“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:13-17).
Rachel Held Evans: Leader of the Social Justice gospel dead at 37:
When I read that Ms. Evans had passed away, all I could think of was whether, at the very end, she realized that she had not been speaking the truth of the Word of God to her millions of followers. I pray that she realized this, and that she called out to our Lord in godly repentance at the very end.
Only God knows what happened in the heart of this very young woman before she died. I have written articles about her and the so-called “Social Justice gospel (SJG).” I am a writer of truth and I felt that it was of utmost importance to speak against this movement which is as anti-Christian as a movement can be.
The Lost World and the Social Justice gospel
I have been reading that the world is embracing the SJG as the “true” Christians, and see us (the remnant) as “haters.” You see, they will only see God as Love, which He truly is. But they either do not know or they choose to push aside His other attributes: Holy, Righteous and Just.
The SJG cherry-picks the Scriptures which support their doctrines. You will never hear a leader in the SJG movement speak of how homosexuality is an abomination to our God. They also fully support abortion and march with those who scream about a woman’s right to “choose.” They are on board with transgenderism. These people are also ardent Climate Change supporters.
And let’s not forget that those in the SJG movement are mostly Socialists.
Here is an article I wrote about Ms. Evans and the SJG last year:
Progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans, who challenged evangelicals on Trump, dead at 37
Progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans, who served on an advisory council for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships for President Barack Obama, died Saturday at the age of 37.
Evans, the bestselling author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, and Searching for Sunday, was known for her clashes with evangelical Christians. An Episcopalian, she advocated for women in church leadership and the inclusion of LGBT members and against evangelical support of President Trump, among other hot-button issues.
The Dayton, Tenn., resident was hospitalized in April for what she described on Twitter as a combination of the flu and a urinary tract infection along with an allergic reaction to antibiotics she had been given.
Following her admittance to the hospital, she developed seizures and was placed in a medically-induced coma. When doctors tried to bring her off the coma medication, her brain swelled, causing damage her husband described as “not survivable” in an update to a blog post detailing her health struggles.
Her husband, Daniel Evans, with whom she had two children, announced her death on her website.
“This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping it’s a nightmare from which I’ll awake. I feel like I’m telling someone else’s story,” her husband wrote. “I cannot express how much the support means to me and our kids. To everyone who has prayed, called, texted, driven, flown, given of themselves physically and financially to help ease this burden: Thank you. We are privileged. Rachel’s presence in this world was a gift to us all and her work will long survive her.”source
The real tragedy here is that the work of which her surviving spouse speaks was False teaching. God will NOT be mocked. And I think that this should be a wake up call to anyone who changes, twists or rewrites God’s Holy Word.
Pray for Rachel’s family. Pray for her millions of followers.
PRAY that the Lord will send true believers into many of their lives and their eyes will be opened to the Truth of the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!
This article was originally written a few years ago. I am bringing it out again, with some modifications, because I am noticing brothers and sisters in Christ who are still beguiled by False Teachings and cults masquerading as Christianity.
In these last days, Jesus warned of false teachers and to beware of them.We are seeing this unfolding before our eyes. But sometimes (as the devil does so well) it sounds believable and before long, many of us are pulled into heretical teaching. Our Lord wants to keep us safe from False Teachers. His Word is there for us for this purpose.
I was reading Acts 17 and of course came upon this passage of Scripture:
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Acts 17:11 is preached to this day to impart to God’s people a most important Truth. The Bereans had heard Paul and Silas preach to them. The Word says that these Berean Jews received the word with all readiness; but what did they do after hearing that which was preached to them?
They searched the Scriptures to verify what they had heard.
Many people today do not rely on the Word of God for Truth. Unfortunately, they rely on the teachings of men, some of which are Biblically sound, but others have twisted the Word of God to accommodate the “Itching Ear” crowd who want to be made comfortable in church.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
“that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:14).
Did you know that those who are trained to spot counterfeit money spend the majority of their time studying authentic bills? It’s true. They can immediately spot the counterfeit because the authentic is ingrained in their brains.
And so are believers in Christ told to study the Word of God in order to reject apostasy:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
It’s a Spiritual Minefield Out There
What is Apostasy?
Apostasy, from the Greek word apostasia, means “a defiance of an established system or authority; a rebellion; an abandonment or breach of faith.” This clearly shows that there is “Truth” from the Word of God; but there is also a rebellion or defiance against God’s Word.
I have seen Bible teachers of late telling their flocks that “Aspostasia” means the Rapture of the church in 2 Thessalonians 2. This is clearly errant teaching, although I do not say that these teachers are doing this in a malicious manner.
This is why we should be like the Bereans -receiving teaching with gladness BUT searching the Scriptures to see if what we were told is true.
In the Greek, Apostasia always refers to a departure from a belief system; in other words a falling away from faith in the Word of God. It has never meant a “spacial departure” which many are teaching in saying this is the Rapture of the Church.
“Question: “Will there be a great apostasy / falling away during the end times?”
Answer: The Bible indicates that there will be a great apostasy during the end times. The “great apostasy” is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The KJV calls it the “falling away,” while the NIV and ESV call it “the rebellion.” And that’s what an apostasy is: a rebellion, an abandonment of the truth. The end times will include a wholesale rejection of God’s revelation, a further “falling away” of an already fallen world.” source
Brethren, the definition of Apostasy (Apostasia) could not be more clear!
Deception of the Brethren
I receive many emails each week from the readers of my articles. It shocks and saddens me that so many are caught up in false teaching, cults and even in a “New Age” version of Christianity.
This is not true of the majority of those who write to me. Most are very grounded in the Word and are ‘Born Again’ believers. But the readers who do communicate with me who have become ensnared in false doctrine is very troubling.
I see this on Facebook when I publish a new article. There will always be those who find fault with my words because what I say exposes the false doctrine which they believe.
I want the reader to understand that I am very open to being corrected by the brethren – but the Word of God mustreign supreme over “opinions” of men and women.
So, let’s get right into the snares and traps of False teaching.
Hebrew Roots (HRM)
Being an ethnic Jew who came to faith in Christ so many years ago, I am very familiar with this cult. And yes – I did say CULT.
Satan’s traps, lies and snares are everywhere, but Hebrew Roots is especially egregious to the Lord. We know that we are saved by Grace through faith. It is the New Covenant of Grace – the better Covenant which brings life to those who believe in the finished work of Christ on the Cross; and His resurrection from the dead. When we truly believe “on” the Lord Jesus Christ (placing our faith in Him alone for the forgiveness of our sins by His shed blood), and understand that this is what saves us; we are able to discern false teaching.
Through the years, I have met many Christians who are taken with the knowledge that I am an ethnic Jew. I have spoken with many who actually research their lineage to find out if they have any amount of Jewish blood.
I have often told them that being grafted into the vine is simply the way that the Lord has made it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God. But somewhere along the line, they have been confronted by those of the Hebrew Roots Cult.
To simplify the errant teaching of this cult, I have chosen to take the main beliefs and format them in a bulleted list. I do hope that many of the brethren will print out this article and keep it for reference.
The Church has veered far from the true teaching and Hebrew concepts of the Bible
That Christianity has been indoctrinated with cultures and beliefs of paganism
Christ’s death did not end the Mosaic Law, but renewed it
Understanding of the NT can only come from a Hebrew perspective
The teachings of Paul are not understood or taught correctly
The believers should walk in Torah-observance to please God
The dietary laws and all celebrations of the feasts of Israel should be observed by all believers
I must insert something very important for the reader. I am in no way saying that Christians who feel led to study the history and customs of the Jewish people, and even take part in many of these, should not do this. But they must understand that observing these traditions of Judaism is not part of Salvation. This is a lie from the pit of hell. The teachings of HRM are no different from those of the Judaizers of Jesus’ day, with one exception:
Most all of the HRM leadership and followers and NOT Jews.
I have noticed that most so-called Hebrew Roots churches are not only filled with non-Jews, but the “Rabbi” over the people is not even ethnically Jewish himself! (Most of the congregations are not aware of this).
The influence of this movement is working its way into our churches and seminaries. It’s dangerous in its implication that keeping the Old Covenant law is walking a “higher path” and is the only way to please God and receive His blessings. Nowhere in the Bible do we find Gentile believers being instructed to follow Levitical laws or Jewish customs; in fact, the opposite is taught. Romans 7:6 says, “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” Christ, in keeping perfectly every ordinance of the Mosaic Law, completely fulfilled it. Just as making the final payment on a home fulfills that contract and ends one’s obligation to it, so also Christ has made the final payment and has fulfilled the law, bringing it to an end for us all.source
The NAR Movement (New Apostolic Reformation and Dominion Theology)
We are warned by Jesus not to add or take away from His Holy Word. Perhaps the NAR Movement and Dominionists misread the Words of our Lord. These movements thrive on extra-Biblical revelation. The dangers of these teachings are beyond what we can even imagine.
This movement is spanning the globe at an alarming rate.
As I did with HRM, I will format this as bullet points to simplify:
They will not refer to themselves as NAR or Dominionists
The have restored the offices of Apostles and Prophets from the OT
The leadership is comprised of the “New” Apostles and Prophets chosen by men
They teach that Christians MUST be involved in politics
They teach that God has restored the offices of Apostle and Prophets over the last 30-40 years
Members of this movement must obey the words of the so-called Apostles and Prophets
As more and more members unify behind the leaders – these leaders will be given supernatural powers of mass healings and suspend the laws of physics.
Great wealth will come to the new Apostles and this will enable the church to establish God’s Kingdom on earth (Dominionism)
Belief in Grave Soaking (lying on top of a grave of a well-known Christian in hopes that knowledge will be imparted to them.
Gold dust coming down on the congregation during worship (people believing this came from heaven.
Discerning Christians will see clearly that this is a cult. It does not even resemble Christianity from the Bible. Nevertheless, the followers of this cult are in the millions and growing every day.
A question for the reader: Does any of this about NAR, Dominion Theology and HRM line up with the Word of God? (rhetorical question!)
This is the first of a series of articles which I hope to write concerning cults and false teaching.
I will cover the “Social Justice Gospel” in my next article along with other Apostasy movements.
Brethren, I hope that this article will help someone to make the decision to leave if they are involved with these false movements. I also hope that this might help a family who has a member caught up in HRM, NAR or Dominion Theology.
Remember: Times change but the Word of God NEVER changes.
Beware of extra-Biblical teaching and so-called revelations.
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:1-3
A recent survey taken by Arizona Christian University (ACU) revealed some disconcerting numbers. True Biblical faith in this country has departed. I know this is nothing new as Rabbi Saul aka the Apostle Paul was combating this while the ink was still wet on the Gospel’s. What is disturbing is that Biblical Salvation is being rejected in place of works-based faith. Brethren, if I have to place my faith in my works, I’m toast (literally in the Lake of Fire). I don’t know about you all, but a “Lake of Fire” is no place I want to go. NOT even for 1/1000th of a nano-second, let alone eternity.
If there are ANY of you reading this that believe you can earn your own salvation. We need to talk.
Unlike past generations of Americans, who readily recognized the reality of sin and the need for salvation through Jesus Christ, U.S. adults today adopt a “salvation-can-be-earned” perspective, with a near-majority (48%) believing that if a person is generally good, or does enough good things during their life, they will “earn” a place in Heaven.
Only one-third of American adults (35%) continue to embrace the traditional biblical view that salvation comes through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, according to findings from the American Worldview Inventory 2020 from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University.
What is even more shocking is that huge proportions of people who attend churches whose official doctrine says eternal salvation comes only from embracing Jesus Christ as savior nonetheless believe that a person can qualify for Heaven by being or doing good. That includes close to half of all adults associated with Pentecostal (46%), mainline Protestant (44%), and evangelical (41%) churches. A much larger share of Catholics (70%) embrace that point of view.
In addition, the relevance of sin is on the wane, with only slightly more than half of U.S. adults (56%) saying they consciously and consistently attempt to avoid sinning because they know it offends God.
Other key findings from the latest AWVI 2020 release include:
Fewer Americans (49%) believe they have a personal responsibility, in appropriate situations, to share their religious beliefs with people who possess different religious beliefs. That is down slightly since 1991, when 53% of adults felt they had such an obligation, according to the findings.
Only half of Americans (54%) believe they will experience Heaven after they die; 15% said they don’t know what will happen after they die; 13% said there is no life after death; 8% expect to be reincarnated; another 8% believe they will go to a place of purification prior to entering Heaven. Just 2% believe they will go to Hell.
Born-again Christians, defined as people who not only claim to be Christian but also believe that when they die they will go to Heaven only because they have confessed their sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, were least likely to hold the “salvation-can-be-earned” view.
Conservatives are much more likely (75%) to “consciously and consistently attempt to avoid sinning because they know it offends God,” compared to liberals (41%) or moderates (49%).
Therefore, if I can give God my best works, He will accept them? Scripture tells us:
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:6
The best I can offer God in my own flesh is nothing more than a polluted garment. That should tell me something, yes? I think so! If I could become saved by my own works, I could boast! But:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
That should put the issue to bed yes. But, what of works? Indeed, you cannot have faith without works as James stated:
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. James 2:18-24
Yes, it is true. If you say “I have faith but do no works”, you are deceiving yourself. Perhaps test your faith to see if you are indeed saved. Our salvation is in Faith alone by Christ alone. Our works are the fruits of our salvation:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24
You see the greatest battle we all fight is three inches behind our eyes. We wrestle with the flesh daily. So, if someone tells you they are saved, yet continually does detestable things before a Holy God, perhaps they might not be? I am not the fruit tester, or judge of the fruit. That alone belongs to God. He shall separate the sheep from the goats, and the wheat from the tares. We, however, are to discern the trees by their fruits:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Matthew 7:15-20
Take the test?
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5
You and I DO NOT want to hear this from our Lord and Judge:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23
Brethren, if there are things about yourselves that bother you about sin in your life. Repent. If you fail. Repent again. If you YET again fail. Repent again. Lord knows, I do.
We ought never be comfortable in any sin. We must put the flesh to death. But bear this in mind, you do so as a result of your salvation, not as a means toward it. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 The Name of Jesus (or in Hebrew Yeshua which means salvation).
He paid for you, and if you are His, He is Lord. Obey Him! And if you happen to fail in that (I have). Run towards Him not away. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9