Posted by: prosperingchristians | June 13, 2013

A Test of Faith

 

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Every day we have to be on guard against the enemy who works in those who are around us and those who cross our paths. We should be ready to deal with them and recognize them right away. The enemy wants us to draw us away from Christ, especially when we draw nearer to Christ. When we are about to be delivered from a stronghold in our lives, the enemy will fight hard to pull us back into his world. But hold fast to what you have.

How do we recognize the enemy? This is what the Lord teaches:

Acts 20:29 – "Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them." If a pastor or church leader does not preach that Christ was crucified and died for us, he is a false teacher. Some pastors do not preach the Gospel and the need for everyone to be saved. Instead they “preach” about world events and do not mention Christ in their preaching. The reason for this is that they do not have a relationship with Christ and therefore, do not know him. Many people are blinded into thinking that they are saved just because they go to church every Sunday. A pastor cannot lead someone to Christ if he does not have a relationship with him. This is why we must test every spirit. (I John 4:1 says. “Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

We should not make it a habit of listening to them. Titus 1:10 says their motives are not right. “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not for filthy lucre’s sake.” They will preach what people want to hear so that they will make a donation to the church. The Bible describes the people who listen to these vain talker and deceivers as those having itching ears. 2 Timothy 4:3 “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.” As long as they are not being told about a relationship with Christ or commitment to bring others to Christ, they are fine. They do not have a desire to change their lifestyles, and as long as they are not being convicted of it, they feel they are living godly lives.

We, as Christians have to be mindful of these individuals and the schemes of the devil so that we are not led astray.

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