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by Johan Malan, University of the North, South Africa

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by Johan Malan, University of the North, South Africa

Abstract: The form of spiritual decline that is occurring in Reformed (Calvinistic) churches in South Africa comprises the denial of fundamental Christian doctrines. The five doctrines involved are (1) a premillennial eschatology, (2) sanctification as a second work of grace, (3) salvation through regeneration, (4) the inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word, and (5) the Deity of Jesus. Some denominations are in an early stage of decline while others have advanced much further.

by Johan Malan, University of the North, South Africa

Abstract: The form of spiritual decline that is occurring in Reformed (Calvinistic) churches in South Africa comprises the denial of fundamental Christian doctrines. The five doctrines involved are (1) a premillennial eschatology, (2) sanctification as a second work of grace, (3) salvation through regeneration, (4) the inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word, and (5) the Deity of Jesus. Some denominations are in an early stage of decline while others have advanced much further.

The Bible clearly warns us against serious doctrinal decline that will occur in “Christian” churches in the last days:

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1).
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
We live in the time of the great falling away. While the decline in charismatic churches comprises the embracing of extra-biblical revelations and manifestations such as dreams, visions, signs, wonders and strange experiences (e.g. the Toronto phenomenon) the decline in the traditional Reformed churches takes the route of the successive abandoning of various doctrinal foundations.

The Bible refers to moral and spiritual [or doctrinal] decline that will take on dreadful proportions in the end-time. In 1 Timothy 4:1 the Holy Spirit emphatically states that people will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and the doctrines of demons. In the New Testament there is reference only to Christian believers as people who have a true faith; consequently, the falling away occurs among them. Non-believers (all the idolaters in the non-Christian word) can’t fall from the faith because they never had any standard of true faith from which they can fall away. They are the non-believers in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds (2 Cor. 4:4). Their sins can intensify but that does not constitute a process of falling away.

Nominal Christianity is a fertile breeding-ground for the development of all sorts of heresies as such people have no discernment. Jesus said: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” (Mt. 15:8). They only have a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Tim. 3:5). They profess a Christian creed with their lips and mind, but their hearts are not born again. They are the ones who are easily deceived by the Evil One to adhere to demonic doctrines such as stating that Jesus Christ is not God, that the Bible is not the Word of God, that there is no devil or hell, that you need only to be baptised to inherit God’s Kingdom, that you ought to experience strange manifestations, that you can be saved through other religions and mediators other than the Lord Jesus Christ, etc.

Theologians who actually believe these fallacies and train pastors in terms thereof are largely responsible for the drastic decline of spiritual values in communities. Unsaved and carnal people enjoy being declared saved by pastors without having to repent and confess their sins. They are the ones referred to in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” They want to hear fables and lies, for instance that there is not really an explicit experience of salvation from sins, that Christians should only try to sin moderately, and that all those who have been baptised and have become members of a specific denomination, are predestined to go to heaven. This superficial, deceitful and compromising teaching is like the seed that fell among the thorns and on shallow soil. It does not condemn, it is socially acceptable and enjoys a large following among sinners.

A world-wide process
The ideological transformation of South Africa’s government, universities and many of its churches, is part of a world-wide campaign against fundamental Christian doctrines. The constitutional and theological phasing-out of a profession of faith in the Triune God of the Bible and the exclusivity of the Christian faith, is a pre-condition for the introduction of the inclusive, multi-religious dogma of the antichristian new world order. In the light of these developments it is obvious why the Lord Jesus mentioned religious deception first in His list of signs of the times when his disciples asked Him: “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you… Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many… For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Mt. 24:3-4, 11, 24; emphasis added). False teachings and congruent antichristian reforms have indeed become very popular in this wicked and adulterous generation.

While this serious attack against God’s kingdom is escalating in extent and intensity, one would have liked to believe that there is still a significant number of evangelical Christian churches in which a strong stand is taken for the truth of God’s Word. However, the contrary is true. In the vast majority of churches doctrinal error, moral depravity and ecumenical compromise are the order of the day. Churches are turning lukewarm and apostate and force the Lord Jesus Christ to dissociate Himself from them. As to the church in Laodicea, He says to them: “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16).

The lukewarm preachers and members of the Laodicean congregation refer to people who have compromised. They are neither cold nor hot – they do not reject Christianity, but neither do they teach it correctly or live by it according to set Biblical standards. Most people actually prefer these compromising and inferior spiritual standards, but to Jesus Christ they are totally unacceptable. There are scores of ‘modern’ pastors who are at the disposal of an apostate and lukewarm humanity to encourage them in their error and strengthen their belief in all kinds of unbiblical fables and myths. Peter strongly warns against false teachers who introduce fallacious doctrines:

“There were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words” (2 Pet. 2:1-3).
This is a highly shocking state of affairs. Many people will follow the perniciousness of these false preachers and for their sake the way of truth (the requirement of being born again and also the doctrine of sanctification) will be slandered and scoffed at. These liars will be the popular preachers and they will make it their business to ridicule evangelical pastors who still persist in teaching the truth.

Where does this multitude of false teachers come from who take the lead in rejecting the sound doctrine of the Bible? Some of them do not even hesitate to deny the divinity and redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Surely, they must have been trained at theological seminaries with equally low standards. From there they find their way into churches and incessantly discredit and even reject sound Christian doctrine. If they are not resisted they can do enormous damage. The fact is that their numbers are increasing and that they will soon reach a situation where they will gain the upper hand in synods. It is a case of a little leaven that leavens the whole lump (1 Cor. 5:6).

In the post-World War II era, more or less since the founding of the World Council of Churches in 1948, there has been large-scale theological decline in Protestant circles in numerous of the major theological faculties and seminaries globally, including several in South Africa – to such an extent that one may well speak of decadent Protestantism. One should, however, not generalise but evaluate each theological faculty, seminary and denomination individually in the light of the Word of God. We are commanded to withdraw ourselves from the midst of those who have a mere form of godliness (2 Tim. 3:5). Although the ways leading to spiritual decline are not always identical, the end results are the same since they prepare the way for further error as well as ecumenical bonds between all those who go astray. Their common enemy is the truth which, because of its unique nature, cannot compromise with false teachings.

A review of the degeneration that has occurred in the traditional reformed churches in South Africa during the past fifty-odd years clearly indicates that five Christian doctrines are targeted in the degeneration process. Some of these have already been rejected, while the rest are theologically controversial and are at present actively debated and queried. Depending on the degree of resistance that there still is, the decline has not progressed to the same extent in all churches and congregations. However, it is interesting to note that the doctrines that have been targeted may be listed in a specific sequence from peripheral to core ones.

1. The premillennial doctrine of the second coming of Christ
Premillennialism concerns the acceptance of the literal fulfilment of biblical prophecies concerning the end-times. Not only will Jesus Christ return to earth physically and sets foot on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4-5), but also, prior to that moment, there will be a world ruler in the person of the Antichrist who will reign over the entire world for a period of seven years during the great tribulation. His revelation is withheld by the presence of the Church of Jesus Christ in the world, that constitutes a temple for the Holy Spirit. Once the true believers have been raptured to heaven, the Antichrist will be revealed (2 Thes. 2:3-10).

After the return of the Lord Jesus at the end of the seven years of tribulation there will be a literal millennial kingdom on earth with the restored and redeemed Israel heading all the nations. The Latin word “mille” meaning a thousand is the root of the term “millennium” which indicates the belief in a literal thousand year reign of peace on earth after Christ’s second coming. The term “premillennial” denotes the belief that Christ will return before the dawning of the millennium. Owing to the spiritualising and allegorising of biblical prophesies, most reformed churches have already rejected the premillennial doctrine. One denomination that has not done so is the Evangelical Reformed Church that still firmly upholds this teaching.

In 1962, the biggest Afrikaans denomination (the Dutch Reformed Church) accepted the amillennial view at a synod meeting, in terms of which biblical prophecies are interpreted allegorically or symbolically. This decision was contrary to the premillennial beliefs of the founders of the theological seminary in Stellenbosch early in the twentieth century.

Unfortunately, the initial premillennial teachings were replaced by amillennialism that originated from the Free University in the Netherlands where many of the local theologians obtained their doctorates. The anti-Semitism of the Second World War strongly influenced theology in Europe. This led to the denial of the prophetic future of Israel as nation, consequently the church replaced Israel as “the Israel of the New Testament”. In accordance with this approach, other prophecies such as the millennial kingdom, were also spiritualised and robbed of their literal meaning.

The lapsing into amillennialism had several negative theological implications, inter alia:

· The Bible is regarded as a symbolic book which is spiritualised and not interpreted literally in terms of grammatical-historical exegesis. The authority of the Scriptures is thus undermined.

· The new hermeneutic principles gave rise to the replacement theology, in accordance with which Israel is replaced by the church, the 144 000 spiritually revived Jews of the tribulation are replaced by the believers of all ages, Babylon is replaced by Rome or the USA, etc.

· The denial of a future millennium and the merging thereof with the church dispensation paved the way to the kingdom theology in which prosperity, power and ecumenical unity are pursued. A signs and wonders theology is used to unite all Christians. Doctrines are neglected and overruled for the sake of greater unity, thus opening the way to Protestant/Catholic unification and even heresies such as multi-religious ecumenism.

· The binding of Satan during the millennium is transferred to the present church dispensation. This ill-considered conclusion has two results: 1. Many churches have virtually no demonology and merely offer psychological counselling to address the works of Satan. 2. In other circles, they attempt to bind or evict Satan and his “territorial demons”, thereby delivering towns, cities and even countries, from their evil influence and strongholds. This method is unbiblical.

· The spiritualising of biblical prophesies and the denial of promises such as those concerning the rapture lead to a lack of prophetic perspective among Christians. It diminishes their future expectation and understanding of the signs of the times which herald the second coming of Christ. Secular ideals and prospects in the present world, such as socio-economic transformation and the unity syndrome of the new world order, replace the expectations regarding the second coming of Christ and the millennium.

2. Sanctification as second work of grace
During the times of revival in the 18th and 19th centuries there was strong emphasis on sanctification as a second work of grace after conversion. The apostle Paul said: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification… Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit” (1 Thes. 4:3, 8). Believers who accept this teaching in faith have a new encounter with God, which may also be described as “being filled with the Holy Spirit”. Thus lukewarm, powerless, carnal, non-praying and worldly-minded Christians are helped along the way to continuous spiritual growth. They do not become perfect, but they obtain the spiritual power to achieve victories over temptations and carnality and to devote themselves wholeheartedly to the cause of evangelism to extend the kingdom of heaven.

It is important to realise that sanctification is an explicit work of grace that only the Lord can do for you. It commences with imputed holiness in the lives of believers who humble themselves and faithfully trust God to sanctify them: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” (1 Thes. 5:23-24; emphasis added).

The second aspect of sanctification relates to the practical application of the power of the Holy Spirit as a means of grace. Your full co-operation is needed to become holy in your whole conduct: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1). Do you consciously and actively, in the power of the Holy Spirit, submit yourself to the demands of God’s Word to lead a life that is pleasing to the Lord? Paul said: “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection” (1 Cor. 9:27). To Timothy he said: “Exercise yourself… to godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7).

When uncommitted and lukewarm Christians wait on the Lord to sanctify them and diligently start living a life of victory over sin and of fruitful service in the kingdom of God, they experience revival in their lives. A revival of this nature started in Wellington and surrounding towns in South Africa, more than a century ago under the ministry of Dr. Andrew Murray. However, 20th century materialism has quenched those early revival fires among the rising generations. Currently, this doctrine is mockingly rejected as a “second blessing” or as “methodism”, i.e. something vested in man’s works. In the rejection of this work of grace it is alleged that all Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit at their conversion. How do such theologians explain the phenomenon of carnal Christians who do not bear witness of living under the control and empowerment of the Holy Spirit? Consider the following evidence about carnal (immature) Christians in the Bible:

· Paul insists that the Roman Christians must be dead to sin: “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts (Rom. 6:11-12; emphasis added). This disposition must lead to disciplined action. The Christians are admonished to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh, and “by the Spirit [to] put to death the deeds of the body” (Rom. 8:1, 13). To this instruction he adds that they should not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of their mind (Rom. 12:1-2). In practical terms, it means to lead sanctified instead of carnal lives: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil its lusts” (Rom. 13:14). Obviously, the latter possibility exists and must be countered by a committed, Christ-like life.

· Paul resented the fact that the Corinthian believers did not live Holy Spirit-inspired lives: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” (1 Cor 3:1-3). There was a serious lack of knowledge about sanctification among them: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16; see also 1 Cor. 6:19-20).

· The Galatians were rebuked for their carnal behaviour resulting from spiritual backsliding after making a good start: “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal 3:3). Paul reminds them that only a true walk in the Spirit will lead to a life of victory over sin. If the flesh is not delivered to be crucified in a full surrender to the Lord, none of their good intentions will be realised: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Gal. 5:16-17). How is the flesh rendered ineffective? By denying yourself (the old man) and daily identifying with the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul says: “I glory… in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14).

· Paul reminds the congregation in Ephesus that they must get to the point where they renounce the old man, i.e. the desires of the old life, and put on the new man: “…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts… and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:22-24). Although the old life was, in principle, renounced at the rebirth (the first work of grace) it became so firmly established by the force of habit that it is quite a challenge to humble yourself, have your heart completely sanctified by the Lord and to translate inward holiness into outward holiness. The second work of grace is also reiterated in Ephesians 5:25-27 with the clear purpose that Christians should be holy and without blemish.

· The principles of putting off and putting on are also emphasised in Colossians. Please note that after the initial “putting off” some of the carnal traits remain and must be renounced during a full surrender: “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness… in which you once walked when you lived in them. But now you must also put off these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Col 3:5-10).

What happens if the doctrine of sanctification is not preached? There will be no spiritual growth to maturity in the congregation. Church members will remain infants in their spiritual lives, “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14). They will be unable to escape from this condition in their own power without surrendering their old nature to be crucified and to trust the Lord to fill them with His Holy Spirit. To such people one has to continue preaching repentance since there is no growth to spiritual maturity. It was for this very reason that Paul was greatly upset about the spiritual stagnation among the Hebrew believers:

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partake only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil “(Heb 5:12-14).
Believers who do not live holy lives are full of the world, of sin and of their selfish desires. They do not have spiritual discernment to distinguish between truth and deception. They easily fall prey to all kinds of spiritual error, including the charismatic experience theology with its increasing tendency towards extra-biblical experiences, manifestations, signs and wonders.

3. The doctrine of salvation through regeneration
After apostate reformed churches have abandoned the premillennialist eschatology and the doctrine of sanctification as a second work of grace, they usually start attacking the evangelical doctrine of salvation. When this bastion has fallen in their midst they replace it (by courtesy of Calvin) with the Augustinian heresy of baptismal regeneration. A form of covenant theology which is based on the doctrine of predestination and confirmed by the sacrament of baptism, is proclaimed in their churches. As a “covenant child” the baptised person is assured of eternal security and consequently not confronted with the need to be born again. This theology with its supporting rituals produces church members who only have an outward form of godliness. They serve God with words only but their unregenerate hearts are cold and unchanged: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Mt. 15:8-9).

It is to spiritually depraved and backslidden churches that the Lord Jesus extends an earnest call to repentance: “I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent” (Rev. 2:4-5).

Should such churches not fully restore the evangelical doctrine of salvation the Lord will remove their lampstands from them. That doesn’t mean that they will stop functioning as denominations, but the Lord will withdraw His Spirit from them with the result that total spiritual darkness will prevail in their midst. The light of the lampstand symbolises the presence of the Lord in the church. Its daily filling with oil denotes the working of the Holy Spirit and the need for members to constantly remain Spirit-filled. When backsliding occurs, the light of the gospel grows dim and is eventually quenched. This is precisely what Satan desires because in conditions like these, lies, deception and other works of darkness will proliferate. He will continue to blind the minds of people that they should no longer understand or confess the basic gospel truths (2 Cor. 4:4).

The biblical doctrine of salvation is based on a clear confession of sin (1 Jn. 1:8-9) and on this basis God will forgive a person’s sin and give him a new life through a spiritual rebirth. Without being born again thus, no one will see the kingdom of God (Jn. 3:3). Only after his or her salvation the believer can be baptised (Mk. 16:16; Acts 8:36-37).

4. The Bible as the inerrant and literally inspired Word of God
In compromising churches and among liberal theologians there is very little regard for the Bible as God’s Word. Prof. I.J.J. Spangenberg of the University of South Africa takes a strong stand against the inerrancy of the Bible. In a paper, “The Durtch Reformed Church, the book Jonah and religious pluralism,” read on 3rd Sept. 1996 in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, he described the paradigm shift in the Bible sciences as follows:

· Originally, the Bible was regarded as the Word of God and the historical-literal method of interpretation was followed. This view was confirmed by the Church reformers. It is based on the firm belief that holy men of God spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21). According to this view the Bible is the Word of God as He revealed Himself to people through His Word.

· Subsequently, the Bible was regarded as the Word of God in human language. Towards the end of the 19th century this view gave rise to the historical-critical method of interpretation (the so-called ‘higher criticism’). In terms of this approach the Bible consists of a collection of Near Eastern religious writings compiled by fallible people with typical human limitations. These writings were often revised and extended and contain spiritual insights and testimonies of faith dating from that era.

· At present (since about 1975) the Bible is described as words about God and literary methods of interpretation are applied. In modern-day literature science the emphasis has shifted from the author to the text and eventually to the reader. Passages from the Bible are analysed by using narrative and rhetorical methods. Deconstruction and other literary methods of analysis are also used. Scholars now regard the Bible as a collection of myths and folk tales from which one may derive moral applications and lessons. The Bible is thus left open to numerous interpretations.

In his paper, Prof. Spangenberg challenged the Dutch Reformed Church: 1. to regard parts of the Bible as myths (or folk tales), and 2. to also read the sacred books of other religions (e.g. Buddhism) to discover the meaning of life.

Not everyone’s rejection of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God goes to the same extremes, but fundamental thinking about this subject is definitely losing ground. The new approach towards the Bible is also evident in some of its new translations. There are Bible Societies, other bodies and individuals who don’t hesitate to translate exegetically according to their own opinions. Some of the manuscripts used are without any doubt incomplete. The new Afrikaans translation of the Bible conforms to the approach followed in the “Good News for Modern Man” and ought to be rejected by evangelic Christians. This Bible does contain certain truths, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

5. The doctrine on the Divinity and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ
The most fundamental Christian doctrine that is currently attacked and rejected by liberal theologians is the Divinity of Jesus Christ. There has been a lively debate on this subject in recent years. Various South African theologians now blatantly declare that the so-called ‘historical Jesus’ is not ‘God’. At the same time they reject the uniqueness of Jesus as the only Saviour and allege that salvation may also be attained through other religions such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the traditional African religions. In terms of these interfaith views there are many ways of salvation. The reformed churches have thus far not formally accepted these heretical ideas but they are nevertheless intensively exposed to them. Some of the congregations invite these liberal theologians to preach in their churches, but others still refuse them. The fact that they have already abandoned a number of Christians doctrines makes them an easy target for further deception.

This new concept of Jesus, as well as the multi-religious scenario in which Christianity is placed on equal par with other religions, is already presented in several of the new religious textbooks for use in schools and universities. For more information on theological distortions emanating from these theologians, see the article “Images of Jesus” in the section on Christology.

How long will it be before this fallacy also penetrates apostate churches to the level of their congregations? Peter’s warning is so relevant in the times in which we live, when he says:

“But also in those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines – destructive heresies – even denying and disowning the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their immoral ways and lascivious doings; because of them the true Way will be maligned and defamed (2 Pet. 2:1-2 Amplified Bible).
So many of them are already denying Jesus as God, as the Son of God, and as the only Saviour of this world! In this way the false teachers do not only bring about their own ruin and destruction, but also that of the people whom they have deceived and guided along the broad [compromising] way leading to hell. The popular support enjoyed by the false teachers will lead to the theological discrediting and blaspheming of evangelical believers, and eventually to their open persecution.

Conclusion
We are clearly living in the time of the great falling away preceding the revelation of the Antichrist as the man of sin (2 Thess 2:3-4). At a time like this we should be very sure that we are not deceived by false prophets (1 Jn. 4:1). Don’t be afraid to withdraw yourself from those who are accepting wrong teachings. The Lord Jesus said that there will be great polarisation among righteousness and unrighteousness in the end-time:

“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Rev. 22:11).
The apostle Paul says: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).

Defilement of the flesh is moral sin, while defilement of the spirit is indicative of doctrinal error, superstition and unbelief. We have to be delivered from these contaminating influences. This will happen only if we are filled with the Spirit of God, have enlightened eyes of the mind and are nourished with the pure spiritual milk of the Word of God (1 Pet. 2:2).

More than ever before, the pure light of our Christian testimony must shine brightly to the glory of the Lord and the extension of His kingdom. Without strong spiritual convictions we will be overcome and dragged along by the powers of darkness. It is now the time to stand firm for our evangelical convictions despite the possibility of being ridiculed, slandered or persecuted. Take courage from the example of believers who remained steadfast in the most evil and dangerous situations. To the true believers in ancient Pergamos the Lord said: “And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny my faith even in the days in which Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells” (Rev. 2:13). “Antipas” means “Against everything”. There may well be a time, in the near future, when societies everywhere become utterly corrupt and depraved, being completely infiltrated by humanism, New Age philosophy, multi-religious deception and other doctrines of demons, as well as extreme immorality, licentiousness and violence.

May the Lord preserve us blameless until the day of His coming – to be presented to Him without spot or wrinkle.

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June 23, 2020

Many Christians claim that they will go to heaven but they look, talk and act like the world and their lifestyle will be the very thing that will condemn them on the day of judgment.

by Dr David Acuna 
March 28, 2008

A trauma surgeon describes the effect crucifixion would have had on the human body.

by Edmond Macaraeg
May 6, 2017

Decades after the death of the original apostles, a powerful politico-religious system systematically changed the biblical Sabbath and transferred such observance to Sunday, the first day of the week.

by Paul Benware
September 15, 2018

Many church members are saintly on Sunday mornings and secular the rest of the week. God is nicely compartmentalized and plays an insignificant role for most of the week.

by Dale Hurd
March 3, 2020

Martyr's Free Church in Edinburgh is part of the rich history of Christianity in Scotland. Today it's "Frankenstein," a bar that describes itself as a family-friendly venue but also a place for stag parties, bar top dancers and monsters.

by Marty Troyer

The following is a list of ways congregations, and more specifically you as a member of a congregation, can love any and all who walk through your doors.

by Amanda K. Fowler
July 17, 2017

Prioritizing marriage and family isn’t a bad thing. But a church environment that constantly reinforces the idea that marriage and children are both the ideal and the goal of life conveys an unbiblical message to everyone, not just singles.

by Ray Ungen

It is fair to say there has been a mystical revolution throughout the Western world over the last forty years. Whereas mysticism was once uncommon within mainstream society, it has now become accepted and normal.

by Martin Beckford

Christianity is in decline in England because politically correct churches are more interested in accommodating other people's views than putting forward their own, it is claimed.

by Martin Beckford

Christianity is in decline in England because politically correct churches are more interested in accommodating other people's views than putting forward their own, it is claimed.

by Henry M. Morris, PH.D.

Evolution has been called, "God's method of creation"; and the Genesis record of the six days of creation has been reinterpreted in terms of the evolutionary ages of historical geology.

by Tony Pearce
May 1, 2019

If Christians want to have true spiritual life, it is essential to acknowledge the debt they have to Israel and to repay that debt with love for the Jewish people.

by Bill Randles
June 25, 2019

The True Church and self indulgence are at odds with each other. Truth itself is authoritative and makes demands of us that we conform to it. Christian teaching on morality and ethics is also at war with the modern culture of self gratification, and self glorification.

by Howard Green
November 2, 2016

Once saved always saved and eternal security are subjects I’ve heard about in Christian circles for many years. I have noticed some people will use these terms interchangeably but there is a drastic difference between them.

by Ray Yungen
June 14, 2019

The Desert Fathers believed as long as the desire for God was sincere - anything could be utilized to reach God. If a method worked for the Hindus to reach their gods, then Christian mantras could be used to reach Jesus.

 by Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

Jesus’ Great Commission to the Church is often interpreted as just, “Go out and be witnesses for Christ.” Yes, it does say that and much more. There is a place for every Christian in the multi-faceted Great Commission in our day.

by Paul Benware

The purpose for this short series of articles is to inform us, or perhaps simply remind us, of some of those good reasons why the church of Jesus Christ is removed out of this world prior to the start of the coming time of tribulation.

by Lighthouse Trails Research
February 15, 2019

A historic interfaith covenant was signed in the Middle East on Monday. The signing of this covenant was done in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths.

by Tony Pearce

Reports and surveys speak of a general decline of Christianity, especially in Europe, where society has adopted a secular life style and a multi faith diversity agenda that strongly rejects biblical Christian faith and practice.

by Tony Pearce
May 1, 2019

The New Testament does not put the blame on “the Jews” and certainly never even hints that succeeding generations of Jews should be persecuted on account of it.

by Dave Hunt

There is no question that Calvin imposed upon the Bible certain erroneous interpretations from his Roman Catholic background. Many leading Calvinists agree that the writings of Augustine were the actual source of most of what is known as Calvinism today.

by Roger Oakland

From a biblical perspective, we are living at a period of history that was prophesied thousands of years ago. The signposts are everywhere.

by Dr. Steven C. Riser

Freedom is not the right to do what you want, but the power to do what you ought.

by Michael Snyder
April 15, 2019

Have you ever wondered why most church services in America seem to be filled with lots of fluff and very little substance.

by Dr. Gregory Reid 
May 10, 2018

It is absolutely imperative that every experience we have, every “miracle” we witness, every supernatural manifestation, every dream, vision or revelation presented by someone else or experienced personally, is tested.

by Dr. Gregory Reid
August 11, 2018

So many Christians are bound by a “rapture mentality” that they have consistently failed to see the wolves at the gate. This is not about theology, but about being prepared. And we are not.

by Paul Benware
August 1, 2018

The great question for each is, 'am I religious or righteous?' There really is a big difference.

by One for Israel

Romans 11 teaches that Gentiles can be included and grafted in equally, alongside Israel. Ephesians shows how the Gentile believer is welcomed into a new home, one they have never been to before, but they are now warmly invited in as family.

by Michael Bradley

Do good works for the Lord, produce good fruit for the Lord, and you can then leave this life with absolutely no regrets and that you lived this life to its fullest for the Lord. And from there, God will highly and appropriately reward you for those good works and good fruit once you enter into heaven to be with Him for all of eternity.

by Camerin Courtney

I love the way God takes these little pieces of lonely and brokenness and weaves something beautiful. That's why whenever I find myself facing one of the tough parts of the single existence, I often pray for God to meet me there.

by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer

Let us note the command of God in Romans 11:31. It tells us clearly what our attitude in this age should be to natural Israel. We should have mercy unto them. And, my friends, mercy and anti-Semitism in any form do not live in the same household.

by John Stonestreet & G.Shane Morris
September 26, 2018

According to Andy Stanley we are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of our Bibles. This a tragic misreading of the Scriptures.

by Jan Markell
September 5, 2018

Many people visit church after church only to walk away disheartened. Others are lifetime members of a church and have seen changes that left it unrecognizable — spiritually speaking.

September 1, 2017

Many churches are bringing a practice called SOZO into their ministry, at the peril of damaging the sheep and possibly shipwrecking their faith. SOZO Prayer is a technique based on psychology and used by so-called “inner healing ministries” sweeping churches today.

by Berean Research

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a dominionist movement which asserts that God is restoring the lost offices of church governance, namely the offices of Prophet and Apostle.

by Michael Houdmann

The New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR rallies around a particular set of biblical interpretations. Of particular distinction are the role and power of spiritual leaders, a literalist approach to spiritual warfare, and an overt interest in cultural and political control.

by Tony Pearce

Today the major problem for the believing church is that we are being too inclusive and allowing things into the church which should not be there – low standards of morality, counterfeit spiritual experiences and the ecumenical movement opening us up to merging with Rome and even with other faiths.

by True Discoveries

The 10 Commandments were known before Moses, and they are still important laws for all peoples today. The Bible shows that the Ten Commandments did not originate with Moses or in his time. Nor were they in any way limited only to the Jews.

by Compelling Truth

Nothing can be more important to a Christian than to know for certain that he or she is saved. In order to understand what it means to have faith in Jesus, we must first understand the nature of faith itself.

by jesusisajew.org

Nearly two thousand years after He came, we have a Jesus who is nearly devoid of any Jewish identity and a Church that is almost completely severed from its Jewish roots. And so today, we have a Jesus who is not recognizable to His own Jewish People as the Messiah of Israel - Jonathan Bernis

by jesusisajew.org

Nearly two thousand years after He came, we have a Jesus who is nearly devoid of any Jewish identity and a Church that is almost completely severed from its Jewish roots. And so today, we have a Jesus who is not recognizable to His own Jewish People as the Messiah of Israel - Jonathan Bernis

by Whitney Hopler

Keep God’s desire for the church to be a loving community in mind. Don’t settle for less, as far as it depends on you.

by Ray Yungen
March 7, 2018

Today, we are witnessing a paradigm shift from an emphasis on biblical doctrine to the experiential and the mystical. The consensus is becoming that it’s not so important what we believe anymore but what we do - namely that we need to experience God and get along with everyone. And this is where the Catholic Church comes in as it promotes oneness.

by Kevin Reeves and the Editors at Lighthouse Trails

a “New” Christianity now permeating the halls of Christian colleges, seminaries, evangelical churches, small groups, ministries, and organizations. We have compiled in this booklet common terms and their basic meanings to help uncover the true meaning behind some of the deceptive language of the “New” Christianity.

by Matilda C. Edwards

"...do not be conformed to this world.... Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." Romans 12:2, 9

by Don Harkins
March 8, 2018

"Today the word Revival has largely lost its real meaning. Our present generation, never having witnessed the mighty movings of God in nationwide spiritual awakening such as has taken place in past generations, has little conception of the magnitude of such a "visitation".

by Grant Phillips
February 25, 2017

Why is it that so many Christians do not share the Gospel with others?

by Following Jesus Christ
May 19, 2015

I do believe that Jesus has made it clear to all of us who truly seek Him in His word, that no one is designated for hell at the whim of God, and that everyone has an opportunity to recognize and choose the only One who can save us.

by Lighthouse Trails Editors
August 29, 2017

Unfortunately, Awana is continuing down the emergent road. Here are some examples:

by Lighthouse Trails Editors
March 18, 2016

With so much of the church heading into the contemplative/emergent camp, also known as the spiritual formation movement, what a tragedy it would be to see Awana being sucked into this also.

by Christian Institute
December 7, 2017

A Church of England church in London has come under fire for holding a joint birthday celebration for Jesus and Muhammad.

by Donna Jones

No matter what label dons the door of your church, one thing all churches can agree on is this: The church is meant to be a place where outsiders become insiders. Too often, well-meaning believers are simply unaware of how they’ve formed cliques.

by David Fiorazo 
October 4, 2017

Many have already been deceived as the Enemy has had success defining the terms of battle, and in many cases, redefining words. The Left has been promoting sin as normal, natural, and healthy, and when Christians speak up, it leads to charges of intolerance. If we do nothing, even more people will call evil good.”

by Howard Green

If you are carefully watching what is going on in media, entertainment, government, and sadly some ministries... you will discern that the tide of public opinion is rapidly turning against true Bible believing Christians. It is time for followers of Jesus to get ready for persecution in the West.

by Pastor Jannie Viljoen

The “Jesus” of the Emergent church acknowledges that there are many ways to God and that spiritual truth can be found in all the religions of the world. The “Jesus” of the Emergent church is the ecumenical “Jesus” that will eventually unite all religions into the end-time world church of the Anti-Christ

by Steven Kozar
March 8, 2017

The 'attractional' church model starts with the idea that "normal" church is unattractive and can't bring in new people, so exciting new ideas must be implemented in order to get people in the door.

by Chris Lawson
August 28th, 2017

The worship practiced at Taizé has attracted many people from different denominations. While many of the words found in Taizé worship music are words found in Scripture the Taizé songs and worship services themselves are centered around contemplative, ecumenical, and oftentimes emergent spirituality themes.

by Joe Crews

If the change of the Sabbath did not take place in the Scriptures or through the influence of the apostles, when and how did it happen? In order to understand this, we must understand what happened in that early church soon after the apostles passed off the stage of action.

by Roger Oakland
July 5, 2017

During the Reformation the reformers split from the Roman Catholic Church in an attempt to re-establish what they believed was a Bible-based Christianity. The reformers, and those who followed their lead, then faced what was called the Counter Reformation (by Rome) and were persecuted.

by Dr. David R. Reagan

The historical abuse of the Jews by the Church

by Dr. David R. Reagan

The historical abuse of the Jews by the Church

by Gregory Reid
April 4, 2017

The church has opened the door to the New Age. What started out as just a crack has now become a wide open door. In just a few short decades, the walls of biblical discernment have been so completely torn down that the majority of church goers seem completely oblivious to the deception that has entered.

by Philippa Taylor
March 15, 2016

Each one of us holds to a particular worldview  which shapes our beliefs and ethics accordingly. Christian, Muslim, Jew, atheist, humanist, secularist - all of us have a right to be heard equally and respectfully in our democratic public forum and all ideas and arguments considered on their merits.

by Dr Peter Saunders
November 11, 2013

Joseph Fletcher believed that there are no absolute laws other than the law of ‘agape’ love, meaning that all the other laws are only guidelines on how to achieve this love, and could be broken if an alternative course of action would result in more love.

by T.A. McMahon

Those who profess to be Christians quite often have ideas about Jesus that are just as wrong as those people who are not Christians. Yet what is even more appalling is that an inquiry about Jesus today among those who call themselves evangelicals (Bible-believing Christians!) too often reveals "another Jesus" and a "false Christ." How does that happen?

by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
December 26,2015

Christianity is experiencing an unprecedented boom on the African continent and now accounts for more than half of Africa’s total population, while Christian affiliation and practice continue to ebb in Europe, signaling a major demographic shift in global Christianity.

by David Cloud

Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism.

by McMahon, T.A.

Nothing in the history of the modern church has induced believers to abandon their faith in the sufficiency of God’s Word like the pseudo-science of psychological counseling. Most evangelicals are convinced that psychotherapy is scientific and is necessary to supply what is lacking in the Bible regarding man’s mental, emotional, and behavioral needs.

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January 16, 2014

To God Be The Glory, performed by the Royal Albert Hall audience and stage choirs in 2012.

by Dr. Peter Hammond
November 7, 2016

The ANC government advocated a series of legislation that could pose some of the greatest threats to religious freedom and free speech ever seen in our country.

by Howard Green
September 13, 2016

The lights begin to dim and the crowd around you is energized as they all stand to their feet amid the laser lights, mood setting fog, and colorful swirling graphics on the walls. The music is a pounding force that begs your attention. As the singers belt out their anthem, they exhibit precise choreography as they move about on stage.

McMahon, T.A.
November 1, 2016

As noted in part one of this series, there is a coming world religion and it is advancing rapidly. One of the significant elements that expedites its growth is mysticism, which is a belief system that ultimately rejects teachings that involve objective laws, rules, requirements, obligations, dogmas, doctrines, and the like, in favor of subjective experiences and intuitive feelings.

by Living For Jesus Alone Ministries

Sanctification is the separation from anything contrary to the Word of God, or anything that can hold us back from God’s purpose for our lives. To put it clearly, separation from anything sinful that we had been indulging in prior to being saved.

by Bruce W. Davidson

Following the lead of people like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren, scores of religious leaders today preach therapeutic, motivational messages rather than expounding the text of any scripture. Subjective, postmodern religiosity has allowed skepticism into the evangelical movement, which was originally committed to biblical authority as the objective standard of faith.

Discovery Series

Why waste time thinking about something that sounds impossible? For that matter, why would we even want to run the risk of being thought of as someone who is out of step with society? Why give others an excuse to write us off as being different, impractical, self-righteous, or just plain naive.

by Herescope
October 3, 2016

What many zealous proponents of ecumenical unity neglect to realize, is that this unholy alliance is a necessary step in completing Rome’s ungodly interreligious bridge to one world unification - under the authority of the Pope himself. Without question, the Evangelical change agents involved in this ungodly endeavor, who are leading their own enormous flocks and Internet audience into apostasy, all look to the Roman Pontiff for direction, approval, and affirmation.

by Herescope
October 3, 2016

What many zealous proponents of ecumenical unity neglect to realize, is that this unholy alliance is a necessary step in completing Rome’s ungodly interreligious bridge to one world unification - under the authority of the Pope himself. Without question, the Evangelical change agents involved in this ungodly endeavor, who are leading their own enormous flocks and Internet audience into apostasy, all look to the Roman Pontiff for direction, approval, and affirmation.

deur Andre Bekker
Oktober 5, 2016

“Sê nou leiers is verkeerd, en homoseks is sonde, wat dan?” Was my vraag aan ’n baie bekende pro-gay terapeut in die NG Kerk geledere. Die antwoord op die vraag was: “as ek fouteer dan wil ek eerder fouteer aan die kant van liefde.”

by T. A. McMahon
September 29, 2016

According to the Scriptures, in the last days prior to Christ’s return a religion will appear that will deceive virtually the entire world into following it. It will be led by the Antichrist who will be worshiped as God.

by Chris Lawson
December 9, 2013

 It is no secret these days that Christian bookstore and ministry resource databases are often jam-packed with so - called Christian resources that are actually promoting anything but biblical Christianity. This is the primary reason for these three lists - to help warn and protect you, the reader, and to provide a quick reference guide.

by Warren B Smith
September 5, 2016

Leonard Sweet's mission is to help the church become more culturally relevant in the 21st century. However, as he attempts to walk the narrow line between the Gospel and the world, he frequently walks over that line into the false teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality.

by Ken Ham

How many Christians are really prepared to stand their ground when it comes to being bold for the Christian faith, especially in our culture that is increasingly turning against Christians and seeing them as the enemy?

by The Messianic Hebrew-Christian Fellowship Inc.

There are some in various Churches today who teach that God is finished with the Jewish People. It it's mild form, this unbiblical teaching leads to a false pride by Gentile Christians, and neglecting to share Messiah Jesus with the Jewish people. So, to balance that, we present this selection of Christian leaders, Reformers, Puritans and famous Evangelists, who read their Bibles and despite diverse theologies, recognize God's everlasting love and concern for His Jewish people.

by Dr. Susanna Kokkonen
April 26, 2013

All in all early Christianity, spearheaded by the early Church fathers, began to view Judaism as inferior to Christianity and Jews themselves as evil and cursed, unworthy of mercy and love. In essence, a Jew was regarded as worse than a pagan.

by Bill Muehlenberg
February 16, 2015

The hyper grace crowd preach the glorious truth of justification by grace alone, but then overlook the hundreds of imperatives found in the New Testament which urge these newly justified believers to work out this wonderful salvation by growing in obedience and holiness – sanctification in other words.

by Bill Muehlenberg
May 22, 2010

“This is the day of excusing sin instead of purging sin. An entire school of thought has developed justifying sin within the church and trying to prove that sin is perfectly normal, and therefore acceptable” -  A.W. Tozer

by David Dombrowski
July 25th, 2016

Jesus taught his disciples that in the last days, a time of mass delusion will come upon the earth. This is not only happening in the world, but it is happening in the church as well. It is shocking to see that doctrines and values formerly held sacred are now being discarded. Many Christian leaders today have replaced the reading and study of Scripture with having spiritual experiences or what Jesus referred to above as signs and wonders. In effect, multitudes of Christians are being led to believe that if they can have some type of spiritual experience or witness a miracle, that will bear more validity than the words of Scripture itself.

by Robert Morey     

In an age in which discernment is viewed as a vice and gullibility as a virtue, there is a price to be paid if one decides to be "picky" about what to believe and how to live.

by Marsha West
November 8, 2015

For a couple of decades there has been a big push by numerous evangelical leaders to incorporate pagan practices into the visible Church.  These unbiblical practices have their origins in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, likewise the New Age movement. Through the writings of Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington, William Menninger and Thomas Keating these practices have been introduced into mainline Protestant churches as well as independent, nondenominational, charismatic and Pentecostal churches.

by Tottministries
September 2006

So how should we view Mr. Lewis? His ability to cut through the intellectual clouds and offer insightful analysis of human nature and our relationship with God perhaps has no equal. On the other hand, he was no evangelical. His theology is deficient at best in the key areas of Scripture and salvation. He believed in neither sola fide nor sola scriptura, the two battle cries of the Reformation. Those who read him must keep these things in mind, filter his teaching through the grid of Scripture and hold him to the same standards that we are to hold all others.

by Bert Farias

There are many struggles and challenges we face on the way to growth and maturity in our calling. The Lord has brought me through many such trials. With it has come understanding that I wanted to share with you. These secrets will help you enter into a settled and restful state of heart, where you are no longer striving. I hope they are a blessing to you, for they are written out of the pain of my own journey to maturity.

posted by Kamran Yaraei

by Miscellaneous News Source
January 21, 2016

More than half of evangelical pastors say Pope Francis is their brother in Christ. More than one-third say they value the pope’s view on theology, and 3 in 10 say he has improved their view of the Catholic Church.

by Open Doors
January 13, 2016

While the year 2014 will go down in history for having the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era, current conditions suggest the worst is yet to come.

by Chris Lawson
January 2012

In the Roman Catholic worldview global ecumenism is a tool that is being used in order to absorb all other churches, Christian movements, and denominations. All around the world, ecumenical movements and numerous religions are slowly joining with the Church of Rome. All are warmly embraced through “dialogue” except biblical Christians, who believe in justification by faith alone. The Roman Catholic Church refers to Christians who believe this as “Separated Brethren” who need to “come home to Rome” (i.e., Roman Catholicism).

by John Hendryx
January 1, 2016

There are some things that are non-negotiable, and by that I mean those things that make Christianity what it truly is. When Christians make a common confession assenting to the essentials of the Christian faith there is no room for negotiation.

by Roger Oakland
November 27, 2015

In 2014, Rick Warren was interviewed by Catholic T.V. network host Raymond Arroyo. I was very aware that Rick Warren was heading down the path toward Rome. But not until I saw this interview did I realize just how far he has gone in that direction.

by Pastor Jannie Viljoen

The attainment of the ‘Coming Great Church,’ proclaiming one Gospel to the whole world … implies the surrender of distinctive evangelical truth.  The one Gospel to be preached certainly will not be the Gospel of salvation through the exclusive merits of Christ. Already we can see the beginning stages of what the Bible prophesies. An incredible worldwide delusion is gathering momentum.

by Herescope
September 29, 2015

Mysticism is a substitute for true spirituality, true Christianity. True Christianity is rooted in Truth, the Gospel of Salvation. Mysticism seeks God another way, not through the Cross of Christ. The irony about the rise of mystical practices in today's postmodern church is that in people's endeavors to attain a heightened spirituality they rely upon methods of the flesh that induce mental and emotional "highs."

by Lanette Irwin
October 20, 2015

The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions was held October 15-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They estimated over fourteen thousand people attended this New Age (now called “interfaith”) convention. The Parliament of the World's Religions has an agenda and they are now very open about it. It is now an outright attack on the Christian church and the Word of God. They are not afraid to say that “an orthodox Bible believing Christian does not fit in our world nor will they be tolerated.”

by Rolley Haggard
April 30, 2014

A recent article in “World” Magazine titled “Still-silent shepherds” summarized the top reasons evangelical pastors give for not preaching against abortion. Among them is that “preaching on the issue might politically stigmatize the pastor or politicize the pulpit, scaring seekers off.”

by Richard Bennett    

Mysticism is an attempt to gain ultimate knowledge of God by a direct experience that bypasses the mind. The strong influence of Catholic mysticism has helped immensely to transform the New Age Movement from being merely a counter-culture sub-culture to becoming a new source of spiritual vision for the world. Catholic mysticism has very effectively and subtly invaded many facets of life without being recognized or critically examined. This has been actively promoted through self-help medical, educational and psychological programs employing methods such as meditation, philosophical programming, and self-hypnotic contemplation.

by Following Jesus Christ
September 24, 2014

It is interesting to see that many of the idolatrous doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church, including inordinate respect for Mary, extra-biblical mysticism, and veneration for the Pope, are leaching into the hearts of Protestants, especially those in charismatic and non-denominational congregations.

by Prof Johan Malan

The ideological transformation of South Africa’s government, universities and many of its churches, is part of a world-wide campaign against fundamental Christian doctrines. The constitutional and theological phasing-out of a profession of faith in the Triune God of the Bible and the exclusivity of the Christian faith, is a pre-condition for the introduction of the inclusive, multi-religious dogma of the antichristian New World Order.

by Jannie Viljoen

The Emerging Church is not easy to define because it is not a “new” Church being established by new spiritual leaders in opposition to existing established churches. Rather, it is existing spiritual leaders, in existing Christian churches, calling for a need to establish a “new” or more “modern approach” for the modern world that we live in. They say that modern man has outgrown the old established ideas of Christianity and there is a need to redefine Christianity in order to reach the 21st century, or post-modern man, and that the old ways and old church are no longer effective. We need a new kind of Christianity if we are going to make a difference in people’s lives and the world around us.

by Following Jesus Christ
September 18, 2014          

This was in response to a friend who once had a powerful ministry that dealt with intense sin through the love, mercy and truth of Jesus Christ….but he was ultimately shamed and bullied into denying the eternal word and placing worldly friendships and short-term acceptance by this sick and dying planet, over the everlasting truth of the Living God.

by Pat Zukeran
1993

We are all familiar with traditional cults such as the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses. There are, however, other groups with cultic characteristics that do not fit the same profile as the traditional cults. Sometimes called "abusive churches" or even "Bible-based cults," they appear outwardly orthodox in their doctrinal beliefs. What distinguishes these groups or churches from genuine orthodox Christianity is their abusive, cultic-like methodology and philosophy of ministry.

by Roger Oakland

Biblical Christianity is under attack like it has never been before. We are not only on a “slippery slope”—Christianity is ready to fall off the cliff. As Jesus asked in Luke 18:18: When the son of man cometh, will he find faith?

by Pastor Anton Bosch
July 23, 2015

In the confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Baal we find a graphic demonstration of the difference between the true fire of God and the lack of fire in false revival.Many of the techniques of the prophets of Baal are still repeated in churches today. “Christian TV” abounds with those who claim revival, miracles and a move of God, but it is all smoke and mirrors and no fire.

by Chris Lawson
August 5, 2015

As more and more churches and Christian movements are being boldly deceived into embracing occult principles wrapped in Christian terminology, the discerning believer in Christ must not remain silent!Desiring to educate the local body of Christ about the necessity of biblical discernment in such times, this audio message was given at an informal small group study where Chris formerly served for 10 years as a fellow church planter and pastor.

by Editor - Lighthouse Trails
February 25, 2013

Author and speaker Rob Bell is set to release a teen version of his book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived nationwide next month.  In a promotional video created for Love Wins: For Teens, Bell explains that the book is designed to teach youth that God is the life of the party, rather than the one that spoils everyone’s fun.

by Philip Vander Elst

The common assumption that science contradicts religion can be illustrated either from your own personal experience, if this is relevant, or by quoting the words of atheistic scientists, philosophers or journalists. Richard Dawkins, for example, has described the idea of God as “a very naïve, childish concept”, and similar comments have been made by many other Darwinian scientists.

by Matt Slick

Yes it is intolerant.  In fact, it is very intolerant to say that Jesus is the way the truth and the life and that no one can get to God except through Him. It is intolerant because there is a hell and Jesus, who is God in flesh, who died for our sins, has made the only way to forgiveness a reality.

by Robin Schumacher
July 8, 2012

Noted Christian apologist and author Ravi Zacharias says the one question that has haunted him the most throughout his ministry was asked by a Hindu acquaintance: “If this conversion you speak about is truly supernatural, then why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians that I know?”

by Berit Kjos

This chart is an attempt to answer those who judge Christians by the atrocities committed in the name of "Christianity" through the ages -- including our own times. Those wars, persecutions, and cruelties had little to do with Biblical Christianity. They had everything to do with man's greedy, power-hungry human nature which seeks its own ways rather than God's. The ungodly expressions of our human nature may change from culture to culture, but the result is usually the same: the people imagine a god that fits their new cultural wants and values, and they learn to see this distortion of Christianity as the true church.

by David W. Cloud

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an international ecumenical union of roughly 340 denominations in 120 countries representing more than 500 million professing Christians (including the millions whose only Christian testimony is that they were baptized as infants). What are the goals, philosophies, and heresies of the WCC? Read this book and find out.

by Daryl Evans

The Bible clearly shows us that the “church” is not a structure or building but rather a body of believers. The Bible emphasizes the fact that followers of Jesus must regularly meet together.  Choosing a church is one of the most important decisions that one can make in one's life. Your church, in many ways, helps to shape who you are and your relationship with God. So where do we begin?  How do I choose?

Daniel Rodger
2011

“Christianity is just a psychological crutch!” This is one of a group of common accusations framed against Christianity, which is why it is so important to examine and distinguish if there's any truth in it. Is Christianity just a crutch for the weak, unintelligent and scared, or is it far more than that?

by Stoyan Zaimov
March 25, 2015

Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.

by David Cloud
Updated August 18, 2008

Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism. The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries. The contemplative prayer movement is built on this same weak foundation. The late Robert Webber, a Wheaton College professor who was one of the chief proponents of this back to the “church fathers” movement, said: “The early Fathers can bring us back to what is common and help us get behind our various traditions ... Here is where our unity lies. ... evangelicals need to go beyond talk about the unity of the church to experience it through an attitude of acceptance of the whole church and an entrance into dialogue with the Orthodox, Catholic, and other Protestant bodies”. The fact is that the “early Fathers” were mostly heretics!

by McMahon, T.A.
March 1, 2007

Last month, in part one of this series, we quoted the Apostle Paul speaking about how Christians would view doctrine in the time prior to the return of Christ for His church: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy:4:3,4). Obviously, biblical doctrine will not be looked upon favorably. The implication is that doctrine will be regarded as rather burdensome, something that Christians of the future won’t want to “endure.”

by David Wilkerson

A gospel of accommodation is creeping into the United States. It's an American cultural invention to appease the lifestyle of luxury and pleasure. Primarily a Caucasian, suburban gospel, it's also in our major cities and is sweeping the nation, influencing ministers of every denomination, and giving birth to megachurches with thousands who come to hear a nonconfronting message. It's an adaptable gospel that is spoon-fed through humorous skits, drama, and short, nonabrasive sermonettes on how to cope—called a seeker-friendly or sinner-friendly gospel.

Joseph G. Matter
December 03, 2014

During the days of Nazi Germany there arose a Confessing Church movement that rose against the German Church movement, which became the religious arm of the Fascist Nazi Socialist movement. Of the 18,000 pastors in Germany during that time (from 1933 to 1945), less than 5,000 were aligned with the Confessing Church. Hence, only a remnant held fast to the biblical position with about half of the churches conforming due to political and societal pressure.

by Geri Ungurean

Have you heard that there is a new version of our Bible? But this version is unlike any prior version of God’s Word. This new version blatantly changes God’s Word. Any mention of Israel - gone. Any mention of Jesus being a Jew - gone. The movement which has brought the world a NEW bible, is called Palestinian Liberation Theology. At  its heart is hatred for the Jewish people and for Israel.

by NTEB News Desk
December 3, 2014

There is a hardcore, full-court press happening right now to unify all Christian denominations under the banner of the Roman Catholic Church, and the charge is being led by none other than apostate pastor  and Chrislam founder Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California. Warren has a purpose driven plan to break down and destroy the Christian church, and unite the pieces with Rome.

by NTEB News Desk
November 11, 2014

Washington National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday. There is a rapidly-growing movement within the professing Christian denominations to blend Islam with Christianity, we call this bastard hybrid Chrislam. Some of the most well-known figures in religious circles are behind it. People like Pope Francis, Rick Warren, Hillsong United, Kenneth Copeland and scores of others.

by McMahon, T.A.

As a former Catholic, it's hard for me to fathom the evangelical church buying into the religious occultism of Roman Catholicism. It makes no sense. Visit any country where that religion is taken seriously. What becomes obvious is a people who are in the bondage of superstition. On the other hand, I shouldn't be surprised. Apostasy is growing rapidly, the religion of the Antichrist is taking shape, and mysticism, whether it's the Catholic variety, the Sufism of Islam, yoga and the gurus of Eastern mysticism, the Shamanism of native religions, or otherwise, is a common yet powerful magnet that draws all religions together.

by Dave Hunt
February 1, 2014

One must first enter upon the Christian life by faith in Christ in order to begin to “live by faith.” Paul exhorts us, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him”. And how did we receive Christ? As helpless, hopeless sinners who could do nothing for our own salvation but had to look entirely to Christ to save us. In that same attitude of unworthiness and complete dependence upon God for His grace and upon Christ to live His life through us, we live by faith the Christian life.

by Dave Hunt

Christ raised a solemn question. If we believe Christ's coming could be soon, then we are living in the very time of which He spoke-a time when the faith would be in more danger of disappearing than ever before! Have we grasped the significance of our day and our individual responsibility to proclaim without compromise God's truth and to defend the faith?

by Ray Yungen

The final outcome of contemplative prayer is interspirituality. The premise behind interspirituality is that divinity (God) is in all things, and the presence of God is in all religions. Interspirituality is a uniting of the world’s religions through the common thread of mysticism.

by David Dombrowski
Editor at Lighthouse Trails

We never dreamed in all our years as Christians that there would ever be such blatant heresy as we see in the organized Christian church today. Years ago, we would never have imagined that anyone would be given the green light to stand in front of a congregation and deny the atonement of Jesus Christ. Yet this is exactly what is happening in the emerging/progressive/contemplative “church” as well as in some of our Bible colleges and seminaries.

by Christian Aid Mission
March 06, 2014

As the standoff continues between Crimean and Russian military forces, believers in Ukraine are mounting their own army—a legion of prayer warriors seeking peace and healing in their country.

by Henri Rose Cimatu
August 26 2014

A former UK attorney general says in an interview that Christians in Britain are forced to hide their beliefs because of an "aggressive form of secularism" to "push faith out of the public sphere."

Dominic Grieve, a practicing Anglican, said he finds it unnatural for people to be persecuted for expressing their beliefs in an interview with The Telegraph newspaper in Britain on 23 August.He noted that some public sector workers have been disciplined for displaying their faith at work.

by David Fiorazo
May 1, 2014

Many people wonder what has happened to our country. Out of frustration, some ask questions on social media about the moral decline in America: How did we get here? When did the erosion of our biblical values begin? How did we reach this point where this people, a nation under God, failed so miserably to keep His commandments and be effective witnesses for Christ?

by Prof Johan Malan
December 2012

We are living in a time of the most immense and relentless attacks on the Christian faith since the beginning of the church dispensation. The present onslaught does not primarily occur on the physical level in order to persecute and torture Christians, but rather on the spiritual and doctrinal level with a view to utterly deceiving them. These assaults constitute a determined and final effort by the kingdom of darkness to completely obliterate the Christian faith and replace it with the Antichrist’s alliance of false world religions.

deur Slabbert le Cornu

Hy is egter 'n veel gevaarliker antichris, veral as jy 'n 'leermeester' is, omdat ons as leraars, waar ook al, binne of buite die kerk, 'n groter verantwoordelikheid het.

deur Bibleguidance

In sy artikel oor Jesus Christus en sy evangelie (Die Ou Dominee en Ek) neem dr. Abel Pienaar van die Renaissance Gemeente in Pretoria verskeie standpunte in wat lynreg met Bybelse sienings in botsing is.

deur Sentrum vir eietydse  spiritualiteit

2 Timoteus 4:3 want daar sal 'n tyd wees wanneer hulle die gesonde leer nie sal verdra nie, maar, omdat hulle in hul gehoor gestreel wil wees, vir hulle 'n menigte leraars sal versamel volgens hulle eie begeerlikhede.

deur Slabbert le Cornu
Julie 27, 2013

Ons lewe nou in tye waar om God se Woord te betwyfel, om die vastigheid van gereformeerde belydenis te verwerp, om skrifkrities met die Skrif om te gaan, om die Evangelie self te bevraagteken, ‘n groot deug geword het.

by NTEB News Desk
June 22, 2014

It is called the 'House of One'

by Ben Rast

According to Bible prophecy, there will be a great apostasy from Christ’s church. Are we in such an apostasy now?  Sadly, it seems evident that we are.  Sound biblical teaching is slowly being usurped by doctrines that place inclusiveness above truth.

by Joel C. Rosenberg
June 23, 2014

The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly voted last week to divest from companies that operate in Israel.

by Henrietta Klaasing
December 11, 2010

Nowadays, challenges within Reformed Churches to Biblical teachings are widespread. This book, just published (in Afrikaans), describes how liberal and humanistic trends, including evolution, are undermining the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa.

by McMahon, T.A.

The “seeker-friendly,” or “seeker-sensitive,” movement currently taking a host of evangelical churches by storm is an approach to evangelizing through application of the latest marketing techniques.

by Paul Proctor

Have you heard? There's a new Jesus in town and he brings with him a NEW gospel message. It is a message that teaches a permissive kind of love...a love called "tolerance"...a love that hears no evil, sees no evil and frankly never brings evil up for discussion lest the offenders become the offended. Discussing the evil in our world -- that is, the sinful nature of man -- is a risky venture nowadays, especially for any Christian or church seeking to be loved and accepted BY that world.

by Matilda C. Edwards

"...do not be conformed to this world.... Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." Romans 12:2, 9

by Brannon Howse

Dietrich Bonhoeffer noticed the globalists were co-opting the liberal American churches in 1930. Today however, it is both the liberal and "conservative" denominations and Christian leaders that are being co-opted by the globalist.