Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
Many have asked the question: how is it possible that End Times apostasy can sweep the world so quickly in these Last Days and so few see that it is happening? There is only one way to understand this phenomenon. The Bible foretells this would happen (Matthew 24: 3-4). Now that we are witnessing End Times spiritual deception fewer and fewer Bible professing Christians see what is taking place.
When discerning believers confront their pastors or church leaders about the apostasy happening in their churches where they have worshiped for many years, they are often told to leave and go somewhere else. This “get out or shut up” attitude is common and follows a pattern. The teaching of the Word and the love of God once in fellowships of believers has got up and gone. How sad it is to see what is happening to the church of Jesus Christ in our time.
Popular emergent Pastor Rob Bell  has a unique ability to make God's Truth sound dubious as well as detestable. Then, having raised doubts about our holy God, he offers comforting counterfeits that fit today's quest for unity and community.
Mocking the true Church as narrow and offensive, he promotes alternatives that resemble the vision of the sixties. His popular heresies are fast luring seekers away from God's Truth to a new kind of "gospel."
This is spiritual warfare! And we need to be prepared for the rising spiritual war on God's Word. Remember this warning:
By Dr. Albert Mohler
As is so often the case, most of us first learned of Rob Bell’s new book by means of Justin Taylor and his blog, “Between Two Worlds,” at the Gospel Coalition. Justin reminds me of the steady folks at the National Hurricane Center. He is able to advise of looming disaster with amazing calmness. That is why I took special notice of Justin’s stern warning:
“It is unspeakably sad when those called to be ministers of the Word distort the gospel and deceive the people of God with false doctrine.”
A Review of Brennan Manning's The Signature of Jesus
Little did I know when I began to read The Signature of Jesus the time and effort that would be involved in understanding it. I am not a theologian by training. My background is in technical management in electronic component manufacturing. However, I stumbled onto something that I became convinced was very dangerous and little understood.
After our Worldview Weekend Rally in Rockford, Illinois on Sunday night November 21, 2010, we were informed that the church we had been renting for the past few years does not want us to return. What is really sad is this is the church in which my wife grew up and has included five generations of her family dating back to her great grandparents on both sides of her family. One set of great grandparents were two of the original 13 founders of this church.
Reader Question: Mysticism is not primarily about practice. It is about insight. Practice or practices, techniques, disciplines are all secondary. They're pedagogical tactics, used because people won't see when you tell them 'see!'
It seems everyone's practicing yoga meditation these days. Physicians recommend it to their patients which means it's beneficial, right? Meditation is said to relieve stress, anxiety, hypertension, acne and post-nasal drip, so go for it! Just tighten those abdominal muscles, inhale deeply and chant Maaaaaaaaa all in one breath and your concerns will drift away like a feather floating on the wind?
But what if you're a Christian? Should you practice the same sorts of things as Buddhist, Hindus and New Agers?
Listen to what the Bible says:
Just when we think there can't be another movement to invade our church pulpits, we find one waiting in the wings. So while we've had our fill of "seeker-sensitive," "purpose driven," Emergent heresy, church-growth nonsense, and mystical madness, we now have to brace ourselves for the "church of climate change." Like the others listed above, the church of climate change is not biblical. Nor will it get anyone into heaven or draw anyone closer to the Lord. Of course believers in the church of climate change would disagree.
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It is quite ironic that while a member of the left like Noam Chomsky would reject biblical truth, especially as it relates to Israel being a fulfillment of predictive prophecy, Chomsky himself unknowingly affirms many of those very prophecies.
Apostasy is also a phenomenon that occurs internally within the church, is led by individuals considered the least likely candidates to depart from truth, can happen quickly, and is ultimately satanically energized. Moreover, apostasy is destructive in character and also has a deleterious impact upon those within the church who are attempting to remain faithful to God's truth. The last two articles in this series will discuss a final characteristic of apostasy: apostasy negatively impacts those who have not taken preventive measures against it. This final characteristic is perhaps the most important to discuss since it explains what believers can do to insulate themselves from apostasy's pernicious influence.