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THE BIBLICAL WARNING OF A LAST DAYS HERESY
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1).
Did God really mean what He said? Is He trying to cheat you out of something good by the restrictions that He placed on you? Can you really trust His Word about anything?
Eve knew full well what God has said, but she learned from the serpent how to rationalize her way to disobedience by casting doubt on God’s authority. In that instant she gave birth to heresy, and from that moment all human beings have been susceptible to it.
A heresy in Christianity is a belief or set of beliefs that contradicts the plain truth of scripture to the spiritual peril of those who embrace it. Jude, the brother of Jesus, opened his letter of rebuke of early-church heretics by exhorting the faithful to...
“...Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for their condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3-4).
Jude, in his “desire to remind you” of what is in contest, invokes “Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they all in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh” and warns “Yet in the same way these [last days heretics]…defile the flesh, and reject authority…following after their own ungodly lusts. These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit” (v.8-19).
Now, before we plainly state what is clearly being identified by Jude as the last days heresy, and trigger the avalanche of outrage and denial that always attends this topic, let us remember one other critical prerequisite in our analysis, which is the subtlety of the Father of Lies in the last days. To be the “heresy of the last days” it must be so completely beguiling to those confronted with it that “if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived.”
We’re therefore not looking for gross and blatant fallacies such as the claims of false religions, but sophistry, meaning intricately woven false reasoning. We’re looking for very subtle falsehoods, casually being passed off as if they were authentic Christian doctrines, such as:
• Substituting naive humanistic idealism for Biblical reasoning, thus putting emotionalism above truth.
• Redefining Christian love to exclude any moral discernment or judgment, thus equating compassion with condoning sin.
• Misrepresenting Jesus Christ to cast Him as a moral reformer at odds with the Father, thus contradicting His own assertion that “I and the Father are one.”
• Emasculating Jesus to insist He is a passivist incapable of incinerating Sodom or killing His enemies at Armageddon, thus suppressing the truth about His impending role as the Lord of Hosts and Judge of the Earth.
To be the Satanic heresy of the last days, it must be a form of sophistry so crafty that it makes those who embrace it claim moral superiority over those who actually follow Christ and believe His Word as it is written. And it must be related to sexuality.
There is really only one ideology in Christendom today that fits these criteria: “gay theology.”
Dr. Scott Livelyn
The Petros Prophecy: Simon Peter's Prophetic Warning About the Heresy of the Last Days was published by The Old Paths Publications, Inc. in August 2017. The ISBN for The Petros Prophecy: Simon Peter's Prophetic Warning About the Heresy of the Last Days is 9780998777887.
|Publisher||The Old Paths Publications, Inc. (August 2017)|
|Page last updated||6th March 2018|