Naming the Names of Deceivers, Troublemakers, and Apostates

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor 

Several years ago a Christian brother wrongly accused me of something he heard from someone else. When I asked him for the name of his source he almost fell on the sword in an effort to protect this liar’s identity.

Where did we ever get the notion there is virtue in protecting deceivers, troublemakers and apostates when the Bible makes it clear that they need to be exposed so others can avoid them?

Romans 16:17-18  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  (18)  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Ephesians 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

Scripture warns that the last days will be filled with deceivers and apostates

Matthew 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Naming Names of Deceivers, Trouble Makers, and Apostates

So how should we deal with these trouble-making deceivers and apostates? We need to name them as a warning to others so they will not be hoodwinked by them.

Hear me friend. Why do we think there is some kind of inherent virtue in protecting deceivers, trouble makers, and apostates? From the time Eve was deceived and Adam sinned, the Bible has always provided names so that God’s children can avoid falling into their heresy. (Read the long list of Israel’s godless and blasphemous kings- every one of them clearly named).

Luke named them:

Acts 13:6-8  And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  (7)  Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  (8)  But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Paul named them:

Philippians 4:2  I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

1Ti 1:20  Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

2Ti 2:17  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2Ti 4:10  For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

2Ti 4:14  Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

Tit 1:12  One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.

John named them:

3Jn 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Jude named them:

Jude 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

The Lord Jesus named them:

Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

In that all of the above specifically named troublemakers, I believe we should as well.

LATTER TIMES NEWS: More Liberal Racist Lies and Hypocrisies (1 Tim 4:2)

A Quote to Note:

Eric Holder despicably called Americans cowards on the issue of race, but the cowards are the ones like Holder and (Bob) Beckel, who don’t want a truthful discussion. They don’t want to talk about black racism (in fact, notice how they have successfully defined “racism” to mean “white racism”?). They don’t want to talk about the fact that blacks aren’t being massacred by whites but by other blacks. They don’t want to talk about instances of horrific black-on-white violence far more shocking than the Zimmerman case. They don’t want to talk about black gangs and a “gangsta” culture glamorized by the biggest stars in the entertainment industry. They don’t want to talk about the New Black Panther Party emboldened under the protection of Holder. They don’t want to talk about the fact that racial division is nearing an historical peak under the Great Racial Healer, Barack Obama. They don’t want a discussion at all. The race-obsessed left just wants whites to sign up for white privilege workshops and offer reparations.

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The Strong Delusion is actually sent from God

The Foreshadowing

By Jan Markell

www.olivetreeviews.org


If the strong delusion that is racing across the globe doesn’t shock you, something is wrong! Whether it was the ecstasy on thousands of faces in St. Peter’s Square waiting with adoring eyes for their new Pope, or the shenanigans in Israel a few weeks ago, it’s a scary time. It’s both a privilege and a challenge to be born for such a time as this.

The Bible speaks extensively about delusion! It is on overdrive in the last days. And you saw deluded college students in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 21. When Barack Obama suggested that they had to give away more land, the Leftist students applauded for a full minute. Though the land give-away has never worked, I guess this time, they thought that Obama delivering the idea in person in Tel Aviv was the magic trick needed! This time world, just watch, it’s a go!

Keep in mind that rockets were raining down on Israel as Obama spoke! Yet, this idea, that is, weakening their own security, was still a good idea to them.

“For I will stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the Lord. “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.  They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:12-14)

An American president screamed, “Peace! Peace! Give up more land for it! The hour is at hand. I have the magical formula. Hear me out. This time, I guarantee, it will work.”

Could you imagine with me the Antichrist speaking to Israelis as he will some day, just like this. He will offer Israel a peace covenant in a manner similar to this. Was the March 21 speech a dress rehearsal? A dry run? I am not suggesting that Barack Obama is the Antichrist as we don’t know who it will be. But a man talking about peace journeyed to a land occupied by people who long for it, although they haven’t a clue how to bring it about other than land exchanges.

Keep in mind that in the Palestinian territories, there are streets, public squares, summer camps, high schools, and even a kindergarten named after suicide bombers and other mass murderers. So much for the notion that if only Israelis would care about Arab kids, peace would be possible.

Israelis have wanted nothing more than peace and security for all the children. That’s why they accepted the 1947 U.N. partition of British Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state. Unfortunately, the Arabs said no. To this day, the Palestinians have rejected every peace offer that leaves a Jewish state standing.

Since we’re smack-dab in the midst of these incredible last days, how many e-mails does this ministry get wailing that churches will no longer address the subject? Well, legions of e-mails and even calls.

Back to my strong delusion commentary. The Bible foretells through Paul to the Thessalonian believers that in the last days, a time in church history would come when God would send “strong delusion.” In like manner, Paul even warned Timothy that in the last days, there would be a group of demons who would infiltrate the churches with false and mixed doctrine, capable of even causing some to, “depart from the faith” and give heed to devilish false teachings.

God instigates this. It’s not just the increase of evil that brings this on. Yes, Satan ratchets up his evil in the last days, but God sends the delusion. I think He gets mighty disgusted and just sends the delusion as a judgment! He washes His hands and turns His back.

You don’t want to be on the back side of God as He does this. Those Israeli students were on the back side of God and they were blinded.

Our times are way too perilous to be this unprotected.

So, we’ve had a foreshadowing of the blind and strong delusion that will play out unchecked during the Tribulation.We’re having lots of dress rehearsals these days. Most of them are around dark events. That’s why the Bible reminds us to stay yoked to one another and to God at the end of the end.

There are even murkier waters ahead. Look up and not around!

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