Our texts for these expositions are Matthew 7: 21 and I John 4: 1.
Matthew 7:21 says: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
1 John 4:1 says: Beloved, 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.
Jesus was concluding His sermon on the mount which He started from Matthew 5; in Matthew 7 He made this clear statement that it is not all those who call Him Lord would enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In other words, not everything that glitters is gold. This tells us that an outward profession of religion, no matter how remarkable it is, will not take anyone to heaven. Heaven is reserved and preserved only for those who have accepted and appropriated Jesus in their lives.
Secondly, to avoid being misled, 1 John 4:1 advises us to test all spirits. In other words, test all preachers and what they preach. Some of the preachings and teachings today come clandestinely from the spirit of the antichrist.
The Spirit of God indwells us and He helps us to discern and distinguish the falsehood of the devil. When the Holy Spirit helps us to test the teachings of those who teach and we find them to be false, John’s admonition is:
- we should not regard them,
- we should not believe them,
- we should not trust them and
- we should not follow them.
Knowing the truth is the foundation. If one does not know what the Bible teaches, one will fall victim to these predators of the Gospel. We must scrutinize ALL teachers and their teachings to avoid falling prey to the predators.
One big problem with modern Christians is that when one points out what is weird and incompatible with the Scriptures, they say one is judging. They misquote Matthew 7:1. This verse does not say that we should not reprove or point out people’s wrongdoings. It rather says that when one is involved in the same misbehavior or sin, one should not point at those who do the same. I would like us to discard our prejudices and follow this exposé.
Today, we are going to start a series on the above topic. The Bible, the God-guided for Christians through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, has been neglected and abandoned by many Church leaders. To such people, it is their mind that dictates to them what to do and what not to do. They have become institutions of their own knowing what is good and what is evil, that is, accepting the lie the old serpent told Eve in the Garden of Eden and acting accordingly. For them, it is what they call sin that is sin. They determine what sin is; it is neither the Bible nor the Holy Spirit that convinces and convicts people of sin, as human beings themselves do. Such an idea is from the bottomless pit.
In part 2, we will start with the first set of these odd and weird happenings in the Modern Church. Watch out for it. *Maranatha!