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A controversial perspective on false teachers claiming a Biblical worldview

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There is so much content regarding false teachers, televangelists seeking fortune, prosperity “gospel” megachurch pastors, and spiritual gurus that anyone who’s unaware of them should start doing some research, pronto. I’m not going to get into exposing this pastor or that celebrity.

Instead, I want to focus on their flocks. There are millions of people who are following false teachers. We tend to blame the teachers themselves for misleading their flocks into believing false doctrine or a watered-down Gospel. Perhaps it’s time to stop. Perhaps we should be looking at the people who fall into the clutches of these false teachers and figuring out how to get them heading down the right path.

There are certain truths that hold people to these teachings. The biggest one is fear. As humans, we are naturally given over to fear of suffering. We don’t want to suffer ourselves. We hate seeing our loved ones suffer. This is part of the reality of our existence. We naturally fear pain, whether physical or psychological. Especially in America, it is frowned upon to struggle through financial hardships, which is one of the reasons people often turn to false teachings that promise to enlarge our bank accounts if we’re willing to believe enough (and send checks to the megachurch pastor of our choosing).

The only truths we need to know in order to recognize whether or not the teachings we’re hearing are real or false are these:

  • No, the Bible doesn’t promise prosperity for those who spread the Gospel or live a Bible-driven life.
  • Yes, Bible-believing Christians can suffer. They can be persecuted, humiliated, and even killed. If anyone doubts this, a quick look at the lives of literally every Apostle should be a clear indicator that embracing the next life is not a way to live carefree in this life.
  • If you or your loved one gets sick, it wasn’t because of a lack of faith. If you or a loved one isn’t healed despite prayers, it wasn’t because you didn’t pray hard enough. God’s plan is perfect, and sometimes that includes the most faithful suffering horribly. Blessed are the meek.
  • Before anyone should ask how a loving God can allow so much suffering, one should first answer the question of how a just God doesn’t strike us down where we stand based upon the evil thoughts in our heads.

Where does that leave us? If the truth is hard to swallow and the false teachers take advantage of this by offering a kinder, gentler interpretation that supposedly promises better lives now rather than later, what should we be doing to combat this? The voice of the few has not been able to make a dent in the megachurch pastors’ growing flocks. For every false teacher who is exposed to the point that they no longer impact the lives of others, ten more false teachers rise in popularity to spread lies.

This is where the story gets controversial. It’s time to stop putting all of our efforts into attacking the false teachers and start addressing some or even most of our efforts towards educating their flocks. To believe that the misguided have no fault of their own gives way too much credit to the salesmanship of the false teachers. What’s more likely the case is that the people in these flocks heard something that appealed to them in this life and decided that was preferable to the reality of hardships and selflessness that the Bible actually teachers.

All too many people, particularly in prosperous America, are willing to symbolically do anything, but the fear of poverty or even diminished prosperity prevents them from embracing the whole truth. As Jesus said in Matthew 19:21 in response to the rich man wanting to know what he needed to do to be righteous:

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Does that mean we should sell all of our possessions and live on the streets? No. Jesus has paid the price for our sins and no longer walks the Earth for us to follow physically. When He returns, we may need to do so if that is His command, but no such commands exist today. With that said, doing so wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, either. It seems part of human nature that the more we have, the more we want. It’s important in this life that we meet our obligations to our family and community, but we shouldn’t let the pursuit of fulfilling our obligations lead us into the falling away from the Biblical worldview that we’re seeing happening around us today.

There’s a difference between being responsible and being greedy.

But many who fall for false teachers aren’t driving to church in a Mercedes. They come to these churches because they feel destitute. Sometimes they truly are, but my experience with followers of these false teachers is that their flocks are mostly comprised of people who aren’t truly destitute but who do not feel like they’re getting their fair share in this life. Truly being destitute means having literally nothing. It means starvation, homelessness, and a true loneliness that comes only when there’s nobody around who can help. These people aren’t following megachurch pastors, generally, nor are they the target audience of these pastors. The people who are going out and helping the truly destitute are rarely teaching a prosperity gospel.

What should we tell those who are following false teachers? We must start with the truth of the Gospel. That means understanding all four Gospels inside and out. It means reading and understanding the entirety of the Bible, New and Old Testament. Only then can we know how to fight the twisting of words that false teachers use to convince their flocks they’re teaching the Bible properly. Outside of context, there are plenty of passages in the Bible that can be made to make people believe they deserve better lives today instead of the riches of eternal life we’re actually promised. We need to know these verses in context so we can combat the false teachings.

Moreover, we must be willing to call people out for their false teachings or false beliefs. We’re living in a society that commands us to be nice, especially when talking about faith. This is a poor approach. There’s nothing nice about telling someone they or their teachers are actually as anti-Biblical as the average atheist, but that’s exactly the message we should be delivering. There’s a difference between being nice and being kind. We should have kindness in us as we fight the false teaching, but that doesn’t mean we have to be nice about it.

It is, after all, a false doctrine we’re fighting. Let’s not treat it as a difference in opinions over exegetical teachings. False is false and should be exposed boldly.

It may not be easy to tell someone their Bible teachers are leading them astray, but it’s much more cruel to let them continue to believe falsehoods. There are souls at stake. Let’s not get weak at the knees just because it’s uncomfortable to confront the truth.

 


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Jussie Smollett reveals the left’s greatest weakness

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Jussie Smollett reveals the lefts greatest weakness

Conservatives may have a hard time isolating one thing that can be considered the greatest weakness of the left. Some would say they suffer from intellectual weakness, but we’ve seen too many truly intelligent leftists over the years. Others would say it’s their surface-level morality. This may be true, as most leftists base their morals on a surface level examination rather than digging deeper into issues. This is why many of them think the welfare state must grow instead of shrink.

To me, their biggest weakness is that they’re so gullible. They fall for every perceived injustice regardless of how insane the accusation. If MAGA-folks can be blamed for something, the left tends to believe it. After all, it’s easier for them to believe in the evil of the right than to believe card-carrying progressives like Nathan Phillips, Brenda Snipes, or Jussie Smollett are hiding the truth.

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After last month’s report that Empire actor Jussie Smollett was assaulted by two white men who beat him, splashed bleach on him, tied a noose around his neck, and told him “this is MAGA country,” the rebukes from the left against the “MAGA bigots” was swift and harsh. While many on the right were skeptical that two men in masks were out late at night in -20 degree temperatures seeking out a black, gay celebrity to attack, there seemed to be zero skepticism from some of the left’s most outspoken folks.

As fate would have it, this appears to be a hoax crime designed to draw sympathy for the actor:

Jussie Smollett Reportedly Paid Brothers to Stage ‘Attack’

https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/16/jussie-smollett-attack-brothers-rope-suspect-staged/Jussie Smollett has turned from a presumed victim to suspect in the criminal investigation into the alleged racist, homophobic attack, and sources say there is mounting evidence the 2 brothers who were arrested and subsequently released were acting at Jussie’s behest and reportedly paid.

Our sources say the brothers — both of whom worked on the “Empire” set — “completely cooperated” with Chicago cops during their interrogation over the last few days.

One law enforcement source tells TMZ at least one of the brothers turned over his phone and there is a call between him and Jussie in the vicinity of the “attack,” but before it happened.

The left’s desire to believe anything that paints Trump supporters in a negative light blinds them to obvious falsehoods. Jussie Smollett’s story was difficult for rational people to believe, but hatred for MAGA makes otherwise rational people unhinged and gullible.

 


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Why we need to believe Ephesians 6:12 today, perhaps more than ever before

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Ephesians 6:12

The idea of doing a podcast has been weighing on me lately. It’s not really even a long-term itch; after it reached my mind just a few days ago, that turned into a very stout and concentrated calling that hit my heart like a ton of bricks. It went from not being a consideration to being something I absolutely had to do in less than a week.

The first episode is done and we’re ready for people to hear it and give feedback.

This podcast’s primary topic is going to be Ephesians 6:12. If you’re not familiar with the verse, you may wonder how we intend to do an enire sustained series of podcasts surrounding a single verse. Upon reading it, you should realize that what it suggests and the topics it encompasses could easily be turned into a daily show if necessary.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

At some point, we will be moving this and other episodes we do to a true podcast hosting site. We’ll also distribute it to multiple places for download and direct listening, but to get things rolling we’ll be using YouTube and Facebook to publish the podcasts.

This one is general in its focus. Future episodes will be more specific. We want to get feedback as soon and often as possible.

When we realize we’re not fighting against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, our perspectives on how to wage this battle become more clear. Hopefully, this show will be a blessing to you as much as it has been to us.

 


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Shouldn’t the Left be held accountable for the racism of gun control?

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Liberty control has its roots in racism. Why isn’t advocating for it considered to be racist?

We find ourselves at a very interesting conflux of issues these days. On the one hand, Democrats in Virginia are fighting off charges of racism while the rest of the nation’s Socialist-Left is openly talking about subjects such as ‘white privilege’ and judging people based on skin color instead of the content of their character as in the Covington Catholic high school case.

Contrast this with their incessant efforts in tearing down basic human rights, in particular the right of self-defense. Meanwhile, we have the 1-year mark of the Parkland mass murder, the fuse that set off the Left’s crusade against Liberty. The Left’s efforts in controlling the right of self-defense have their roots in racism, not to mention that their crusade against this basic human Liberty adversely impact the minority community, so shouldn’t they be condemned for their racism in this regard?

Shouldn’t the Left have to answer for this?

The issue of Liberty [gun] control is one of the Left empowering themselves at the expense of the innocent. What began as a way of depriving certain people of their civil rights has continued on with expansion to those opposed to the Left’s socialist national agenda while still fostering policies that keep minorities vulnerable.

It’s one of those pieces of history the Liberty grabber left would like to keep hidden away like pictures in a yearbook. In what hearkens back to the infamous Dred Scott decision with the right to keep and carry arms a factor, from the text of the decision:

It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognized as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all of this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, and inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State.

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We and others have touched on this subject before with the point that that the original purpose of many Liberty control laws was to render certain minorities helpless in the face of KKK terror. This is exemplified in a recent article by David Kopel on The Racist Influence on Gun Control Laws:

How do you stop a lynch mob? With a Winchester repeating rifle. That was the advice of Ida B. Wells, the great journalist who led the fight against lynching. To frustrate her work, a new form of gun control was introduced.

On June 25, 1892, Wells penned an iconic article for the New York Age, which was reprinted as a nationally circulated pamphlet, “Southern Horrors.” After noting cases in which lynch mobs had been defeated by armed blacks, Wells continued: “The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for the protection which the law refuses to give.

While the laws are no longer overly racist, the incremental assaults on our Liberty adversely impact minorities as pointed out in article on The Racist Roots of Gun Control:

Any kind of licensing scheme on gun ownership represents a costly barrier to entry. Minorities of humble means are effectively priced out of their right to self-defense. Researcher John Lott explained last year in an article for The Hill how expensive licenses and fees for carrying weapons burden minorities and other vulnerable groups.

No matter how much progressives claim to defend minorities, supporting gun control does them a massive disservice. The fear and danger many inner-city dwellers in places like Baltimore and Chicago must contend with on a daily basis is only aggravated by the cities’ gun control policies.

Even the new rage of Gun Confiscation SWATing adversely impacts the most vulnerable. Since they may not have the resources to get back their property and their good name after it has been taken from them without due process. With these so-called ‘Red flag’ laws reported as reported on the site Bearing arms on The spike in gun confiscations thanks to so-called ‘Red Flag Laws’:

Right now, everyone seems to be crowing over the number of seizures, but how many actual tragedies have been avoided? More importantly, how many “false positives” have we seen. By that, I mean how many innocent, law-abiding people with no intention of harming another found themselves disarmed by force of law despite having done nothing wrong because someone else said they did?

While these seizures can be fought, not everyone can afford to do so, making them especially burdensome for the poor who often live in high-crime areas and often rely on their firearms for personal protection.

The Takeaway.

While Leftists have a distinct predilection in projecting their faults on others, the charge of racism is particularly galling. Since as Bill Whittle pointed out they have no real effect except on those who aren’t truly racist.

It is equally galling that Leftists incessantly push for gun confiscation and it’s precursor steps, a socialist agenda item that is steeped in racism. Meanwhile, they take on the air of being the champions of the downtrodden, the people most adversely affected by their quest for power in disarming the people.

 


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