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The Way of Cain - Page 37

New teachings in the Christian Church- Where are They Leading Us?

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In Summary:

How does the movement's doctrine compare with the Bible's message about the end times?

We have looked in detail at the movement's doctrines concerning the end-times. So, what does the Bible have to say about the end-times? How does it compare to the Latter Rain teachings?

The Bible does not predict a great endtime 'revival' or a spiritual super-race defeating death and ushering in the kingdom of God, but rather the very opposite: increasing evil, times of peril, a huge apostasy of those who profess to be Christians, false teachings, false prophets, deceptive signs and wonders, and a delusion that will even deceive God's own people if or when possible. Please read:

Matt 24:24 ; 2 Tim 3:1-5 , 13 ; Luke 18:8 ; 2 Tim 4:3-4 ; 2 Th 2:1-12 ; 2 Pet 2:1-19 ; 1 Tim 4:1 ; 2 Pet 3:3-4

We are warned that the deception that is to come will be so difficult to discern, even those who genuinely love the Lord might be deceived. I'd like to take a moment to look into the falling away and deception as it is described in 2 Thess, chapter 2, verses 1-3, 9-12, & 15, from the Amplified Bible. (Parentheses, italics, and dashes are theirs) - -

But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and our gathering together to meet Him, we beg you, brethren, not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here. Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first - that is, unless the [predicted] great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come - and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed...

The coming [of the lawless one, the Antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan, and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels - [all of them] lying wonders - And by unlimited seduction of evil and with all wicked deception for those who are (going to perdition,) perishing because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe - who refused to adhere to, trust in and rely on - the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness...

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions and instructions which you were taught by us...

There are several things we can draw from this passage that are very applicable to the present situation in the church. First, that a ''great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians'' has been predicted and will certainly happen. This is something we should always keep in mind when hearing about NEW 'revelations' and teachings.

Secondly, that we are not to be ''kept excited'' or alarmed, by any supposed new revelation- whether it appears to be from the Spirit, or by word, or even a letter alleged to be from Christ's Apostles.

Third, this apostasy is the preparation for the revealing of the Antichrist, Satan's counterfeit Christ.

Fourth, this will ''be attended by great power,'' (Aha! That word again) and will include all sorts of pretended miracles, signs, marvels, and so on, which are lying wonders - wonders which will seduce one away from the true Christ. (Remember, Satan just aims to keep the 'anti' silent in Antichrist.)

There is an attitude today that we should not examine purported 'miracles' too closely or we might 'offend God.' We see here that the opposite is true - if miracles are pretended, God holds us accountable to find that out and act upon it. We also know we are to turn away from even authentic miracles if they do not support the truth of who God is as revealed in His word.

Fifth, we see the importance of truth to God. He sends the delusion on all those who refuse truth, for the purpose of judgment. People will not objectively seek to determine the truth of this delusion because it is going to appear to validate what they want to believe.

What place does truth hold in your value system? Is it as important to you as it is to God? Do you actively pursue it?

And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True... Rev 19:11

Pilate said to Him, ''What is truth?'' Jn 18:38

Sixth, this delusion is sent upon ''those who are ''going to perdition'' / ''perishing'' - that is, the entire unbelieving world. Unlike the ''narrow way'' that few find, this delusion will be acceptable to the whole world- it will fit handily into the ''broad way.''

Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. Mt 7:13

For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness 1Cor 1:18

Finally, we are to ''stand firm and hold fast to the traditions and instructions'' we were taught in the New Testament by Christ's original Apostles. This excludes any ideas of ''God doing a New Thing,'' ''the very definition of Christianity'' being changed, or any other new doctrine not taught in the Bible.

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I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who... want to distort the gospel of Christ. Gal 1:6-7
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