But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fi re and brimstone, which is the second death. Revelation 21:8 NASB
YING is a problem for all people (Psalm 116:11). We are all sinners (Romans 3:23).
Those of us who are Christians are sinners saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) indwelt by the Holy Spirit in our new self (Colossians 3:10). But we still live in our old self whom we must put off (Ephesians 4:20-25) by taking up our cross daily and following Christ (Luke 9:23).
The difference between unbelievers and those who are truly born again is that believers no longer practise sin (1 John 3:9). They have the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11) who convicts them when they lie (John 16:8). True believers then repent (1 John 1:9) and go on to practise righteousness (1 John 2:29) with the Lords help.
The unregenerate, the false brothers, or those who have fallen away (Galatians 5:4, Mark 4:17), practise lying. They practise a lifestyle of lying because their consciences are seared (1 Timothy 4:2) and the Holy Spirit, when convicting them, cannot break through the hardness of their unrepentant hearts (Ephesians 4:17-19, Hebrews 3:13).
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2 NIV).
Those we expose as false apostles, false teachers, false prophets and false Christs are hypocritical liars who practise lying as a lifestyle. They lie when they say the Lord told them something and it is proven not to be true. They lie when they claim to be able to transfer the Holy Spirit anointing. They lie when they claim to be healing people or raising the dead when they are not. They lie when they teach things that are against the core doctrines of the Bible and yet they claim to have some newer revelation.
They lie when they say they either cant remember teaching heresy when confronted with the facts, or that they never taught it. They lie about their associations with certain groups and individuals when they think they will get into trouble with biblical believers. They lie when they are put to the test and keep on lying without repentance. This is how you can know your true brothers in the Lord and those who claim to be brothers but are actually false brethren.
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practises righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practises sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practises sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practise righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother (1 John 3:7-10 NASB).
Those who practise lying as a lifestyle, according to John, are actually of the devil. They may claim to be followers of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21-23). They may speak high sounding words, have millions of followers and maybe even perform great signs and wonders (Matthew 24:24).
But if they are liars they show who their father is (John 8:43-45).
They will commit heinous sins and then, after they are caught, they confess. But when they confess, they only confess to what they were caught doing or think they might be prosecuted for, and then they continue to lie about the rest. Their confessions are only political in nature, done to please men, but are not true repentance.
Then in a few months they are back preaching the same lies and living to please their appetites because their mentors, counsellors and followers allow them to continue in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.
But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbour, for we are members of one another (Ephesians 4:20-25 NASB).
Those who are true believers will stay away from false brethren because they are wolves, which have entered the church in order to try to bring true believers into bondage again to sin.
But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage (Galatians 2:4 NASB).
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor fi gs from thistles, are they? (Matthew 7:15-16 NASB).
False brethren bring the Truth into disrepute. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought thembringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping (2 Peter 2:1-3 NIV).
What is their fruit? Not the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23),
but the fruit of unrighteousness. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fi ts of rage, selfi sh ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21 NIV)
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fi re. Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them (Matthew 7:18-20).
There is a lesson for all true believers in recent events1. Have nothing to do with deeds of darkness perpetrated by false brothers. Reject heresy. Mark and avoid false teachers.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them (Ephesians 5:11 NIV).
A man that is a heretic after the fi rst and second admonition reject (Titus 3:10 KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them, which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine, which you have learned; and avoid them (Romans 16:17KJV).
1 Editorial Comment: See End Note: Liars for a number of illustrations with supporting evidence and URL links.
Haggard lies to ACT (Apologetics Coordination Team http://op.50megs.com/act); NAE (National Association of Evangelicals http://www.nae.net); about his involvement in the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation)http://www.deceptioninthechurch. com/answertotedhaggard.html
Haggard admits he is a liar and deceiver about sexual immorality (but continues to lie about his involvement in the NAR, of which he is still a listed member)http:// www.moriel.org/articles/discernment/church_issues/ statement_regarding_ted_haggard.htm
C. Peter Wagner and Paul Cain lieshttp://www. deceptioninthechurch.com/addendmNAR.html Rick Warrens excuses about statements he made http://www.fromthelighthouse.com/blog/index. php?p=368&more=1&c=1
Rick Warren lies in his response to the Syria statements http://www.deceptioninthechurch.html
Brownsville lieshttp://www.deceptioninthechurch. com/lies.html
False prophecies of the NARhttp://www. deceptioninthechurch.com/narfalseprophecies.html
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