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Capture Church's greatest mistakes occur when people honor what leader says without testing against Scripture - picThis poem comes with many warnings intended to cause Christians — and everyone — to think very carefully about what you choose to believe and accept as truth. It is actually a prelude to a post that — Lord willing — I will be writing later on this year in which I will be exposing certain false teachings that have been taught by some very prominent pastors and Bible teachers.

In this upcoming post you will be presented with very detailed information that will bring you to a point of having to make a choice. Will you choose to believe God’s Word that will clearly reveal the truth on the certain issues I will be addressing? Or will you continue to place your trust in the man (or woman) who is teaching things that are contrary to the unchanging truth of God’s Word? The choice will be completely yours, but the choice that you make may come with eternal consequences. Heaven or hell. There are only two places to choose from concerning where you will spend eternity. 

In whom have you place your trust? Is it in God and His Word alone? Or, without even realizing it, have some of you placed your complete trust in the teachings and words of certain men or women in ministry that you highly respect, and you see no reason to even consider the possibility that they may be in error, and therefore you don’t see the need to even search the Scriptures to see if the things they say are true or not? If you answered yes to that final very long question, then you are one of many who could easily be deceived by the teachings of men.

Capture Stay Alert Satan roaring lion picAll of us have probably been deceived at one point in time in some way, but in order to avoid being deceived we must stay alert and never forget the many warnings in Scripture concerning false teachers. We must be certain to test the words of every pastor and teacher we listen to, as God’s Word warns us to do. (Acts 17:11) (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

Capture Satan angel of light pic 2Satan, the great deceiver, comes as an angel of light. Some Christians have lost sight of the fact that God’s Word warns us in that same passage of Scripture that “his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness” and therefore have failed to stay alert to the fact that “even from our own number, men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30)

It’s time for us as Christians to be alert and sober minded. Biblical truth is being compromised by many Christian leaders today, and oftentimes it is sacrificed for the sake of unity. Many pastors have lost sight of their mission to teach God’s Word to believers and to equip them so they can discern truth from error. Instead they are seeking to build their own kingdoms based on their own vision casting ideas, and therefore they are building on a foundation of sinking sand instead of on Jesus Christ, the solid Rock.

I am one of many Christians who have been deceived and disappointed by Christian leaders in whom I highly respected and placed my trust in. However, when God opened my eyes to see the truth, I finally realized that we are to be followers of Jesus Christ alone, and believe in His Word alone, regardless of how highly respected a pastor or teacher may be.

By refusing to test the teachings of every pastor and teacher against the truth of God’s Word, we as Christians are elevating them to the same level as God because we are acting as if the words of these men (or women) are infallible. What if these teachers are wrong? What if they mislead you because you are failing to test their words against God’s Word? What if you’re placing your eternal destiny on the line by believing their word over God’s Word?

I wrote the following poem hoping that God will use it in some way to cause you to carefully consider the many warnings in Scripture concerning false teachers and to take these warnings seriously! Please do not place your trust in any man! Test their every teaching against the truth of God’s Word to see if what they say lines up with the truth of God’s Word. Place your trust in Jesus Christ alone and in the truth of His Word alone so that you will never be led astray!

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

“In You, LORD my God, I put my trust.” (Psalm 25:1)

“But I trust in You, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.” (Psalm 40:3)

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (Psalm 40:4)

“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” (Psalm 52:7)

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)

“I will say of the LORD,  “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25) KJV

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when  men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17-4:1-4)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:6-8)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in your name drive out demons, and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Therefore I declare to you that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.  I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

 

Capture Truth Lies picWHAT IF

What if it turns out that what you were taught and firmly believe to be

true, simply is not true

What if the intended important meaning in a passage of Scripture is

obscured by what is taught instead to you

What if the pastor or teacher in whom you place all your trust, teaches,

at times, from human reasoning, instead of from the truth of God’s

Word

What if you continue to reject the many warnings concerning these

teachers, warnings that you presently hear and so often have heard

What if you fail to test the words of these teachers against God’s Word,

truth that God has promised to preserve beyond the end of days

If it’s because you think so highly of them and believe they could never

err, then you are giving men undue  praise

Are you being taught by the Spirit of God, or are your thoughts under

man’s control

What if you are led to believe a lie that will cost you your very soul

Do you think that you can blame these teachers on the day you stand

before the Lord

Your refusal to test their teachings may come with eternal consequences

that you can’t afford

I pray that, with reverent fear, you will seek God in His Word for the

truth; ask Him to give you eyes to see

His truth that will set you free to rejoice, now, and throughout eternity

Copyright©2015 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version®1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

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INTRODUCTION

Well it seems quite fitting that I decided now to begin to write about the shift we are seeing from Biblical Christianity to “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6-9) and “another Jesus,” (2 Corinthians 11:4) as we see Todd Bentley is back once again.   

For those of you who are not aware of who Todd Bentley is, you can watch the video ‘Playlists’ at the links below.   My prayer is that you will be a good Berean and ‘examine the Scriptures daily’ to see if what Todd Bentley says and does is true,  (Acts 17:11) and ask yourself: Is the focus on Christ? Does he preach the Word of God? Does he present the gospel?  Does he speak of repentance and the need for forgiveness? Does he make an attempt to expose the sin in the hearts of those who come to his ‘revivals?’ Does he exhibit the fruits of the spirit…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? (Galatians 5:22,23)  Do these manifestations reflect the Holy nature of our God, or do they resemble the things that take place in  ‘revivals’ and at other gatherings where people who claim they are bringing forth the anointing and move of God, but instead are imitating pagan practices of emptying one’s mind by meditation and receiving an ‘impartation’ known as ‘kundalini,’ that is said to ‘arouse the serpent power coiled at the base of the spine.’ 

True revival is a move of God; He opens our eyes to realize our sinfulness in the light of His holiness. Men and women weep in the presence of God and there is a true sorrow that brings a change of heart and mind, and people choose to turn from sin and surrender their lives to Him.  (2 Corinthians 7:10) (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Acts 3:19)

The so-called ‘revivals’ that are taking place today, have their focus on unbiblical manifestations such as being so-called ‘drunk in the spirit,’ when God’s Word clearly tells us to “be alert and sober-minded,’ (1 Thessalonians 5:6,7)  and that we are ‘ not to get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery, but instead we are to be filled with the Spirit’ and we are to ‘speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.’ (Ephesians 5:18-20)  That’s a far cry from what Todd Bentley and others present to us when they claim to be ‘drunk in the spirit.’

Those of us who have had God’s love and mercy revealed to us are grieved in our hearts when we see these things that are taking place today.  Our desire is to be a voice of warning to the church and to the unbelievers, who not only seem to be able to see these people as false much easier than even some Christians can, but sadly they are turning away from even considering Christianity, when they see these types of things and think this is an accurate representation of Christianity!

How it must grieve the very heart of God when He sees so many claiming to be prophets and followers of Christ, and yet giving such a blasphemous representation of the ‘gospel’ to some who are genuinely seeking God, but ending up with a counterfeit instead. 

If you are a true follower of Christ, and are caught up in these types of ‘revivals,’ I pray you will ask God for discernment, and that you will test all things in light of Scripture,  holding God’s Word as the standard to judge truth from error. 

Find joy and satisfaction in hearing Him speak to you through His Word and being in His presence, giving Him the praise and worship He is SO worthy of, and you will not want to look elsewhere for something to satisfy your spiritual hunger. 

If you are someone who has been hurt by movements such as this, I pray you will not place your focus on men who will fail every time to ever come close in comparison to the glory of God. We must ‘keep our eyes on Jesus,’ (Hebrews 12:2) and stay in His Word so we will not be led into deception.

Those who have the gift of discernment, have a precious gift that should be used lovingly but firmly, to warn others of the many false prophets and teachers that seem to be popping up at every turn today!  We need to pray and let our voices be heard…we need to be a watchman on our knees; alerting other Christians of the spiritual dangers of these prophets, teachers, and movements, and crying out to God in prayer for believers, those seeking him, and even for those who are the ones perverting the gospel, that they might see the truth and repent and preach the true gospel.

We may be filled with a righteous anger when we see such blasphemous behavior and hear the teachings of people such as Todd Bentley, John Crowder, Rick Joyner, Bob Jones, Patricia King, Rick Warren — and the list can go on and on and on — but we must remember that Jesus died for them too. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, and must have compassion and concern for them, as well.

Remember that Jesus warns us of false prophets and false teachers and how ‘they would come in among us and not spare the flock’, and added:

“Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guardRemember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:28-31)

Please, more than ever before, study God’s Word, and test the words and actions of everyone who claims to be speaking ‘words from God.’  (Acts 17:11)  Please use your critical thinking skills, and do not fall for the line that ‘we are not to judge those who claim to be hearing from God.’  God’s Word tells us to:

“Test everything.  Hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22) 

Jesus said:

“Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” (John 7:24)

And He clearly shows us we are to judge in this verse:

“What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.  “Expel the wicked man from among you.”  (1 Corinthians 5:12,13)

Cults use the ‘don’t judge or question our teachings’ tactic, so please use your God-given ability to question their words and actions in light of Scripture, and don’t allow yourselves to be deceived.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

All these Playlists and Videos listed below are made by other YouTube users; I just chose them to add to my site on YouTube.

Video on what God’s Word says about judging, here:

Playlists on Todd Bentley, here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/DC27ACED7AA41CB3

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/CEAB6D6277396070/0/EFuiwcpqUdk

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/CB2741DD37A207F7/0/Sto2Rvui11k

Video on Patricia King, here:

Video on John Crowder, here:

Below are Playlists that I put together on my YouTube Channel:

Playlist on Yoga, here: http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/DDB9AA42381A5B89/0/XjxQaVtOxUA

Playlist on Rick Warren, here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/908117D25DB1859D/0/hOMFHej1KVk

Playlist on Rick Warren’s ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE/CHURCH,’ here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/A9059A20699A7E1D/0/DQOQnVx9n24

Playlist on the ‘Emergent/Emerging Church,’ here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/LivingForHisGlory#p/c/70241FE07D4F03E2/0/idZCcg3MvEI

Here are some videos concerning  calling down fire:

 

 

Excellent article, ‘PREPARED FOR THE SLAUGHTER: The Disarming Of The Church,’ here:

http://godnet.org/SLAUGHTER.htm

An excellent series of articles  from June 2008, examining Todd Bentley’s ‘revival’ by Pastor Gary Osborne, here:

http://herescope.blogspot.com/2008/06/lakelands-recycled-revival.html

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“Then the LORD said to me,  “The false prophets are prophesying lies in my name.  I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them.  They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.”  (Jeremiah 14:14)

“This is what the LORD Almighty says:  “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes.  They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.  I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.  But if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My Words to My people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.  Am I only a God nearby,”  declares the LORD,  “and not a God far away?  Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’  declares the LORD.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  declares the LORD.  “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in My name.  They say,  “I had a dream!”  How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?  “Is not My Word like fire,”  declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?  Therefore,”  declares the LORD,  “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from Me.  Yes,”  declares the LORD,  “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare,  ‘The LORD declares.’  Indeed I am against those who prophesy false dreams,”  declares the LORD.  “They tell them and lead My people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them.  They do not benefit these people in the least,”  declares ther LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:16,18,21-26,29-32)

“The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity.”  (Lamentations 2:14)

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”                  (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

“Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  At that time if anyone says to you,  ‘Look, here is the Christ!’   or, ‘There he is!’  do not believe it.  For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.” (Matthew 24:11,23-26)

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk.  Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”                    (Revelation 9:20,21)

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” (Acts 3:19) 

“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)

“…contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” (Jude 3)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.  Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize.  Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.  He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.”  (Colossians 2:18,19)

“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!  But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:39)

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1)

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” (Ezekiel 33:6)

 WATCHMEN ON OUR KNEES

Will you stand for Biblical truth when not many seem to care?

Will you expose the lies as ‘new age’ teachings slip into churches, unaware?

Will you speak God’s Word to set them free,

From deception that holds them in captivity?

Visions and words from demons, or their own minds these ‘prophets’ tell,

They fail to give the gospel message, that  alone has the power to save men from hell,

Instead they call on God to send fire to fall upon men,

Never warning them of the eternal fire that awaits  those who are still in bondage

to sin, 

God’s fire is a purifying fire that cleanses our evil hearts, as His Spirit makes us bold,

Their fire fills some with terror, and causes a depth of emotional damage untold,

It’s time for the church to fall on our face,

To cry out for His forgiveness, His mercy and grace,

If we are His sheep, then it’s His voice we should hear,

For the wolves are in the sheep pen, and the slaughter is near,

When we fail to test men’s words against Scripture, and seek signs and miracles

instead,

Should we even have to wonder, why so many are misled?

We need to sound the alarm and let our voices be heard,

For these ‘prophets’ have rejected sound doctrine, and have perverted God’s Word,

People need to be warned, so God’s truth they can see,

Pray their eyes will be opened, and that His truth will set the captives free.

Written by Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory ©2010 All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®.  Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

Picture obtained from Photobucket – watchmanonwall

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