Category Archives: Cults and Heretical Teaching

The Moth Men’s Prophesies

The Biblical The Butterfly Effect and the Moth Man

True teachers of God’s word are to butterflies as false teachers are to moths.
Moths form cacoons and butterflies emerge from chrysalises- there are other differences as well. Yet we know it is easy for an untrained eye to mistake one from the other. Moths are not always dole or homely looking. In fact some are very appealing, so is also sometimes the case with counterfeit Christianity. Some moths are plain and ugly like the Westboro Baptist Moth, yet the Osteen moth and other types like it are appealing and very bright and colorful.

Never judge a book by its cover nor a bug by its color nor a preacher by how appealing his message may seem.

You want to know what a born again butterfly looks like in comparison to the mere moths sitting in pews and pulpits? The consult your Biblical butterfly guide, scripture.

Matthew 7:20-23 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

“People need to stop looking at the moths if they want to learn about butterflies”

Doggon Dogmas

Top few bad theologies that need to be scrapped from Christian circles.

1.) If you have enough faith God will always heal you.

Big in the charismatic circles. In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul had a “Thorn in the flesh” that he pleaded with God 3 times to remove but instead of removing it God gave him supernatural grace. Also in another letter Paul mentions a sick individual that did not get “healed” -2

Timothy 4:20-21 Erastus has remained at Corinth; I left Trophimus sick at Miletus. Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.

In addition, (Philippians 2:26-27) since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick. Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one grief on top of another.

Did Paul not have enough faith? Did Timothy not have enough faith? Fortunately God spared his life but it is most certainly not always a “lack of faith” that prevents people from recovering from illness.

2.) Licentiousness- I am saved by grace so I can sin all I want.

1 John 3:6 Everyone who remains in Him does not sin; everyone who sins has not seen Him or known Him.
This is not to suggest Christian’s become sinless as much as do not habitually and unrepentantly practice sin.
SEE also Romans 6.

3.) Legalism- I am saved by grace + ……..

Ephesians 2:8-9 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.

4.) Speaking in tongues is the “Evidence of Salvation”

Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey my teachings”

1 John teaches “We know we have come to know him if we obey his commands”
I cannot find a single or solid passage in scripture that states speaking in tongues is THE evidence of salvation.

These are just a few fallacies that have been widely embraced. The propagation of such ideas does no good for the Church or soul winning either.

Undead Churches And Zombification in the Congregation

Rogue Church: When Good Churches Go Bad.

It is a startling thing when a church of all things compromises with society’s values rather than listens to the word of God, we see this happening in our day with denominations like the Methodist church and certain circles in the Presbyterian denomination which has for a large part has embraced ordination of homosexual clergy.

This is an age old problem though, and should not surprise us too much though. In Revelations Jesus rebuked a church for it’s compromise with sin and sinful people when he said this:

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelations 2:18-29.

This Jezebel figure not only led people into sexual sin but idolatry. We have seen some churches compromise on issues of purity as well as doctrine! We all have probably seen it happen where someone who ought to turn people to Christ, the only solution, bend under pressure or willful compromise on the doctrine that Christ is the only way to be made right with God. A polluted and watered down message is just as deadly as flat out heresy, the only difference is it is sometimes harder to spot half truths than whole lies.

Paul had the same issue to confront when he wrote his first letter of Corinthians, he addressed everything from quarrels, disputes, and lawsuits in the church to an individual involved in incest! Paul did not have the professing follower of Christ ordained, no, rather he had him kicked out of the church to avoid further contamination.

Paul writes in his absence addressing the issue by saying in (1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ) “But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Basically, non believers acting this way is one thing, but a professing Christian doing this with unrepentant attitude should be removed from the flock. Serious quarantining you might call it, why should any of the other believers get led astray and infected because of one man?

From the sounds of it, this was playing out in both Corinth and later Thyatira. And get this, Jesus rebuked Thyatira by saying, “You tolerate that woman Jezebel”

Far cry from the, “tolerance” motto. We should as The Church follow our cues from God’s word, not denominational preferences, or what “we think would be best,” and most definitely not take our ideas of how to run the church from the world.

The Carbon Monoxide Factor

Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that kills the victim when the gas molecules attach themselves to red blood cells in such a way as to prevent oxygen molecules from connecting. It is like suffocating without being choked or smothered. It is listed as CO1, the thing is, if it had one extra molecule then it would become a totally different gas and becomes CO2 which is a relatively harmless gas.

In the same way the gospel is the life saving breath we all need, but if you take away any of the elements or add to it, then you get either a counterfeit gospel that won’t save anyone or a dangerous gospel that we often see in cults. Some add works to salvation and some subtract repentance in faith from salvation.

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

Revelations 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

We cannot alter the message, doing such is disasterous for both us and others.
The message is simple, we are saved by grace by faith in Jesus Christ and none other, not by works or good deeds but a truly changed life will result in obedience and a life lived for God.

“You Just Don’t have Enough Faith!” they say.

“You Just Don’t have Enough Faith!”

This is a big lie circulating today in many Christian circles. Some will even say, “just get well, you would, if you just had more faith.” This is destructive to say to a suffering or hurting person. Why, because it is not scriptural. If we look at Jesus’s life, we can see first hand that the Father did not spare even his own son hardship.
I believe it was the prophet Isaiah that described Jesus as “A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”

Hebrews 4:15 tells us this “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”

In essence the very God who created us all clothed himself in human weakness and suffering during the days of his life. Fully God and fully man, and he said to his disciples shortly before he was betrayed in John 16, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

God never promise an easy, pain free, nor illness or heartache free life. When Peter tried to stop Jesus from his mission going the cross, Jesus replied sharply, ” But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Mark 8:33, he then says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Dear friends, a cross can represent many things, it could mean a wheelchair for some, an unpleasant job or living situation for others, finacial struggles, loss of a loved one, cancer, or being lonely. It could mean singleness, infertility, persecution from coworkers and friends, or anything that is painfully difficult. Don’t view your struggles as a sign of a lack of faith but rather a stamp of real faith, for it says, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,” Philippians 1:29

Can God heal? Does God still heal? Yes! Will he always heal physically? No. It is not always his will to remove a hardship, especially when it can have great potential to develop the three C’s (Christ, Character, and Compassion.) God is so much more interested in healing the lame soul over the lame legs. A lame soul is bitter and useless to the potter, but God can use even the most physically handicap people to advance his kingdom if they let him. Doesn’t matter, physical limitations are nothing in comparison to mindset limitations. God is the enabler and he can use a broken body but he will not use a unwilling soul.

The Frankenstein Factor.

The Frankenstein god.

In my senior year of High-school I had to read the book Frankenstein for an English class. There was a man named Dr. Frankenstein and he took the body parts of corpses of different people and created a monster. The final product disturbed him so much that he fled the creature and hid.

Similarly, today, people create what I like to call a “religious Frankenstein’s monster.” They pick and choose the features of all sorts of different religions and belief systems and fashion a god of their own making, which is not a god at all but a monster. It’s kind like food, ever noticed that some foods may indeed be delicious in themselves but together they taste terrible. Have you ever had a box of Russell Stover’s with a glass of lemonade? or how bout ketchup flavored ice cream cake?

1 Kings 18:21Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Can we not say the same thing these days? If Jesus is Lord follow him, but if if Muhammed is the way follow him, or Budhism, or Darwinism or if “let’s live it up now because their is no sin, heaven, or hell and this life is the only one we have” Or how bout let’s just make up our minds and stop putting on soxs that don’t match.
If one wants to live as a Christian, then let him do so but as Jesus said “count the cost.”

Luke 14:25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Luke 6:14 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Is Jesus only speaking about money here? No, although this is the example he used the principle here underlying is that anything He desires one to part with they must be willing to if He asks it of them. He must be Lord of all. Are we going to choose Christ an all he teaches, or are we going to fashion a bobble head Jesus that will nod yes at everything we want and think. A common temptation is to take out of the Word the parts that are uncomfortable and challenge us to change things we don’t want to and if we are not careful we can end up piecing together a God that will just encourage us when we are down, give us what we want when we are low on cash, get us out of problems and tell us what we want. That’s not God, that is an idol with a big “I” in it. The Greeks had many of them, gods of war, gods of fertility, gods of harvest, and this and that. Realize this, all the gods they created were fashioned specifically taylored to the people of those times wants and pleasures. God will not be a servant to us but will be served by us. He is loving and kind but he is no pansy either.