Daily Devotional – MAY 22 (The False Prophet, Part 7, continued: The 7th Head: False Doctrines)

By admin On April 9th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 22

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The False Prophet, Part 7, Continued: “The 7th Head: False Doctrines”

To read Part 1 of this series, click here… “JANUARY 26 (The False Prophet, Part 1: Lying Eyes!)”

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“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast…” Revelation 13:11, 12

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here), this 2nd beast was introduced, and how he brought the world under a brand new deception progressively over the last two centuries.

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Yes, this is The False Prophet. And besides bringing the western nations into opulence and decadence, he also brought many false doctrines into the Church, over the last two centuries.

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And so, this continuation of yesterday’s devotional will now lightly touch on one of the most damaging and heretical false doctrines which have slowly crept into the Church of God… 

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Times Square – New York City – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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THE DO-IT-YOURSELF GOSPEL

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But perhaps the greatest of all false doctrines was popularized by such men as Charles Finney in the early 1800’s.

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Yes, Charles Finney, an extremely intelligent and an gifted orator, began an evangelistic crusade, capitalizing on the do-it-yourself gospel, given the non-biblical name, The Free-Will Gospel”.

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This was the idea that, “we first choose Christ”, and not the other way around, that “Christ chooses us”. This error was first popularized, or at least credited to a dutch professor named Jacobus Arminius way back in the late 1500’s.

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Unfortunately, John Wesley, an otherwise very great evangelist (but a rather poor theologian), somewhat embraced this view of Arminius, and preached this Free-Will gospel.

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Charles G. Finney – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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FINNEY’S CAMP-MEETINGS 

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And Charles Finney, a great evangelist, but also a very poor theologian, latched on to Wesley’s error.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_g_finney.jpg

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And so, Finney began his crusade, implementing a technique of altar calls. And with his fire-n-brimstone preaching followed up by altar calls, was able to bring large numbers trembling to their knees in repentance, at every one of his camp meetings.

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And so, many-a hopeless drunkard and hardened adulterer, after hearing Finney’s fiery rhetoric, were brought to tears and emotional “conversions”, at Finney’s altar calls.

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Charles G. Finney – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“BLACKENED EARTH”

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The problem was, with such a man-centered “Free-Will” gospel, those countless do-it-yourself converts soon fell back into the world, becoming God-hating blasphemers.

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As a matter of fact, a certain man followed in the wake of Finney’s crusade for the purpose of observing the results of Finney’s preaching.

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And in many of the towns where Finney had previously held his camp meetings, there was now a shroud of spiritual darkness which enveloped those towns. And so, the term, “blackened Earth” was coined to describe the spiritual darkness which now lay upon those towns as a result of Finney’s crusades. And for years following, those towns could not be preached in, because of that shroud of spiritual darkness which remained!

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Fortunately, Charles Finney made a death-bed repentance in the form of a letter, recanting his unbiblical techniques and doctrines. 

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Charles G. Finney – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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FINNEY’S LEGACY

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Unfortunately, while Finney’s public repentance was nice for him, he nevertheless left a legacy for others who would follow in his footsteps.

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And so, the Christian community was flooded with all sorts of false doctrines and non-biblical programs, which thrived in that unholy medium created by the “Free-Will” gospel.

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MANY ANTICHRISTS

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“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall cohttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spiritualhealingjf6155_19.JPGme, even now are there many Antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1st John 2:18

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Because if a person was able to choose God, then Salvation comes by doing such good works as, “being baptized”, or saying, “The Sinner’s Prayer”, or responding to an “altar call”, or being “slain in the spirit”.

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But none of these good works can ever save a soul. But rather, they will mostly bring unconverted masses into the Church, filling the Church with many Antichrists. And what we have ended up with in these last days, are churches full of unconverted multitudes, who come to church to have their ears tickled by well-timed jokes, sensual music, and charismatic and gifted orators who present a soft and compromised and non-threatening sermon.  

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TODAY’S APOSTASY

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And so, it is no wonder that today’s church-world is in such a mess! The Free-Will gospel, the prosperity-driven gospel, and all the other many false doctrines have made a shambles of the church-world!

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It is as the Apostle, Paul, foretold… “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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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Yes, we have arrived at a day when the church-world, for the most part, is in a very sad and apostate condition!

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GOOD NEWS!

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Well, as troubling as all this information is, there still exists some very Good Nhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgews!

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Yes, the doors of mercy are still open, at the time of the writing of this devotional. Salvation is still possible! And though we understand that it is God who saves the soul of an individual, yet God commands us to cry out to Him for this wonderful gift!

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Listen… “Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:” Isaiah 55:6  

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To read Part 7, continued, click here… Daily Devotional – MAY 23 (The False Prophet, Part 7, continued: The 7th Head: Signs & Wonders)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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Dear Lord, Give me an understanding of just what a deceptive world this really is! Help me to be IN the world, but not OF the world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… March 9th (“Free-will? What free-will!?”) or you can also read…FEBRUARY 8 (Free-will? What Free-will? Part 2: Little Jack Horner Christianity)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Rev. 12:3 

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not. But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars. The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction”

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TOMORROW…

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