Friday, June 10, 2016

Re-Post: One of God's judgments on people are false teachers

Repost from March, 2012 with some edits added.

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires." (2 Timothy 4:3)
"False teachers are God’s judgment on people who don’t want God, but in the name of religion plan on getting everything their carnal heart desires. That’s why a Joel Osteen is raised up. Those people who sit under him are not victims of him but he is the judgment of God upon them. And they want exactly what he wants, and it’s not God." ~ Paul Washer
We often think that the verse means that people who sit under a Joel Osteen or a Beth Moore are hapless victims, fallen prey to the insidious destruction of the prowling false teacher. No. The verse clearly shows us that people are the agitators, they are their own catalysts for false teachers being raised up. The people "accumulate for themselves" teachers who match their passions.

Notice that the onus of the act is on the people, NOT the teachers (not that I am saying the teachers escape culpability). But the people who have passions search out and look for false teachers that match those passions, and "accumulate for themselves" these teachers. And the teachers are only too happy to comply, because there is money in it, the usual reason false teachers want to be false teachers. (2 Peter 2:3). Paul Washer said someone like an Osteen is not making victims of the people he IS the JUDGMENT upon the people! In other words, they asked for him, they got him!

So people who want affirmation of their emotions in mystical visions, seek out a Beth Moore. People who seek prosperity and are greedy at heart seek out a Joel Osteen. People who are focused on the body and healing seek out a Benny Hinn. And so on. Prideful people who want to think they are earning their own salvation seek out the Pope. They accumulate for themselves the false teacher...

Here is Washer, explaining the verse:





3 comments :

  1. Spot-on analysis of these false teachers.

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  2. "he IS the JUDGEMENT upon the people"
    By this you mean that God has deliberately sent the punishment to fit the sin of the people, in the guise of the false teacher.
    God is ever watching & ready to punish at any given second.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      YES! Good job succinctly capturing the essay in one sentence!

      There are two paths in life. Both lead to eternity, but they diverge at death. For the sinner, they are on the broad way to hell. There, God will deliver onto them wrath for their sins, forever.

      The other path leads to heaven upon death. There, the forgiven sinner will enjoy God forever in joy, peace, and love.

      These are the only two paths. God is holy and He hates sin. Sin is all that we do that blasphemes Him and breaks His law. Psalm 7:11 says "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day".

      However, if one repents of sin and turns to Jesus as Savior, you are adopted into His family and enjoy His love now and forever.

      God IS ever watching, you are absolutely and biblically correct on that comment. He is a God who sees (El Roi, Genesis 16:13). He not only sees us as His eyes go over the earth, but He sees into your heart and mine (Jeremiah 17:10, 1 Samuel 16:7). What does He see when He looks into your heart? Hatred, bitterness, anger, sin? He saw all that and more when He looked into mine, before I was saved. Now when He looks into my heart, He sees His son and His righteousness. I know I have a right standing with God now, because of His Son who is my covering.

      What He sees humans do to each other and in His name makes Him very angry, but He is also patient, not willing that His won should perish but come to everlasting life. He is a God of love and willingly accepts anyone who repents. He forgives their sin and adopts them into His family and promises eternal life of joy. "Romans 5:8 - but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

      You focused on the punishing part, which is true and He is open and unapologetic about punishing the wicked. But do not forget He is love, for those whom He has forgiven. Have you repented of your sins and are you ready to stand at his throne and give an account for your life? You can escape the punishment TODAY, if you repent. Otherwise you also are at risk of receiving the just punishment to fit your sin.

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