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Spirit of God or AntiChrist?

Posted by israeliteindeed on August 10, 2014

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (I Jn. 4:1-6)

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. (I Jn. 2:22)

Today there are many things attributed to the Spirit of God which are actually from the antichrist. This is not new, as the apostle John warned in his day that believers will need to test the spirits. Imagine, if you will, believing with all your heart that you are following Jesus, only to find out in the end that you followed His greatest enemy. This is not slight, inconsequential error. It is not being a few degrees “off.” It is like being 180 degrees off. It is being in league with the devil!

John wrote that those who are “of God” first and foremost confess that Jesus came in the flesh. This is the same as confessing that God’s Messiah has come, and that Messiah is Jesus. John said those who deny this are antichrist. They do not have God the Son. And they do not have God the Father. John did not mince words, did he? He spoke very plainly.

Now I must ask you if the people of modern Israel are confessing that the Messiah Jesus has come in the flesh? Are they confessing that He is the King? Are they obeying His teachings? By and large, the answer is no. As with all nations, there is only a small remnant of people in that country who love and serve Jesus. We can determine from this simple test that the nation as a whole is antichrist. What fellowship, then, can a Christian have with them? “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.

When they speak their war rhetoric, their “rights,” etc., they speak as all the world speaks. The world hears them. The world recognizes no power greater than brute force. As men of the world grow in their power to destroy human life in their lust for more, they also grow in their power to deceive themselves and pretend that what they are doing is moral. This is universal, and all the carnal armies on earth are invoking God’s blessing and claiming His favor.

But–We are of God, says John. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Those who are of God hear and receive the Truth. Jesus is that Truth personified. The Scriptures are that Truth written on paper. Yet today we have people claiming that those who deny Jesus and the Scriptures are “of God.”

Go to Israel and preach the person of Jesus and the New Testament Scriptures that reveal Him in His kingly majesty, and see how far you get. Little has changed in this place that God calls spiritually “Sodom and Egypt” (Rev. 11:8). But the warmongering, carnally minded church insists that to receive God’s blessing, we must “bless” and fellowship with those whom Jesus said are not Abraham’s true children (Jn. 8:37-47). Something is terribly wrong!

When you test the spirits and agree with God, refusing to join with the apostate church in her fellowship with darkness, you will no doubt be disparaged and rejected. You will be called a “liberal,” a “Muslim sympathizer,” a “traitor,” an “anti-Semite,” and more. This is nothing other than the response of a carnal mind which has not received the things of God concerning the people of God.

Remember that Jesus was called a friend of tax-collectors and sinners because He did what He could to reach such people, without regard for His reputation in a nation that was holding to a false sense of “righteousness.”

Remember how He spoke of His kingdom, how He interpreted the Old Testament prophets, and how He “spiritualized” in many of His teachings.

Remember the reason He taught in parables, and remember the political, nationalistic climate He lived in (but did not participate in).

Remember the Romans were idolaters, violent, and sexually sinful–yet He never mentioned throwing off the occupation and restoring physical land to His countrymen.

Remember that He did mention one way to inherit land when He said, “The meek shall inherit the earth.”

Remember why His servants do not fight (Jn. 18:36).

Remember the prophecies He made to His unbelieving countrymen–“Your house is left to you desolate” and “The kingdom will be taken from you and given to another nation.” (Lk. 13:35; Matt. 21:43)

Remember He redefined family when He said that those who do God’s will are His family (Matt. 12:49-50).

Remember He redefined the “children of Abraham” when He said that only those who do Abraham’s works are his children (Jn. 8:37-47).

Remember! And do not let the words of men cause you to forget.

Do not be ashamed of His words. Treasure them, believe them, and preach them. Regardless of the level of deception we are seeing around us, we can confidently trust that all things now hidden will be revealed. If the world hates us, we know that it hated Him first, and that this Chosen Prophet was without honor even in His own country.

If you have believing friends caught in this militant, pro-Israel-after-the-flesh web of lies (or pro-America or some other nation), who seem to be producing righteous fruits otherwise, pray hard that their eyes be opened! They are in spiritual peril so long as they support the works of antichrist. There comes a time when we must choose Christ even if our friends leave us. He alone has the words of life. They–and we all–must enter the kingdom of God through much tribulation. We dare not choose the fellowship of friends over Him. But also–we must continue to love fervently, not allowing our own hearts to be hardened. There are many traps laid for the saints, and we must be careful when we think we stand, lest we fall.

If you see the Truth, you cannot silence it within your heart so as to save your reputation. There is too much at stake. The Truth of the gospel is at stake. The character of God, as understood in the minds of the heathen, is at stake. Human lives are at stake. Time is running out for individuals within the rebellious, worldly church to repent and flee from false religion (remember that the harlot church is drunk with blood–Rev. 17:6). Your very own soul is at stake.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mk. 8:36-38)

May you consider these things with all sobriety. God bless you.

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Refuting Calvinism

Posted by israeliteindeed on July 5, 2011

This is a very well-written article by Doctor Patrick Johnston, demonstrating how Calvinism is contrary to Biblical reason and sound doctrine.  God bless you!

Refuting What Calvinists Believe with What Calvinists Know

Muting the Objection of Conscience and Creation

There are many Calvinists both dead and living who have earned my admiration over the years. That I believe that they are in doctrinal error does not mitigate my respect and admiration for them as mighty men of God. Some of the greatest open air preachers and evangelists during the first and second Great Awakenings were Calvinists. Calvinists are leading Christendom in the restoration of biblical order for the home, in pioneering Christian home education, and are at the forefront of the attempts to apply the truths of God’s Word to issues generally thought of as secular: public education, welfare, economics, criminal justice, and the lordship of Christ over all matters of life. For that, they have my deep respect.

A Calvinist I deeply admire is Greg Bahnsen, one of my favorite Christian apologists who taught me, through his writings, books, and sermons, the presuppositional approach to evangelism and strengthened my belief in theonomy – the belief that governments and nations should obey God’s Word in all matters. When I prepared to listen to a CD that he preached on the subject of Calvinism, I grew concerned that my worldview was going to come crashing down. I have never heard Bahnsen say anything where he wasn’t overwhelmingly persuasive. I felt for certain he was going to bring a probing application of presuppositional apologetics to prove that Calvinism was true, necessitating a sea change in my theological beliefs.

What I heard from him, however, was the opposite: rather than a vigorous appeal to conscience and creation to prove the veracity of the Calvinist system, he advocated rather a suspension of our rational faculties and the muting of the predictable objection of human conscience. He did so based upon a passage from Isaiah, which is often misinterpreted. I’m sure you’ve heard a preacher say it: “God’s ways our not our ways, and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.” They often take that passage to mean that we just cannot understand God, and therefore shouldn’t try; just accept the truth of His Word by faith. However, a cursory perusal of the passage reveals the gross error in this thinking.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so our my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your  thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-9

If your ways aren’t God’s ways, you shouldn’t just accept the conflict as unavoidable – you should repent. If your thoughts aren’t God’s thoughts, you shouldn’t give up trying to think God’s thoughts – you should repent. That’s what this passage plainly means. To interpret this passage to mean that sincere Christians cannot understand God or His thoughts or ways is absurd.

Before one fully embraces the Calvinist system, they must first fall prey to the unstated presupposition that we must suspend our rational faculties and mute the objection of our consciences to simply accept by faith whatever God’s Word says about how He governs. First of all, this is an impractical mission. Without our rational faculties we could not even understand Scripture, much less build a cohesive theological system.  In order for Calvinists to suspend their rational faculties and mute the objection of conscience, they first must engage their rational faculties to come to that conclusion, and enlist the mandate of conscience to submit to the Word of God. Thus, the unstated presupposition of Calvinism is false based upon what Calvinists in fact do. Calvinism’s conclusions so plainly contradict the testimony of nature and conscience that we must constantly be reminded by Calvinists like Bahnsen at the onset of their teaching on Calvinism that “God’s ways aren’t our ways” and we just need to accept Calvinist doctrine in spite of its apparent contradiction to self-evident truths.

Is it not a sin to reason. “Come let us reason together, saith the Lord.” It’s as if Calvinists think that God made our bodies and the devil created our intellect and reason. No, we are to “love the Lord thy God with all thy mind.” (Read More)

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An Expose on John Calvin

Posted by israeliteindeed on December 1, 2009

Rachel, from Smilesback’s Blog, has written a good article exposing John Calvin entitled, “The Evil Theologian, John Calvin.” Please have a look. The first paragraph is posted here:

“Once upon a time there was this certain boy…  He grew up.  He studied law.  Got his doctorate in law and became an attorney.  After reading philosophies of “admirable” religious philosophers, he had a “conversion experience” and started reading his Bible.  He then proceeded to write things about the Bible himself, but alas, since his opinions were quite “unorthodox” for the era, he was banished from his town.  No matter.  He took solace with a friend and writing more and more, became a self-proclaimed theologian and “authoritative” writer…” READ MORE

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