“Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
This famous phrase has been attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order. Whether he actually made this statement is mostly irrelevant for the purposes today’s post because regardless of the human source the true spiritual source of such blatant nonsense is Satan himself.
Ask yourself, who benefits more when men disobey Christ’s command to verbally proclaim the Gospel in its simplicity, God or the enemy? Which can expect more souls as the result of Christians failing to preach the good news to a lost and perverse generation, heaven or hell?
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)
Yet this sort of spiritual sounding drivel is very attractive to the self-righteous, man-centered sin nature which resides within each of us. We feel so holy, so spiritual, so enlightened when we speak of men “seeing Christ within us” as we go about doing our “good works”; living holy lives, abstaining from the appearance of evil, and being generally swell Christian folks. But wherein lies that righteousness? Is it not self-righteousness?
The primary problem with a self-righteous line of thinking is the little fact that Christ came to save sinners – God alone justifies the ungodly. In fact He took that title upon Himself in His Word:
To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness (Romans 4:5)
Does this surprise or offend you? Do you qualify for this justification? Have you secretly thought that salvation was for the good, the pure, or the holy who are prepared to receive it? Have you entertained the thought that if you were good enough God would reward you? Certainly Christ came to bestow justification upon men who are undeserving, wicked, and impure in order to make them just, not because they are just. Men aren’t just, God is just. Man’s self-righteousness is a delusion and a mockery of God.
During His earthly ministry Christ specifically articulated that He was not sent to those who needed no physician; that He was not sent unto the righteous. Being omniscient Christ was fully aware that those who were steeped in their own self-righteousness would refuse Him, and God doesn’t waste time so He simply told them so at the outset. The Lord had no interest in the self-righteous and had nothing to say to them but to command them to repent of their wickedness. This is because He was sent to seek after the lost sheep. Only an insane shepherd would seek after sheep that weren’t lost, and Christ was no madman.
Yet we also know from God’s Word that “none are righteous, no not one”. So what does this reveal to us? It reveals that those who are righteous in their own eyes are either deceived or are deceivers. They are without God and without hope and are in desperate need of repentance, even though they will steadfastly deny and rebuke any such thought. These are those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness and believe the lie that they are “good enough” to attain eternal life by their own merits. Every world religion apart from Biblical Christianity is based upon the foundational error of this false teaching in one manner or another. Let it be known that this is a demonic deception from the pit of hell.
Sinful men cannot attain eternal life by their own merits.
Sinful men cannot please God by their works.
Sinful men cannot even seek after the One True Living God apart from the regeneration and enlightenment of His Holy Spirit.
Yet there is an ever growing apostasy within the professing Christian church that teaches otherwise. You can see glimmerings of this false teaching within Robert Schuller’s Re-Think conferences. You can see bits of the same demonic doctrine within Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven madness and his P.E.A.C.E. plan. You can also detect its unmistakable influence within the emergent deception with its social gospel which teaches the church’s grand purpose is to usher in God’s kingdom on earth. This demonic doctrine can also be found within the word faith movement’s practice of positive confession. It’s presence can also be found within the Charismatic movement’s fixation on “spiritual giftings”, “prophetic utterances”, and “new light” from God.
This deceptive movement represents a man-centered ecumenical madness that is leading the lukewarm Laodician false professing church into the dark spiritual night of rank apostasy. It is a “Non-gospel of Nothingness“. It is a wholesale departure from and corruption of the faith that was once and for all delivered unto the saints as revealed in the Holy Bible.
This wildly successful, false, and destructive heresy is variously known as Kingdom Now, Dominion Theology, Reconstructionism, and the Restoration Movement. It’s also known as “liberation theology”. In essence it teaches that the earth is under the curse of sin and it is the church’s responsibility to liberate the earth by ushering in God’s kingdom in order to “restore” things to the way they used to be in the Garden of Eden prior to the fall of man. And not unlike a choking weed which blocks out the light of the sun and kills everything beneath its twisted canopy this spiritually deadly vine is proliferating within the spiritual hothouse of the lukewarm Laodician false professing church.
From Lighthouse Trails Research:
[Liberation theology] is an effort to use the church to make the world perfect for our Lord’s return. It is embraced and taught in part or whole by the National and World Council of Churches, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Earl Paulk, Bob Weiner, John Wimber, and James Robison (who is called “the President’s pastor”).
There are many other names that are focusing on the Leftist social gospel in hopes that this will clean up the world and make it perfect for Christ’s return. No more disease, war, poverty, AIDS, global warming, etc. Jesus will return when the church is unified, vibrant, forceful, spotless, and wrinkle-free. This is delusional and keeping people out of Heaven.
There is no Biblical support for this belief, for the Bible teaches just the opposite. In the end of days, bad things will wax worse and worse until the world calls out for a savior. They first pick the wrong one. And are the likely billions of saints in Heaven now there because they attained perfection or were a part of a movement to make the world perfect? The Bible says our works qualify us for rewards but not for Heaven itself. There is nothing we can do to hasten Heaven except preach the gospel and save the lost spiritually speaking.
This theology is borne out of the Manifest Sons of God movement and Latter Rain movement in about 1948. It also has ties to the positive confession movement. Major points of the theologies teach:
* Prophetic scriptures are denied or fulfilled in 70AD (as is also the belief of Preterism).
* The church is the new Israel.
* Armageddon is the ongoing battle between the forces of light and darkness.
* The Antichrist is a spirit, not a person.
* We are already in the Tribulation, but at the same time, we are in the Millennium. It doesn’t get any stranger! It’s one or the other.
* Rather than following traditional Bible prophecy, they follow “new revelations.”
* Modern-day prophets must be obeyed and n
ot judged for their inaccuracy.
* They want to restore the Edenic nature even though Eden is where sin began.
To add to the tragedy of this false doctrine is the fact that many churches who had this accurate are now switching to these false teachings.
This is not unique to just the Protestant world. Mother Teresa, who selflessly took care of 40,000 derelicts in Calcutta, basically stopped her ministry to them by providing them a clean bed and comfort. She did not share the gospel. She believed many faiths would get to Heaven so she only saw to the physical needs of the body–admittedly, no small task in India. The Buddhist Dali Lama believes the same. In other words, feed the body but not the soul just as today’s social gospel “save the world” leaders are doing.
And unfortunately, those who hold to correct theology in this realm are deemed to be “fundamentalist-millennial-apocalyptic-crackpots.”
The church is not in the business of taking anything away from Satan but the souls of men. The world is a sinking Titanic ripe for judgment, not Garden of Eden perfection. Jesus will take dominion of the cleansed earth. For men to speak of doing that before the judgment of this earth is spiritually arrogant. I encourage you to flee such false teachers.
God says in Isaiah 66:3-5, “I will choose their delusions.” I believe that is the reason for so much confusion, false theology, and apostasy today. For some reason, likely with an end-time purpose, God is sending delusion. There is no other way to interpret those verses
LTRP Note: For an important and compelling biography of a man who was heavily involved with a Latter Rain/Kingdom Now group for many years, read The Other Side of the River by Kevin Reeves.