The time has come when the people of this world have heaped up to themselves false teachers. Those who will teach the things that please their own ears and understanding. Those who refuse to hold to the truth of the Word of God, the ways of the Spirit of God, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
From what I have seen in this world of divided religion, I have found it to be not what was expected. Not unity in the body of Christ, but division.
Every sect of Christianity has separated themselves into their own segregated denomination and they hold true to their own version of beliefs and understandings of God. It was all a part of Satan’s plan to divide and conquer the church.
But he has not been able to touch the true bride of Christ. She is alive and well and believes by faith.
Don’t you see? Why else would there be over 40,000 different divisions or denominations of the church worldwide? In these last days, the prophecies of old are being revealed.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 2 Timothy 3:2-3
But they teach those things that are not good or true. Those things range from soft and nonoffensive to hard and harsh. Both have no effect upon the heart and soul to save the lost. Because they are based on the understanding of men and not of God.
They have allowed themselves to be deceived by strange myths, discussions, arguments, and the understanding of their own spirits and minds. Making conclusions about doctrine, theology, and worship that the Lord has never declared, neither did these things come to His mind. Worshipping men, ideas, and idols, that God commanded long ago never to worship.
They set up their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. Jeremiah 32:34-35
They have fallen victim to the deception of the devil and the understanding of men. If the mind of man can not understand it they don’t believe it. If two things God has said are true yet seem to contradict themselves in their own minds, they land on the understanding and teaching that one is true and the other is false. Yet God never lies.
They trust the word of men instead of God and are found to actually have no faith, only confidence in the flesh.
You are to walk and understand the things of God by faith and not by sight or by your own understanding. This is what God has said.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
It is by the Spirit of God that you are to walk. It is by faith, not by your own human understanding. It is through the Spirit of God that you will know what is right and wrong, what is true or false. It is not just blind faith but God will give you the knowledge and understanding of what is true.
Jesus said, But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24
Again, God does not lie. So your faith is in a perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing God, that will fulfill every promise and decree He has ever made. He is so much higher and mightier than you could ever conceive.
There is nothing or no one more sure, trustworthy, and dependable to put your faith in than God.
So do not look to the teachers of the worldly systems of religion, but to the Spirit of God who teaches in perfection.
Lean upon God and not to your own understanding in all your ways. Teach what is good and true, according to God’s Word and from the leading of the Holy Spirit. Not by the teachings or commentaries of men.
The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to men because it shines the light of God and truth on their sins. It commands all men to turn from unrighteousness and to repent of all their many sins. It calls you to be humble before a holy, righteous, and just God.
Walk in the Spirit of God and not in your own flesh, with all love, compassion, and gentleness when you speak the truth of the Gospel. That is how our Lord Jesus Christ did it.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Finally, you may ask, “what is the Gospel?” First, the Law of God calls all mankind to not lie, steal, hate, cheat, covet, murder, lust, commit adultery, keep God’s Sabbath holy, obey your parents, make no idols to worship, and love and worship the God of Heaven only.
Everyone has broken His Law. It is called sin and is sentenced to be punished due to their sinfulness. But God sent Jesus Christ to suffer, die, be buried, and raise again for your sins. He offers to forgive your sins because He loves you. Because He paid for them on the cross.
Now He is calling you to confess your sins to Him, repent, turn away from your sinful ways and follow and obey Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
He loves you so much. Cry out to Him today that you may be saved.
When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36