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Identifying False Teaching in Christian Bookstores

False Gospels



▶PAUL says, in Gal 1:6-9, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a DIFFERENT GOSPEL; which is really NOT ANOTHER; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to DISTORT the Gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel CONTRARY TO WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED TO YOU, he is to be ACCURSED! As we have said before, so I say AGAIN now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel CONTRARY to what you RECEIVED, he is to be ACCURSED!” (caps added)

SEE ALSO in the library:  The Berean Library page

A list of the PREDOMINANT false teachings, “DIFFERENT GOSPELS,” in Christian bookstores follows, but is not limited to:

The Emergent Church A.K.A. Post-Modern/Neo-Liberal/Progressive False Gospel Movement [Leading promoters: Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Tony JonesRob Bell, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Ann Voskamp, Phyllis Tickle, etc., etc.]

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) A.K.A. Dominion Theology (DT)/Kingdom Now/Latter Rain-Kansas City Prophets/Vineyard/International House of Prayer (IHOP)/The Third Wave/Toronto Blessing/Lausanne/New Wine Skins False Gospel Movement [Top leaders:  C. Peter Wagner, Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley, John Crowder, Cindy Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, Bill Johnson, Judah Smith, Randy Clark, Rodney Howard Brown, John Arnott, etc., etc.]

The Seeker-Sensitive/Church Growth A.K.A. Contemporary/Entertainment/“Purpose-Driven Life”/Highly Ecumenical False Gospel Movement [Rick Warren, Bill Hybles, Bob Buford, Joel Osteen, Max Lucado, Ed Young Jr., etc.]

The Word-Faith(W-F) A.K.A. Prosperity, Health & Wealth/Pentacostalism/“Your Best Life Now” False Gospel Movement [Popular proponents:  Paul and Jan Crouch-TBNBenny Hinn, Jesse Duplantis, Fred Price, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, John Hagee, Joseph Prince, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Paula White, Creflo Dollar, Brian Houston-Hillsong, Ed Young Jr., etc., etc.]

The New Age/Eastern Mysticism False Gospel Movement [Common thread in practically ALL the false gospels, which includes Contemplative or Centering Prayer/Transcendental Meditation, Prayer Candles, Mantras/Repeated Prayers, Prayer Labyrinths, Yoga, Visualization, Alternative-Holistic Medicine and Occultic Techniques.  The Emergent Church Movement (ECM) is no stranger to these false forms of worship along with the NAR, W-F, Seeker-Sensitive and New Calvinism False Gospel Movements]

The Easy-Believism/Mental Ascent/Repeat The Sinner’s Prayer/OMIT and/or DIMINISH The Doctrine of Repentance False Gospel Movement [Leading teachers:  Joel Osteen's Church Services/Telecasts; Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life; Nicky Gumbel's The Alpha Course; the AWANA gospel wheel, AWANA class teaching materials and the  AWANA Statement of Faith are deplete of the doctrine of repentance, while promoting ecumenism and easy-believism/mental ascent childhood conversions.]   Also a common thread in ALL false gospels.

The Social/Humanistic/”The Gospel of the Air”/God Calls Believers to Restore Humanity and the Universe/Heavy on Works-Righteous Salvation False Gospel Movement (Promoted by Timothy Keller in Generous Justice, Matt Chandler in The Explicit Gospel, Francis Chan in Crazy Love David Platt in Radical, etc., etc.)

The Liberal False Gospel Movement

The Ecumenical/Evangelicals + Catholics=The Body of Christ/”Come Back Home”/”Go Back to Rome”/ False Gospel Movement [Includes the Chrislam (Christianity + Islam) False Gospel Movement (main proponents are Chuck Colson, Eric Metaxas, Max Lucado, Nicky Gumbel, Ann Voskamp, Rick Warren with his P.E.A.C.E. plan; using the Gospel to unite faiths for the purpose of religious and world peace as seen in the "A Christian Response to A Word Between Us and You," which Warren signed.]

The Modalism False Gospel Movement (For example:  T.D. Jakes; teaches against the orthodox position that God is Trinitarian, Three Persons in One immutable Godhead, co-equal, co-eternal and co-existent.  Rather, that God has to change as three separate modes in order to be Father, Son and Holy Spirit)

The Theistic Evolution/Millions of Years-Old Earth False Gospel Movement

The Deny Bible-People-Ever-Existed/Reject Essential Doctrines Thereof/Reject The Inerrancy of Scripture False Gospel Movement [2011 false doctrine promoted by Dr. Enns of Biologos that Adam was not a real man with pelagianism (denies original sin)]

The New Calvinism False Gospel Movement [Currently being formed, with Timothy Keller at the helm, in Generous Justice; contains Liberalism, the Social Gospel, Theistic Evolution, Mysticism, Ecumenism and Seeker-Sensitive Urban Church Growth.  Also included in this reformed-but-with-dangerous-additives movement are the sexually-baited teachings of Mark Driscoll.]

The Signs, Miracles, Wonders, Modern Prophecy/New Revelation False Gospel Movement (elements common in the NAR and W-F False Gospels listed above) A.K.A. Gnostic/Neo-Gnostic-Mystic/Audibly Hearing from God /Visits to Heaven and Hell False Gospel Movement (Beth MoorePriscilla Shirer, Ann VoskampTodd BurpoJesse DuplantisMary K. Baxter, Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, etc., etc., etc.)

The Self-Help & Self-Improvement-Achievement/Motivational/Self-Esteem/Positive Thinking/New Thought/Unity False Gospel Movement (N0rman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, etc.)

The Universalism/Inclusivism False Gospel Movement A.K.A. The Wider Mercy Salvation/Pluralism/Syncretism False Gospel Movement (Teaches everyone will be saved)

Dual Covenant Theology (Promoted by John Hagee in, In Defense of Israel; teaches Israel is saved already and that the gospel is only for everyone else)

Replacement Theology (Teaches the church of Christ has replaced Israel)

The Pro-Homosexual False Gospel Movement

The Spiritual Warfare False Gospel Movement (Different from the one mentioned above as a sect under the NAR movement; one of the teachings here is that demons can posses believers)

The Hebrew Roots/ “One Law” Theology False Gospel Movement [Promoted by former evangelical, Jim Staley; Tim Hegg, Dean Cozzens, etc.  This movement emphasizes a return to law keeping of the Torah and the Hebrew language as the only acceptable, true writings of Scripture.  Holding the OT above the NT, they teach the Greek NT is fallible while insisting a Hebrew version of the NT existed.  They believe their movement is the forth and final empowerment of God on earth before the return of Christ with the first three favored groups in the 20th century being Pentecostals, Faith Healers and Charismatics.

Associated Sects are:
1) Sacred Name Movement (One of their teachings is only Hebrew language is accepted for the Bible, i.e., not allowed to say "Jesus," only "Yushua."
2) World Church of God/Armstrongism (British-Israelism; racism)

The Psychology/Therapeutic/Integrationist False Gospel Movement [Christian counselors, pastors, church leaders, authors who do deny the sufficiency and authority of Scripture.  They do not employ directive and corrective biblical counseling from the gospel and full counsel of the Lord ALONE.  Rather, they integrate, or combine, secular humanistic worldview with the Bible as equal to or above the Word of God in counseling, sermons, books, radio shows, etc. Psychology is unscientific with theories that are derived from non-empirical, evolutionary-based ideas from animal-behavior studies.  All models of therapeutic psychology present conflicting philosophies toward one another and use terminologies and ideas created by worldly psychologists such as Sigmund Freud (atheist-based), Carl Rogers, Alfred Adler, etc.  Only the Bible can diagnosis and treat soul-problems of humans (inorganic).  That is conflicts that do not link back to organic origins such as disease processes like endocrine pathology (abnormal chemistry labs) of which require traditional, scientific, medical treatment by a physician.  Sources:  Jay Adams, NANC & Recommended Book:  Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically by Dr. John MacArthur, Dr. Wayne Mack and the Master's College Faculty]

The Preterist False Gospel Movement (Partial preterism leads to full preterism)

The Pelagian False Gospel Movement (Denies original sin)

MANY OF THESE MOVEMENTS, or “DIFFERENT GOSPELS,” are connected while often overlapping to one degree or another, by the common threads of mysticism, easy-believism, liberalism, gnosticism and ecumenism, all due to the lack of submitting to the authority, inerrancy and sufficiency of Sola Scriptura doctrine, the full counsel of God.  All false gospels point to the sins of pride and self-works righteousness while aiming to deconstruct the Bible.

They are ALL WIDE, DECEITFUL paths! BEWARE!!! ▶JESUS says, in Mt 7:13-14, “Enter through the NARROW gate (JESUS); for the gate is WIDE (self) and the way is BROAD (self) that leads to DESTRUCTION (HELL/DEATH), and there are MANY (%wise) who enter through it. For the gate is SMALL (Faith in CHRIST alone) and the WAY (JESUS/Jn 14:6) is NARROW (The GOSPEL’S TERMS) that leads to LIFE (HEAVEN/JESUS), and there are FEW (%wise) who find it.” (caps & parenthesis added)

Theses “DIFFERENT GOSPELS” lead their followers to self-works righteousness & self-centered living, which is foremost IDOLATRY! Idolaters who do NOT REPENT WITH A GODLY SORROW that leads to SALVATION (2 Cor 7:10), will be CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE by The Just and Holy Judge!

▶ Rev 21:8 says, “But for the COWARDLY (lukewarm/half-hearted Christians) and UNBELIEVING (unrepentant & stubborn-hearted) and ABOMINABLE (all the rebellious and sexually immoral, including partakers in pre-marital sex, homosexuality, adultery, etc, EVEN LUSTING FOR SUCH, IN THE HEART, as JESUS said) and MURDERERS (NOT ONLY killing another for vengeance, but even HATING, or being JEALOUS of, another, IN THE HEART, as JESUS said) and IMMORAL PERSONS {ALL PEOPLE who have NOT REPENTED, with GODLY SORROW (2 Cor 7: 10), TURNING TO THE TRUE GOSPEL, which is Jesus Christ & OBEYING His commands (Mk 1:15, Lk 9:23-26; Jn 14:15; Jn 16:8; Acts 17:30-31)} & SORCERERS (those who practice magic, the occult, metaphysics, channeling/necromancy, mysticism, witchcraft/divination) & IDOLATERS & ALL LIARS, THEIR PART will be in the lake that BURNS with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (ETERNAL HELL).” (caps & parenthesis added)

Another WARNING, from ▶ PAUL, in Gal 5:19-24, “Now the deeds of the flesh (SELF) are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I FOREWARN you, just as I have FOREWARNED you, that those who practice such things will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.” (caps & parenthesis added)

BEWARE!!! These “DIFFERENT GOSPELS” are DECEIVING & MISLEADING “MANY” on the “WIDE PATH” to “DESTRUCTION”/HELL! ▶ JESUS says, in Mt 24:11, “MANY FALSE PROPHETS will arise and will MISLEAD MANY.” And in Mt 24:24-25, JESUS again WARNS, “For FALSE CHRISTS and FALSE PROPHETS will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to MISLEAD, if possible, even THE ELECT. Behold, I have told you in ADVANCE.”  (caps added)

The deceiving of false teachers is not only effective on people who want to have their “ears tickled,” but it can gain a serious foothold on the sheep, too!  Misleading undiscerning members of the flock into the foggy fields of false gospels can dupe the sheep about growing in the true knowledge of God by His Word.  False teaching cannot snatch those who are in Christ away from Him (Jn 10:28-30), but it can most certainly impact the sheep from being fruitful and pleasing to the Lord in all respects (Col 1:10).  Yikes!!

False teachers are very articulate, nice, friendly, outgoing, funny, entertaining, charismatic people, often bursting with ‘personality plus,’ who are in leadership positions as pastors, elders, teachers. Thus, JESUS describes them as being in SHEEP’S CLOTHING, a shepherd’s garment, in the Church, but will be condemned for the DECEPTION they bring INTO THE FLOCK! False teachers cannot be IDENTIFIED simply by how NICE & FRIENDLY they act. Rather, it is by focusing on WHAT THEY ARE TEACHING! You will know they are teaching falsely if they are teaching “ANOTHER JESUS” AND A “DIFFERENT GOSPEL” (2 Cor 11:4)!  Do they have the real Jesus?  Do they have the real Gospel?  This is what to look for!  Firstly, we must test and examine ourselves, as Paul admonishes in 2 Cor 13:5, to see if we are in the faith.  ”Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?”  One must have the real Jesus and the real Gospel, by God’s grace, Holy Spirit and Word, before one can discern/judge if a leader in the Church does or not.

PAUL worked to WARN the flock, “DAY AND NIGHT, WITH TEARS” (Acts 20:26-31) & to EXPOSE THEIR DEEDS OF DARKNESS (Eph 5:11)!!! ▶ PAUL says, in 2 Cor 11: 12-15, “But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may CUT OFF the opportunity from those who DESIRE an opportunity TO BE REGARDED JUST AS WE ARE in the things of which they boast. For such are FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself TRANSFORMS himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also TRANFSORM themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (caps added)

JESUS, PAUL, PETER, JOHN & JUDE ALL WARNED NOT TO BE DECEIVED by FALSE TEACHERS/TEACHINGS! If you are following any of these “DIFFERENT GOSPELS,” which are “CONTRARY” to God’s Word/The True Gospel (Lk 9:23-26; Mk 1:15, Jn 14:15, Jn 16:8, Acts 17:30-31), BEWARE, YOU ARE BEING DECEIVED!

Those who are truly found in Christ, having been given a LOVE FOR THE TRUTH, His flock, will be SAVED from FALSE TEACHING, in the Church, by God’s Sovereign Grace and Word. NO ONE can snatch His sheep from His hand (Jn 10: 27-29)! Praise the Lord!!!

However, there are others, apostates/false converts, who will REMAIN in FALSE TEACHING. ▶ PAUL says, in 2 Tim 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will NOT endure SOUND DOCTRINE; but WANTING to have their ears tickled, they will ACCUMULATE for themselves teachers in accordance to their OWN DESIRES, and will TURN AWAY their ears from the TRUTH and will TURN ASIDE to MYTHS.” (caps added)

Those who do not LOVE God and His Truth, will be judged and condemned to destruction! ▶ PAUL says this in 1 Cor 16:22 and 2 Thes 2:10-12, “and with all the DECEPTION of wickedness for those who PERISH, because they did NOT RECEIVE the LOVE OF THE TRUTH so as to be SAVED. For THIS REASON God will send upon them a DELUDING INFLUENCE so that they will believe what is FALSE, in order that they all may be JUDGED who DID NOT BELIEVE the TRUTH, but took PLEASURE in WICKEDNESS.” (caps added)

▶ BE LIKE A GOOD BEREAN (Acts 17:11) & TEST EVERYTHING (1 Thes 5:21)!!! ▶ JESUS says, in Mt 24:4, “See to it that NO ONE MISLEADS you.” (caps added)

END NOTE:   There may not be books, regarding the following false teachings, necessarily, in this library, except for those due to ecumenism, especially in regard to Catholicism, the largest promoter of pagan mysticism and works-righteous salvation in Christendom.  There are many books like that in Christian bookstores under the guise of the Emergent Church, for example.

Typically, books written and titled for these particular FALSE RELIGIONS and their COUNTERFEIT GOSPELS are not found in mainstream Christian bookstores.  They are, but not limited to:

*Catholicism   UPDATE:  (03-31-12)   There is an increasing trend of ecumenical books found in Christian bookstores that promote evangelicals to “go back to Rome,” Catholicism; to abandon the recovery made by the Reformation.

*Jehovah’s Witness

*Mormonism/Church of Latter Day Saints

*Christian Science

*Freemasonry/Masonic Lodge

*The Unitarian Church

*Seventh Day Adventist/Strict Sabbatarians

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