I pray that no one misunderstand this post. I also doubt that I can truly express what is in my heart on this. We all have this trouble in posting.
It is SI threads that have introduced me to false teachers in the sense of waking me up to the [u]wave of wickedness saturating our land[/u], of which only one example is Lakeland.
A recent focus on Jude has helped me greatly in coming to some balance in response. False teachers are not carnal Christians, Soulish believers, fleshly Christians, however you want to put it. Jude does not say pray for them, go to them and strive to restore them (they strive differently). False teachers go the way of Cain (it is a way!) and perish in the gainsaying (anti-logos) of Korah. Korah was a Levite (!!!). He carried the Ark(!!!)He had witnessed the rebellion of Miriam and Aaron! He had seen the death of the spies that brought an evil report. And then he gathered to himself, 250 princes (famous, men of renown). He pleaded "democracy" to the princes and then to Moses. He died, in his rebellion, without repenting.
The message referenced here is needful and helpful in its biblical specificity. I thank God that it is spoken clearly.
What then is our response?
Believers that are not deluded by false teachers can be distracted by them. In that distraction, there are many opportunities to fall into sin in response to what is displayed by false teachers. Sounds like a clever tactic in warfare to me.
Yes, Call them out, call them out, call them out! (Jude 1-16. Jude even sets aside writing on the common salvation to call them out.) After we call them out, then what? The next step in walking? Jude lays it out clearly (7 verses). Remember (we do), These have not the Spirit. (we do!) praying in the Holy Ghost (do we?)
Krispy wrote:[i]but I was overwhelmed with a sense of sadness at such deception.[/i]
I know that sadness: for the deluded followers, the little ones, the years that may be needed to repair the damage, the loss in the mean time to the Body, the Bride, etc. We can follow that sadness to the pain and, with prayer, all our wicked ways in responding to the pain can be cleared away. And we can follow to the brokenness. Sadness
. Verse 22-23 follows verse 20.
It is worth our time not to look at what-ever-their-names-are but to look at messages like these: [url=A Warning To America (video) by Keith Daniel]A Warning To America (video) by Keith Daniel[/url] because it is WAR and the Word of God is true. When we pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes in many ways, including changing us. There are several recent threads on this.
May we wake up to prayer. Its the [u]going on[/u] in prayer. Like others do, I have omitted many things here and I am experiencing the conviction we know that comes from how much time posting takes (yes the benefit). I thank God for believers gathered here.
Eph. 3: 20-21: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, [u]according to the power that worketh in us[/u], Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Revival.