Sham Christians, Deceived Disciples, and False Shepherds
I am fully aware that this is a topic most folks don’t want to talk about – let alone even think about. However, the Bible is full of warnings about pseudo-disciples, fake believers, and false brethren. Thus it is incumbent on all Christians to take these warnings with utmost seriousness.
The tragic truth is, not everyone who calls himself a Christian is in fact a Christian. There are plenty of fake Christians out there. We were told 2000 years ago that this would be the case. In Matthew 7:21-23 for example Jesus uttered these horrific words of warning:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
We have plenty of examples of this very thing. All around us are those who claim to be Christians but by their actions and by their false doctrines they make it clear they are none of his. And their actions and beliefs center around the very thing Jesus singled out: lawlessness.
When people tell us that God is in error about what he said was right and wrong, then we know we are dealing with fake Christians who are pushing ungodly lawlessness. Three recent cases of this have just surfaced, and we can hold them up as warnings.
Of course it is true that only God knows the human heart and knows for sure those who are truly his. But we are told quite clearly by Jesus that we can and should evaluate people by their fruit. The very verses before the ones I quoted just above spell this out (see Matthew 7:15-20).
So we have every obligation to put the spotlight on those folks who are claiming to be Christ-followers, but by their very public actions and statements are certainly disproving that. Let me offer three pretty clear examples of scam Christians.
The first one has to do with the wife of a US pastor who thinks there is absolutely nothing wrong with working in a baby-killing mill. One report on this puts it this way:
A Baptist preacher’s wife in Alabama who works at a local abortion clinic hit back at her critics Monday, declaring that those who criticize women who work at abortion facilities should first address the sins in their own lives before criticizing what women do with their own bodies.
“I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin. I don’t know why, other than that’s the only decision [abortion] that a woman could make. That’s her right to make that decision because that’s her body,” Callie Chatman, a certified medical technician who works at Reproductive Health Services told The Christian Post in an interview Sunday. Callie’s husband is Louis Chatman, pastor of New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery.
One of the most idiotic – and common – ways in which pseudo-Christians seek to justify and defend their sin is to throw the old “no one’s perfect” line around. This one covers a multitude of sins. Or at least it tries to. Of course no one is perfect. Try telling us something we don’t know.
By her reasoning I could go around murdering people, committing adultery, or robbing banks, and when any Christian confronts me about this, I can just say, “Hey, no one’s perfect you know!” As if that is going to get me off the hook. News flash: God will never lead a person to work in an abortion mill.
God is 100 per cent opposed to the slaughter of the innocent, so for this deluded and deceived gal to actually try to defend her diabolical work tells us just how far down the tubes she has gone. She is an apostate pure and simple.
And she had only one option here: to get on her face before Almighty God and repent of her sin, and seek for his forgiveness. And of course the fruit of any genuine repentance here will be her immediately quitting this bloody profession.
My second example, also from America, is not much better. As one write-up says:
There’s been no shortage of controversy over “Sex Box,” the WE TV show in which participants have sex inside of a soundproof box and then emerge to speak with a panel of judges and relationship experts about the experience — but did you know that one of the judges is a Christian preacher?
Pastor Yvonne Capehart, a counseling expert who runs a ministry geared toward women, recently told CBN News that she believes God wanted her to participate in “Sex Box” and that she is simply doing what she was “called to do.”
Capehart revealed that she rejected three offers to participate on the show before reconsidering, admitting that she was, at first, turned off by the title, content and layout.
But Capehart said that she eventually felt pushed to step outside of her comfort zone and to accept the role after spending time in prayer.
Um, I think she has been praying to the wrong person. I don’t think the true God of the Bible will order a person to go on a sleazeball show like this and partake of and effectively condone this promiscuity, smut and sin. That is just not how God operates.
Sorry, you don’t need to pray about something like this – it is a no brainer. If she has been hearing voices telling her to go on the perverted show, then I can pretty much assure her that it was not God’s voice she was listening to. The capacity of self-deception and demonic deception is almost limitless.
My final example will not come as a surprise to any of my regular readers. This guy is a serial pest when it comes to spitting in the face of God all the while pretending to be a follower of Jesus. This apostate is in the news on a regular basis as he promotes and celebrates everything God calls an abomination and sin.
In his much publicized outdoor church bulletin board, he had this lunacy on display this past weekend: “All God’s blessings upon Mardi Gras”. He is referring to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which was just held. And this of course is none other than Father Rod Bower of Gosford Anglican Church in NSW.
He is one of the greatest apostates in Australia, and he has often been the subject of my columns. See here for more on him for example: billmuehlenberg.com/2013/08/23/the-false-shepherds-strike-again/
So his latest case of apostasy is no surprise here. And just for the record, no, God never ever blesses perversion, debauchery, sin and wickedness. A holy and pure God could never bless what he has clearly called sinful. When people claiming to be shepherds of God’s flock call good evil and evil good, then you know we have a false shepherd on our hands.
The prophets, Jesus and the disciples all warned about false teachers and false prophets – often. These guys are about as good of an example of this as you are going to get. It is not my intention to pick on these three, but since all of them were so willing to defend their sinful and deceptive practices in public, then we have every right to alert others about them.
The Bible speaks much of a great falling away, of apostasy in our ranks, and of those who would seek to destroy the flock of God from within. When faced with such warnings, we need to very seriously keep an eye out for such folks, and be in constant prayer that they do not take more people to the pit with them.
Why am I reminded of the words of the great William Booth from over a century ago: “The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.”
That is not a bad summary of the situation we are currently facing.
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