1 John 4:1 says:
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
And Colossians 2:8 says:
See it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world rather than according to Christ.
It is evident that Christianity in this Century is facing the greatest challenge in its existence. There are a series of teachings that are slowly but steadily changing Biblical interpretations and undermining the faith of millions of unsuspected Christians today. These unsuspecting Christians do not know what is happening; neither do they know the issues involved.
The way these seductive teachings come is surprisingly simple. They do not come as a frontal assault from rival doctrines. They rather take place as a guise, faith-producing techniques for spiritual power, miracles, signs, and wonders. The inventors of such techniques drive their teachings into the minds of their victims by promising self-improvement psychology for the full realization of human potentials. They also claim to present methods that, if rigidly observed, metamorphose into “successful Christian living”. What they call successful Christian living is material wealth.
The most pathetic and disheartening thing is that many Christians simply cannot tell an enemy from a friend in the Christian fold. The truth has been overshadowed by heresy.
Jesus’ parable of Wheat and bad seed is fulfilling in our days. The enemy has so much influenced the Church that his activities are taken for the real. It is unbelievable that exposing the activities of such an enemy in the Church does not only attract a sharp and pungent criticism, it also attracts name-calling to the one who exposes it.
By Rev. Daniel Sopuru (Hillcross Ministry)
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