by Mike Ratliff
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?” And Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left; and the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ Now therefore behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the Lord has declared disaster for you.” (1 Kings 22:18-23 ESV)
There is not a day during the week that goes by without me becoming involved in a discussion with friends about this or that very well known “Christian” figure saying or doing something that reveals fruit of apostasy in their lives and ministries. It used to be a surprise and we all marveled, but not anymore. Oh, we mourn, and we wonder at who will be next, but we have learned that our rock is Christ not any man. We cling to the Cross and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, not the life and ministry of any man. I grew up a Southern Baptist and was a Deacon and Bible teacher in multiple SBC churches from the late 1980’s until we left our old church in 2006 when it was preparing to go Purpose Driven. During that time, I was quite acquainted with the SBC way of making celebrities of its superstar preachers and evangelists. This same thing is also found in other denominations and church groups I am sure. These superstars have become idols and have taken a place in these churches that should only be held in a place in the hearts of the people reserved for our Lord.
Some of the apostasy we are seeing more and more is the compromise that many very visible Christian leaders are making by attempting to change the focus of their ministries to Wokeism thinking instead of their churches adhering to its true mission which is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). The more I discuss this with my friends the more this keeps coming up. We are also seeing these very same emphases with mysticism becoming more and more prevalent within the Acts 29 Network/New Calvinistic folks. In other words, it really does not matter. If you are into the name it, claim it, Word of Faith, World Revival Church stuff with the faith healing, et cetera, then you will find the very same emphasis on Contemplative prayer et cetera.
It does not matter. The delusion that there is a higher and more spiritual way to worship and know God through contemplative prayer (Eastern Mysticism) then along with that will come the baggage of the evil spirituality that comes from association with familiar spirits. God Himself strictly forbids this for His people for good reason.
I am convinced that what we are seeing is the fruit of a strong delusion sent from God. God has done this in the past to accomplish His will as in the passage I placed at the top of this post. He will do it again and I think we are in the midst of one right now such as the push to reconcile evangelism with the Roman Catholic Church.
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 ESV)
So many from every side are falling into this deception. So many who do so we believe should know better, but there they are shoulder to shoulder with heretics and blasphemers saying stupid “wokeism” garbage that isn’t even Biblical, ranting and raving like madmen trying to make everyone who hears them feel guilty for not having the same passion for being as “WOKE” as they are. After all, issn’t that how Wokeism works? It is geared to make you feel guilty for the sins of your race or your forefathers and so you must now show regret to those who were harmed in the past and, by the way, there is no end to the this. Those who are attempting to restructure the Church to adhere to CRT and all of its ugly children such as Intersectionality, cannot support this Biblically.
I am attacking no one. I am pointing out what I believe God is showing me as I prayed and studied His Word on the topic of deception today as I asked Him to show me how to address what we are seeing. Is it possible for these men to repent? I pray that that is so. I think we should pray that they do hear the truth and are drawn from these evil things in repentance. However, if that is not the case, we must stay the course. We must cling to the Cross and the truth and never give up on the Gospel and the offense of the Cross condemning all attempts to contextualize the Gospel into uselessness and ineffectiveness. We must pray for God to lead us in this and for our Lord to return soon. His will be done.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Mike, it seems to be necessary, these days, to serve The Lord “On your lonesome” in order to get anything done the way He reveals in Scripture.
It’s interesting that you noticed that Kathy. That has also come up quite a bit in our discussions of late.
You are dead on brother. We are very much in that time where ppl will not endure sound doctrine and appear to gleefully exchange the truth of God for the lie. I thank you for continued diligence in staying true to our Lord and the perspicuity of His holy word.
That was a great article…it’s amazing to me how so many “reformed” churches are contextualizing the Word and yet argue they are strong doctrinally. If they feel they must do all these other “things” in order to reach the “unchurched”(by the way..that word annoys me…there are many “churched” that need to be regenrated as well) …I would argue they are in essence saying that God is not powerful and His Word isn’t effective and He needs our help in order to “save” sinners. While I absolutely beilieve we are to speak the TRUTH in love…it is HIS gospel and we are to teach HIS word…not our own. We have no liberty to change it in order to make it more appealing. Our duty is not to “save”…manipulate..others…whatever you want to call it…..it is just to be the mouthpiece of His great mercy and grace through Christ. In an attempt to go “deeper” in their relationship with the Lord they are drowning out the gospel. Ultimately the Lord does all things for His glory..so I take heart and have confidence that His will, will be done..and I praise Him for that!
The wide road is the appeal to man. The narrow road is the appeal to God. The foundation of this world is shifting sand – 1 John 5:19 “We know that we are of God, and that the WHOLE WORLD lies in the power of the evil one.” Rev. 12:9 “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the WHOLE WORLD; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” Rev. 13:3 “I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the WHOLE EARTH was amazed and followed after the beast;” Zephaniah 1:18 “Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the Lord’s wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth.”
This is absolutely sobering………………….. This WORLD is fatally tainted with sin and WILL perish. Jesus is the only foundation. Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly conerstone for the foundation, firmly placed, He who believes in it will not be disturbed.'” God has graciously given us His unchangable, inerrant truth through the Scriptures that cannot be altered, twisted and molded like the “extra- biblical experiental spirituality”.
Like it or not this WORLD is going to come to a definite END. Those who by grace have accepted by faith Jesus Christ as their personal Savior for the remission of their sins will enter with joy into the eternal kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the earth by their loving Father. Grace and peace in Christ Jesus
I watched the “global” push from John Piper. He is nothing more than trying to talk up a new experience for his disciples. Now they can talk about all the new ‘global’ people they need funds to reach, then they can tell everyone what ‘missionvacation’ they have just went on or will be going to.
I guess Paul was not thinking ‘global’ for the Body of Christ in Thessalonica when you wrote this to them:
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (English Standard Version)
11and to aspire(A) to live quietly, and(B) to mind your own affairs, and(C) to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
That would just be boring for the ‘missional glob trotter’ christian today, why what would we tell people that we are doing for ‘God” if we were to respond to the question with,
“I’m minding my own business, aspiring to live quietly, working with my hands as I was instructed to do.”
That would puzzle most ‘agenda washed’ christians today.
I guess the Body of Christ where just going to be everyday beleivers and enjoy His salvation and proclaim the good news of it to thier neighbors and not really be used by God?
This ‘missioncation’ to far away places is a sad joke to me… blinded by thier own desire to ‘double dip’ in pleasure and so-called godliness they ruin both.
A real messenger of the Lord Jesus Christ will be persecuted and only recieved by the Elect of God and hated by the world. These superstar ‘christian’ leaders will undergo a severe judgement as did the Pharasees of Jesus’ day.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
Matthew 23:25 (English Standard Version)
25(A) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For(B) you clean the outside of(C) the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of(D) greed and self-indulgence.
‘Self-Indulgence’ is the core of today’s missional / global travel stars.
They will write books of thier latest ministry and fulfil the ‘greed’ aspect of the verse soon enough, most already have.
There names are mentioned more than Jesus by thier disciples. (Rick Warren, etc) They are simply ‘making merchandise’ of the Body and how the so-called ‘body loves it so.
I’m so glad that you pointed this out, Mike. The Emergents and the New Calvinists are pretty much alike. The dividing line is disappearing. I thank the Lord for men like you who are willing to continue to preach the Truth and expose the false!
God bless you, my brother!
Thank you Mike!
Thank you Kerri and very well said, amen!
Thank you Heather!
Very timely, pertinent and sobering article.
Be prepared for much persecution from your
“brothers/sisters” (so called) in Christ.
Most do not like names to be named.
They would rather generalize issues, and
be tongue-tickers about this and that in the
church, without ever dealing with the heart of
the matter. The watchman must sound a clear
On the other hand, be prepared for much blessing
and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ for being
His coming is soon!
Thanks Berean Gal!!!!
SO TRUE!!! what a “strong delusion” it is. Isn’t it amazing in this scriptture pasage the true prophet of the Lord tells them all what the Lord said and did and what the end result was going to be, yet they refused to accept the truth. I have been taught about the “strong delusion”……BUT as I see it all unfold, I am STIll amazed at the intensity of it, the scope of it, and all the people who are being swept up in it. What a glorious God we serve, what a mighty hand he has, mighty in salvation and ultimate judgement.
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Proverbs 16:4
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand . E#phesians 6:13
May the Lord Jesus Christ, through the work of his Holy Spirit cause us to stand in this “evil day”.
Amen Stella Marie!
You are very welcome my sister!
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On one hand I read the second commandment about God “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me”, It makes me wonder if we are suffering for the occultism of our fathers. On the other hand, I read in Ezekiel 18:2 ” The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge,” should no longer be a saying in Israel. In the conclusion of the chapter God tells his people if a man is just, he will live, being that each man is responsible for his own sins. The modern teaching that we are somehow responsible for the past sins of our fathers is unbiblical and should be refuted. The gospel is that our life in Christ brings us life everlasting.
Thank you for this message! So many need to heed your warning and what you say here: “attempts to contextualize the Gospel into uselessness and ineffectiveness.” So true!
There are too many preachers that (in my opinion) do not love the Body of Christ, do not love their flock that they are to care for and guide. They are doing the work of satan and are paving the way for the rise of the anti-Christ.
If I may recommend a book I am reading…written in 1898 by Samuel J. Andrews – “Christianity and Anti-Christianity InTheir Final Conflict”. He called out all this “wokism” and the redefining of all that God has defined, back in 1898. He does not go easy on the church leaders and the love of the world.
May God continue to bless you as you remain a watchman on the wall!