Basis of the End Time Heresies - Part 1
.... Below is an illustration of the structure of a religion. As you can see, all religions have three basic points in common: a god (or gods) that they worship, a basis of wisdom to tell them about their god, and a mediator or some other form of clergy between themselves and their god.
Model of a Religion / Christianity by the Model
.... Another familiar example is Judaism. Their God is also God. Their basis of wisdom is the Old Testament and other Jewish writings. Their mediator is found in a two-part system of prophet and priest.
.... In a much simpler appli- cation, ancient tribal religions may worship the heavens or some other aspect of nature; their basis of wisdom may be superstition or folklore; their mediator may be the shaman, witch doctor or medicine man.
.... The end time heresies fit this basic model as well. First they will establish a new, counterfeit ‘god’ as the true object of their worship (see Matthew 25:12). A new clergy will arise to tell them about their god, and they will delelop a new basis of wisdom from which their core beliefs will be formed. Taken together, these actions will form an actual counterfeit to Christianity, and this counterfeit religion will share its basic tenants with the world.
.... Let’s begin by discussing the ‘god’ of their religion, which is quite easily identified through their basic mind set:
.... "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!"
(2 Tim 3:5)
.... To the ‘foolish’ side of the end-time church, ‘godliness’ allows for the selfish conduct that Paul has just described. Their version of God agrees with their greeds, justifies their misconduct, and seems to approve of their vices, while allowing them to blame it on others if necessary (see Titus 3:11), So let's be bold enough to see that their professed belief in God is nothing more than a figurehead. Beneath that con- venient veneer they are only worshiping themselves.
.... Thus their true god, in their own mind, will turn out to be ‘self’, regardless of how much lip service they offer to our Lord Jesus in the process (2 Peter 2:3). If we take a broader view of all their sermons and consider them by their actual nature, we will constantly see their true focus emerging: ‘Me, me, me!’
.... In order to complete our three-part model, we'll discuss the other two points in our next posting and show how the ‘foolish’ side of the end-time church, with a form of godliness, matches this model yet again.
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