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I want to use a pivotal event that Jesus himself promised (John 14:3-4), to alert you to how false teachers operate and the methods of deceit they use.

Church Leader Pearls asserts that false teachers says there is no such thing as the rapture. That it is naive to expect to hear a loud shout or a trumpet sound. Moreover, Jesus is not going to hover for us to gravitate to him in the air. In short, the clear seditious suggestion is, any hope of going to heaven to be with Jesus in the presence of the Father is futile and false. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face.

My purpose here is not to debate whether Jesus Christ will take the faithful believers away before or after the foretold tribulation (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:16-17;2 Thess 2:7). I want to show how to identify the contradictions, misquotations and tricks that characterise false teachers.

The false teacher says that heaven is not a literal place; it is figurative and symbolic. He or she states that heaven is in the hearts of men. The false teacher says that heaven is where God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit dwell right in the heart of a follower. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face.

In one moment, false teachers say that hell is nothing more than a state of suffering, loss and punishment, while living on this earth in separation and disconnection from God. In short, hell is a place confined within the actual life experiences, and in the heart and mind of living human beings. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face.

But when it suits the purpose of false teachers to get-in, find acceptance with, rouse an audience, or spice a sermon for the occasion, then Jesus is presented as the Champion who went into hell and took the keys from Satan.

Jesus our Lord mentioned heaven and hell scores of times. He did not say heaven is in your head or heart; or hell is in your head or heart. Jesus teaches that these are literal, real places. I find it revealing that sin is the one thing that has no place in heaven, but has a ready place in hell (Matt 5:28-29; Mark 9:43-45).

False prophets and false teachers (2 Pet 2:1) deliberately disregard heaven and hell, so they can the more easily redefine sin. Rarely if ever, will you hear modern day prophets and false teachers preach against sin (Rom 6:1-4). Listen carefully to what they teach at different times and you will track that they suggest that believers can be slaves to sin, and slaves to Christ at the same time. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face.

In a world that rejects the word of God as the final authority. In a world that has changed the definitions of marriage, sin, heaven and hell. Church Leader Pearls call on all who love the Lord and live by His commands, to counter the work of evil messengers or false teachings, where we find it, and spread the Good News as faithful messengers, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Blessings to you. May the work of the Kingdom prosper through your ministry.

 

Mike Abel

for Church Leader Pearls

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