“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” Ephesians 4:11
Authentication. There are true apostles and prophets today. These are divinely-ordained places of eldership which begins and ends with following Jesus in servanthood–to God then men. It should be recognized that elders or overseers are called of God to be the greatest servants (Matthew 20:24-28; 23:8-12). Being an elder is never some position of ecclesiastical exaltation or reign, but always – without fail – the place of the deepest humility and serving. Those who use titles to elevate self are charlatans. The information in this chapter will plainly identify such hireling wolves (Job 32:21-22).
The true, called-out servant of Christ, regardless of what his calling and giftings may be, does not tout himself using titles but rather is consumed and possessed with holy, Christ-exalting zeal and compassion for the glory of God and His people. He lives in the fear of the LORD. It is also essential that we do not play into the schemes of Christ’s enemies by allowing wolves to be flattered in their self-exalting titles.
“Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.” Job 32:21-22
We see the dimensions of eldership in Ephesians 4:11. See also Acts 11:27; 13:1. The answer to the false teachings and teachers is never to deny biblical truth due to the abuse of others. The violence done to a passage or biblical doctrine does not negate or diminish ought from the Word of God. We must remain biblically centered and never “diminish ought” (take away) from the words of our LORD–for any reason (Psalms 89:34; 119:89; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19). Whew, don’t you know the enemy has a field day laughing and triumphing as true disciples wrongly dump (“diminish ought” from) God’s full-counsel truth because false prophets twist and misuse His Word? Satan triumphs handsomely when we allow such to happen.
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2
The aim here is to rightly divide the Word of truth and not to diminish, take away from, or dump God’s Word for any reason and never to base what we believe on the error of others but rather solely on the full-counsel of Holy Writ. Taking away from God’s Word bring judgment and is not the prerogative of mere men (Revelation 22:18-19).
The Bible speak of JESUS CHRIST Himself being “THE Apostle and high priest of our faith.” (Hebrews 3:1). It’s interesting that none of those running around touting their “apostolic” title ever mention this. What does that tell us? They are lifting up themselves and their self-appointed calling and not Christ which is exactly what Paul told us “false apostles” do (Colossians 2:18-19; 2 Corinthians 11:12-15; Revelation 2:2). It’s time to get rid of the title and simply serve (Matthew 20:24-28; 23:8-12).
Now, let’s look at the fuller context of Ephesians 4 where the elder dimensions are listed.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-15
Eldership is the place of serving Christ and His body. Any person in leadership who is void of a brokenness and spirit of humility before God and men, is a completely clueless concerning Christ and His kingdom.
Let’s look again at what Jesus says to one of His churches in Revelation 2:
“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried (scrutinized, examined, proven) them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” Revelation 2:2
If there were false apostles during the early days of Christianity, are there not imposters now?
Did you note how that Jesus says of the Ephesians believers that they could “not bear them which are evil” and “hast tried (tested) them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”? Many things come to light here including that we are to obey God in testing those who claim to be any of the five dimensions of eldership seen in Ephesians 4. In fact, if we don’t test them, we are blatantly disobeying the LORD who told us. For we are commanded “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
Testing those who Claim to be Apostles
Is it not best to refrain from promoting ones self as an “apostle” or “prophet” and to solely identify oneself as a servant of Jesus Christ the nail-scarred risen Savior? What makes mere men want to wear lofty titles? Is it not pride?
Like those who claimed to be apostles among the Ephesian believers, it seems clear that most of those who are claiming to be apostles today can be tested and found to be false. When measured against Scripture there seems to be no reconciliation (Revelation 2:2). These Paul calls “false apostles.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
When speaking of “false prophets,” Jesus said we could “know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-16) So, we must examine fruit against what Holy Scripture tells us is good and bad fruit. Let’s look at what God’s Word says is the fruits of a true apostle/servant. The apostle Paul wrote:
“But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Paul says here that “thou hast fully known my”:
- “manner of life”
Of the nine things that the Holy Spirit had Paul list here, traits which identify a known true apostle’s ministry and life, by no accident the first listed is “doctrine.” It is also interesting and no accident that we are warned of “evil men and seducers” who “shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
For all who name Christ as their LORD and Savior, biblical doctrine is essential to maturity, soundness, leadership, and discernment.
“The best way of increasing our knowledge of God’s infinite nature is by the reverent study of His Word. What the bones are to the body, doctrine is to our moral and spiritual life. What law is to the material universe, doctrine is to the spiritual.” F.B. Meyer, The Best of F.B. Meyer, p. 124
With the written record of what is most important in the divine economy, “sound doctrine” ranks close to the top. True doctrine cannot be over emphasized. It is very important to the LORD and this is the very first thing mentioned as a characteristic to validate the divine origin of Paul’s apostleship. “Doctrine” is mentioned 51 times in Holy Scripture. All who claim to be apostles today are to be weighed against this true apostle of Christ.
John the apostle warned:
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:7-11
According to the record of Holy Scripture, sound and full-counsel doctrine is of the highest importance in knowing the LORD, remaining in Christ, and in doing His blessed work. We are warned to beware of the “many deceivers” who “bring not this doctrine” of the LORD Jesus Christ as is recorded in God’s Word. In fact, under the inspiration of the Spirit, the apostle Paul told us that any person, including an angel from Heaven (not hell), who brings “any other gospel” brings “another gospel” and is “accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9) Paul told us in this Galatians 1 passage that there are those who would “pervert the gospel of Christ.” He also told us that there are “many, which corrupt the word of God.” (2 Corinthians 2:17) These men are like their master Satan – very subtle and deceptive (charismatic, smiling, and avoiding hard truths).
Never forget that what a man doesn’t preach (intentionally leaves out) is at least as important to examine as is what he does preach. If a leader doesn’t endeavor to declare the full-counsel of God’s Word but rather dodges certain hard truths, including dealing with sin, the holiness of God and necessity of personal holiness in His saints, judgment to come, the need to be ready for Christ’s return, etc., he is a false teacher. He is “accursed” for taking away from God’s Word and teaching “another gospel” which is no gospel at all (Galatians 1:6-9). The one who does not endeavor the dispense the whole Counsel of Holy Scripture will inevitably preach “another gospel” by choosing to leave out the doctrines and elements of the original Gospel granted us in God’s Word. Such a person should be confronted and marked and earnestly contended against for his folly (Romans 16:17-18; Jude 3-4). Restoration, correction, and instruction in righteousness should be the desired restoration (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The world has never been at such a loss for the lack of God-fearing men of Christlike valor who simply study, memorize, and “preach the word” of God just as it is written (2 Timothy 4:2). Such godly men have never been so rare and so desperately needed as they are today – men who are “valiant for the truth” and willing to brave the sufferings of strife, railing, false accusation, and persecution “for the word’s sake.” (Mark 4:17; Jeremiah 9:3)
If we do not personally study to show ourselves approved unto God we will not know what is being left out of the message of those who parade themselves as godly leaders in our midst. The gross lack of Bible knowledge is the very reason so many prophets have exploded in universal popularity and influence and been heralded by millions claiming to be Bible believing Christians. According to Christ their popularity alone makes them suspect (Luke 6:26). Those who preach the full-counsel of God’s Word, including the deeply circumcising truths, have never been popular. No, instead, like Paul, have received “persecutions” and “affictions” for doing the truth in obedience to the LORD whom they faithfully serve (2 Timothy 4:2-4, 7-8, 16-18).
The leader who replaces “the doctrine” of the original Gospel with “good words and fair speeches” is to be marked (Romans 16:17-18). To argue against such a truth is treasonous and cowardly. Isn’t it time to gain a moral and spiritual spine and obey God by sounding the alarm on the wolves who are devouring the beloved sheep of His pasture? – “For many deceivers are entered into the world …” (2 John 7) Only Christ-denying, truth-despising hatred would motivate anyone to defend and cover for such deceivers we have been so often warned about.
“It seems many have their faith in their theology, denomination, church group, or any other thing than the divine Person of Jesus Christ. When one challenges that mindset, they are challenging the personal jesus that person has conjured up in his deceived mind (lower case intended).” James Kevin Smith
Of this phenomenon, Mark Mac McIntosh writes:
“My experience has showed that people like and love their sin so they don’t want that light to get too close to them because they maybe exposed. They will stay away from anyone that might find out the truth about their sin. They figure it’s in the closet but little do they know that their sin is WIDE OPEN to God and Satan. The enemy has a peep hole and he will use this over you. Nothing is hidden from the Holy Spirit and God will expose you eventually if you are in sin. The ones that vehemently come against a doctrine that is easily understood through the Scriptures are usually in that sin that is being discussed or a subject that allows them to continue in their sinful ways. My experience also tells me that the CHURCHES are teaching a lot of what people will defend and the people are not studying the Scriptures themselves. So, many have false doctrine because of others teachings. I pray for the flock that has been led astray and I hope when they defend something that they themselves look it up.”
Concerning the fact that most men love their darkness, our LORD said:
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-21
It seems to be, by my observation over the years, that folks who object to the expose’ of falsity, do so many times because it hits far too close to home in their own personal lives. So, they stand up to defend their little fortress of deceit, making sure no light gets too close to that familiar darkness which has them in bondage (John 8:47; 2 Timothy 4:2-4). What one believes is a heart issue. The Bible says that in the last days many would “heap to themselves teachers” because they have un-purged darkness and lust in their hearts or “itching ears.” In fact, the apostle says that this is a deliberate decision – “they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Many parade themselves as loving while they in compromise and cowardice seek to justify and defend their favorite “idol shepherds” who tell them what they want to hear instead of the truth they need to hear to be saved (Zechariah 11:17). These are those whom the Holy Ghost foretold “heap to themselves teachers having itching ears” and “turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Our ministry often receives emails that are coming from very inflamed people who are extremely upset because we dared question the leader who is telling them exactly what they want to hear. By God’s grace, some of them have been won over and many have been introduced to biblical truth their favorite wolf intentionally withheld from them.
The Lamp unto Our Feet
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105
The primary way the LORD leads His New Testament Church is through the Holy Scriptures which give us “the counsel of his heart,” and which He has lifted even above His divine name and are “settled in heaven.” (Psalms 33:11; 119:89, 105; 2 Timothy 3:16). The Word of God is in print so that we can know and fear the LORD and will believe God alone and run the race He has ordained us to run for His glory (Deuteronomy 4:9-10; Habakkuk 2:2; John 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:16). The fact that the LORD gave and preserved His Word to us is for many reasons including for the protection of individual saints from wolves who claim that they have God-given authority and hear directly from Him to lead His Church and yet their teachings and “revelations” contradict Holy Writ (Psalms 12:6-7; Proverbs 30:5). In John 10 we learn that the Good Shepherd speaks directly to His sheep and they hear and follow Him.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
One way leaders have defied the LORD is by displacing His Word as the Textbook of ultimate and highest authority, even His “exceeding great and precious promises” which are “given unto us.” They are recorded in His written Word and are the divine truth to us concerning “ALL things that pertain unto life and godliness.”
“According as his divine power hath given unto us ALL things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Many a hireling has brought in other mere men’s books in place of God’s Book. One such book concerning purpose driven (instead of Word and Spirit led) has swept the nation due to the epidemic of deluded leaders. This particular book, which does not even call men to repentance from sin (the first word of the Gospel), has been brought in to the local churches where deceived shepherds reside and feed poison to the undiscerning (Isaiah 56:10-12). These beguiled shepherds have opened the door wide to the enemy. Instead of studying God’s Word and communicating it exclusively, they have bought into the message of false teachers in order to attempt to experience what they see as success in this fleeting life.
“It was in the Old Testament that God sent the people prophets to hear His message, but this is not what He is doing in the New Covenant. God’s message is completed in Scripture and sufficient for any Christian to spiritually grow. Today God speaks through the Scriptures that are the Word of God from Jesus Christ, written through His chosen prophets and apostles (2 Peter 1:19-21, Hebrews 1:1-2).
In Hebrews 1 it clearly and unequivocally states ‘God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.’ (Hebrews 1:1-2) Previously God gave His revelation in succession, sometimes it lasted a short while, like with Haggai (a month) and other times through the lifetime of the prophet (Moses). The whole Old Testament took 1,000 years to be written. The Hebrews passage is in the past tense; the heir has come, our Creator, and revealed Himself, He gave His words to the apostles and they in turn built the foundation on Jesus Christ. It is Christ whom the church preaches (His Gospel) and teaches (His doctrine). So the relationship of revelation has changed. It has gone from progressive revelation by prophets to the final revelation by the Son.” Mike Oppenheimer, of LetUsReason.org
The New Testament Scriptures complete the 66-book divinely inspired canon of Holy Scripture. The Word of God tells us that there are prophets in the body of Christ in the New Testament but they don’t serve the same purpose as the Old Testament prophets did who wrote the 39 books of the Old Testament Scriptures (Luke 24:27, 44; Acts 11:27; 13:1; Ephesians 2:20; 4:11; Hebrews 1:1-2). The holy truth of New Testament is now “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets.” (Ephesians 2:20) The term “the apostles and prophets” refers to the written Word of God which was written by the Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. When specifically referring to the written “scriptures,” the term “Moses and all the prophets” appears in Luke 24:27.
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
We must hold unwaveringly to the Holy Scriptures, realizing that they are final authority and that all matters of faith must be laid up against them to see what is true and what is false (Acts 17:11).
We must beware of the false apostles and false prophets on the scene in this late hour who feign to speak on the same level of authority as the Holy Bible. They subtly sift their hearers from the written Word by playing it down and eliminating it. They do not use it as a lamp and light unto the feet of the disciple. It’s not their final authority of measure of rule. If a man is not teaching line upon line and precept upon precept from the Word of God, he should be identified as false (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The LORD simply does not speak in the same way as He did through His Old Testament prophets to give us His written Word. He has spoken in His Word through His “MORE SURE word of prophecy.” When we study 2 Peter 2:16-21, we will discover that the written Word of God is more authoritative than even the audible voice of God the Father speaking from Heaven.
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21
Jesus said that “the scripture cannot be broken” and that “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (John 10:35; Mark 13:31) It is the aim of deceivers to convince people that the LORD speaks through them to His Church and to therefore move their audiences away from the written Word which is unchanging and “forever … settled in heaven.” (Psalms 119:89) Yet we are warned “To the law and to the testimony (written Word): if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20)
The true servant of Christ is relentlessly busy about His heavenly Father’s business and that is to “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” (Isaiah 8:16)
Christ told us that “Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word.” (Mark 4:15) Replacing God’s Word with the words of mere men is the work of “Satan” and his emissaries who “are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:13) This manipulation is the rule of the day in the charismatic, apostolic, emergent, prophetic, seeker-friendly, and dominionism movements. Supposed “revelations” though direct inspiration, prophecy, dreams, visions, and other men’s books take precedence over the written Word which the LORD told us is more authoritative than the very voice of God the Father speaking audibly from Heaven (2 Peter 1:12-21). The very oracles of God have been replaced with the infinitely inferior, whimsical, and manipulating “words” of “revelation” supposedly from God. The LORD commands: “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (written Word) of God.” (1 Peter 4:11) All true servant of Christ are know by their obedience to this command. In these modern movements, the written Word (especially the full-counsel) is not held to and isn’t even considered or used to “prove (test) all things.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) One will find that in this roving “generation of vipers” any supposed “revelation” is accepted as authoritative with no thought of testing all against the Scriptures (Matthew 23:33; Acts 17:11).
With utter disregard for the very oracles of the living God, it seems that many simply want some kind of supernatural activity and it doesn’t matter where it is coming from. Here is one example:
“I’d rather be in a church where the devil and the flesh are manifesting than in a church where nothing is happening because people are too afraid to manifest anything…and if the devil manifests, don’t worry about that, either. Rejoice, because at least something is happening.” The Coming Revival (p.6), Rodney Howard-Browne
This type witchcraft is not authentic Pentecost but rather a cheap and diabolical substitute that is sweeping the nations due to the masses who refuse to truly seek the LORD diligently in His Word, waiting upon Him, crying out to Him in repentance in in His holy fear. Casting out devils is a New Testament practice (Matthew 10:8; Mark 16:17; Acts ??????? . Jesus did it and commanded all who believe His Gospel to go forth and do the same. Christ came to destroy the works of Satan (Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8). Notice that in Rodney Howard-Browne’s statement above there is no mention of casting the devil out of the person who might manifest an unclean spirit (Matthew 8:16, 31-32; 9:33; 10:1, 8; 12:24-28; 17:19-21; Mark 16:17, etc.). Look up the word “cast” in the KJV Bible and study the dozen’s of references to casting out the devil and freeing people from his evil. Clowns like Browne do not negate Bible truth and the power of God’s Spirit, yet such must always be done in accordance to the written Word which the Holy Spirit gave us and will never contradict (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17
As we just read in verse 15 of the above passage, divine wisdom comes from knowing the “holy scriptures.” One is only as equipped with divine wisdom to be used of God as he is knowledgeable of the Holy, written Word of God. To that degree – his personal knowledge of the written Word – is he fit to be used of God. Run for your life from any pastor or leader who is not navigating directly in and through God’s written Word and does not quote Scripture often (Nehemiah 8:8; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; 1 Peter 4:11). Those who don’t quote it simply do not know it and do not count the LORD important enough to know and memorize His words. This is exactly what separates and distinguished between the true and false teachers today.
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:20-23
When people do not individually get into the Word and therefore do not possess unspeakable joy and understanding in Jesus, they become prey to deceivers who promise them temporal and frivolous entertainment, action, and experiences (Jeremiah 15:16; Romans 16:17-18; 1 Peter 1:8).
“Let God be true and every man a liar.” Romans 3:4
True under-shepherds are told to “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” (Isaiah 8:16) Establishing in our hearts that God’s written Word is the very highest Word and final authority is ultra important. This issue must be settled in the heart of every true disciple of Jesus. When we grounded in “sound doctrine” we will have a “sound mind” and “sound heart” and be able to examine and judge every word and leader (Proverbs 14:30; 2 Timothy 1:7; Titus 2:1; Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 John 4:1). Jesus told us that knowing and doing His Word is the only way to go to Heaven and to have a solid foundation against the storms to come (Matthew 7:21; 24-30; John 8:31-32, 47). Being rooted and grounded in the written Word is what will take the flighty instability out of the life of the Christian who has come through the ranks of the charismatic or so-called prophetic movement. This writer has come through and been delivered from the flaky nonsense and gibberish of these movements by the grace of God and diligent study. Thank You Jesus for having mercy upon my wretched soul and for leading me out and into Your glorious truth which brings true salvation and liberty (John 8:31-32, 36)!
Beware of these emergent church, seeker-friendly, prophetic, and apostolic movements which are counterfeits and gimmickry participated in by those who do not want to truly come to full repentance and seek the face of Jesus themselves, denying themselves daily to genuinely follow Him (Luke 9:23-24). No, they want fanfare and for some mere sinful man or movement to give them a quick fix and make them feel good in their sinful flesh for the moment.
Prayer: Holy Father, unite my heart to fear Thy holy name! Please forgive me right now for being carried away with the error of the wicked and for not more diligently studying Your blessed Precepts. Grant to my heart and mind Your supernatural ability to learn and memorize Your blessed Word and to teach others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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