The Common Deceptive Ploys of A False Teacher Today

1. Claiming divine mandate.

By claiming divine mandate for his teaching will make any challenge to his teaching a challenge to God. Such polemic is employed to ensure full acceptance of his doctrines by his followers. When you hear such cult leader say that God spoke to him and told him that many preachers have been preaching the wrong doctrines for so long, a red flag should be raised. What he is saying is that the teachings carefully passed down the centuries by so many evangelical theologians have been wrong and he is the only one getting it right now. How preposterous !

2. Claim of right doctrine evidenced by rapid church growth.

On the contrary, in a published report done in the US, the fastest growing “churches” are the Mormons, Jehovah Witness, Unification Church, etc. (…/jehovah-s-witnesses-mormons…/#!)

3. Claiming huge opposition to his doctrines as a sign of truth.

By claiming the opposition to his doctrines as coming from the devil will curtail all challenges. On the contrary, God is raising watchmen to expose the error clearly from the Scripture. All one truly seeking the truth need to do is to take note of the whole counsel of the Word of God as expounded by God’s watchmen.

4. Outrageous hermeneutics 1:

Mystical method of assigning obscure meaning to a biblical text. Cult leaders love to point out hidden code in the text which is actually non existent. But it is effective enough to hook-wink the unsuspecting that they are truly given special revelation by God.

5. Outrageous hermeneutics 2 :

Questionable / arbitrary speculations expressed as truth-claims. Claims such as Christians will not succumb to temptation or suffer any sickness or disease. (It is quite comical that it is common experience as Christians do suffer sickness and even die, yet such wild truth-claims continue to be widely accepted by the followers without rationalizing what is taught.)

6. Outrageous hermeneutics 3 :

Theological claims based on bad exegesis. Examples are Christians do not need to confess their sins anymore; or the Holy Spirit does not convict the Christians of sin. This claim is done knowingly to reach those who are living in sin but feel very uneasy all the time about their sin; or those professionals who have questionable practices in business or career.

7. Over-realized Eschatology.

The basic flaw is where promises for the future is claimed for the present without qualification. They knowingly do so to reach those with itching ears seeking health and wealth promises.
– expounding on these points raised by my friend Seto.

Making Sense of Prosperity and Poverty in this Present Age

It is God’s original intent to let man had dominion over the earth and to enjoy all the prosperity it had to offer. God led His people Israel to a land flowing with milk and honey. Deut 8:7-10.
So why did our Lord pronounce woe to the rich and blessing to the poor ? Luke 6:20,24. And He added that it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Sin changed everything and brought curse to us and the whole creation as well. He foreknew when Israel settled down and built houses in the Promised Land, they would forget Him. Deut 8:11-14.
We are no longer able to handle prosperity in this fallen world and in our fallen nature. If we are able, there will not be poverty as we will perfectly love one another and share with one another. Covetousness and selfishness are here to stay till Christ comes again.
But God’s original grand plan will not be frustrated. He will renew the earth and sanctify us as a people for His Son holy and Christ-like to be His citizens again in His coming renewed heaven and earth. Eph 1:3-5.
Meanwhile in this present age, we are exhorted to live as exiles like the heroes of faith and to desire a better country (a heavenly one). And if we still love the country we have resolved to leave behind, we have never left in the first place ! Be warned ! Heb 11:13-16.
So any teacher who comes and tell you that abundant life in this present age is an abundance of every good thing in life, you know he is a false teacher because Jesus our Lord said that life does not consist in the abundance of things and we should store treasure in heaven rather than on earth now. So don’t try to find your own life now or you will lose it. But lose it for Christ’s sake and you will find it.
Let’s endure for a little while. Christ is coming very soon. When Christ appears, all our human aspiration will be realized. Nothing right now can be compared to the coming glory in Him.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy

Lord God Almighty

Who was, and is, and is to come.  (2x)

Chorus :

You are worthy, O Lord and God,

To receive honor and glory

For You have created all things by Your will.