Hyper Grace And Kabbalah

Going through the several sermons of one hyper grace teacher with special emphasis on numerology and the hidden meaning, and the constant reminder to his followers that he is the only anointed one or among the select few with the given knowledge from God to the “true” meaning of Scripture, I am sure that Kabbalah mystical teachings are now being introduced in bits and pieces here and there to the hyper grace followers.

http://www.gotquestions.org/Kabbalah.html

By claiming to be the only anointed one or among the select few with the given knowledge from God to the “true” meaning of Scripture over the clear teachings of all before him, he has proclaimed that the Holy Spirit had taught no one over the centuries on the right doctrine and all were in error till he comes on the scene now to teach the “real” thing. How preposterous !

You may ask whether the whole false doctrine is an immaculate conceived deceptive plan or plain innocent error.

I believe it is the former. Whenever such hyper grace teachers build a certain “truth” with only one or two Scriptural verses, any serious Bible reader will notice the contradiction with the whole counsel of the Word of God. And whenever such error is pointed out, I have noticed that not only the subsequent counter-argument is terribly weak because it throws up even more error, but it also exposes a desperate attempt to make good the “truth” as biblical. So when we see such desperate attempt to fill up a pit by digging another pit with every subsequent weaker counter-argument, we know the false teacher is fully aware of the deliberate error he is introducing.

So why is the hyper grace teacher deliberately introducing error being fully aware it is against clear Scriptural teaching ? All for the sake of gain which the Bible called the Balaam’s error.

It is so interesting to learn from this Balaam’s story that despite knowing God was going to judge him through the word of a donkey, yet it did not deter Balaam from continuing his evil work for the sake of gain and he was eventually judged.

2 Pet 2:1-3,14-16.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep… They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

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Similarity Of False Prophets In Jeremiah’s Days And Hyper Grace Teachers Today

Jer 23: 16-17 NLT

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to his people: “Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with FUTILE HOPES. They are MAKING UP everything they say. They do not speak for the Lord! They keep saying to those who DESPISE MY WORD, ‘Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!’ And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires, they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’

Jeremiah, best known as the weeping prophet, started his ministry around 627 BC during the reign of Josiah and continued to the eleventh year of Zedekiah. He prophesied during the last forty years of Judah and he witnessed the fall of Jerusalem and the deportation of Jews to Babylon.

His mission was to speak against the apostasy of his days and the coming judgment. His messages were so unwelcome that he faced so much persecution from both kings and common folk. The people even accused him of being a traitor for only bringing messages of reproof, warning and judgment. The people continued in their normalcy bias ways preferring to hear the feel good messages of the false prophets.

How ironic that the same is happening today again !

Against the backdrop of the warning of our Lord Jesus and the apostles to guard against spiritual apostasy, inordinate fear of calamities and persecution in the last days, most are so indifferent like in the days of Noah. They do not eagerly expect the return of Him and fall prey easily to the seducing feel good messages of hyper-grace teachers in indulging in dissipation.

Notice how similar are the seducing feel good messages of the hyper-grace teachers today with the messages of the false prophets in Jeremiah’s days telling them not to worry about the admonishing words and warnings of Jesus and that no harm will come their way when they follow their carnal desires as these are promises to be claimed from God.

Similarity of Ancient Day Pharisees And Modern Day Hyper Grace Teachers

Luke 16:13-18
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. 16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. 18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

In the eyes of Jewish society then, the Pharisees were outwardly pious Jews who honoured God through their exemplary life in being blameless in keeping the Law. Yet inwardly they loved money. Though they justified well in the eyes of the Jewish society, God was not impressed at all knowing that they saw godliness as a way of gain.

So when Jesus taught that no one can serve both God and Money, they sneered at Him. These Pharisees could profess love for God outwardly but inwardly their real god was Money.

Jesus went on to teach that the old covenant was from Moses to John the Baptist and the new covenant had begun. And everyone had to force his way into the kingdom through jumping over the obstacles set up by the Pharisees. John the Baptist’s message of repentance centered on repentance from the sins of cheating and extortion originating from love of money and believers had to literally force their way in overcoming their covetous or greedy tendency to contentment. Luke 3:7-14.

But with the advent of the new covenant, it does not mean the moral Law or values will be discarded. So Jesus taught that it is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out the Law.

I believe our Lord mentioned the law of marriage to expose the spiritual adultery of the Pharisees in believing they could have the best of both worlds. It is wishful thinking that they could worship both God and Money.

How similar are the modern day hyper grace false teachers with the Pharisees of old, though they preached two opposite extreme variants of the true gospel  !

1. They can be so spiritual on the outside but inwardly they love money.
2. They see godliness as a way of gain.  They preach a message of piety in tithing and giving, though one went further to stoke the covetousness of their followers through miracle seed teaching.
3. They trivialize or discard the law in order to justify covetousness.

Exalting Christ In Words But Not In Deeds Is Hypocrisy

A decade and a half ago when I was in the corporate world, my good friend in the IT industry hired a general manager to manage his business. He would speak so well of my friend in front of business associates every time. It almost seemed to the listeners that he hero-worshipped my friend. One evening when we were having drinks in a pub, he got drunk and started cursing my friend to my shocking surprise.

I was upset with his hypocritical attitude that I disclosed everything to my friend. I was even more surprised that my friend continued to keep him in employment. Not because he performed well but that he admitted he liked his praises in front of business associates !

It is clear to me that it is definitely possible to praise someone all the time for personal gain but it is not true to his heart. In real life drama, such hypocrisy is often played out among the rich descendants hoping to have a share of the inheritance from the patriarch.

This is what our Lord Jesus said in Matt 15:8-9 concerning this possible hypocritical attitude :
“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

Similarly today, do not be surprised that the hyper grace false teachers continually give Christ exalting messages and feel good messages. But their hearts are far away from Jesus. It is possible to praise and exalt Jesus in words all the time but it will be very difficult to conceal their hypocrisy in deeds.

Matt 7: 15-16
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits…”

Our Lord mentioned this fruit or the lack of it to know if one is with Him or otherwise. So watch for the fruit of the false prophets or teachers.

John 14:21,23; 12:47-48
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me…Whoever does not love me does not keep my words…If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

So how can the hyper grace false teacher really love Jesus when they brush aside all the clear teachings of Jesus and worse still, twist them to mean the opposite of what He taught or trivialize them ? There is also no intention to follow Him as a disciple on His terms given so clearly in Luke 9:23-26 and Luke 14:25-33. Much less to participate in the suffering of Christ !

It is also interesting to note from the above story of mine that one can ignore all wrongdoing as long as he hears flattering words. Similarly the hyper grace believers may be so side blinded by all the feel good messages that speak to their carnal desires that they fail to note the clear hypocrisy of the false teachers.

Hyper Grace Believers Living As Enemies Of God

Phil 3: 17-21
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

It will be the most frightening and heart-wrenching prospect to find out that we have been living as enemies of the cross of Christ when it is too late because the destiny is destruction for eternity. Many who profess to love Christ will be heading towards such a prospect because they are deluded by false teachers today. St Paul, being as compassionate as Christ his Lord, said so with much tears because such a prospect is really heart wrenching.

The Word of God has given the following clear evidence of a life at enmity with the cross of Christ.

1. Their god is their stomach. Such believers are so consumed with their desires as represented by their appetites. Not that difficult to identify such churches today when you will hear the hyper grace teachers stoking the appetites of their followers in every sermon without fail. Living godly lives is deliberately not exhorted at all because of the deliberate false claim that it will be works nullifying the finished atoning work of Christ.

2. Their glory is in their shame. The hyper grace believers even boast in the very things which they should be ashamed of. Whenever they sin, they will ignore confession and repentance and even boast of freedom from contrition of sin. They seriously still believe and boast that God favors them when they grieve His Spirit.

3. Their mind is set on earthly things. This is self explanatory. It is almost incredible that these false hyper grace teachers and their followers could still sound so pious to Christ while their minds and lifestyle are all set on earthly things contrary to the teachings of our Lord.

Costly Demands of Discipleship Are Diametrically Opposite That Of Hyper Grace Doctrine

Luke 14:25-33
Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand ? So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

Discipleship is never an option. A believer has to be a disciple. Jesus would rather have few sincere disciples obeying His demands than to have many professing believers among the big crowds which would not be with Him for all eternity. Matt 7:13-14.

Jesus had obeyed the same 3 demands He demanded of His disciples. Indeed, He had asked nothing of us which He was not willing to do Himself. He had “hated” His own heavenly home to come to live in a sinful world among us with no roof over His head. He had gone to the ultimate Cross dying for our sake for which the wages of our sin is death. He had renounced all that He had for our sake. Though He was rich, yet for our sake, He became poor. 2 Cor 8:9.

In view of the coming glory to which nothing can be compared, is it too much to ask of His disciples to go through the process of daily death to the lure of the world and the endurance of reproach and suffering for His name’s sake ? Is it too much to ask to renounce the hold of possessions on our lives ? We know we are in Him when we walked in the same way in which He walked. 1 John 2:6.

He shared two parables about considering carefully the cost of discipleship before making His third demand of renouncing the hold of possessions.  The emphasis is about careful consideration before making the commitment. Today, the false teachers are making the gospel message big on emotions and small on the cost of following Jesus.

Like going into a war with numerically inferior forces implying an uphill task, the king must consider very carefully whether to give 100% commitment to winning the war or back off from the war.

Or like building a tower with careful consideration of the cost and having enough to complete it.  If we follow Him for the wrong reason – when the going gets tough and we depart from the faith – we are going to cause even more damage to His cause. People will ridicule our faith when we cannot “finish building the tower” or finish the race. (Anyway, it is predicted that many will depart from the faith following false teachers in the last days. 1 Tim 4:1.)

He ended His above sermon addressing the large crowds with a very serious exhortation, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Luke 14:35.

I pray that all believers will heed this exhortation and not believe the false hyper grace teachers whose main doctrinal tenets are diametrically opposite to the 3 costly demands of discipleship :

1.  Hyper grace believes solely in self love and doing good to oneself as the will of God. Hear what Victoria Osteen said in her own words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RcIqhcNNhw

2.  Hyper grace believes the finished work of Christ on the Cross to mean He has taken all your self-renunciation, reproach and suffering upon Himself on your behalf and you need not carry your own cross daily anymore.

3.  Hyper grace believes in claiming all instead of surrendering all.

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True Grace And Hyper Grace Contrasted

Faith without obedience is Cheap Grace;
Obedience without Faith is Legalism;
Faith and Obedience must travel together.

The difference between true grace and hyper grace is quite stark. One comes with poverty of spirit to receive Grace with full gratitude and submissive obedience; the other comes with the binding insistence that God must honor His salvation promise with or without poverty of spirit. One is the response of the Tax Gatherer and the other that of the Pharisee.  One is justified while the other is not.

The contrast of the various facets of life based on believing the different gospels  – the way of life, experience, focus in life, hope, the response towards wrongdoing and the fruit (good or bad) –  is shown in the table below.Legitimate Faith-page-0

Dialogue Between Christ Jesus Our Lord And A Cheap Grace Teacher

Christ Jesus : “Watch out ! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15.

Cheap grace teacher : “No. Abundant life in Christ is an abundance of every good thing in life !”

Christ Jesus : “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes…You want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.” ” Luke 12:23-24. John 6:26-27 NLT.

Cheap grace teacher : “No. What the Body of Christ needs most is food first and not holiness for holiness will follow after you have food. It is the duty of Christ, the Good Shepherd, to give you food and rest first as promised in Psalms 23.”

Christ Jesus : “The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.” Matt 13:20-21 NLT.

Cheap grace teacher : “No. Persecution and trouble will not happen to Christians for God will protect them. Persecution talked about by Christ referred only to the Jews during His time.”

Christ Jesus : “The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced…(God will) cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit.” Matt 13:22-23; John 15:2 NLT.

Cheap grace teacher : “No. God wants to prosper Christians and He will empower them to get wealth.”

Christ Jesus : “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that Day will not come on you suddenly like a trap.” Luke 21:34-35

Cheap grace teacher : “No. Christians are called to enjoy wealth, to enjoy health and to enjoy a life of victory.”

Postscript :

The false cheap grace teachers are deceptive in twisting the intent of Scripture for their own purpose in all their sermons with a corrupted replacement theology –

preaching that the blessings for Jews in the Old Testament are blessings for Christians today as well, but warning concerning hardship and persecution for Christians in the last days in the New Testament only concern the Jews in the early years of Christianity.

 

Heavy Responsibility Of Overseers In The Last Days

Acts 20:28-31

28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.

We are now seeing false teachers arise from among us speaking twisted things and luring so many away. And they also export their twisted teaching worldwide.

Yet some leading overseers in this part of the world even call these people as one of us and standing with them. They are not alert. They have failed to care for the flock of Jesus our Lord which He had obtained by His blood. I pray that these leaders will wake up for because of their respectable standing in Christendom, the flock is not aware of the danger and will follow their decision of affirming the false teachers. Not only have they failed the flock but more importantly their dear Lord whom they claim to serve.

Why did Paul admonish for 3 years with tears ? Because it concerns eternal life and death of those disciples who are lured away ! A true faithful servant will not see fellow servants die a second death.  So all the more, the overseers must pay close attention to protect the flock from the wolves, the false teachers.

By speaking against cautious and faithful overseers, who contend against false teaching, on the pretext of unity and peace,  the detractors are guilty of trivializing this exhortation of the Word of God in Acts 20:28-31 and participating in their wicked works by affirming them.  2 John 1:10-11.

The Prosperity Gospel Is Soberly Called A False Gospel

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Cape Town, 16-25 October 2010) brought together 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries, and extended to hundreds of thousands more, participating in meetings around the world, and online. Its goal? To bring a fresh challenge to the global Church to bear witness to Jesus Christ and all his teaching – in every nation, in every sphere of society, and in the realm of ideas. The Cape Town Commitment is the fruit of this endeavour.

Part IIE Paragraph 5 says this :

The prosperity gospel offers no lasting solution to poverty, and can deflect people from the true message and means of eternal salvation. For these reasons it can be soberly described as a false gospel. We therefore reject the excesses of prosperity teaching as incompatible with balanced biblical Christianity.

Do we accept the testimony of hundreds of thousand evangelical leaders from 198 countries whom all conclude the prosperity gospel is soberly described as a false gospel ?

I do.

(The blessing given to the Commitment by the late Dr John Stott is good enough for me.  He had chaired the Lausanne Theology Working Group and succeeded by capable saints as well in Lindsay Brown, former General Secretary of IFES, and Chris Wright, International Director of Langham Partnership.)

And if anyone proliferates a false gospel,  he or she is not on the same road with me.  I will have nothing to do with him or her except to pray for his or her repentance and repudiation of the false gospel.   By affirming him or her as one of us or in any other way,  we are deemed to participate in his or her wicked works according to 2 John 1:10-11.

http://www.lausanne.org/content/ctc/ctcommitment