“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Sadly, not only do many Christians neglect this command in the church today, the results of ignoring Jesus’ Words regarding false teachers has spiritual consequences:
- Unloving towards both God and neighbour;
- Exposing the church to more apostacy;
- Representing a bad witness to a lost and dying world;
- Spiritually harming many people in the church and in the community;
- Watering down and complicating the simplicity of the gospel and the Christian confession of faith;
- Making evangelism harder regarding new converts finding safe churches where the gospel is not tainted by false teaching or associated with false teachers.
It seems many choose to turn a deaf ear to Paul’s warning:
“I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.” Acts 20:29-31
Why are so many Christians more than happy to go churches run by wolves who do not spare the flock (Acts 20:33), speak “twisted things” and “draw away the disciples after them.”
SO WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
If you hear church leaders use the typical biblically twisted phrases, “judge not lest ye be judged,” “he who hasn’t sin cast the first stone,” “for all have sinned and fallen short,” “at least Christ is proclaimed,” or the typical name calling such as “haters, Pharisees, witch hunters etc” – there is a very good chance you are dealing with someone who is ANTI-Christ. That is, a leader who is rejecting the very clear warnings and teachings of Jesus and His disciples regarding false prophets and teachers. In other words, they are refusing to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.