Great Apostasy

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Great Apostasy
We are living in a day of great apostasy. Do not be led astray!

Great Apostasy

Dear Beloved,

I attended a church service on that fateful day, in which a woman spoke under the direction of the lead pastor, who promoted her to the pulpit as the main speaker on that Sunday morning, and what she promoted was a Roman Catholic organization that indoctrinates their followers solidly into the Roman Catholic faith, which teaches doctrines that put to shame our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. How so? Because the organization which she promotes, teaches the doctrine of purgatory for one. This doctrine overtly states that Jesus “imperfectly” paid for our sins on the cross.

What is it, however, that makes a person a Christian? Is it not faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who entirely, and not imperfectly, paid for our sins on the cross? Is this not the very definition of what makes a person a Christian? So then, any Jesus that did not pay for our sins on the cross perfectly, and entirely, is not the Jesus of the Bible.

Paul states in 2 Corinthians 11:4,

“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if you receive a different spirit, which you did not receive, or a different “good news”, which you did not accept, you put up with that well enough.”

What is Paul saying here? Do I even need to explain it? Not everyone who preaches the name of Jesus preaches the same Jesus.

Would you, for example, accept the Jesus of the Mormons? For they believe that Jesus is the half-brother of Satan. They also believe that Jesus was not always God, but rather “became” a God. And there are many “gods” in Mormonism. If you then refuse to accept the Jesus of Mormonism, how is it that you will gladly accept the Jesus of Roman Catholicism, that did not perfectly pay for our sins on the cross? Is this then the same Jesus as the Bible? It is not. It is a different Jesus.

This Roman Catholic Jesus:

- did not pay for sins entirely (contrary to John 1:29 and Hebrews 1:3).

- created a place called purgatory in which you will suffer in order to pay for your own sins (the part that Jesus did not pay)

- offers salvation by grace plus works (your suffering in purgatory being just one of those works); your salvation is not “by grace through faith and not of works”, as Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches.

- did not pay for your sins “once for all” as the Bible states (John 19:30, Romans 6:10, Jude 1:3)

- permits his eternal word which he said “will never pass away” (in Matthew 24:35) to be desecrated by words of tradition spoken by men claiming to have a better and more effective word.

And thus, you see, you cannot possibly equate the Roman Catholic Jesus with the Jesus of the Bible. They are not the same Jesus.

This is serious because it is not simply a small issue that we are dealing with. We are dealing with the very atonement the sacrifice for sins which Jesus paid for.

A different Jesus will not save you. But the Jesus of the Bible will. So then, those who put their faith in a different Jesus are not saved. It must be the Jesus of the Bible. Otherwise, they are not saved.

What is it that saves? Merely reciting or saying the name of Jesus or saying, “I believe in Jesus”? This could never be the case. For we read,

“You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder.” (James 2:19)

It is in the name of Jesus that we are saved. But it is not the name itself apart from his perfect sacrifice on the cross, otherwise, the Bible would not say, “having made peace through the blood of his cross” (see Colossians 1:20). It does not say, “having made partial peace through the blood of his cross.” We must believe in his perfect sacrifice on the cross, and receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. Who he actually is actually makes a difference.

Thus, if your Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible, that Jesus cannot save you. You are fooling yourself. That is why the New Age Jesus cannot save, either. For he is not the Jesus of the Bible, even though he bears the name “Jesus”. The New Age Jesus is one of many gods. Thus, he cannot save. Whereas the real God says,

“I am Yahweh. That is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to engraved images.” (Isaiah 42:8)

Thus, it is not simply reciting or saying the name of “Jesus” that saves, but faith in the biblical, historically accurate Jesus of the Bible. This is an important point.

That is why Paul writes to Timothy to:

“Pay attention to yourself and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

Why then is teaching doctrine so important? Because it differentiates what you believe in. And what you believe in matters. It is the difference between heaven and hell.

No Lucky Charms

Furthermore, there are no “lucky charms” or “mystical incantations” in Christianity, as though merely saying or “invoking” the name of Jesus would bring you approval. You cannot simply wear the name of Jesus around your neck, or declare the name of Jesus that you do not even understand, and expect it to bring you salvation. That is not how it works. It is by faith in the historically accurate Jesus that we are saved.

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26)

When it says, “faith”, in the above passage, it is talking about faith in the historically accurate Jesus, and not just any “Jesus.”

For there is a difference between “Jesus saves” and “Jesus saves partially.” There is a difference between “Jesus paid for our sins entirely on the cross,” and “Jesus paid for our sins imperfectly on the cross.” Those are two different Jesus’s. They are not the same Jesus. The Roman Catholic Jesus is the second Jesus, and not the Jesus of the Bible.

Good teaching is important. For without proper teaching, you cannot be saved. Your teaching determines the object of your faith. And so if I call any man “Jesus” and say, “Put your faith in this Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins,” you will not be trusting in the Jesus of the Bible. Similarly, I can “paint” a picture of Jesus that is not in fact biblically accurate. I can even say the words, “This is the Jesus of the Bible,” but if it is not in fact the Jesus of the Bible, even though I say it is, it is a different Jesus. Is the Jesus of Roman Catholicism the Jesus of the Bible? Not it is not. The Jesus of Roman Catholicism did not perfectly pay for your sins on the cross. So it is not the same Jesus.

The Great Falling Away

We read about a great falling away happening during the end times. Are we in that period of time described by the Bible? For we read:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

How would one know if we were in the end times? Here are some end time videos that you may want to watch1. In just one of these2, we see that the Euphrates River is drying up. And the Bible says that during the last days, before Jesus returns, the Euphrates river will dry up, in order “that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared” (see Revelation 16:12). This refers to a great war that will be fought, in which armies will converge upon Israel to fight at the battle of Armageddon. To get there, they will march over the dry river bed. Well, it looks like that river has almost dried up completely. So is that war coming soon?

But should you even wait at all before choosing to submit your life to Christ? You should not wait, but believe today. For,

“now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (see 2 Corinthians 6:2).

So then, one of the deceptions that will occur in the last days will be a one-world religion, or a unity of religions that fails to distinguish between the true and the counterfeit. It is one that cares not very much for doctrine, because “doctrine divides”. Yet what does Paul write to the Romans?

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

In this passage, we are actually told to avoid those people who bring with them contrary doctrines. Never does the Bible teach us to avoid doctrines for the sake of unity. Instead, we are to teach correct doctrine and avoid those people who bring with them incorrect doctrine. Clearly, we may have differences of opinion on matters of less importance, but when it comes to major doctrines such as the atonement and what actually makes for forgiveness of sins, this is not a minor doctrine by any means. These are doctrines that will affect where you will spend eternity.

And yet many people are ignoring correct teaching saying that we should promote unity at all costs, even at the cost of truth. Yet what did Jesus say?

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)

Thus, in the Bible, we see that a time will come when there will be a great falling away from the faith. People will depart from correct doctrine that is able to save them. And we are seeing this happen in our day and age. We are seeing this happen with those who embrace non-Christian teachings, saying it is genuine Christianity when it is not. In another case, Dallas Jenkins, creator of The Chosen, says that Mormons and Christians worship the same Jesus.3 This could not be further from the truth. Dallas Jenkins needs to repent. Dear ones, do not be deceived. Jesus warned us that in the last days, perilous times would come (Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 24, 2 Timothy 3:1).

Hence, we are commanded to,

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

We are to study the Bible to show ourselves approved, otherwise, God will not approve us. Is this not plain to see? How can it be then, that someone could come in, teach a different doctrine, and you simply accept it, without questioning it? This is not approved by God. God commends those who will study to show themselves approved. God commends those who, like the Bereans, examine the Scripture daily in response to what is being preached, and are not taken easily aback by simply anyone saying anything at any given point in time.

“Now these (Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word (being preached by Paul) with all readiness of mind, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things (being preached by Paul) were so.” (Acts 17:11)

There is nothing better than to hear God say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master.” We will enter in, if we have done those things that are approved in his sight. But if we preach a different Jesus, this is not approved in his sight. It is condemned. How then shall we enter in?

In fact, poor doctrine, or heresies, are to be strongly condemned, for the Bible says,

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9)

Is the Roman Catholic Jesus then another gospel? It certainly is, because it paints for us another way to be saved. It is not the way of Ephesians 2:8-9, which states,

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

No, the Roman Catholic Jesus is not like that. For the Jesus of Roman Catholicism demands that you pay for part of your sins in purgatory, because he did not pay for them entirely on the cross. For we read the official teaching on this matter, which states: “The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified”.”4

This is heresy. The definition of a heresy is a false doctrine that leads people astray from the way of salvation.

Heresy in the Church

Paul writes,

“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.” (1 Corinthians 11:19)

Thus, heresies differentiate those who are approved with those who are not approved by God. And if you simply embrace the heresy, you are not approved. This means that anyone who understands what happened that day, and remains silent, and is saying nothing, is not approved.

Heresies are mentioned in the same passage as witchcraft, as a deed of the flesh, for the Bible says:

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21).

So then, those who practice heresies will not inherit the kingdom of God. And that is why I am so strong and unbending on this issue. Because God himself is unbending. Do you want approval with God, then? You must resist all heresies. You must speak up when you encounter them. You must not be silent. Your approval in God’s sight will depend upon it.

Heresies are damnable, and bring destruction.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1)

So then, if you say nothing, you are one who is a partaker in what brings destruction. Do not think that God does not notice. For he notices everyone who will speak up, and those who remain silent.

It should be no surprise then, that as a preacher of the gospel, I would not approve of what happened on that day. And no righteous person can approve of what happened that day. And so may God judge between all those who have spoken in opposition to what happened that day, and those who are not willing to speak up, to let their voices be heard. May God divide between the righteous and the wicked.

Shew My People Their Transgression

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Isaiah 58:1)

But will people really perish if they do not believe in the historically accurate Jesus? The answer is yes, because Jesus said,

“unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins” (see John 8:24).

When he says this, he is not simply referring to anyone named “Jesus” but the historically accurate picture of the Messiah as depicted in the Old Testament. For at the time that he spoke, there was no New Testament written yet. There was only the Old Testament. Thus, when he said, “unless you believe that I am he”, he was referring to the accurate picture of Messiah as depicted in the Old Testament. Let us then examine who this is, for he is revealed for us in many passages in the Old Testament, including Isaiah 53, in which we read:

“But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)

By this passage, we see that the Messiah (which means “Christ” in Hebrew) was one on whom “The punishment that brought our peace was on him” and one on whom “Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all”.

Please examine those Scriptures carefully and you will see who this Jesus really is.

1. “The punishment that brought our peace was on him” (see Isaiah 53:5)

This means that Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins. This “punishment” refers to the sacrifice on the cross. We see this in Psalm 22 and Zechariah 12, also in the Old Testament. “They pierced my hands and my feet” (See Psalm 22:16). “They shall look upon me whom they have pierced” (See Zechariah 12:10).

2. “Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (see Isaiah 53:6).

This does not say, “Yahweh has imperfectly laid on him the iniquity of us all”. But simply, “Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all”. It is a done deal. He did it. Jesus paid it all.

This is the picture of Jesus that we must believe in, in order to be saved. So when Jesus said, “unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins” (see John 8:24), it means unless you believe that Jesus fulfills all these things that are taught about him in the Old Testament, you cannot be saved and will perish in hell for all eternity. For that is what it means to “die in your sins” it means to die in an unforgiven, unredeemed, state, in which there is now no possibility to ever be forgiven, for “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (see Hebrews 9:27).

Do not reduce Jesus to another picture that is not represented by Scripture. That is idolatry. That is to create an image of God in your own heart and mind. This idolatrous picture of Jesus cannot and will not save you. This is not the Jesus of the Bible. God will not share his glory with another (see Isaiah 42:8), and he will not share his glory with your idolatrous picture of him!

How is it then that this woman could simply come into the church in the name of her church, the Roman Catholic church, and be promoted by the lead pastor of our church? Is this holy? Would Jesus sanction it? There is no way that Jesus could or would sanction it. God’s word also says that women should not be preachers (see 1 Corinthians 14:34-38).

So then, what happened is unequivocally wrong and must be repented of in a way so as to ensure that it will never happen again. This must not be taken lightly. It is a serious offense. It is an offense against the body and the blood of Christ.

If I was made aware that this church had repented of it’s actions in promoting Roman Catholicism which is against the Scriptures, I would be there. I am not there for this reason. For it is an offense to the Lord, and the Lord commands us to differentiate between what is holy and what is profane. Not to is a serious offense before God.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:8-10)

In this, the wrong will be made right, and church can continue as normal. I cannot and will not put my stamp of approval on a church that embraces these things. Neither will Jesus.






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