…….Written by Isioma Lynda Dogo
Continuing from the last episode, part 4 of the 4 part series
THE DANGERS OF HALF TRUTH
There’s a saying that goes; Beware of half-truth, you may have got the wrong half! It’s witty but aptly describes much of what is being preached in Christendom today. Several times, the bible mentions that there were false teachers in the early church and that MANY will also be present in the last days (Matt 24:11). God wants to expose them (Jude 1:3&4). He says they will be identified by their fruits (Mat 7:15-16). One does not have to go far to encounter them today. Just getting on social media or putting on the radio or TV ushers them right into our homes. They are adept at twisting absolutely any verse of scripture, totally out of context, to mean something entirely different. (2Peter 3:16).
In 2Cor 11:3-4, Paul mentioned Christians being deceived by wrong preaching. 2Peter 2 shows the harm that they bring to the body of Christ and the terrible judgement that awaits them. Most of them are not obvious because they take a lot of truth and mix it up nicely with a little lie; tiny, but big enough to make a difference. That’s the tactic of the devil and we must not be ignorant of it. He’s not going to come with some wild lie to deceive you, he knows you won’t believe. He will skew the truth ever so slightly. DECEPTION IS SUBTLE; THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT SO DANGEROUS. You have to care enough about your soul to spot it and uproot it from your heart.
To prove that every professing believer is saved forever no matter what they do, these preachers would have to remove over 100 verses from the New Testament (including whole chapters from books like Titus) that contradict that teaching. Since they can’t do that, they just pretend that those verses aren’t there, ignore them completely and focus on other selected verses.
So much is taught of a loving God; not much about Him being righteous and just as well. The real truth though is that God loves everyone. Nothing can separate us from His love (Rom 8:31), but His love for mankind will not stop Him from judging those who reject Him.
Some have gone to wild extremes, openly despising obedience, holiness and the fruits of the spirit. They say that all our righteousness are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64: 6), refusing to acknowledge that God’s grace gives New Testament believers the enablement to live righteously(Titus 2:11-12).
They say that when believers sin, there are only physical consequences like sickness, whereas in truth, sin has spiritual and eternal consequences, as evidenced by James 5:19-20: “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.”
They are quick to point out that guilt and condemnation are of the devil, but rarely mention godly sorrow which is good because it leads to repentance (2 Cor 7:9-11)
They hand pick some verses of scripture, label them as things that were said “before the cross” (crucifixion) and say they should be ignored by New Testament believers! Is this scriptural? How can we follow only what was written AFTER the cross when majority of the words Jesus spoke were BEFORE the cross? How can we call ourselves Christians and yet disregard the very words Christ spoke?