Legalism in the Church, Identifying False Teachers and False Prophets in the Last Days


False Teachers and False Prophets Exalt Themselves

One thing that is common among all the false teachers is that they exalt themselves highly above other believers. They think and even declare that they are better than others. They claim that they have some special anointing that takes them to higher levels of Spirituality. They want fans and followers who admire them rather than God. They do not give hundred percent glory to God.

John 7:18

18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Philpippians 3

18(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 

Legalism in the Church - False Teachers do not believe in “Salvation by Faith Alone”

Many false preachers preach that salvation is not by faith alone, but has to be earned by good works of some sort. This is legalism.

They teach that people can make in make it to Heaven by following a set of rules, while the Bible is clear that no amount of self-righteousness can earn us the Salvation which Christ has purchased for us. Do you think that Jesus came to die just because we do not have enough lambs to kill every time we sin and repent? Some false teachers teach that whenever Christian sins, the Holy Spirit goes away from the believer, until he or she repents and turn back to God. What they are essentially saying is that if you die without repenting for the last sin that you committed, you will go to hell, but if you're lucky enough to know that you are going to die soon and you get God's forgiveness before dying, then you will make it to heaven. How foolish it is!

These people cannot accept that salvation is by faith alone. They look down at true believers and they think that they're better than others.

Galatians 2:21- I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Romans 3:20

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

Titus 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 

The gospels are filled with passages where Jesus rebukes the self-righteous Pharisees for thinking that they are better than others. He points that they are not righteous and that they did not keep all the laws and commandments, by telling them that being angry is a sin equivalent to murder and lusting is equivalent to adultery and so on. Since they thought that they are righteous by keeping the law, Jesus showed that there they are incapable of keeping the law and that they are in desperate need of a Savior.

Many false teachers of today preach without proper understanding of the Gospel message, interpret the scriptures wrongly just as they wish and make people believe lies. As a result, many think that they are saved, but are really not. They are simply religious and legalistic. The devil has got them believe in lies and remain there. Many who think that they are born again, don't know the true gospel. All they know is that Jesus is God and God's son and he died for sins of people, but they don't believe that he alone is capable of saving a soul from hell.

They still work hard in the flesh without the spirit, to keep the law. Christians are those who are led by the spirit. The spirit doesn't come to people through keeping of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ Alone. The heretical false teachings of today cannot be ignored. The Bible instructs us to stand against false prophecies and first teachings. We cannot tolerate such things and live as if nothing wrong is happening.

John 3:17-21 - For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 

Legalism is a Religion of Rules and Laws

Christianity is not just a religion. Jesus did not die so that we can have a form of religion in His name. He died so that we can have life eternal. He died so that we can have abundant life on earth, which is a life of joy, peace and purpose that comes only through our relationship with Him.

The world chases after building wealth, fame, popularity etc. Christians are to live for a different reason, which is to glorify God. This cannot be done if we walk in the flesh and rely on our own strength. We are called to rely on the Holy Spirit of God. Holy Spirit indwelling is not special to those who keep certain rules, but is given to all those who realize that they are sinful and truly accept Jesus as their Savior.

Be very careful when people say that they receive special Revelations from God or they have special anointing from God or interact directly with God on a daily or receive special visions about heaven or see golden rains or speak to angels etc. Most probably, they are false prophets and false preachers.

A true believer glorifies God, not himself.

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