is sadly apparent that the Bible is no longer respected and regarded as authoritative and life-giving for one’s life, but whatever is relative or according to what the current culture will tolerate.
America, as a nation, used to be governed by Christian principles. Since then, we have strayed far from obeying God by tolerating and accepting a worldview that is God-dishonoring.
We now accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage as OK as well as homosexual church leadership into some denominations (that has caused many problems), when this practice was once shunned by decent people and it was never questioned as being sinful.
We have relaxed our standards considerably regarding dress standards, music, television and the way we talk, to the extent we are no longer viewed by surrounding communities as holy people who are special to God, but just like them.
We have also catered to the demands of atheists, Islamic, the ACLU, abortionists, feminists, and all sorts of ungodly practices and opinions. Yet there is intolerance for anything Christian and true.
And we certainly have to thank Rhonda Byrne and Oprah for pushing and promoting “The New Age.”
Blood-bought Christians are targeted as hateful people and mocked as ignorant, bigoted, hypocrites or worse. The Bible has also been taken out of government and schools, being banned as “hate literature”, resulting in an ungodly system with multiple problems in decision-making or bad behavior.
It is a tragedy that America, in particular, has gotten so far away from God because its leaders and preachers have allowed this breakdown in society and relaxed its standards through the “feel good”, counterfeit, social gospel and other dangerous doctrines or practices that are being so widely accepted.
America has slowly been going downhill, and it began before I was even born. But it started moving a bit faster in the 80s and really picked up speed when Old Man Bush was elected as president.
What passes for Christianity in today’s post-modern world has been reduced to a phony, personal success/prosperity trip with numerous man-made programs and schemes employed to “grow a church”. By contrast, the true purpose of the Christian Church is the following:
1) The assembling of ourselves with like-minded believers to encourage each other in our Christian Walk:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching (Heb 10:25).
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
2) Corporate worship of God in Spirit and in Truth (that means knowing Him through a right heart attitude).
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23-24).
3) Being properly equipped by preaching and teaching to carry out the Great Commission to share the Biblical Gospel [Jesus Christ] and make disciples:
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 Tim 3:16-17).
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16:15).
Those in leadership positions, whether in government, schools, churches, business, or wherever, are responsible and set the tone for everything and everybody under them. When they mess up, everyone else messes up.
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? (Eze 34:2).
God will have His final say to these people on Judgment Day.
There are many reports of well-known Evangelical leaders who have connections to:
* Freemasonry (which has occultic roots),
* the Illuminati (also occultic) and
* Rev. Sun Myung Moon (a cult leader).
They are the very ones who are leading unsuspecting Christians down the wrong path.
Many Christians or those seeking God have flocked to stadiums, TV stations or the radio, eager to hear these “wonderful preachers” preach what looks like a true evangelistic message, but is really a subtlety of lies and falsehood that can kill a soul!
These preachers, who have a lot of influence on their followers, are actually leading unsuspecting people right into the New World Order of the Antichrist.
When the Antichrist does appear on the scene, the whole world will be prepared and ready to accept him!
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matt 7:15).
It is not my intention here to condemn any individuals, as that is God’s authority, but rather the poisonous messages and doctrines they support or have come to support. Here are examples:
The New Evangelicalism:
The Fundamentalist-modernist controversy set the stage for New Evangelicalism. This goes back two centuries in Europe, particularly Germany.
In the dawn of the “scientific era”, anti-Christian thinkers such as Darwin, Hegel, and Marx led the movement to dethrone God and replace Him with man.
The result was that the Bible was considered only a human book devised by uninspired human writers, and was put on the same par as Shakespeare. Jesus Christ was also considered a mere man and not deity, the Second Person of the Trinity. So Modernism spread quickly.
The Emergent Church:
This movement is appealing to mainly the younger people, but is not confined to those in a younger age group.
Brian McClaren’s emerging church philosophy is based on mystical experiences and a re-invention of Christianity in order to provide meaning for the younger generation.
The problem with this is the authority of the Word of God is being undermined in favor of man-made schemes or methods of relating to God.
So what happens is that images and sensual experiences are being promoted as the key to experiencing and knowing God, rather than adhering to what the Holy Bible says in its teachings about who God really is.
These EC experiences include things like staring at Icons, praying in front of candles or prayer stations, using incense as a means of creating a spiritual mood, the use of liturgy to make the church more dynamic, contemplative prayer as a means of getting in “touch with God”, understanding the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of the Eucharist when Jesus shows up on the altar and can be worshiped and adored.
Sound like Roman Catholicism? See the section below on Roman Catholicism and the Eucharist.
Purpose-Driven Churches/Church Growth Movement:
The following was found as a posting by “Linda” on the Rapture News discussion forum on Rick Warren that says it all, at least to me. I have made only minor corrections in spelling and have added two bolded phrases below:
Rick Warren’s doctrine is not rooted soundly in the scriptures; it is a combination of scripture mixed with Jungian Psychology and business success strategy as taught by Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnage 100 years ago and made famous by Peter Drucker in this time.
The Scripture teaches that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but on the WORD of God and that our doctrines should come from the scripture.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Prov. 3:5-6).
Warren’s mixture of the scripture with the wisdom of men leads him to a faulty view of man and of God.
Warren would assert that if you are good at and like art then your purpose in life must be to use art to serve God.
When in reality the scriptures show that when God chooses to use man for HIS purpose, he often chooses a man that could not possibly do what God would have him do except that God made it possible.
Moses, who could not speak well, God used to speak to Pharaoh and to lead the people out of Egypt, is but one example.
God does not desire us to be purpose driven, but Spirit led.
God does not desire us to be self-sufficient but self-weak and God strong.
God does not seek men who will work for God, but men who will die (to themselves) and let God work through them.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Rom. 6:1-2).
We are not here to find our purpose in this life…we are here to surrender to HIS purpose for our lives, which have become HIS life.
Rick Warren teaches that deeds are more important than creeds or doctrines; that the works of men are the solution to society’s ills, that the purpose of the church on earth is to work in the name of God; and that all men come together and can do the work of God regardless of their creeds.
Rick Warren teaches that the spiritual success of a church is measured in the number of people that sit in its pews on any given Sunday.
The Scripture teaches that the spiritual success of a church is measured in its faithful obedience to God and its demonstrating HIS will and exhibiting HIS fruit. God measures success in terms of quality and not quantity.
Rick Warren teaches tithing and requires written pledge as a condition of church membership.
The WOF movement is rooted in greed, emotionalism, humanistic psychology and fantasy.
They look at Jesus as a cosmic vending machine or a Santa Claus; they seek many “signs and wonders”, lots of money, supernatural healings, tongues, and the like.
In truth, this system of belief is pure apostasy and New Age, and it’s based on lies, pride and deception rather than the Bible.
Their programs, which they claim are of the Holy Spirit, are often characterized by pandemonium and outrageous claims that are completely unbiblical.
Instead of order and decency (which is truly of the Holy Spirit), there is complete chaos and sometimes people are totally out of control. It is often an emotionally charged, circus atmosphere.
They are taught to despise the fundamentalism of Scripture and accept a half-baked gospel that only promotes the “positive” aspects while rejecting the essential elements that make up the whole Gospel.
Those who preach and promote WOF are false teachers who secretly bring in destructive heresies.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not (2 Pet. 2:1-3).
Liberal Christian Denominations:
There are several denominations that have become or have been liberal and apostate. What has happened is some of them:
* are voting practicing homosexuals into their leadership and performing “gay” weddings,
* question the Trinity and other core Christian beliefs,
* practice infant baptism (Catholic-like liturgy and practices),
* accepting women into the Pastorate, are no longer allied with the support of Israel,
* they follow the current trend of Replacement Theology, which is a heretical eschatological belief.
* they have a distorted, watered-down view of who Jesus is and what the Atonement is.
Most liberal churches view the Bible as an errant book that is not relevant for today. The liberal churches have to some extent replaced doctrine, the Bible, and hymns with entertainment that appeals to the flesh and the senses.
This religion is steeped in “Christianized” paganism (which stems from the Babylonian goddess Ishtar), man-made traditions, Mariolatry, purgatory, confession, saint-worship, prayers for the dead, priestly absolution, and spurious sacraments.
Doctrine of the Mass denies the all-sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ and His finished work on the Cross – the Atonement, which is totally opposite of what the Scriptures teach.
The Eucharist is celebrated as a sacrifice that is performed over and over, in which the true elements of Communion that was instituted by Jesus as a remembrance of His atonement, are distorted and treated as a Transubstantiation of Christ’s body and blood.
This is rank heresy and belief in this doctrine can only damn a soul as it waters down Christ’s atonement for our sin and is cause for such confusion when Jesus says things like<
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
I am that bread of life (Jn 6:35, 48).
Does this mean He is a literal loaf of bread from heaven?! I should think not!
No more than He is literally a vine. But this is the confusion that is the result of Transubstantiation doctrine.
Catholic doctrine and the Eucharist imply that Christ’s atonement was not sufficient and that other “works” are needed.
A Catholic follower has no assurance of his or her salvation, and so the doctrine of purgatory is a man-made, corrupt invention as a “place” to send Catholic souls after death and with which the Catholic Church has profited tremendously.
The Mass tells of Christ’s sacrifice to the extreme but nothing about His resurrection. This is a huge defect, because…
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins (1 Cor 15:17).
Catholics are indoctrinated to put the Eucharist in place of Christ, which is wrong. The Eucharist as a ritual cannot possibly save.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God (Rom 6:10).
Therefore, a man-made ritual like the Eucharist that emphasizes the sacrifice over and over through the doctrine of transubstantiation violates and adulterates the atonement of Christ, which was declared as “finished” when Jesus breathed his last breath, three days before He was resurrected.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (Jn 19:30).
Catholicism is the doctrine of Mariolatry
The whole church is set up so that Mary is the one people idolize for salvation instead of Christ. Mary is regarded as a perpetual virgin – wrong, she had other children after Jesus was born.
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. (Matt 1:25).
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee (Matt 12:46, 47).
She is treated as a co-redemptrix, which is total blasphemy because only Jesus Himself has the power to save a sinner, not a sinner who needed saving herself!
So the whole system of Catholicism is flawed from the inside out, and it is dangerous to follow these empty traditions.
The fact that this religion is an aggressive and violent group whose sole purpose is to annihilate Israel and persecute or murder anyone outside its own group should be quite enough to tell us it is very dangerous and of the devil.
Yet, there are some who would be so naive as to say it is a religion of peace and that we all worship the same God!
Where on earth do people get this notion?
Rick Warren is trying to create a new religion – Chrislam, i.e., Christian + Muslim.
The Muslims deny Jesus as God and Savior. They believe a person called the “Mahdi” or “Twelfth Imam”, who they identify as their “messiah”, will return in two years to make a seven year peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians! (Dan. 9:27).
Does this description remind you of anyone? Hint: maybe it’s describing the Antichrist that we know.
This is what will lead the whole world into accepting the Antichrist and the New World Order.
Of course, genuine Christians will have been removed off the earth and into heaven by then so we won’t be dealing with that. But imagine being caught in that kind of world of evil and wickedness!
This group was started in the 1800’s by Charles Taze Russell who came up with its various doctrines, probably patterned after the Seventh Day Adventists and the Christadelphians, among others.
It is governed by the “Watchtower” organization comprised of the production of their magazine and literature, a monthly quota and other legalistic rules the members have to rigidly follow.
Any so-called “infractions” of misconduct can lead to a high level of mental anguish and even banishment by the group. They follow their own “bible” where a committee of unlearned, unscholarly men got together some years back and completely re-wrote the Bible, drastically distorting the Word of God (adding to and subtracting from)!
They deny the Trinity, Jesus’ physical resurrection, and His Deity while supporting the notion of annihilationism or soul sleep and salvation by a system of fleshly, man-made works.
Like the Christadelphians and the Seventh Day Adventists, they emphasize eschatology very heavily; and yet, with all their study and talk of the end times, they only understand a fraction of the real message, making it null and void.
Like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons were started in the 1800’s by a young lad by the name of Joseph Smith, who claimed to have found some tablets containing the “truth” of the Bible.
Their basic system of beliefs is based on unbiblical fantasies; they are pantheistic and other cults, like the Christadelphians, have borrowed many of these concepts to some degree (although they will deny it).
Really weird and twisted beliefs, one of which they teach that man has potential to become a god through some evolutionary process.
They also say that Jesus and Satan are brothers.
We haven’t had Christian president since Reagan. The Bush’s call themselves Christians, but of their own order, i.e., “Cross and Bones.”
I think Clinton might want to be a true Christian, but he’d rather be a greedy pervert than please God. Besides, he wasn’t the president anyway, Hillary was and she’s of the devil. Obama and his wife are into Marxism and are Muslims.
Moonies (Unification Church) (Sun Myung Moon):
Moon has proclaimed himself as the Messiah. And his wife is the Holy Spirit! Now there’s a false proclamation if there ever was one!
He and his wife, called The True Parents where he is the True Father and his wife the True Mother, are the first couple to be able to bring forth children with no original sin. “The cross is the symbol of the defeat of Christianity.”
Their “Divine Principles” state:
* Sin is genetically based.
* It is not a moral issue.
* The thieves on the cross represent political movements.
* The thief on the right side of Jesus represents democracy.
* The thief on the left of Jesus is communism.
* Adam and Eve fell because of sexual sin.
* Eve had sexual relations with Satan.
I have questioned that because I have read it in other places and the Bible does say’s in many places that people were children of the devil. That could just be a figure of speech, but you never know.
Also, in Genesis it says:
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made…(Gen 3:1)
The word subtle makes you wonder, because it came be taken as “seductive.” But I’m not saying that Eve had sex with the devil because angels don’t have the proper equipment for that.
Yet, it would explain why Cain was so evil, just like good old dad.
Also, the following sentence makes you wonder:
And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat (Gen 3:13).
God was obviously very angry, and would He be that mad just over eating a fruit? It’s possible because we don’t actually understand how holy God is. We haven’t a clue how majestic He is, but we do now it’s greater than we can imagine.
* Jesus is a “true person” though not God in flesh.
* The Holy Spirit is ‘the True Mother,’ or ‘the Second Eve.” The church denies the doctrine of the Trinity.
If you want to be saved and live with Jesus for eternity, dismiss ALL religions, including Christianity, and cling to the Bible. If you ask He will direct you:
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about (Ps 32”8-10).
What is your preference, to have absolute salvation and live in peace for eternity, or do you have high hopes like the devil did at one time? (Is 14:12-19; Eze 28:1-19).
Something I learned about You Father when I was in prison, that I don’t have to do anything but trust You and You take care of it everything for me.
Realize everybody, we have a God that will do anything and everything for us and we don’t have to do anything but be like Him, as spirits of course, we can’t be gods.
In case your preference was the latter, I’m going to show you where to go to acquire this gift. Tomorrow we’ll look at…
John Eats the Book
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
“Mighty Angel” – perhaps the angel of 5:2.
“Rainbow” – the rainbow became a sign of God’s pledge never to destroy the earth again by a flood (Gen 9:8-17).
“Feet as pillars of fire” – since the exodus supplies background for this central part of Revelation this feature may recall the pillars of fire and cloud that guided (Ex 13:21-22) and protected (Ex 14:19, 24) the Israelites during their wilderness journey.
2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
“Little book” – not the same as the book of destiny in chapter 5, since that book was intended to reveal its contents and this book was to be eaten. Furthermore, the term “little book” sets this particular book off from all others.
“Right foot upon the sea…left foot on the earth” – indicates his tremendous size and symbolizes that his coming has to do with the destiny of all creation.
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
“Sealed up” – in Dan 8:26, 12:4, 9 the prophecies are sealed until the last times, when they will be opened. What the seven thunders said will not be revealed until their proper time.
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
“Time no longer” – this does not mean that time will no longer exist, but that there should be no more delay in the judgment.
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
“Mystery of God” – in apocalyptic thought mysteries were secrets preserved in heaven and revealed to the apocalyptist. Here the mystery is that God won the victory over the forces of evil and will reign forever and ever.
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
“In my mouth sweet as honey” – God’s eternal purposes will experience no further delay – the “good news.”
“My belly was bitter” – the message of the little book will involve suffering – the “bad news” for the non-believers.
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.