EMBRACING THE WOLVES

In the name of love …

What are we doing?

We defend false teachers and castigate those who expose them.

What are we doing?

We have redefined the biblical meaning of love.

Let us put the spotlight on the lost for a moment.  We are not promised tomorrow so today is the day of salvation.  Death waits for no man.

We are not exhibiting Christian love if we are silent when false teachers lead people into soul damning teachings.

We are not exhibiting Christian love to the one who is promoting false teaching if we overlook “in the name of love” the seriously false information that they are propagating. They may themselves one day say “why didn’t more people say something”.

The Scriptures tell us to speak the truth and to do it in love.  When we defend those who jeopardize another’s salvation we have crossed over into the enemies territory … the enemy of our souls.

What saith the Scriptures?

Acts 20:29-31 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Barnes Commentary:

Also of your own selves – From your own church; from those who profess to be Christians.

Speaking perverse things – Crooked, perverted, distracting doctrines …

They would proclaim doctrines tending to distract and divide the church.

The most dangerous enemies which the church has had have been nurtured in its own bosom, and have consisted of those who have perverted the true doctrines of the gospel.

The church of Christ would have little to fear from external enemies if it nurtured no foes in its own bosom;

Gill Commentary:

Speaking perverse things; concerning God, and Christ, and the Gospel; distorted things, wresting the Scriptures to their own destruction, and that of others; things that are disagreeable to the word of God, and pernicious to the souls of men:

I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears; that is, he was constantly and continually cautioning them against false teachers, and their doctrines, in the most tender and affectionate manner; shedding tears at the thoughts of what mischief would be done, and how many souls would be ruined by them; which gives a lively idea of the apostle, and his ministry, of his affection, zeal, and diligence, very worthy of the imitation of all the preachers of the Gospel.

Matthew Henry Commentary:

Therefore take heed to the flock, and do all you can to establish them in the truth, and to arm them against the insinuations of the false teachers.

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Barnes Commentary:

For many walk – Many live, the Christian life being often in the Scriptures compared with a journey. In order to induce them to imitate those who were the most holy, the apostle says that there were many, even in the church, whom it would not be safe for them to imitate. He evidently here refers mainly to the church at Philippi, though it may be that he meant to make the declaration general, and to say that the same thing existed in other churches. There has not probably been any time yet in the Christian church when the same thing might not be said.

Of whom I have told you often – When he preached in Philippi. Paul was not afraid to speak of church members when they did wrong, and to warn others not to imitate their example. He did not attempt to cover up or excuse guilt because it was in the church, or to apologize for the defects and errors of those who professed to be Christians. The true way is, to admit that there are those in the church who do not honor their religion, and to warn others against following their example. 
And now tell you even weeping – This is the true spirit with which to speak of the errors and faults of Christians. It is not to go and blazon their inconsistencies abroad. It is not to find pleasure in the fact that they are inconsistent. It is not to reproach religion on that account, and to say that all religion is false and hollow, and that all professors are hypocrites. We should rather speak of the fact with tears; for, if there is anything that should make us weep, it is, that there are those in the church who are hypocrites, or who dishonor their profession. We should weep:

(1) because they are in danger of destroying their own souls;

(2) because they are destined to certain disappointment when they come to appear before God; and,

(3) because they injure the cause of religion, and give occasion to the “enemies of the Lord to speak reproachfully.” He who loves religion. will weep over the inconsistencies of its friends; 

WITNESSING TO A STRANGER

My husband and I were in a large store we were waiting to be helped. Also waiting for help was an elderly man who was of my Italian ancestry and Roman Catholic background. In addition to that he was from my old neighborhood. We chatted awhile and then the man said he had recently returned from visiting Lourdes and Fatima. He reminded me of my Dad and Italian family and my heart was broken. My husband felt the same way. How could we feel such love for a total stranger? The answer is that “the love of Christ constraineth us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). We gave him two tracts that look like little bibles …

Earlier in the day a believer that I know was minimizing Rome’s errors and Graham’s apostasy and duplicity. Nothing I could say would convince otherwise. As Keith Green proclaimed, the church is “asleep in the light”.

THE CARNAL CHRISTIAN

Very edifying article at link …

THE CARNAL CHRISTIAN

Excerpt …

“… it is the error of their teachers who, by preaching the theory of ‘the carnal Christian’, have led them to believe that there are three groups of men, — the unconverted man, the ‘carnal Christian’ and the ‘spiritual Christian’.”

FALSE DOCTRINES OF HYPER-DISPENSATIONALISM

A false teaching known as Hyper or Ultra-Dispensationalism is being taught in today’s church world.  What follows is a small sampling of Ultra Hyper-Dispensationalism’s false teachings …

False:  The four Gospels were for the Jewish people and have no application to the Church today because they are “law” and not “grace”.

False: The words of Jesus Christ were for the Jewish people and have no application to the Church today because His words are “law” and not “grace”.

False:  “The Great Commission” was for the Jewish people and has no application to the Church today because the words of Jesus … “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” is “law” and not “grace”.

False:  The Gospel salvation message preached by Jesus Christ (and also preached by Peter and the other apostles) is not for the Church today.  We are told that Paul preached a “different” gospel message, a mystery revealed only to him, which is for the Church today.

False:  Repentance, water baptism, and the Lord’s Supper are not for the church today because they are “works” and not “grace”.

Hyper-Dispensationalsim perverts the true Gospel and twists the teachings of Scripture.

ANTIMONIANISM IS NOT TRUE GRACE … contrasted by … TRUE GRACE

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THE HOLISTIC TRAP

What follows are excerpts from one of the best articles I have found so far regarding Holistic medicine and it’s health dangers and, more importantly, it’s spiritual dangers. It is entitled “MEDICINE WITH A SOUL”. Christian discernment is sorely needed on this topic. You can read the entire article at the link provided below the excerpts.

“The Holistic Trap

… Whenever pragmatism influences the church, discernment evaporates and new age practices and therapies become acceptable methods of spiritual practice or healing.”14

John Weldon, co-author of the Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, makes the following observations regarding false approaches to New Age medicine: First, an unwillingness to research a practice before adopting it. Second, the will to believe in a practice in spite of contrary scientific data. Third, a rationalizing and legitimizing of the mystical and the occult on the basis of entirely unknown factors. Fourth, a personal bias in favor of the method merely because it worked.15″

“Wholeness: Spiritually & Scripturally

… the lack of proper diagnosis and treatment is not the most dangerous concern one should have regarding alternative therapies, although they are substantial. The most harmful of all the dangers that the holistic therapist opens one up to is the subtle nature of spiritual disciplines that are rooted in the occult without revealing their true nature.

Dean Ornish, an internist at the University of California at San Francisco, says, “I’ve become increasingly convinced that we are dealing here with emotional and spiritual dimensions.”20 Healing for the Christian doctor or the holistic therapist is a spiritual exercise. For the patient the issue is which spiritual road-sign will lead him to true wholeness.

The Scripture offers the individual direction at this point. “Jesus recognized the importance of doctors. He said the sick needed physicians (Mark 2:17).”21 However, it is instructive to us to recognize that God’s foremost desire may not necessarily be for us to remain healthy. Remember, Christ came primarily to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). I am not saying that He cannot heal. I am saying that He may have a higher purpose for His inaction, especially as it relates to our personal time-table.

The Bible offers us many examples of God’s purposes. Job is perhaps the most significant example (Job 2:3). The Apostle Paul serves as another example (2 Corinthians 12:7). It is important for us to understand that sickness is not a result of sin in our lives (1 Corinthians 11:29-30, John. 9:3).

God may have reasons beyond our understanding for not healing an individual in accordance with our time frame. Our sickness may be used to emphasize God’s divine nature. Job’s sickness caused him to receive a fresh appreciation of God (Job 42:5,6). Our sickness glorifies God. When Jesus heard that Lazarus fell ill He commented that “this sickness will not end in death, No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4).

Another way our infirmity serves our Creator is that it displays His work. God is able to show His glory through the healing of our body. The resulting testimony brings Him glory. The trials of life bring spiritual maturity in the believer. James recounts that the testing of our faith brings endurance (James 1:2-4). Illness is but one of many ways that God may choose to test one’s faith.

Infirmity helps us keep a sober perspective on life. Paul’s thorn in his flesh kept him in humility rather than boastful pride (2 Corinthians 12:7). God may be preparing you, through your illness, to become His comforter to those who suffer (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

Ultimately we must recognize that God alone is sovereign. He is the healer. He is the creator. He is the one who orders our lives and to whom we are subject. We have salvation in no other.

Concluding Thoughts

The way we practice medicine is changing. The holistic health movement has dramatically changed how we see ourselves, the universe, and ultimately the supernatural.

The traditional way of viewing medicine as a business and treating only the physical body is now seen as being negative. The treatment of mind, body, and spirit is the new norm. Individuals desire caregivers who have an overall concern about the whole person. However, the patient must be aware of the methodology used in treatment and its accompanying dangers, not only for physical and emotional well-being but for one’s spiritual life as well.

The patient and the caregiver must realize that true wholeness comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Healing comes in its fullness when the patient and the doctor draw on their faith in God and their combined faith is in the center of His will.22

The spiritual aspect of the alternative health movement has raised the need for Christians to critically assess and rightly discern the spirit behind such practices. In the end, the individual must moderate any alternative practice with a proven scientific analysis regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8″

Link to complete article …

http://www.christianinformation.org/article.asp?artID=65