And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Luke 4:8)
First of all I want to say, that when we get to heaven, no one is going stand there with pristine and shiny armor. By the time we arrive, the true Christian’s “complete armor” will be battered, dented and stained, perhaps even caved in in places. This is because it will be “through many tribulations” that we will reach the Kingdom of Heaven.
All of us will be tested in the wilderness of God’s choosing.
I Know of a man in Christ who underwent two severe loyalty tests in his pilgrimage.
Shortly after his true conversion He was given a 12 pack of Kenneth Hagin Cassette tapes.
He listened to them and got completely hooked on Hagin, then Copeland, then Jerry Savelle, Norvel Hays and a host of other “Word Faith” Bible teachers.
He completely immersed himself in their (false) interpretations of the fall of man, the problem of sin, Righteousness and the work of Redemption. It was a whole system, which was very attractive to something in him.
He came to realize one day, the full extent of the error which they carefully laid alongside of truth to get people hooked. They were teaching that Believers could be “little gods”!
What should He do? He was now in a “:movement”, as were his friends and family. Yet He knew that that teaching (and others) amounted to blasphemy!
Should he be loyal to the “faith Movement” which he had immersed himself into, or should he be loyal to Christ?
He had to examine himself, to see what was it in his heart that attracted him to Teachers who exalted man, literally taught that Believers were little gods, and who told others that “God’s Creative Power will work for you” if you just learn the laws of faith.
He had to repent deeply. Why would He want to be exalted, how could He allow himself to be so seduced into power, fame or glory of man? It really hurt, but it was the good kind of hurt.
Many years later, He was exposed to another teacher, a seemingly orthodox preacher. He was man who spoke powerfully against false prophets and false revival movements, He was bold, funny, intense and had a lot of insights into scripture most had never seen before. He spoke Hebrew, and Greek also and seemed to be a treasure of knowledge.
There was a little issue ( so it seemed) and that was that this man was angry. You could say, He was strifeful. In his teaching, He would call people idiots, buffoons and religious politicians, as He railed against their false doctrine.
But for the sake of his special and deep insights, and for the fact that He, like few others, had no problem calling out the false prophets and fake pastors who have bedeviled the church, His anger and railing at others were overlooked.
Eventually this man got into several public strifes with women, in which his invective was so intense, it seemed obvious that He had a problem; He was a misogynist. He would bully women whom he considered his enemies or who opposed them. He would threaten and cajole them, and in some cases He would mock them. Many were afraid of Him.
But this toxic teacher’s congregation ignored all of that, after all who else speaks Hebrew? Who else has the courage to ‘have a go’ at the false prophets? This man was considered by those who followed him, as being too vital to hearken to the mounting cries of those bullied by his bitter spite. They would just say, “He has right doctrine” and that was enough.
Is doctrine all that counts? *( If so, the Metatrone teaching cancels out the so called “right doctrine) Doesn’t character matter?
Who are you to be loyal to? How far does a supposed teacher have to go into ethical excess before you will recognize that you are being tested? Shouldn’t you be loyal to the Truth?
What do you have to say Marco Quintana, Sergio Marianas, David Lister and others?
- *( If so, the Metatrone teaching cancels out the so called “right doctrine”)