Monday, August 22, 2016

False Teaching 101

The Word of God brings life to those in Christ Jesus, and the Word of God is a light to those in darkness. Why then, as children of God, do we seek another way? Such as in the writings of The Purpose Driven Life?

Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life
The best selling book has impacted millions of persons. Some of Pastor Warren's purpose involves his recommendations for "Becoming Best Friends with God." The author shares six secrets to become God's friends, one of which is practicing God's presence by being in "constant conversation" with him. After quoting 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ("pray without ceasing"), Warren asks how a Christian can practice unceasing prayer to which he answers, "One way is to use 'breath prayers' throughout the day, as many Christians have done for centuries. You choose a brief sentence or a simple phrase that can be repeated in one breath." Then after providing ten examples of prayers, short biblical phrases that could work as breath prayers, Warren advises "Pray it as often as possible so it is rooted deep in your heart." In this context Warren also cites the book of Brother Lawrence (c.1605-1691), The Practice of the Presence of God, who advocated experiencing the presence of God in the most menial of circumstances, by praying short conversational prayers throughout the day. The Roman Catholic practice of praying the rosary is also akin to breath prayers.

TV sitcoms and reality shows constantly picture people vainly praying breath prayers. They go something like, "Oh, God!" or "Oh, My God!" In their repetition and in the trite situations in which these words are uttered, such expressions are meaningless, vain and even hypocritical. The Law commands, "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain" (Ex. 20:7). If in their repetition breath prayers become boring and therefore meaningless to the practitioner, then praying them is vanity, especially if in their personal lives the practitioners are disobedient to God.

Matthew 15:8-This people draw near unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. KJV

Can we become "best friends" with God without practicing his presence by praying breath prayers? Jesus admitted to this potential when he told the disciples, "You are My friends, if you do what I command you" (Jn. 15:14).

James 2:23- And the Scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for Righteousness; and he was called the Friend of God. KJV

The Lord never commanded us to pray "breath prayers", in fact, Jesus wouldn't have us to recite or repeat prayers as the heathen.
Isaiah 41:8 “

From Breath Prayers By Pastor Larry DeBruyn 2006

Do we as Christians believe the Word of GOD? Or is it a matter of not reading and study?
Exodus 20:3 says - “You shall have no other gods before Me”. This is the first commandment given. That indicates that you shall not worship other gods. There is but one GOD, the LORD Jehovah. There is no other god. Exodus 20:4 says- “You shall not make unto yourself any graven image, or any likeness of anything that in Heaven above, or that is in the Earth beneath, or that is in the water under the Earth.”
Exodus 20:5 says- “You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD GOD am a jealous God,...”

The Word clearly states, that there is no other god. As believers in Christ Jesus, we should only be seeking Truth. The Truth can only be found in the WORD of GOD.
What happens then, if we don’t study and seek after the Truth? (The Truth being the Word, and what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary). If we don’t allow the Bible to teach us what we need to know in order to grow in Christ; then we become weak, and we seek after what the world has to offer. Thinking then, that the false prophets know more than what the Word of God teaches.
(Of course, if the Child of God realizes he is weak in the faith, he can ask the Lord to help him get back into the Word of God).

There are many false preachers and teachers in the world today; Here’s what the Word of God says in Colossians 2:4- “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words”- (speaks of being deceived by the lure of subtle reasoning). For there are those that twist the Word of God. As in Colossians 2:8 says- “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Anything that is not of the Cross, is of men. If its truly of God; then it will point to the Cross of Christ. This should be your compass-- The Word of God and the Cross. Anything that points you to the tradition of men or of false teaching- will surely lead you down to a path of destruction.

It’s important for believers to continue in the Faith, (in the Cross of Christ). Colossians 1:23 says- “If you continue in the Faith grounded and settled and not moved away from the Hope of the Gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under Heaven...” This verse of scripture simply means if we continue in the Faith; “the Faith” is “Christ and Him Crucified”, which is the foundation of the Faith, which always must be the Cross.
Then this is the means of our salvation. As believers, we must always keep our faith in Christ. For there isn’t any other way to Salvation – but by way of the Cross.

Colossians 2:20 says- “Wherefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world (the way of the world), why, as though living in the world, are you subject to Ordinances (refers to trusting something other than Christ and the Cross for Salvation and Victory), verse 21- Touch not; taste not; handle not- (there is no Salvation or Victory in rules and regulations)”.
If any man or false teaching tells you there is another way to Heaven, (other than the Cross of Christ); then this is a lie of Satan.

Written by Mary S. 2016

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