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Summary; How false teachers and false prophets are terrorists in the church
The Apostle Peter warns us to stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy that prowls as a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Who are the devil’s prime agents on church pulpits and platforms?
In the world, Al-Queda dedicates itself to subvert or destroy the central structures, values and beliefs of the west. In the church, the false prophets and false teachers are also terrorists in our midst.
With television, the internet and other popular media, false teachers and false prophets have focused their forces against Christianity. The prevailing climate of anti-biblical sentiment multiplies their force. Besides, these false teachers and false prophets know us well. They know how to attack. Ravenous wolves, looking like sheep. Nearly all grew up in church ranks.
Jesus unmasked false prophets and false teachers. The violence of false teachers and false prophets is not physical but psychological. These terrorists in the church are well prepared. Most speak with captivating oratory and publish often. They are popping up everywhere (Matt 24:11,24; 1 John 4:1)
They pose as harmless but they are aggressive, harmful, dangerous, and greedy wolves (Matt 7:15-20). Scoffing, ridicule, discrediting and attacking are tools of their vicious trade. At first, they are subtle, but become blatant and forceful.
True to the terrorist model, false teachers and false prophets aim to shift the balance of power and install their doctrines and practises. So they attack churches and church leaders that hold and contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3).
The psychological violence continues. The false teacher and the false prophet scoff and ridicule as out-of-date toddlers stuff, the biblical teachings of past years. The congregations then hear what the terrorist claims is superior revelation and interpretation, received straight from heaven.
This is where it becomes life threatening, spiritually. The wisdom and knowledge of God found in all scripture is the absolute authority that leads to life. Not teachings delivered by an angel or that claimed to be what God showed them (Deut 4:9-10; 14; 6:6-9; 2 Tim 2:14; 3:15-17; Isa 8:20). At first it looks harmless enough; look again - their teachings lead them and their followers to hell (Proverbs 14:12).
Throughout the non-stop attacks, the Christian victims are non-combatants and silent, but this meekness is trivial to the false prophets or false teachers. The main goal is to get rid of the truth of God’s word, and replace it with new revelations and another gospel (Gal 1:8). False teachers and false prophets build sand castles and parade them as temples that have reached heaven.
The motives of these false prophets and false teachers link them to other similar groups. Religious zealots who spread lies that the Holy Bible is not God’s word in everything it teaches. Remember that al-Queda raised its black flag on St George’s Church in the recent bloody Egyptian uprising.
The Holy Bible that these terrorist false teachers and false prophets manipulate, pronounces judgement on them. This same bible challenges true believers to rise and contend for the faith that Jesus entrusted once and all to the saints (Jude 3-10).