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Wrong Doctrines Taught

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I was once attending a church, to which the Pastor taught heresy and other errors. He ultimately was forced to resign and the church grew exponentially after his departure.

It should be noted that any position must be supported by the bible, not personal opinions, nor tradition.

Here are a few of the false doctrines and other errors taught:

That We should rebuke Satan -no, not according to  Jude 1:9 “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” In fact, James 4:7 instructs us to “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

That Southern Baptists derived from the Anabaptists – no, Anabaptists really spawned the Mennonite, Brethren, Amish and Quakers of today – not the Southern Baptists.

That Christ was really buried on Wednesday – no, Christ was buried on Friday. Luke 23:50-55 states “And a man named Joseph, … went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.” Friday is the day of “preparation” in that what was needed on the Sabbath (Saturday) had to be prepared beforehand so as to avoid working on the Sabbath, additionally, the “women who had come” is plural in the original Greek and provides two or more witnesses to the timing.

That Christ looks into the future and ratifies the salvation of those who believe – No, the bible is clear, over and over, that we are chosen out of love before the foundation of the world as Ephesians 3:3-6 state “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

That the King James Bible is the only valid bible and that all other versions are false – No, the KJV is a truly beautiful and poetically written bible that has existed and served well since 1611, but there are other versions that are true to the original Greek and Hebrew and can be relied upon, such as the NASB, NIV and the Holman, just to name a few. Unfortunately, there has evolved a “KJV Only Movement” which can be cruel and divisive, and as Thomas Watson the 18th Century Puritan states, “We glorify God, by standing up for his truths…Some contend earnestly for trifles and ceremonies, but not for the truth.” It should be remembered what John 20:31 says about the bible “…these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” and also, 2 Timothy 3:15: “you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”  The purpose of bible is to “lead unto salvation,” not to cause disunity and division among others who use a different version.

That there are no more saved after the rapture because the Holy Spirit is no longer on earth – Not true, first of all, the Holy Spirit, as part of the Triune Godhead, is Omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere. True, the concept of the Holy Spirit as a Comforter to the believer is a Church Age concept, but He is still the instrument of salvation just as He was in the Old Testament when He also was not a Comforter. Additionally, the greatest revival of new believers, due to the efforts of the two witnesses, the three angels and the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, will be realized in the Tribulation period after the Rapture.  Revelation 6:9-11 “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each of them a white robeAnd Revelation 7:9After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes... And finally Revelation 7:13-14 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” The Old Testament and church age believers have already been given their glorified bodies at the Rapture and are clearly not those clothed in white robes. Those believers not martyred during this period as well as the 144,000 Jews actually populate the millenium.

That we should experience audible words from the Lord – or  a rhema (apparently) if we are truly spiritual – Not true. In the New Testament, logos is translated “word” while rhema means a “spoken word.” For example, Luke 8:11 where Mary replies to Gabriel “…may it happen to me according to your word…” is an example of rhema. Also in Luke 3:2 where “…the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness…” These were audible words from angels or God for very special situations.  Additionally, they were never contrary to the written word. God’s written word should be our primary source of inspiration and guidance. We may, as a result of prayer, study and fasting feel a calling or direction from God but it would seem that as believers, we have enough on our hands just trying to understand God’s written word (logos) without striving for a rhema telling us to go to bible school.

Sadly, many perpetuate some of these heresies. Many believers simply believe because they are untrained and unwilling to look into what the bible has to say. Others unfortunately, because they will simply rely upon their pastor who might never get around to teaching the truth. It should be understood that we are ultimately and personally responsible – not only for what we believe but for what we teach others.