Here are the top ten things some pastors lie about in modern day Christianity; this is the beginning of a new series called “Church Detox.”
- 1. Some pastors lie about the Gospel.
- 2. Some pastors lie about how to please God.
- 3. Some pastors lie about faith.
- 4. Some pastors lie about your eternal security.
- 5. Some pastors lie about tithing.
- 6. Some pastors lie about what the Holy Spirit looks like.
- 7. Some pastors lie about the purpose of fellowship.
- 8. Some pastors lie about church leadership.
- 9. Some pastors lie about how to pray.
- 10. Some pastors lie about Bible study.
This is an introduction to another series I’m calling “Church Detox.” Many of us have been polluted by toxic teaching and it’s hindering growth with our heavenly father.
There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1).
This series will expose the truth about many things we’ve heard from mainstream Christian pulpits (Ephesians 5:11). Does what you’ve always known to be true align with the Bible?
Here are the top ten things some pastors lie about whether by omission or half-truth. The goal is to wake up believers and encourage teachers to review what they believe and preach.
The message often focuses too heavily on what Jesus did for us but not what we must do in exchange for salvation and that is confession and repentance. Without confession and repentance, there is no forgiveness and cleansing of our sins (1 John 1:9).
Regular attendance, tithing, and participation in church activities don’t please God. The truth is: Only faith pleases God and faith leads to obedience (Hebrews 11:6,8). Our good works don’t please him neither do our righteousness–it’s like filthy rags (Ephesians 2:8-10; Isaiah 64:6).
The truth is: Putting your faith in anything other than the word of God is a recipe for disappointment, being led astray, and destroying your hope. Faith in God always produces evidence (Hebrews 11:1).
You’ve heard it called “Once Saved Always Saved” and “Calvinism.” The truth is: Jesus said some saints will be rejected because they continued to practice sin (Matthew 7:22-). The Bible warns saints about the deception of practicing sin and expecting to inherit God’s kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9,10).
The truth is: Tithing was a governmental tax for the Hebrews to support the tribe of Levi who didn’t work because they managed the blood sacrifices for the rest of the tribes. Tithing is no longer valid today because Israel is scattered and the world is under the New Covenant which doesn’t require blood sacrifices nor a physical priest to speak to God. Pastors shouldn’t twist scriptures to manipulate people to pay for their living and building expenses.
You’ve been told that the evidence of being born again is speaking in tongues. This is partially false. The truth is: Tongues is one of nine gifts from the Spirit and everyone isn’t given this gift. Therefore, you can’t view the gift of tongues as evidence. The real evidence of the Spirit is seen in the fruit: love, joy, peace, patient, self-control, etc (Galatians 5:22-23). Also, holy laughter, being “slain in the Spirit,” and other “manifestations” are not from the Holy Spirit.
You’ve heard it said, “Don’t forsake the assembly of the brethren…” The truth is, Hebrews 10:23-26 reveals what healthy fellowship looks like. The assembly must be a place of love, good works, and encouragement. If your church doesn’t meet those three criteria, you don’t belong there. It’s not a fellowship of God.
The truth is: there should be no women pastors. And a pastor, bishop, overseer, and elder are all the same position. A church must have multiple elders for accountability sake. Leadership must meet the strict criteria in the Bible or step down. There is no hierarchy on the administrative gifts only an order of operation. For example, an apostle isn’t above a pastor. Lastly, the leaders are servants to the people, not the other way around.
We’ve heard repetitious prayers and asking God for things outside of his will. Jesus told us how to pray and we need to follow his example.
Some leaders only want you to accept what they say rather than studying for yourself. Some say you can’t understand the Bible without knowing Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew. The truth is: you need to study for yourself or you’ll be deceived. All you need is humility, honesty, and the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible.
The goal of this series is to go in-depth with each of these points in later sermons; this list isn’t exhaustive.