Counterfeits Versus True

Friends,
I sent out a newsletter to my email list and received a request to clarify my P.S. So here is the P.S. with the response:
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P.S. I am still writing daily at my weblog trying to encourage us all to read and know God’s Word. I believe much of the church is already falling for the “strong delusion” spoken of in 2 Thes. 2:10-12, and concerning that which Jesus spoke of in Matt. 24:10,11, “At that time many will turn away from the faith… and many false prophets [false proclaimers of God’s Word] will appear and deceive many people.” …MANY people…

Sadly, so many “Christians” –even pastors and preachers– seem to be joining those who do not uphold the whole of Scripture as God’s inerrant Word. None of the following are a validation that it is of God or the truth about God, yet many are placing these above Scripture: Personal “revelation”, feelings, a “respected” theologian’s opinion, philosophies of authors and stars who “follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit” (Jude 1:19), and “signs and wonders” –which we know even Satan can do. As Jesus said, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!” (Matt. 12:39) For we are to “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7) And we are to walk not according to the world, but according to the Spirit of truth who teaches us to rightly divide the Word.

If we do not know God, walk in and listen to His Spirit, and abide in His Word constantly, we too will not escape being swept up into this very strong, cunning, subtle, counterfeit delusion. Jesus warns numerous times in The Word, “Keep watch”, “Be ready”, “Let no one deceive you”, “Remain faithful to the end”… We cannot do this if we are not diligently meditating on The Truth, who is Jesus and The Word. And we know that salvation comes only through The Truth –the true Jesus and the true Gospel.
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Friend,
Thank you for your feedback. I believe that what I listed as some things that are often used to validate that they are of God must be tested against Scripture; their “authority” cannot be put ABOVE Scripture. Ps. 138:2 says, “For You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.” We know from Phil. 2:9-11 that the Name is the name of Jesus that YHVH has exalted above every name, and we know that the Word of God is also Jesus –based on John 1:1,14. And as Rev. 19:13 says, “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God.”

I also often quote Ps. 33:6, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made…” alongside of Col. 1:15, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created…” And then I quote Heb. 1:2, “In these last days He has spoken to us by His Son [personally and through the Scriptures versus through the prophets], whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” All connected, these show that the Word (Jesus) is God and it is through Him that YHVH created. And that it is through Him, the Word, that YHVH speaks (–compare Luke 9:35 with 2 Peter 1:17-19), as well as through His Spirit. (John 14:26)

We can then go to Heb. 4:12, “The word of God is living and active…” It is living and active, but the man without the Spirit cannot understand it because the Word is spiritually discerned. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-14)

Also, in that same passage (v. 15) we are told: “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment.” Why? –Because as v. 16 says, it is the Lord who instructs him. In listening and obeying, we thus come to “have the mind of Christ” as the rest of v. 16 informs us. This would also correlate with Jesus’ words in John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.” That is a promise. Also, 1 John 2:27 confirms this. There it says, “As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit –just as it has taught you, remain in Him.” And the verse right before this (v. 26) is warning about those who are trying to lead us astray. And the verses before that, tell us that it is a danger because there are deceivers, liars, antichrists… So, here we see that yes, there is the real and there is the counterfeit, the false, the lie. Therefore, based on these verses, we see that we are certainly to make judgment calls on which is the real and which is the false.

As 1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” How can we obey that command if we are too frightened to make judgments (tests)? And how do we test? We do so against the objective Word of God –as all noble Bereans should. They “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11) We are to do that not only concerning a preacher’s words, but also his actions, what he allows to occur in the church service, and what doctrines he promotes.

Do I believe it is dangerous to make judgments? Yes –for those who do not have “the mind of Christ”, who have not “taken captive every thought to Christ’s obedience.” (2 Cor. 10:5) In fact, MANY people make wrong judgments. But those of us that are constantly abiding in the Vine and His words (John 15:1-5), are constantly walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16) which means being controlled by the Spirit (Rom. 8:9), and who are constantly being “sober-minded and alert” (1 Peter 5:8), then we just have to trust that John 7:24 is being applied by us, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” As Jesus says there, we will be making judgments, but… they need to be done correctly. In other words, by the Spirit, not by appearances.

I totally agree that the Scriptures can be twisted and misused! That seems to be the slickest ploy of the enemy. But again, Jesus was speaking to the Jews who were persecuting Him (John 5:16) when He said, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.” (v. 39,40) So, even though it is not about the printed letter, the Word (what is being said) is powerful and the Word is Jesus and those who read it (or hear it) humbly will find Him in and through it –that “word of Christ.” (Rom. 10:17) This is why 1 Peter 1:23 says, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” And Christ makes His church holy through the Word. As Eph. 5:26 says, “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word…” This is why Jesus says in John 3:5, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

But we must compare Scripture with Scripture, for as Titus 3:5,6 say, in speaking of “God our Savior” (v. 4), “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior…” The point being: They are all One. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9) and the Spirit of God (v. 14) and the Spirit of Truth (1 John 5:6), and The Truth is Jesus (John 14:6) and Jesus is the Word of God. (John 1:1,14 & Rev. 19:13)

As far as saying that there is no real just because there is a lot of the false, is not what I said. I believe that there is one “Real” (True), that we can know it –and are commanded to know it– and that all the gifts are for today. I very firmly believe we have every gift listed at our disposal as a Body, and as the Spirit gives out to each individual. (1 Cor. 12:11) I also strongly disagree that any of the Spirit’s gifts have been abolished –including tongues, the most controversial one. As 1 Cor. 14:39 says, “Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.” I have to laugh that often it is the very men that DO want to do away with the gifts (especially tongues, interpretations, and words of knowledge –because then the Spirit may be controlling the meeting, huh? –instead of THEM!), yet at the same time they do NOT want to do away with 1 Cor. 14:34 (only 5 verses prior), “Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak…”

Well, I’m sorry this got to be such a long answer. I wasn’t exactly sure of your question, so I tried to cover a lot.

Sincerely,
Rachel

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