false doctrine

How Far Is Too Far?

I am grieved for the body of Christ.  Since I started going back to church regularly in 2017, I have been blown away, (in a negative way,) at the amount of faulty doctrine that gets a pass.  Why do people ignore the following false doctrines that say:

  1.  Jesus didn’t come to earth as the Son of God.
  2. We are gods.
  3. John the Baptist was the last of the OT prophets.
  4. We can prophecy out of our own imaginations, but people who “speak negative” are false prophets, even if they prophecy something that is correct.
  5. We can “invite angels into our lives”.
  6. The use of “Christian Destiny” cards that are basically tarot cards with angels on them.
  7. The use of a “Christian” ouija board.
  8. We are righteous and don’t sin any longer.

I’ve wondered how far I should go in resisting these doctrines.  What would you do?  Would you not watch or buy any product from these people?  Would you allow your fellow community of believers to remain ignorant?  Would you speak up for truth in the face of hatred?  How far would you go in standing for righteousness? What does the Bible say about this subject?

Well, here you go:

Matthew 7:15-23

2 Thessalonians 2

Matthew 24: 3-14, 24-25

2 Peter 2:1-3

Romans 16:18

2 Corinthians 2:17

Acts 20:28-31

1 Timothy 6:3-5

Titus 1:7-11

Galatians 1:6-10

1 John 4:1-6

2 Timothy 3:12-17; 4:1-4

2 John 1:7-11

Jude 3-4

Acts 17:11

John 7:24

1 Corinthians 10:15

Luke 6:43-45

Ephesians 4:14-16

Hebrews 5:11-6:3

The Bible makes it clear that we are to search out the truth.  We are to speak against the doctrine of the false teachers, prophets, and apostles.  I do these things.  But I almost wonder how much farther I should go.

Here is what 2 John 7-9 says:

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we[a] have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

“Anyone who welcomes them” into our houses, “shares in their wicked work”.  That’s heavy.  At the risk of sounding extreme, it seems like the Word of God doesn’t want me to associated with them in ANY way, shape, or fashion.  We sing songs from these places on the worship team.  My friends post videos of teachings.  My leadership posts articles with these doctrines slipped into them.  I dared question the portion of the article that supported the wrong doctrine concerning angels.  I’m pretty sure that I didn’t win any brownie points for that with man.  However, I’m equally certain that I made God happy with the stand.

It comes down to who I want to please, God or man?  What is my intention in exposing these false doctrines?  I’m not out to hate on any person, or mock them.  However, I will stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.  I will stand for Christ, no matter how radical it makes me look. My love for Him and for the body of Christ demands that.  How far is too far?  I guess that would depend on how much one loves Truth.

We are BECOMING Righteous, NOT are.

We are NOT the righteousness of God. We are BECOMING the righteousness of God IN Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21, because of faulty translations, is often misused to fit incorrect doctrine. I’m not sure if this is intentional to fit a more deceptive doctrine later on, or if it is just a lack of study on the behalf of the teacher. Either way, it makes me go “hmm”.
The Interlinear Bible which is the direct Greek translation of Scripture of 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that we are “becoming” the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). This becoming is “ginomai” which means to “emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another. According to Strong’s Concordance it’s not the same as the verb “eimí” which means “to be”, as in a state of already “being”. “Ginomai” denotes growth into a different state.
Also, the entire chapter of 2 Corinthians 5 talks about what we WILL attain someday, as in we aren’t there already. We are NOT the righteousness of God right now. We are becoming it as we choose to do what is right. We do have to choose to put on His righteousness, (Romans 6:16). We have mortal bodies that sin, (Romans 6:12). While we no longer are under the law of sin and death, because of salvation (Romans 8:2) we do still struggle against it, (Hebrews 12:4).
This doctrine that we ARE God’s righteousness is sly and deceptive. To reiterate, right there in the actual Greek translation, it says we are “ginomai” or “transitioning” into righteousness IN CHRIST. There are many Scriptures which talk about putting ON righteousness, that fit along with what I am saying. We are not righteous, as in a state of being righteous like God is. That is a different verb in the Greek, “eimí”, and isn’t used in 2 Corinthians 5:21.