There are so many verses in the Bible that are over-preached and then many which are conveniently ignored by modern-day teachers who preach unity at any cost. Yes, unity is a good thing, but to have true, Godly unity…it must be a unity based on Truth, not compromise.
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” (1 Corinthians 11:19)
Paul said there “must be” heresies among believers. The word heresies comes from the Greek word hairesisa (Strongs 139). It means a self-chosen opinion, or a religious or philosophical sect. Basically, any teaching (man-made) that is against (contradicts) the Bible’s sound teaching and sound doctrine, rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15), is a heresy.
Often, God allows heresies or sects (divisions away from the truth of God’s Word) to arise. The Christians with the spiritual gift of discernment (or prophetic gift of standing on the truth) who very plainly see this will not have it easy in these times where truth is not popular at all, even among churches. This is a sacrificial gift as it is often ignored, misunderstood and even abused by leadership (spiritual abuse is very real and prevalent today more than ever). It’s very important for people with this gift to learn more about their gift and to stand strong. It is crucial to understand this gift (whether you have it or not) because it is the most abused gift. The apostle Paul said to “not” be ignorant of spiritual gifts.
Back to the verse. The apostle Paul was saying here in this commonly forgotten verse that heresies and false teachings are a test to see who will stay faithful to God’s Word and who will not. Often, the people who will not stay faithful to God’s Word will accuse the faithful of being divisive or ungraceful, or worse, thus bringing the way of truth into disrepute. This is a warped twist on the truth, and this is partly what the Bible means when it says, “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:2). This is speaking of the “many” people who divide away from God’s Word while at the same time falsely claiming to be “tolerant” or “graceful”. The Christians who stay true to God’s Word will be slandered or evil spoken of. This is exactly what happens today. The people who stay faithful to His Word are worthy of His Kingdom. We must not cave into deceptive teachings, for they are a test for God to see who is genuinely loyal to Him and who is not. So, stand strong today in the truth of God, and seek to understand God and how He mysteriously works!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears…” (2 TIm. 4:3)
Have a blessed day!
A quick question: Is sozo more dangerous than scientology? A look at blatantly obvious vs. disguised falsehood…
Do you think sozo is more or less dangerous than Scientology?
Here is why I ask: Scientology has nothing to do with Jesus; as far as I understand, Scientologists do not really use the word Jesus or talk about Jesus at all. They also do not claim to be Christians.
On the other hand, sozo teachers and “sozoists” claim that what they are doing is of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They claim that sozo is Christian, yet the followers of Bill Johnson deny Christ’s divinity and hypostatic union before He was age thirty. This disguise may prove to be particularly more enticing to others, you think?
Which one is more dangerous, then? The blatantly obvious cult or the disguised “Christian” cult? “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth” (Eph. 4:14; nlv).
What do you say?
“Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” (2 Corinthians 11:1-4)
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (vs. 12-15)
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The inventors of sozo have named it this, claiming they know the Greek meaning. Whenever an individual says they know the “Greek” origin of a word, they (can) sound like they know just what they are talking about! Perhaps this makes them look more competent and that they have done their research. Many manipulative teachers carry out this tactic these days (claim to know the Greek language and origin of words) in order to trick their followers into thinking that they are intelligent and trustworthy.
The irony in all this is that the word sozo from the Greek origin (Strong’s Concordance number 4982) literally does mean to “save, heal, preserve or rescue; to deliver out of danger and into safety” – but this is referring to saving from danger, and that includes the false, deceptive, dangerous practices like sozo and their teachers. This is one of the dangers the Bible is warning about (see also 2 John 1:11, etc)!
Here is what Jude explains in his letter…
“And others save [sozo 4982] with fear, pulling them out of the fire…” (Jude 1:23)
What was the purpose of the letter Jude wrote? He was trying to warn and hopefully sozo the people from the false teachers’ tactics (vs. 4).
He urged people to “contend for the faith” (vs. 3) and warns of these “certain men” (vs. 4).
They were men who were greedy for profit (vs. 11). He even calls them “brute beasts” (irrational animals). They “flattered people to gain advantage” (vs. 16). I know that doesn’t sound very nice or “loving”, but he was looking out for the innocent people and their well being. That was loving.
Jude then tells his hearers to “save (sozo) with fear, pulling them out of the fire”.
“We must watch over one another; faithfully…” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Jude 1:23)
Why do you think Jude, the brother of James, saw so much danger with false teachers and their practices? Was he overreacting? Do you think it was brave of him to speak up despite it being “negative”? Do you see the irony in the name sozo? Do you think this was done on purpose to confuse people into thinking that they need sozo? Do you think certain institutions can be very tricky and deceptive?
It is ironic that the sozo teachers promise people liberty and freedom, when truly people need to be set free from this practice.
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 2 Peter 2:19
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Cor. 11:13-15
In His Love.
Check out this interview!
“This is an interview I did nearly three years ago. Many people have said it was helpful, so I wanted to reblog it. Blessings, and peace in the name of Jesus as you continue to search for His truth!” (M’Kayla)
“The people they call pharisees are those Christians who talk of repentance, consecration, holiness, righteousness, getting right, sanctification, hating sin, and loving God. The people they call pharisees are those Christians who love God so much, they seek the truth from God’s word, even if it goes against the grain of our culture.
The Pharisees hated Jesus. They told lies and did whatever else they could to make sure they would see Jesus die.
That’s why it’s wrong to call people who love Jesus pharisees.”
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Calvary Chapel pastors should be very careful when they make the claim that they are “God’s anointed”.
NEW: A new booklet by Bill Randles called ‘Beware of Bethel’ examines some of Bill Johnson’s unbiblical teachings
Hi there, friends! Just wanted to let you all know there is a new booklet out by author and pastor Bill Randles. I hope that this blesses you and may all who you share it with have a changed heart and changed mind, in Jesus’s name. Have a great week!
“And many shall follow their shameful ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” 2 Peter 2:2