I had an interesting dream in the early hours of this morning, it was quite vivid and I still remember much of it…
The dream (from what I remember) started with some knowledge that Moses (and Abraham, although I don’t remember much of Abraham in the dream) was coming to visit the Church (no specific church.. just church). There was a great excitement about this and people were gathering together for the arrival.
Once I arrived at the Church I noticed that most of the tables were occupied (tables in Church?) so I grabbed one from a stack that was at one of the walls. I ended up putting my table at the front (not sure of any relevance here re. tables).
The leaders were familiar to me; someone who is a trusted teacher of the word, and some of the faces I saw were also familiar.. everyone seemed excited and was waiting with great expectation for the arrival of Moses.
When the time came for Moses arrival, I looked at the back of the building where the entrance door was, and in he walked. When I saw him I was surprised at what I saw. Moses appeared as a Klingon warrior (for me, when I see a Klingon warrior.. they are so hard-faced and unemotional.. as well as intimidating, although they seem authoritative and powerful – it would make sense to see an image which would provoke a certain reaction from me.), it was obvious to me that this was not Moses. He was a scary figure, but others just didn’t seem to notice.
I went outside and there were 2 young boys (probably 15-16 year olds) and they had a strange uniform on, stood to attention and holding a knife to their throats. I asked them why they had a knife held to their throats? They told me they didn’t know, they were just told to do it. They didn’t seem to mind at all and they were smiling. The impression I got was that they were willing to give their lives for this Moses character. They were blinded by him and his appearance of authority.
I remember asking myself ‘why do these people not know that this isn’t Moses?’ I knew that if I told them it was not really Moses, they would not believe me. They were awe struck by him. It seemed the question was there inside themselves, but they didn’t want to accept it. There was also a sense of fear in me to tell them it was not Moses because of what might happen to me.
I think I may have woken up at this stage, but the main impression I was left with is how people, even some more mature christians can be deceived by false teachers.
I listened to Bishop Joseph Garlington bible study yesterday who was talking about how the Holy Spirit will warn us of certain things, and we need to learn to recognise how the Holy Spirit speaks to us and listen to the warnings he gives us. We also need to stop saying something told me – because the Holy Spirit is never referred to as a something.
Jesus warned us that there would be false teachers among us, but it would seem that
christians some Christians do not know how to recognise them. How do we know this? Because we see thousands of them sat in meetings where false teachings are occurring.
I had a bit of a..lets say.. to do.. on a christian forum the other day regarding a certain well known televangelist who has thousands of followers who believe he is a great biblical teacher. However, he is one of these prosperity gospel preachers.. and even admits he is one; (this in itself should give ring some alarm bells when a preacher admits to being a prosperity gospel preacher when it is clear in scripture that anyone who preaches a different gospel, let him be eternally condemned. Galatians 1:8).
I said in that this guy is a false teacher. He twists scripture to preach on tithing and says some really wild unbiblical things whilst he is at it. He has of course reaped millions from his message, but what he preaches twists scripture to say something it was never intended to say. When I had said that this guy was a false teacher, I got all kinds of accusations against me. I was suddenly bad mouthing a brother in Christ… infact what I was trying to do was to warn my fellow believers that this guy they thought so wonderfully of was not preaching truth.. it just was not seen and I was left stunned that regardless of what evidence there might be to show that this guy was not being faithful to the true meaning of scripture, he was still the good guy and I was bad for calling him a false teacher?
Heres the thing, if something was obvious then no one would be deceived. I mean, if the devil decided to give you a weeks notice or something that he was going to try to deceive you, you would be on your guard for it, and I think we half expect that. We expect deception to be obvious, and thats why we never think we can be deceived because we think we know what it looks like, however, this is so obviously not the case.. if it was, no one would be deceived.
Jesus already told us there was going to be false teachers, he warned us about it, so why are we surprised when we are told there are false teachers among us? We are warned that they will come like wolves in sheeps clothing. What does that mean? That means, in appearance they seem as white as snow, but underneath they are ravenous wolves.
[stextbox id=”info”]Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. Mt 7:15–20[/stextbox]
Wolves in sheeps clothing do not announce their arrival, they won’t advertise themselves or post flyers through your door. They will appear as something they are not. They have to appear as ‘angels of light’ in order to deceive.
The Lord made it clear to me last year that I HAVE TO STUDY THE WORD IN ORDER TO KNOW WHEN THE WORD IS NOT BEING PREACHED…from all of what God was teaching me last year.. that was the -Header One- – THE Title of it all.
Many people can be deceived because they do not study the scripture. They do not give enough time to know what scripture is saying. I was like this too, but God gave me such a hunger for his word last year, that I have an unquenchable thirst to know his word.
We need to listen to the warnings that Jesus gave us as well as learn to recognise when the Holy Spirit is telling us something. The Holy Spirit is not called a niggly feeling, but when you do get that niggly feeling about something.. something that makes you question inside yourself.. LISTEN, because it probably is the Holy Spirit WARNING you. TEST EVERYTHING! DO NOT BE IGNORANT.
We need to be more like the Bereans – when Paul went and preached to them, they didn’t just take his word for it, they delved into scripture to test EVERYTHING that he had said to make sure that he was telling the truth:
Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Let us be aware of how much more we need to be doing the same JUST as we have been told.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good.