With this lesson we conclude our in-depth online study of JUDE. This lesson should not end here but be the beginning of your diligentsearch for truth and error in the teaching of preachers. The week we are looking ath the "False Teachers Among You" and what that means and what effect it has on the congregation. We are giving you many LINKS to false doctrines and false teachers circulating today. Continue to study these things as the weeks go by. Be sure you know the pure Gospel of Christ as taught in Scripture so that you candiscern truth from error. (Hebrews 5:14) We are not here to bash, thrash or trash any servant of God but to discern truth from error. Verse 4: "For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."
1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Pastor Dick's Video Clip Lectures Available on Monday, July 6
We take a look a serious issue in the church today, which is prophecies and false prophets. We are not about bashing or trashing anyone's ministry. What we want to do it to look carefully at their teachings and judge whether it is Biblical or not. If it is not Biblical it is the mind of man pushing his own version of the Gospel. Our world is filled with false teachers and prophets declaringthings that God's word has never said. We need DISCERNMENT and WISDOM from the Word of God to judge righteous judgment. Hebrews 5:14 says we needto be know the Word and exercise discernment to prove or discern what is good or evil.
There are two types of false teachers in the world today, 1)The CLAIMERS, who claim things to be truethat are not in the Word of God, and 2) DISCLAIMERS who deny the basic fundamental elements of the Word and the Gospel.
THE CLAIMERS: False teachers and false prophets are disguised as angels of light. They look good and sound good. They are usually good looking and articulate communicators. You cannot tell a false teacher by his charisma. You must look at two things: 1) His doctrine and 2) His life.Jesus said, "By their fruit you will know them." We present 7 false teachings of Word of Faith preachers.
THE DISCLAIMERS: Postmodernism and Progressive Christianity (16 min)
Today there is much secular humanism leeching its way into the church. Too many believers have itchy ears and are listening to secular voices such as Oprah Winfrey and her guests who present a false gospel. Today our seminaries have been invaded by false teachers who challenge the inspiration and authority of the Bible and promote a changing gospel that appeals to today's culture. Those doctrines are finding their way into our evangelical pulpits. We present 7 false doctrines of Progressive Christians. RECOMMENDED: Alisa Childers: The Dangers of Progressive Christianity (52 min)
A recent film has been released that compares historic Christianity to today's false teachers. It is a long film or 2:20 hrs but we present here an hour long version. It is heavily theological providing a base from which believers can judge truth from error. It is worth watching and studying.
DOCUMENTS TO PRINT OUT Available Monday, July 6
These are unedited documents and studies I use in my sermon preparation. They will enhance your study of the Word. Print them out and study them. This way we can give you much more than we can in our Videos or in our live classes.
Outside Links in Preparation for THIS WEEK'S LESSON
Granted there are a lot of links here representing a variety of issues and answers regarding false teachings inthe church today. Choose from among them what you have time to view. Some are quite long and I think they are worthy of viewing. Do what you have time to do. I have marked with ** those I think are key to helping you understand the erosion of Historical Christianity.
** Bethel | Should Christians Listen to Their Music? - A Reasoned view (19 min) Should Christians listen to and support music published by Bethel/Hillsong/ Elevation? Many people have asked me this question and I'm finally going to answer it. In this video I give you 10 things to consider as you are making your decision on whether to listen to and support this music and these ministries.