Galatians 1:6-9 (NKJV) “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
The purposes of false doctrine is multiple. But one thing is certain. False doctrine can cloud your understanding of the Scriptures.
For over 35 years, false teaching clouded my understanding of the Scriptures.
But it wasn’t an instantaneous thing.
It took time to enter my mind, because you have to convince yourself that false teachings are relatively safe and within Scriptural bounds.
But one of the things that I’ve noticed is that false doctrine centers around two things.
One, the love of money and two, physical healing.
These are the top two on the hit parade.
Let’s briefly look at money.
In Luke 12, verses 13-21, there was a man and his brother that had a dispute over their father’s inheritance. The man claimed that his brother wouldn’t split the inheritance. So he sought the Lord Jesus to become an arbiter. The Lord Jesus quickly ended the man’s request by tell him that no one made the Lord Jesus an arbiter.
The Lord quickly determined that the man was covetous.
Covetousness is at the root of false doctrine.
Exodus 20:17 (NKJV) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
According to Strong’s Dictionary of Biblical Words, the word “covet” means…….
“h2530. חָמַד ḥâmaḏ; a primitive root; to delight in: — beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (x great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).”
The definition is enough to prohibit us from seeking out riches.
Notice what the Lord Jesus told the man.
“Take heed and beware of covetousness….”
Paul said in Colossians 3:5
“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
Covetousness is idolatry.
Millions of people have created bills or they’re going through rough times. Then comes the false teaching that bilks them for what they have left in hopes that they would get out of their financial condition. False teachers steal from the desperate and vulnerable.
They end up in more debt out of desperation.
So when a false teacher attempts to pull money from you, what you’ve done is that you’ve paid his or her bill and you still have bills to pay.
They fly off or drive off with your hard earned money and they didn’t have to work hard for it. Paul said that God loves a cheerful giver, but he also said that you can’t give what you don’t have (see 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9).
If you’re in a desperate situation, avoid false teachers.
Read Matthew chapter 6 and Philippians chapter 4.
If you need money, and if you’re working a legitimate job, you need a miracle.
The miracle of a budget.
Learn how to manage well what you have and stop spending beyond your means.
There’s millions of people that have hidden and seen ailments. No legs, arms, eyes, hands, feet, and internal organs are failing. Riddled with cancer and other physical issues.
It’s clear that miracles do happen because God has the power but what’s happened is that the hucksters come to play you.
They stage things to get you to their arenas. You NEVER see them in hospitals or in the places on the streets where sick people are.
These healing ministries and ministers are always in nice tents or arenas, but never in the hospitals, nursing homes, or hospices.
The cameras are always in the safe confines of their houses of worship or rented halls. Then you do have hucksters and peddlers that do magicians tricks to make it appear that legs and arms grow out. Now that person has both limbs so all it is is a camera trick.
You never see them go to places where a person that had an arm or leg amputated and command that a new arm or leg grow out. Or when a person has an internal physical ailment, their doctor confirms that a healing took place. An independent doctor. Because they could have a quack claiming to be a doctor and declare a healing.
What will quiet the healing critics is when you get an independent doctor, board certified doctor to confirm a healing.
We know that there’s lots of ways to pay people to make a false declaration, but there has to be a way to truthfully confirm an authentic healing from the Lord.
Many will give the excuse that since the Lord does the healing, there’s no need for a doctor.
Well, Paul had Luke who was a physician. Right?
Wheel chairs and crutches are the easiest to fool people with because everyone’s emotions is so high. People want the Lord to move, but we’re in an age where we can’t trust anyone anymore.
I didn’t say that we don’t trust God. I said that we don’t trust anyone anymore.
We know that the Lord heals because some of us may have experienced a healing touch from God and had it confirmed by independent doctors.
And when you see so called faith healers, have you noticed that not many of them have gym memberships, and that they’re overweight?
SO if you’re going to go the healing route, get an independent doctor in your meeting.
And if you’re afraid to have an independent doctor in your meeting, then you’re scared that you will be exposed for the huckster that you are.
Also, go to a hospital. Unannounced. Covid was a good proving ground. There’s plenty of doctors in hospitals that will vouch that a healing instantaneously took place.
We could eliminate many of the hucksters and peddlers if we would challenge them to go to a hospital and prove that God gave them healing power. Or go to a run down community where drug addicts congregate and minister healing, then get it confirmed by an independent doctor.
When you’re unwilling to do this, then we know that you’re as fake as a million dollar bill.
Matthew 24:11 (NKJV) “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”