This is part 2 of a post that started on Wednesday. If you missed it, you should probably pop back here to get caught up.
While my friend and I texted back and forth on the issue, I happened to receive a phone call from another friend of mine. I asked if she knew the “pillar” and was told that not only did she know him and his wife, they were her and her husband’s long-time mentors. I now realized that the “pillar” was clearly someone who should know what they’re talking about and started to think that my friend had misheard him or that he had misspoken. She agreed that it could be the case but had already spoken with the others who were privy to the conversation and said they were as perplexed as she. We left it that my friend would return to the “pillar” and ask him to explain further.
The following Sunday she did just that and he mentioned that this idea of repenting for non-believers is in a new book that will be published shortly called Operating in the Courts of Heaven. She pressed him for a biblical reference to this idea and he only kept pointing her to this new book. She ended the conversation by stating that she takes her truth from the Bible alone and I congratulated her. More and more we need to be like The Berean Jews, constantly searching scripture for the truth and measuring everything against the scriptures (Acts 17:11).
I was thrilled that my friend had the maturity to question the “pillar” and had held to the Bible as her true North, but then I started thinking about others whom may have heard about this book from the “pillar” and because of his standing in the church, believed him and his faulty* theology, and even go so far as to put it into practice.
These days we have already seen celebrity pastors going astray and deviating from Biblical truth and entire sects of Christianity disavowing large portions of the Bible. In some cases we don’t have to look further than our local pulpits to find preaching that’s gone soft on salvation and dumbed down the sin message while preaching grace grace grace … presumably because you can get more bees with honey … even if their honey only gives a person a portion of the comb and not the whole hive. If we don’t ever hear about our sinful nature, we can’t possibly comprehend why we need to be saved.
In a recent study I ran across 1 John 3:7 (NIV) which says, “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.” And in Mark 9:42 (NIV) Jesus states, “If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Similarly, in Revelation 18:21, the prostitute Babylon will also be thrown into the sea with a millstone around her neck never to be heard from again.
Obviously Satan will use anything and anyone at his disposal to turn believers away from Christ. He’ll use the BIG issues mentioned in Part 1 because they cause widespread panic, anxiety, and lots of headlines. In the future we know Satan will use his ‘mark’ to control economic resources, but he may also use misinformation like this from seemingly trusted sources to cause confusion and division. It’s a most insidious technique because if the Christian doesn’t have a high level of discernment or maturity, they may easily be turned from the One True God. If we don’t continue to stay in the Word, it would be easy to fall prey to the seemingly insignificant yet vastly deceptive lies from the enemy of our souls – especially when they come dressed up and sounding pretty from a bible teacher, pillar of the church, or even the pastor.
Friends, it’s so important that we stay true to the Word. Ask God for discernment and wisdom and keep your nose in THE Book – the only book that won’t lead you astray. Lastly, be like the Bereans, measuring everything you hear against what we know is the absolute Truth. Only then do we have a solid foundation to stay true to Jesus Christ.
* I know I have readers who are much more theologically sound than I and welcome you to educate me and my readers if I’m off-base.
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by!