In these end times we see many deceptions, the worst of these are so iniquitous as to possibly cause your name to be taken out of the Book of Life! The false prophets in today's government incorporated Churches are partly responsible for this falling away from the truth, but, so are the people who go to these institutions.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
We have all been warned many times in the Bible to beware of false teachings, but, there's always something else more important than the Word of God for some people. Perhaps they believe “Pastor Joe” or Pastor so and so would never lead them astray? Did you ever stop to think maybe Pastor so and so doesn't know the truth either? Don't you read your Bibles for yourselves? It goes back to do you want to know the truth? or do you just go to Church because you think that will keep you from God's Wrath? The Word of God tells us we have to love the truth, and seek it out diligently, or serious consequences will follow:
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Going to Church doesn't save you, in fact it's where you're deceived into thinking you are saved! Think about it, how much time do you spend in Church studying the Bible? Not much, right? Perhaps your Church has a Wednesday night Bible Study, or for an hour after Church service, but when you are supposedly studying, actually you are listening to a “pastor” or the pastor is using a study guide from some apostate religious corporation, right? You, yourself are just reading what they tell you to read and then “they” tell you what it means, right? Is that studying, or is that being told what to think and believe? This is again not loving the truth, this is accepting someone else's truth. You, brother or sister, are responsible for studying the Word, seeking the Truth through the Holy Spirit, and then sharing those truths in fellowship with your brethren. That is what disciples of Christ are called to do, not build large buildings, call it a church and pay someone to do the studying and thinking for them.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Act 17:12 Therefore many of them believed …
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth …
Study the Word of God for yourself, pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. Don't take anyone's opinion on something, search the Word like the Bereans did to see if it's true! Don't assume because someone stands up in front of a “Church” that they know, or will tell you the truth. The truth is what you must seek, and in past history the religious leaders have failed the people often, look it up in the Bible. We all know that many Old Testament prophets foretold of Jesus' coming, in fact in Daniel chapter 9 the children of Israel were told to the exact year when He would appear! But, what happened though? Most didn't know when He was coming, the religious leaders had led them astray:
Luk 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Because they were deceived, they didn't know their Messiah was coming, most rejected Him and died in their sins. Their Great City and Temple were destroyed, many were killed and the rest that didn't accept the Messiah were scattered all over the world! Those few Jews who did know the truth were saved because they listened, believed and fled Jerusalem as Jesus told them to (Luk 21:20-24). The temple destroyed, the city where the center of their worship was, gone, without God, scattered to the four corners of the earth, this was clearly a punishment that was a type of Hell, a hell on earth for those that had rejected the Word of God and His Messiah. This is, of course, the greatest deception ever known, but the religious leaders of today are no better. They are leading you to the same fate. Let me give you a few examples of false doctrine that are common in these times:
The Prosperity Doctrine: God wants you to be wealthy and blessed with material riches. With one verse from the Bible this doctrine can be destroyed:
Luk 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Once saved always saved: Once you are saved your salvation cannot be taken away. This is easily disproved, if you are saved then your name is in the book of life, right? If your name can be taken out of the Book of life then you can indeed lose your salvation!
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Christians should take part in wars: If my country calls me to war I must go, we have to defend our country. If I am fighting for a just cause God will be on my side. Over the years many have tried to justify wars and Christians taking up arms against other peoples. This too, is easily disproved, if you'll read your Bible and believe what it plainly says:
Exo 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and
whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire …
Mat 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Mat 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
How many Christians have died in these wars for the devil's kingdoms? Died to make the rich men of the earth richer as they funded both sides of these wars? Not one should have, but the religious leaders talked them into believing that it was/is God's will for them to do so. There may indeed come a day where you have to die, but do it for your faith in Christ, and not to further the kingdoms of this wicked world.
There are many more examples of religious deception I could write about, but I hope you get the point. If your Church is teaching any of these false doctrines, then confront the leadership and if they don't repent, get out of there as fast as you can! You may be physically alone in your battle, and many of your “friends and family” will turn on you, but, remember that many are on the broad path to Hell and only a few choose the straight and narrow way to salvation (Mat 7:13-14). The Almighty and the Truth are on your side, be bold and stand on the Word of God!
Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.