Facts On ---- False Teaching In The Church -- Chapter Thirteen
#13 The Facts On False Teaching In The Church
Why Are the Teachings of Christian Positive Thinkers False?
Would you recognize a false teaching if your pastor presented one next
Sunday? The evidence is that Christians everywhere are enthusiastically
embracing false teachings in the church regarding success, health, and
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teachers claim their messages is based on direct counsel from God?
Many of the leaders in this movement claim that God, Jesus, or angels
appeared to them and taught them these ideas. But we must ask, "Are these
revelations biblical if they condone actions that are unbiblical or foolhardy?"
In fact, the supposedly divine visions, revelations, prophecies, and
interpretations are often so false or unbiblical that one wonders if these
visions are from their own mind or worse, from the devil. Time and again in
almost all of the writings of the faith teachers we find superficial or false
interpretations of the Bible, misapplication, or serious errors of logic. This
means that the "health and wealth" or "faith" teachers are in serious trouble.
To start with, the Bible says that God is not the author of confusion or error
(1 Corinthians 14:33; John 3:33; John 17:17).
If these visions and appearances are real and not inflated self-delusions, then they can only result from Satan appearing as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14). It is the devil (and certainly not the above teachers) who desires to distort the Word, encourage spiritual excesses and illogical thinking and bring difficulties or spiritual destruction into the lives of Christian people.
John Ankerberg & John Weldon