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Verses Warning Us To Beware Of Doctrines Of Devils, Wolves In Sheep's Clothing, False Brethren, Heretics And Antichrists, ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, David Koresh And Branch Davidians, The Jehovah's Witnesses, Children of God: Family of Love: The Family, Jesus Seminar, Roman Catholic Church, Unification Church: The Moonies, The Urantia Book And The Urantians, Closing Remarks, Reading List
In the Bible, and particularly in the New Testament, we are constantly warned, over and over again, to beware of false brethren, wolves in sheep's clothing, and outside children of the world who rely upon their cunning craftiness in order to try to sow division amongst the Christian brethren, and pervert the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, with their strange doctrines, and their twisted, ungodly interpretations of the Scriptures, or by their total denial of the same.
Surely, we have seen these things come to pass in this, our current day, as these antichrists go about preaching their doctrines of devils. Our Christian faith is without a doubt under attack from these grievous wolves who lie in wait to deceive, and who preach another Jesus, and another Gospel. They are heretics of the first order who have itching ears, and who just love to listen to seducing spirits. Therefore, we must avoid them, and not even bid them God speed. While that may seem harsh, even the Apostle Paul says "let him be accursed". That is how seriously the First Century Apostles took false doctrine in the Church.
Please consider the following Scriptural warnings regarding these deceptive antichrists and wolves, that are found in both the Old and the New Testaments, and take heed to them:
"Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
Matthew 16:12, KJV
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"
Ephesians 4:14-15, KJV
"Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein."
Hebrews 13:9, KJV
"As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do."
1 Timothy 1:3-4, KJV
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"
1 Timothy 4:1, KJV
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"
2 Timothy 4:3, KJV
"These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."
Proverbs 6:16-19, KJV
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way."
Matthew 13:24-25, KJV
"Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves."
Luke 10:3, KJV
"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."
Acts 20:29, KJV
"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, KJV
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him...For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15, KJV
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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 1:6-9, KJV
"And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:"
Galatians 2:4, KJV
"If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself."
1 Timothy 6:3-5, KJV
"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself."
Titus 3:9-11, KJV
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
2 John 1:9-11, KJV
As you can see by the previous verses, Jesus and the First Century Apostles had some very strong things to say regarding the wolves in sheep's clothing who would try to pervert the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, with their doctrines of devils. Consider a few of the key words and phrases that are found in the previous verses:
any other gospel
depart from the faith
discord among brethren
doctrines of devils
every wind of doctrine
let him be accursed
lie in wait to deceive
neither bid him God speed
receive him not into your house
wolves in sheep's clothing
So exactly who are some of these false brethren, heretics, antichrists and wolves who are trying to sow division in our midst, in the hope of destroying our Christian faith from within, as well as from without, through their vicious, evil attacks, their strange ideas and their doctrines of devils? While we cannot possibly keep tabs on all of the snakes in the grass who preach another Jesus, and another gospel which is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, below you will find a partial list of these wolves in sheep's clothing, to which we will be adding new members as our time permits.
If you are aware of anyone -- be they an individual, group, or church -- who you personally feel should be included on the watch list below, please feel free to contact us about your concerns. In your message to us, we request that you please explain in sufficient detail, why it is that you feel that they should be added to this list. Please understand that, in the case where you are bringing to our attention a person, group, or church which claims to be Christian, we require that you present us with a convincing Bible-based argument, before we will seriously consider your request to add them to this list. Thank-you for your help. We are most appreciative.
1. ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is in favor of such things as abortion and the gay and lesbian lifestyle, while at the same time they oppose school prayer, and seem to take a strong strand against our faith when it comes to issues dealing with the separation of church and state.
2. ADL - Anti-Defamation League
Similar to the ACLU, the ADL is likewise in favor of such ungodly things as abortion and the gay and lesbian agenda, while at the same time they oppose school prayer.
3. Branch Davidians
While I am not thoroughly versed on all of the doctrines of the Branch Davidians and their former leader, David Koresh, I was greatly disturbed by the fact that the sale and trade of firearms was a regular part of their operations. The fact that they eventually fired weapons when their compound was under siege by the BATF was even more alarming, as this kind of action totally contradicts the teachings of Jesus Christ, who said:
". . . My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."
John 18:36, KJV
For more of my views concerning the Branch Davidians, please consider reading the article entitled "Heaven's Gate, Suicide and Other Death Cults".
4. Children of God / Family of Love / The Family
Since their founding in 1968 by David Brandt Berg -- a.k.a. Moses David and Father David -- during the course of their maturation as a movement, this cult has embraced, practiced and encouraged different forms of sexual perversion. This sexual perversion has taken the form of both homosexuality and lesbianism, prostitution and pedophilia. One of their more recent sexual doctrines was referred to as the "Loving Jesus Revolution". According to this teaching, members were encouraged to make love to Jesus, and to use the "F" word with Him. To help you to understand exactly how perverse the group became in their beliefs, consider that the male members of the organization were encouraged to imagine that they had vaginas. You may wish to consider reading such articles as "Women Shepherds: The Family Sex Cult Exposed Again!", and "Elijah: Where Are the True Prophets of God?".
5. Jehovah's Witnesses
A number of years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time studying the doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses. I arrived at the conclusion that they teach a wide range of false and Scripturally unsound doctrines. One of such doctrines states that Jesus Christ and the Archangel Michael are one and the same person. The Jehovah's Witnesses also believe that no one is truly saved unless they are a member of their group. From questioning some of their members, I was given a clear understanding that they also believe that the sealed 144,000 individuals who are mentioned in the seventh chapter of the Book of Revelation, are comprised of only members of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
6. Jesus Seminar
The name of this group is very deceptive. Among other things, the Jesus Seminar does not believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the true Son of God. In fact, the members of this group are so lifted up in their own pride and vanity, that at another seminar, they were planning on putting God Himself on trial. I don't recall if this mock trial ever occurred or not.
7. Mormons / Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
While I'm not particularly familiar with all of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I do know from my studies with them many years ago, that the Mormons do not accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God; at least it wasn't the case at that time. They in fact embrace the belief that the writings of their false prophet -- Joseph Smith -- supersede the Bible and that the Bible is just a supplementary work to such Mormon holy books as the Book of Mormon. For the record, a number of years ago I took the time to read the Book of Mormon, and I can tell you plainly that it's in no way even remotely similar to the Holy Scriptures.
8. Roman Catholic Church
As I explain in a number of articles that are devoted to the Roman Catholic Church, the RCC embraces quite a few doctrines with which I disagree, and which cannot be substantiated from the Scriptures. Among these are the following: Devout Roman Catholics believe that the pope is the sole representative of Jesus Christ on Earth. He is the so-called "Vicar of Christ". Roman Catholics believe that the pope is infallible, and that what he says is the direct word of God. The Roman Catholic Church believes and teaches that it is the only vehicle that leads to Salvation, and that other Christian faiths, churches and denominations are "deficient" and are not really "proper churches". Roman Catholics believe that their faith is "the one true faith" which was founded by Christ and the Apostle Peter. They believe that Mary was born without sin, and that she ascended to Heaven without suffering bodily corruption. They also view Mary as "co-redemptrix" and "co-mediatrix" with Christ. Roman Catholics also believe that the eucharist and the wine are transformed into the actual flesh and blood of the Lord. They likewise believe that an individual must be baptized sometime during their life, or even after death, in order to truly be saved. For a more in-depth look at my views concerning the Roman Catholic Church, please consider reading such articles and series as "Cardinal Ratzinger's Rebellion", "Mary Worship, Christianity and Roman Catholicism", "Have You Read the New Scriptures Yet?", "Lies and Deceptions of the Roman Catholic Church", "Roman Catholicism, Water Baptism and the Trinity", and "Gargoyles: Satan Loves Church Buildings!".
9. Unification Church / The Moonies
The founder of the Unification Church, Sun Myung Moon, and his wife, refer to themselves as "True Parents". Similar to a number of different modern false prophets, Moon believes himself to be the current incarnation of Jesus Christ on Earth. This one belief alone is sufficient to include this wayward group on our list of wolves and deceivers of our current time.
10. Urantians / Urantia Book
While the followers of the Urantia Book have many false doctrines, their primary blasphemy, is that they do not believe that the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ is necessary for one's Salvation. In fact, they view it as a barbaric act, and insist that Salvation comes only through forgiveness of each other's sins. Similar to the Jehovah's Witnesses, they also believe that Michael is the "celestial name" of Jesus Christ. For more information concerning the Urantians, you may wish to read such articles as "Urantia Book: Attack on the Blood Atonement of Christ", as well as "Urantia Book: A Dangerous New Age Doctrine!".
Obviously, the previous list is by no means complete, and there are many other individuals, groups and denominations which embrace doctrines which are contrary to the sound words of the Christian Bible. As the Apostle Paul wrote to his beloved son in the faith, Timothy:
"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 1:13, KJV
I advise you to do likewise. Furthermore, as I point out in my 1998 article called "Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth", I advise you to follow the wise advice of the Apostle Paul when he wrote:
"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, KJV
With these verses, I will bring this short article to its conclusion. I trust that it has been informative, as well as a blessing in your life.
With these thoughts, I will bring this article to a close. It is my hope that you have found it informative and enlightening, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life as well. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which are related to this article, and which are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics web server.
Heaven's Gate, Suicide and Other Death Cults
Heaven's Gate: A Subliminal Message Concealed in Their Logo?
Women Shepherds: The Family Sex Cult Exposed Again!
Elijah: Where Are the True Prophets of God?
Cardinal Ratzinger's Rebellion
Mary Worship, Christianity and Roman Catholicism
Have You Read the New Scriptures Yet?
Lies and Deceptions of the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholicism, Water Baptism and the Trinity
Pontifex Maximus: Pagan High Priest to Roman Catholic Pope
Gargoyles: Satan Loves Church Buildings!
Urantia Book: Attack on the Blood Atonement of Christ
Urantia Book: A Dangerous New Age Doctrine!
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth