They did not really belong to us: 1 John 2.19

“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

1 John 2.19

John refers to false teachers. They denied that Jesus came in the flesh. Separation in teaching must result in separation in fellowship.

The church must be vigilant against false teaching. We must be aware that some will depart from the faith. We must not be disturbed when some leave us. This is as it must be.

#votd #1-John #false-teaching

Black Ice

Yes, black ice. That thin, invisible skim of ice on a surface which is so dangerous because you don’t see it. A few months ago, a friend of ours stepped out her door. She very carefully looked for ice, as it was very cold. Seeing none, she stepped down…onto the only piece of black ice in her yard, and fell, breaking her arm and thigh bone.
The same is true with sin. Sometimes, only a very small item or error is preached. So small that only a very few catch it. Because only one or two approach the elders, they decide to let it go rather than upset the congregation. But sin begets sin. Soon, a whole congregation is led astray, little by little, until the Lord’s Word is unrecognizable.
Take care. Watch for small errors before they become large errors. Search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) and do not be afraid to confront false teaching,

#false-doctrine, #false-teaching

More on the sinfulness of the sinner’s prayer

The sinner’s prayer most often finds its advocates in the corner of those who espouse the grace only and faith only doctrines.

These particular doctrines basically say that an individual can personally do nothing to “earn” his or her salvation, hence the need for repentance, confession, baptism and even faithfulness becomes a “fruit” of salvation rather than “seeds” which lead to it.

But isn’t it funny how those who teach that there is “nothing that a person can do to earn their salvation” also teach that the same person “must” say a prayer to be saved?

Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.” (Romans 6:16-17)

#christianity, #doctrinal-contradictions, #false-teaching, #salvation, #sinners-prayer

It’s a sin to teach someone to pray the sinner’s prayer

Other than inserts written inside the front or back page cover of a Bible, the “sinner’s prayer” is completely foreign to the gospel of Christ.

Can you find sinner’s praying in the pages of the New Testament? Sure you can, but you won’t find the “sinner’s prayer” being said. Not one time can a person be found who is told to “pray this prayer” much less any prayer to be saved.

You will find people being told to believe (John 8:24), people being told to repent (Acts 2:38), people being told to confess (Romans 10:10), people being told to get baptized (Acts 22:16) and people being told to live faithfully even if it cost them his or her life (Revelation 2:10), but you can’t find someone being told to pray to be saved!

Is there anything wrong with saying a prayer before or after responding to the gospel call of Christ? You’d be hard pressed to convince me so – but the scriptures themselves have convinced me that it is wrong to tell someone to pray to be saved when they respond to the message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Mark 16:15-16).

The sinner’s prayer is a dangerous stumbling block that can prevent a person with a genuine heart and genuine intentions from coming to the faith that has been once and for all delivered into the world for the saints of God (Jude 3). It clouds the heart. It confuses the mind. It strengthens ignorance.

To those who are teaching that the sinner’s prayer opens the door to the salvation provided by Jesus – stop! You have no right, no authority and no honest reason to be teaching others to the contrary.

To those who have been taught that you were saved by saying one version of a hundred different prayers, take it from someone who was once told to say the same thing as you – read through the book of Acts and through the New Testament epistles and see if anyone ever “prayed” themselves unto salvation.

If faith comes by hearing the word of God, and it does (Romans 10:17), and the word of God says nothing about the sinner’s prayer, then how can the “sinner’s prayer” be anything but a sin that’s being taught by those who do not know or obey the truth of the gospel?

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

#christianity, #denominational-errors, #false-teaching, #salvation, #sinners-prayer

Beware of Deceivers (2 John 7-11)

Christians need to know what we believe and why about our salvation and our doctrine. A Christian who knows why he or she is “saved” will most likely not fall away from the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). That one will be able to ascertain the teachings of the Bible when it us preached or taught. They will be able to spot false teaching and false teachers more readily.

The Apostle John speaks of this in 2 John 7-11 in his short letter to the Elect Lady and her children. He stresses the need to stand on guard against false teachers.

The word Deceiver refers to a wanderer. John had in mind those who went out as missionaries spreading error. The devil has his ministers and missionaries also (2 Cor. 11:14-15). John says tat he has a whole lot of them (2 John 7; cf I John 4:1).

Hospitality is one of the themes of 2 John; but there are limits. John MacArthur writes, “Since Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:13-15), believers must be on guard against error by having an intimate acquaintance with the Truth.”

One of the marks of a false teacher or a cult is that they do not accept, believe, and teach about the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is, for example, an “angel,” as the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe (the archangel Michael), a created being. To the Mormon’s he is the “spirit brother” of Lucifer, not eternal, but created and conceived just you and I were.

2 John 8 calls for a self-examination in the life of the believer. The Word of God continually admonishes us to look to ourselves or examine ourselves regarding our faith and spiritual matters. In fact, on a weekly basis, we are to examine ourselves before partaking of the Lord’s Supper.

Because Christianity is a here and now religion, we must be found living out our faith on a daily basis. We must abide in the faith. Abide implies a continual walking in the faith. If you follow that scripturally prescribed path, you will be grounded in the faith and will not fall for false teaching.

Larry Miles, May 19, 2011

#2-john, #false-teaching

Daily Nudge: Confronting false teaching

In our reading today in Acts 13, Saul, called Paul, confronts Bar-Jesus the false prophet. It is at this point in the narrative that the group is called “Paul and his companions,” rather than Barnabas and Saul, so it appears to be an important juncture in the story. It is practically the only work for which John Mark is present as well, since the preaching to Sergius Paulus is framed by the comment that John was their assistant and that he leaves them as they depart Cyprus for Pamphylia. On to the Nudge …

Tell about a moment when you either confronted false teaching or witnessed it being done. I’m not thinking so much of a formal debate, as a moment of evangelism, as in Acts 13, or perhaps edification.

#confrontations, #false-teaching, #nudge