Rise of the apostate church…
Rise of the false teachers…
Rise of delusion and being given over to corrupt, unholy, unrighteous reprobate minds…
Rise of the push by evil to create a one-world religion, corrupting, polluting, perverting both Christianity and Judaism to be unrecognizable, but easily adopted by the people of the world…
If you watch and listen to the 3 minute and 51-second video by Dr. Garry Wills below do not be deceived by his having the letters “Dr.” in front of his name, or that he is a Pulitzer winning writer. He is telling dangerous untruths regarding the Qur’an. Dangerous untruths regarding Christianity, Judaism, and Islam worshipping the same God. The God of the Holy Bible and the Torah is not the god of the Qur’an, Allah.
Mr. Wills continues to tell untruths regarding Islam and the Qur’an when he speaks of Islam’s long history of women’s rights and how Islam reveres women, and how he is taken in by a great delusion in how he refers to Muhammad as “Prophet.”
Do not be deceived.
This is a perfect example of how Satan’s ministers appear as does Satan — as angels of light to delude and deceive.
This is what is seeping into what is called the Christian church in these last of the last times.
Beware. Be very aware. Discern wisely. Test all spirits. Prepare for the times in which we live.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20 — King James Version
No Other Gospel
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Paul Defends his Ministry
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:6-12 — King James Version
Also read the article here titled No Other Gospel: Satan’s Deception Through False Teachers, written by Landon Chapman following the article below about the Qur’an, written by Isaac Marshall.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
ACP — A Crooked Path
What is the Qur’an and what does it teach? A rebuttal of Dr. Garry Wills (Video)
July 27, 2020
By Isaac Marshall
Reprinted from Jihad Watch
With 1.2 million views on YouTube, the video ‘What is the Qur’an: A Christian Reads the Qur’an’ is easily the most viewed video from the Emir-Stein Center, yet it is also the shortest, at only 3 minutes and 51 seconds. While I expected an impartial introductory video with no need for deceit, this was not what I found.
Dr. Garry Wills begins by explaining that the Qur’an is a set of revelations from God. He never uses the word ‘claims’ and refers to Muhammad as Prophet. He details how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all affirm that there is one God, ignoring the huge differences between the God of Christianity and the God of Islam, and emphasizes that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all set apart as ‘People of the Book’. This is an interesting choice of words, as the Qur’an calls only Jews and Christians People of the Book. Unity between the three religions’ religious texts is also impossible. The Bible disproves Islam, which forces Islam to claim that the Bible is corrupted. Muslims cannot revere the texts or appreciate them in any way, contrary to what the Emir-Stein Center would have you believe. And this is aside from all the huge changes in the divine law that the Qur’an presents in comparison to the Gospel message.
Wills then goes on to say: ‘We believers in One God are on the same team as it were, and should protect one another’s place of worship, listed in the Qur’an as Monasteries, Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques.’ Wills seems to suggest the Qur’an tells us to protect those four places. In reality, it simply lists them as places of worship: ‘And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.’ (22:40) The ‘name of Allah is mentioned’ in these places, but in light of the Qur’an’s other teachings about how Jews and Christians teach falsehood and must be converted, killed, or subjugated, this is essentially irrelevant. If Muslims do not engage in jihad war with ‘infidels’, Allah reveals the following in Surah 8:73: ‘And those who became infidels are friends one to another. If you do not do this, there will be sedition in the land and a big vandalizing’. A verse later in Surah 8:74, the reward is set out: ‘And those who believed and emigrated and performed jihad for the sake of Allah, and those who gave asylum and helped, those are the true believers; they will receive forgiveness and generous provisions’.
Who are infidels according to Allah? We can see this in Surah 5:72-73, where Allah decrees: ‘Infidels, indeed, are those who said, “Surely Allah is the Christ, son of Mary.” And the Christ said, “O children of Israel, serve Allah, my lord, and your lord.” Surely whoever partners with Allah, so indeed, Allah forbids him the garden. And his abode is the fire, and the unjust will have no helpers. Infidels, indeed, are those who said, “Surely Allah is the third of three.” And there is no god except one god, and if they do not refrain from what they are saying, a painful torment will touch those who became infidels among them.’ Jews and Christians, the ‘infidels’ that Muslims are commanded to engage in war against and kill or subjugate, are also described in Surah 98:6: ‘Surely those who became infidels, from the People of the Book and polytheists, will abide in the fire of hell forever. Those are the worst of the creatures’. Surah 98:7 reads: ‘Surely those who believed and did good deeds, those are the best of the creatures’.
Dr. Wills then says that ‘Muhammad is the seal of the Prophets; not as cancelling former covenants, but as confirming them’. Let’s ignore the fact that the Qur’an completely reverses what the Bible says about God’s will regarding unbelievers and concentrates on the logical repercussions of this statement. Unless Wills says that according to Islam, Biblical texts are not corrupted, which would disprove Islam, he has to argue that they are corrupted. But if this is the case, how can Muhammad uphold any of the scripture? When it is all written off as corrupted and hence irrelevant for today, with the Qur’an being the only perfect and uncorrupted scripture, Muhammad is upholding nothing but his own word.
Wills says that the Qur’an includes more poetry than legislation, and while this is partly true, it isn’t true in the way Wills would have us believe. The entire Qur’an is poetical and was revealed in a very flowing form, but the entire Qur’an is also considered in Islam to be the direct, perfect, unchangeable, perfectly preserved word and command of Allah. It is all divine legislation. The only way to argue against this would be by invoking the doctrine of abrogation (cf. Qur’an 2:106), which holds that some of the revealed scripture is now irrelevant and hence not entirely divine command.
While the Qur’an does not set ethical norms, it does set ethical commands. Wills’ point is the same here, but when we remember that God always what defines good and bad. The ethical standards of Christianity and Islam are good by their own standards; the commands of God are always good by definition. Yet according to Allah, what we see in Surah 5:38 is good: ‘the male thief and the female thief, so cut off their hands, a reward of what they earned as a punishment from Allah’, but it is not good by the standards Wills is trying to establish.
Wills details how the Qur’an stresses mercy in dealing with God’s fellow creatures, but this is remarkably devious. Allah is merciful to those who surrender; Allah does not love anyone else, and in some cases deliberately seals their hearts. Usama Dakdok writes: ‘True Muslims do not seek peace if they have the upper hand (See also verses 4:104 and 47:35). Allah proves true believers by allowing them to be martyrs’. We see this in Surah 4:139-141: ‘And do not be weak, and do not grieve, and you have the upper hand if you were believers. If a wound has touched you, so indeed, a wound like it has also touched the people before. And such are the days we alternate between the people. And that Allah may know those who believed, and he takes martyrs from among you. And Allah does not love the unjust. And that Allah may purify those who believed and destroy the infidels’.
According to Wills, in Islam ‘force is allowed only for self-defence and never as a way of spreading religion’. This is just a bald-faced lie. Wills says he has studied the Qur’an for years. If that is true, he must be aware that the Qur’an commands killing in over 70 verses. Such verses include 2:193, ‘And engage in war with them until there be no sedition and the religion be to Allah. So if they desist, so there will be no transgression except on the unjust’ and Surah 2:244, ‘And engage in war for the sake of Allah, and know that Allah is hearing, knowing’. You can see various Islamic groups very carefully undertake the will of Allah in a very thorough documentary film called ‘Art Of Imposture’ on my website, narrated by Usama Dakdok and created by ‘NTAuthority’, showing exactly the justification for every such action.
Wills adds: ‘Dealings with non-Muslims should be meticulously fair and never extortionate’. This contradicts Allah in Surah 9:29: ‘Engage in war with those who do not believe in Allah nor in the last day. Nor forbid what Allah and his messenger forbid, nor believe in the religion of the truth among those who have been given the book until they pay the jizya out of hand and they are subdued’. This hardly seems ‘meticulously fair’; it extorts money out of non-Muslims in exchange for their right to live. Even though Wills insinuated that non-Muslim houses of worship were held as equally sacred in Islam, non-Muslims who do not pay this second-class citizen religious tax are not allowed in the mosque, as we see in Surah 9:18: ‘Surely only those who believed in Allah and the last day and perform the prayer and bring the legal alms and fear no one except Allah can visit the mosques of Allah, so perhaps those will be among the guided’.
While acknowledging Islam’s allowance of polygamy, although equating it to the teachings of other religions in order to legitimise it, Wills claims that ‘women are highly honoured’ in Islam, even retaining dowry rights if divorced, ‘carving out an area of women’s right unparalleled in the 7th century’. In reality, women are not highly honoured in Islam; they are held as half as intelligent as men (Surah 2:282), as essentially property when married (Surah 4:24). They also must be veiled (Surah 24:31, 33:59) and child marriage is permissible (Surah 65:4). In Surah 4:34. Allah commands: ‘Men are in charge of women by what Allah preferred some of them above the others and by what they spend out of their money. So good [women] are obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah has guarded. And of whom you fear rebellion, so preach to them and separate from them in the beds and scourge them. So if they obey you, so do not seek a way against them.’ Arguing that Islam honours women by any regular standards, the standards Emir-Stein appeals to, is facile. Nowhere in the Qur’an is a woman allowed to divorce her husband. Islam did carve out an unparalleled area of woman’s rights, but this ‘area’ has been as an unprecedented oppressor for women for centuries, not as a great example for women’s equal rights.
Wills claims that the Qur’an is a book of many levels and great depths, with the video showing co-existence (false), ecology (irrelevant), mercy (Islamic mercy; so by Biblical and even Western secular standards false), ethics (Islamic ethics; so by Biblical and even Western secular standards false), forgiveness (false), prophets (false), women’s rights (false) and justice (Islamic justice; again by Biblical as well as Western secular standards false), all without any substance to those claims.
He finishes by saying ‘even non-Muslims can learn from it, as Pope Francis has proclaimed’. I agree with this and would suggest everyone read a good translation of the Qur’an, however, you will not learn any virtue from this book. You will only learn surrender, hate, and subjugation, directly from Allah.
No Other Gospel: Satan’s Deception Through False Teachers
By Landon Chapman
Galatians 1:6-10 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
One of my very favorite books in all the Bible is Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. This letter addresses a problem seen in many churches today of adding man-made requirements to being a Christian and beautifully reveals how free Christianity truly is from external salvific requirements. This is another good book to learn what separates true Christianity from many of the different cults masquerading as a superior Christianity when, in fact, they are not Christian at all. As John MacArthur points out, Galatians is not a detached theological treatise but a deeply personal letter written from the grieving heart of a godly man for his spiritual children, whose faith and living were being undermined by false teachers.[1. MacArthur, John. “Introduction.” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians. Chicago: Moody, 1987. x-xi. Print. ]
The first 12 verses of Galatians 1 include Paul’s introduction and his stern rebuke of the people of Galatia abandoning the true Gospel and being swayed by those false teachers. Much like today, the false gospel these teachers espoused created a plethora of Jews who made a merely superficial profession of faith but eventually turned back to their works righteous ways. These folks were what we today would consider false converts and it was they (Judaizers) who arose within the church itself, “speaking twisted things” and trying to “draw away the disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30) Such is the danger of false conversions and false teachers within the church.
These false teachers who came to steal away the sheep in Galatia did so predominantly by attacking the validity of the messenger who brought them the Good News, Paul. All too often, Christians skim over the introductions in Paul’s epistles assuming them to be nothing more than generic salutations upon embarking the genuine meat of the letter. Do not fall into this trap! In this letter to the Galatians, Paul dispensed with the usual personal greetings and immediately began to establish the genuineness of his apostolic authority, which he later (Gal 1:11-2:21) expands on in detail.[2. MacArthur, John. “The Salutation (1:1-5).” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians. Chicago: Moody, 1987. 1. Print.
Considering that immediately following the introduction Paul intended to harshly rebuke this group of people, he needed to remind them of whose authority he represented. Imagine you are walking down the sidewalk and a random person flags you down and says you are not allowed on that sidewalk, you need to cross the street. Your immediate thought will likely be something to the effect of, “on whose authority?” Your response will be entirely different if that person is a policeman than if it is a typical citizen. What’s different? The authority invested in the police officer by the higher power whom they serve.
Paul begins in verses 1-2, “Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia…“
As was the custom of the time, he begins his letter by stating his name. A messenger (ἀπόστολος, Apostolos) is, in general, ‘one who is sent’ (the word is used similarly in Jn. 13:16), but regularly in the New Testament, he is one who has received a special commission from Christ.[3. Bruce, F. F. (1982). The Epistle to the Galatians: a commentary on the Greek text (p. 72). Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.] Further if the New Testament Greek word ἀπόστολος (Apostolos) bears some relation to the Hebrew šālûaḥ or šālîaḥ, which is probable, the authority of the person commissioned is that of the person who commissions him. So, when Paul speaks or acts as an apostle of Christ, he does so with Christ’s authority (cf 2 Cor. 10:8).[4. Ibid.] This fact obviously lends considerably more weight and authority to Paul’s upcoming rebuke of the “churches of Galatia” he founded at Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe during his first missionary journey (Acts 13:14–14:23).
He goes on to write in verses 3-5, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.“
The terms grace and peace are two of the most precious words related to the God-given Gospel; grace is the source of our salvation while peace is the result of that salvation. As MacArthur again points out, the distinctly Christian greeting of grace and peace held special meaning and significance for Paul and for other believers in the early church.[5. MacArthur, John. “The Salutation (1:1-5).” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians. Chicago: Moody, 1987. 5. Print.] The gospel of works the false teachers were espousing offered no grace and no peace, thus even this small greeting was an attack on the lying Judaizers. In verse 4 Paul brilliantly summarizes the true gospel of grace and peace by writing, “who gave himself for our sins…” Salvation is only offered by a person’s trust in Jesus Christ’s saving work on the cross and its purpose is to deliver those who believe from “this present evil age.“
Thus Paul had already drawn the lines of battle by touching on two vital concerns. He had affirmed his own apostleship and had declared that the basis of man’s salvation lies solely in the work of Christ and not in any human works. [6. Campbell, D. K. (1985). Galatians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 590). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.]
With that curt introduction penned, Paul turned his attention to the many false teachers in Galatia writing in verses 6-10, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Conspicuous by its absence is Paul’s usual expression of thanksgiving to God for his readers. Instead, he vented his astonishment and anger over the Galatians’ defection. When compared with the opening of 1 Corinthians this is even more striking, for despite the Corinthians’ deep moral defection Paul nonetheless expressed commendation. But here in the face of theological departure, he did not express thanks, thus emphasizing the more serious nature of doctrinal apostasy.[7. Campbell, D. K. (1985). Galatians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 590). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.]
Satan and his crew are masters of deception. Paul warns that one day the Antichrist will come “by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” The sad truth is that he and the demons deceive through human beings and most often religious leaders. Among such religious leaders are those who pose as Christians, whom Paul describes as “false apostles, deceitful works, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.” (2 Cor 11:13) He acknowledged the human agents used by Satan when he spoke of the “deceitful spirits” who propagate “doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars.” (1 Tim 4:1-2) Satan has effectively accomplished his most destructive deception through demon-energized false teachers who pose as God’s spokesmen.[8. MacArthur, John. “Devoted to Destruction (1:6-9).” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians. Chicago: Moody, 1987. 10. Print.]
Think about the current landscape of American Evangelicalism; the inane ramblings of unregenerate men (and women) calling themselves “pastor” and wreaking spiritual havoc on those in their care. These men (and women) are merely pawns being effectively used by Satan to cast doubt and confusion upon his primary target, the Doctrine of Salvation. If people are confused about salvation they have no way of coming to God in the first place and remain under the deceptive control of Satan. He seeks to undermine the very heart of the Gospel, salvation by grace made possible by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Dr. MacArthur points out that false prophets are also more interested in popularity than truth. Their concern is not to serve the Lord and minister to His people but “to make a good showing in the flesh” (Gal 6:12) and to gain a following for themselves (Acts 20:30). They are in their work for money; and “in their greed, they will exploit you with false words, ” Peter says because their hearts are “trained in greed” (2 Pet 2:3, 14). [9. MacArthur, John. “Devoted to Destruction (1:6-9).” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians. Chicago: Moody, 1987. 11. Print.] How many preachers, teachers, conference speakers, etc. can you think of off the top of your head right now who are more interested in gaining a following for themselves than to teach the truth?
Paul could hardly believe that the Galatians were abandoning (deserting, μετατίθεσθε, metatithesthe, as in military desertion) his preaching so soon after he left. He was astonished (θαυμάζω, thaumazó) and bewildered. To be certain, Paul was not surprised at what the false teachers were doing, rather he used a strong word like θαυμάζω because he was shocked that the Christians in Galatia received these charlatans so favorably. The Galatians quickly and easily came under the influence of heretical doctrines. To emphasize the fact that the true gospel of the grace of God cannot be changed, Paul first stated a hypothetical case. If he (a divinely called apostle) or an angel (a heavenly messenger) were to alter the gospel message—a highly improbable situation—then let him be accursed or eternally condemned (anathema).[10. Campbell, D. K. (1985). Galatians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 590–591). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.]
Paul included anyone, potentially, in the curse: himself (this is what the “we” means primarily though he may have wished his co-workers to take note, too!), an angel, any man. Any of these who would proclaim as the good news of salvation any doctrine contrary to that which Paul proclaimed and which the Galatians received deserve this curse. As noted, verse 9 in effect repeats verse 8. But there is a significant difference. Verse 8 speaks of Paul himself and an angel from Heaven. Paul doubted either of these would ever proclaim a false gospel. He expressed this in Greek in the subjective mood, the construction for mere possibility: “But though we, or an angel … preach.” In verse 9, however, Paul speaks of “any man”; he knew that some had already been preaching such a false gospel. He expressed this in Greek in the indicative mood, the construction for actuality: if, in fact, anyone is preaching.[11. Picirilli, R. E. (1973). The Book of Galatians (pp. 11–12). Nashville, TN: Randall House Publications.]
Paul did not take lightly the false teachers whose cruel “gospel” imperils men’s souls.[12. Ibid.] He was vehement. “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed” (v. 8, RSV). Paul becomes more explicit in the expression of his anger in Galatians 5:12. But even here as he begins his letter, he can’t restrain himself. Anyone who would pervert, water down, minimize, abuse, or corrupt the gospel of God’s grace, freely given, requiring no law, involving only a response of faith, is to be accursed.[13. Dunnam, M. D., & Ogilvie, L. J. (1982). Galatians / Ephesians / Philippians / Colossians / Philemon (Vol. 31, p. 22). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.] Paul would make no pretension at being religiously tolerant if being tolerant means that it doesn’t really matter what persons believe so long as they believe. How naive and glib we often are: “What persons believe is their business—a private matter. We don’t need to be too concerned about theology or doctrine. Being brotherly is what matters, living by the Golden Rule, doing good, refraining from harmful activity—that’s what counts. And if you are sincere, you’ll be led to the right truth and in the right path.”
“Hogwash!” Paul would say. “What you believe eventually determines how you live. You can’t encrust the gospel of grace with a system of law. To do so diminishes the sovereignty of God and puts salvation back in the hands of humans to be earned by merit.” Whatever the case, Paul warned against a gospel that was not centered in one gift—the grace of Christ—and in one event—the Christ event in which Crucifixion and Resurrection could not be separated. He could have pleased the Jews by preaching law observance, and the pagans by making the death of Christ a mere sacrificial transaction that placed no obligation upon the follower. But from the moment he became a Christian Paul knew nothing else but Jesus crucified. This freed him from the law, but it called him to be crucified with Christ. The only way to prove he was pleasing to God rather than men were to keep the scandal of the Cross at the heart of his preaching and take the consequences of the Cross to the heart of his living.[14. Ibid. (pp. 22–23)]
Men-pleasers simply do not hurl anathemas against those who proclaim false gospels. Indeed, if the apostle had wanted to please men, he would have remained a zealous Pharisee and promoter of the Law rather than becoming a servant of Christ.[15. Campbell, D. K. (1985). Galatians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 591). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.] Brothers and sisters, there is no other Gospel than that of Jesus Christ and him crucified. Do not take lightly those preachers, teachers, and conference speakers among us who sully the name of Christ and peddle a gospel of works-righteousness. Further, turn away from those who in practice illustrate their lack of faith in the Word of God, our sword, and make a mockery of teaching the word of God by engaging in all manners of nonsense to attract an unbelieving world.
From the start of his ministry among them. Paul had warned the Galatians of imminent gospel perversions. The gospel which you received refers to the once for all (aorist tense) preaching of the good news of grace in Christ which they had previously believed.[16. MacArthur, John. “Devoted to Destruction (1:6-9).” The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Galatians. Chicago: Moody, 1987. 11. Print.] John MacArthur writes in his commentary on Galatians:
False teachers not only should not be believed or followed but should be left to God’s judgment to be accursed. Accursed translates anathema, which refers to that which is devoted to destruction. The apostle John wrote, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist… If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds” (2 John 7, 10-11).
Christians are to have nothing to do with false teachers, no matter what their credentials. It is both naive and unscriptural to believe, for instance, that staying in a religious school or church that denies the Bible and distorts the gospel gives a believer the opportunity to be a positive influence for the Lord. Even a leader like Timothy, well-trained in divine truth, was warned to stay away from error and to concentrate on the pure truth of God (1 Tim. 4:6-7, 13; 2 Tim. 2:15-17). To subject oneself to false teaching, no matter how orthodox one’s own convictions may be, is to disobey God and to compromise and weaken one’s testimony and to tolerate distortion of the grace of God in Christ.[17. Ibid.]
False teachers, the false gospels they preach, and the false converts they create are destroying the church in America. The one true church shall never die (Matthew 16:18) but do not be so naive as to think the church in America is safe.
Be respectful, be loving, be discerning.