ARE SOME MINISTERS "LIARS"???
Today, some call it ‘politically incorrect’ to call someone who tells untruths, to be a ‘LIAR’. I have heard newscasters mock someone who called an opponent a ‘liar’, and never mention that what the ‘liar’ had said was definitely a ‘lie’. Yet, the supposed wrong to the newscaster, was the truth that the person was truly a LIAR. It is politically incorrect to them for the name ‘liar’ to be used for even liars.
This thinking has crept into the churches. We talk about different beliefs, different doctrines, different concepts of how one is saved, and yet, many of those ‘differences’ are ‘LIES’ and the ministers of such are ‘LIARS’.
The ministries of the Lord are to preach TRUTH, and reveal when falsehoods are being taught that are contradictory to truth. That means we must identify LIES, and identify those who preach them as ‘LIARS’.
This is a never ending job. Our enemies, the devils, follow their leader, the ‘father of lies.’ We follow our Leader, Jesus, Who is Truth, and we are taught by the Other Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Who is called the Spirit of Truth. How can we have any fellowship with falsehood, lies, prevarications?
John spoke plainly about this subject.
I John 2:18-28
"Little children, it is the last time, and as ye have heard that the antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt continued with us; but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; but he that acknowedgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you, concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming."
John's epistle is primarily a warning against false doctrines, i.e. LIES, that creep into congregations. We find ‘untruths’, lies, prevarications, heresies, false doctrines amidst us in this world. They are far too prevalent in Christian circles.
John attacks such lies, false doctrines, untruths, and heresies in three ways.
First, he gives instructions on what is the truth.
Then, he warns against the error, the heresy, and the false doctrine.
Finally, he assures us that God will help us avoid error.
The ones with the false doctrines are called (by John) to be "antichrists" (I John 2:18), "liars" (I John 2:22), and "seducers" (I John 2:26).
These ones in his day were what history calls the "gnostics". Today, we know them by different names. We call such ones today to be "modernists", "liberals", etc. Jesus called them "tares", and other names. Too often, in our time, we find them called ‘pastors’, ‘evangelists,’ ‘apostles’, ‘prophets’, etc. and yet, they are not truthfully preaching.
The gnostics of that day were a philosophical and religious group that taught that knowledge, rather than faith, is the key to salvation. It was a divisive and destructive force in Christianity from the first to the sixth century. Many forms and variations of it survive even today.
There were some main points to which they adhered. They claimed a higher knowledge than ordinary believers, and wanted others to see them as superior. Today, many claim to have a superior knowledge, and want all others to listen to their message, for it cannot be proven harmonious with all of Scriptures they teach that it is a knowledge not given before, and is their peculiar treasure.
They saw the flesh as essentially evil. They denied the humanity of Jesus since the flesh is evil, how could Jesus have become flesh, they reasoned. They denied His sufferings on the cross. Today, many such ones try to de-emphasize sins of lust and passion, for they are taken and bound by such themselves, they want others to see them of helpless creatures bound by a corrupted flesh, but not guilty of sin in such impure actions.
They believed the Creator to be a separate deity from the Supreme God. They believed in multiple gods, multiple ways to salvation.
We see that today in some accepting a new doctrine called Chrislam. This ‘new religion’ accepts the false god of Islam as being the same God we worship in Christianity. This is a heresy that makes the word ‘falsehood’ seem to mild to describe it.
Others want to take cults as Mormonism into Christianity as just another denomination. Yet, it teaches that Jesus is only a brother to the devil, and salvation is by works, not by atonement in His blood.
That there are multiple ways to God is not Biblical. There are many today willing to create by their teachings that there are different roads to heaven, different gods to be worshipped. This heresy allows them to claim to have the superior faith, but not the only faith.
Some deny the personality of the Supreme God. Many today want to have a God Who is impersonal, unwilling or unable to be aware of daily thoughts, actions, and motives. A personal God requires a relationship, and this type of heresy gives no relationship with the real God.
In Christian circles of today, there is a tendency to try to update the commandments of God, and to allow what God has called "sin" for millennia. Adultery is still adultery, and calling it an "affair" does not make it righteousness. Yet, many today do try to change names, and thereby change morality. These are lies that we can rename what formerly was a sin, and the change in the name makes it now to be good.
Some combine certain Christian doctrines with the pagan philosophies. The corruption of true faith and doctrine continues as many try to make doctrine more palatable to carnal mankind.
We are to preach ‘truth’ and the ‘truth’ is found in the Bible. We do not ‘add’ pagan philosophies to the Bible truths thinking that improves the Bible, when actually it corrupts truth. These heathen concepts were and still are fallacious, erroneous, and heretical. The Christian community has errantly tried to often to tolerate, ignore, or acquiesce to such false doctrines. We need to allow the Spirit of Truth to do His ministry, to reveal truth, and to uncover heresy and falsehood! Our ministries today are to preach and teach only TRUTH.
I John 2:18
"Little children, it is the last time, and as ye have heard that the antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
What does John mean with "last time"? He meant the time immediately preceding the end of the world? For if you note in verse 28, John mentions the coming of Christ Jesus. The "last days" began at the cross, and still continue on. Peter's explanation on the day of Pentecost link Joel's description of the last days with the events of those days in which Peter lived. So if those were the last days, on the Day of Pentecost, then when John writes this a few years later, it would still be the last days. In these last days, we can be assured that these words of John in his epistle are pertinent and relevant to us. John is announcing here that this is a crisis time to which he speaks, and that we need to be alert and aware of some important things.
As has been predicted in the Bible, there are many even today that "scoff" at the idea of the second coming.
They are blind, and are not alert:
to the prophetic fulfillment,
to the witnesses of Scripture,
and to the confirmations from the Spirit of Truth.
How can we take seriously the foolish ranting of people so far from being spiritually aware. We need to heed their scoffing as much as we would heed the opinion of a three year old on the stock market.
John, who was:
spiritually aware of the age,
knowledgeable of the signs,
cognizant of the current fulfillment of prophetic truth,
and definitely in tune with the Spirit of Truth,
warns and alerts us to beware the ones who act in conjunction with the scheme of the Antichrist himself. He calls them "antichrists".
Someday soon, after the rapture of the church, the real Antichrist shall come. Antiochus Epiphanes prefigured him long ago, and so did Nero, Hitler, and Mussolini. Just as God wants us to live as Christ, having His mind, His nature, His works, so the devil seeks to have many of his cohorts among mankind to be like the Antichrist.
John tells us that "many antichrists... have already arisen." There are still many today. These people embody the anti-Christian spirit, and are like forerunners of the eschatological antichrist. The falsehoods of these ‘many antichrists’ are prevalent in our time. John is the only one in the New Testament to use the word "Antichrist". (I John 2:18, 22, 4:3, II John 7) John who was the one most close to the Lord, and is also the one who is most concerned with warning us against those who are farthest from this Jesus that John loved so much.
"Antichrist" comes from two words, "anti" which when used with another word, means "opposition to", and "opposition in the guise of similarity."
The "antichrists" of all ages are people who have assumed the guise of Christ, tried to assume the authority of the Lord, counterfeited Christ, tried to rival Christ, have usurped the position of Christ, and have been adversarial to Christ. Jesus warned of such "false christs" (Mark 13:22).
In John's day, these ones who had such incentive to counter the Lord Himself were heretical teachers who spread doctrines that threatened Christianity. John was adamantly opposed to not only their doctrine but also to their presence. The Antichrist himself cannot be revealed until we, the saints, have been removed from this earth by the rapture. Yet, too often, unlike John, we have not hindered the other "antichrist" personalities within the congregations of today.
John not only taught the truth, he attacked the error and the heresy, and he warned strongly against these "antichrists".
These "antichrists" "went out from us", according to I John 2:19. This indicates that they had before claimed to be Christians, were pretending to be part of the faith. John says that "they were not of us", indicating that their membership in the congregations was outward, and they were Christians in name only. There are many who the devil has placed within the Christian circles, and have made great play-acting imitation of saints.
When the Word of God is preached in uncompromising, rhema filled fashion, the Spirit of Truth begins to work. Then these hypocrites begin to be uneasy, and will depart. They depart from the midst of the revival. John says that "if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us" (2:19) Continuance, in the presence of the revival of the Spirit of Truth is a mark of true discipleship.
"...If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
The reason the Holy Spirit of Truth drives out such "antichrists" is that He is manifesting truth, and His work of manifesting truth, and uncovering deceit and falsehood. There are many congregations that need such a move of the Spirit of Truth. These congregations have unrecognized "antichrists" who offend and cause harm.
God has always desired to make manifest the ones who are fake, false, and hypocritical. Somehow, someway, God seeks to unmask these ones, but the sleeping , apathetic saints hinder such attempts of the Lord. Here in the time of John, the group was exposed and left the revival congregation.
"they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." (2:19)
have distinctive persuasions.
They are LIARS.
They tell the ultimate lie, that Jesus is not the Christ, that is the Sent One, the Chosen One of heaven Who was sent by God to earth to provide redemption for mankind. This is a lie that is more horrible than any other they could tell. Some teach that Jesus was a mere human Who had the "spirit of the Christ" come upon Him at His baptism, and left Him before the crucifixion. To deny the Lord, is the same as denying the Father.
I John 2:23
"Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father..."
Christ Jesus is the only access to the Father, and those who deny Him, denigrate Him, or seek to down-grade His Person, will lose the Father.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
I John 2:23 b
"He that confesses the Son hath the Father also."
They have an evil purpose.
The intention of these "antichrists" is to seduce the people of God from the truth. They intend to mislead.
I John 2:26
"These things have I written unto you, concerning them that seduce you."
Their intention is to deceive, and they enjoy such deceptions. Their joy is increased if they can frustrate, aggravate, and disturb the saints. They start debates, create hassles, and split friendships, and enjoy it. Most saints in congregations have seen such events often, and our desire to believe that these "antichrists" are "Christian" allow us to be deceived.
The believers have security.
I John 2:26-28
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming."
This "anointing" is the same word as "unction" in verse 20. It is from the Greek word "chrisma". The term signifies not the act of anointing, but the balm that has not just been poured upon and dripped from, but as a remaining cream that continues to affect the one anointed. This anointing is the abiding Lord within us. We are to have this anointing "upon us." John is saying that the true anointing is upon the saints, not the "antichrists" who may claim (as did the gnostics) some great anointing.
Many claim anointing. But there are many who are deceptive, and may not even know the One they claim abides within and upon them. The true Holy Spirit, the abiding presence of the Lord are not temporary. Since the Holy Spirit is so present, and so abiding, we constantly have with us the teaching of all we need to know.
When John says that "ye have not need that any man teach you" does not mean we do not have the ministry of teaching still in effect today, but it means that our real Teacher is the Holy Spirit, and He may use some with the gift of teaching to aid His work, but it is His work, not the human teachers. All teaching from human teaching should be tested by the Spirit and by His written Word. We can know "all" the things we need to know, via this Great Teacher, the Spirit, Who abides within and upon us.
We, as saints, need to hold to, adhere to, and continue in the true Christian message. We are told to "let that abide in you, which ye heard from the beginning." Hold the teaching of the Word, dig to find the true message, and do not easily relent when another tries to claim you are in error. Search the Word, and keep the Word as the authority.
Maintain a union and a fellowship relationship with the Lord. We are told many times in Scripture to "abide in Him." It is an imperative. This One with Whom we have a relationship will soon come. It is a unveiling and manifestation of the One with Whom we fellowship. He will pay us a royal visit. It means that His arrival, and His continuing real presence with us, will validate our abiding with Him now. Many will think us to be strange, weird, and crazy. Yet, the coming of the Lord will validate our present claim of relationship with a Being no one now sees.
The truth will flow from the mouths, from the pens, from the keyboards, of the ones following the Lord. The lies and heresies of the devil will come from others. We are to preach the Truth, His name is Jesus, His Word is written for us to study, and to then preach. The Spirit of Truth will anoint our efforts, and give us spiritual gifts with which to do our ministries.