Psalm 11:5 KJV “The Lord trieth the righteous: but THE WICKED and him that loveth violence HIS SOUL HATETH.”
You and I have been told, “God hates the sin not the sinner.” That is a lie from the Devil. The verse above makes it very clear just how deeply God hates wicked people; “HIS SOUL HATETH,” them the Bible says. That’s deep! God hates the wicked with His innermost being; His soul!
Again God’s hatred is not just for the sin but also for the willful sinner. No wonder those who deliberately keep on sinning have no forgiveness:
Hebrews 10:26-27 NLT “Dear friends, IF WE DELIBERATELY CONTINUE SINNING after we have received knowledge of the truth, THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SACRIFICE that will cover these sins.  There is only THE TERRIBLE EXPECTATION OF GOD’S JUDGMENT and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.”
Notice in the passage above if we continue sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, we’re done. Jesus’ sacrifice doesn’t cover these kinds of sins or the sinner. The only thing we can expect is God’s fiery Judgment. Because we are God’s enemies. And you’re listening to these fake preachers that are telling everyone, “God loves everybody?” “He’s not angry with you because of your sins?” When God Himself says, ‘I HATE THE WICKED? AND THOSE WHO LOVE VIOLENCE?’ Hmmmmmm.
“PEACE, PEACE,” WHEN THERE IS NONE
Jeremiah 6:14 NIV “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”
God told Jeremiah (His true prophet) that the priest and prophets were lying to people by telling them sweet religious phrases like, “Peace, peace,” when there was no peace. The nation was steeped in sin. The worse sins! These fake prophets were hurting the people by dressing up their wound instead of exposing it. They treated the people’s sins against the Lord like they were not serious. The Israelites were doing everything from murder, to adultery, to witchcraft, making their own children pass through the fire as human sacrifices to the false god Baal! They literally burned their children alive to a false deity as a burnt offering! (Jeremiah 19:5) And all these false priest and prophets had to say to the people were nice words of blessings and peace? 😣😤
The same goes on today. Instead of saying, “Peace, peace,” they say things like “Blessed, blessed.” “You’re blessed.” “I’m blessed.” “I’m blessed and highly favored.” “Praise the Lord.” “He’s my Jehovah Jireh.” “The Lord’s favor is with you,” “My God from Zion.” etcetera, you get the point. All of these sweet sounding cliches and blessings people heap on themselves and others are masking serious problems. The same ones Israel had. People believe the more holy they act the more they can hide their sins. And these fake preachers, false apostles, fake prophets and prophetesses are dressing up the wounds of the people like it’s not serious.
Jehu was not that kind of guy. He didn’t play with God or with unrepentant sinners. Listen to how he responded when he was addressed with this fake, “Peace, peace,” mess:
2 Kings 9:22 KJV “And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?”
Jehu didn’t play the fake religion game. He didn’t lavish on people phony praise and cliches. He rebuked and exposed evil. He knew there could be no fake peace with unrepentant sinners who were practicing witchcraft. May we follow his example.
Romans 16:17-18 NIV “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to WATCH OUT for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. KEEP AWAY FROM THEM.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. BY SMOOTH TALK and FLATTERY they DECEIVE THE MINDS OF NAIVE PEOPLE.”
1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
The Devil is working very hard to entrap the children of God. One of his ways of doing this is through trojan horse friends. There are people who’s job is to get as close as they can to the Christian, pretend to be their friend, then set them up for the fall. We will discuss how to recognize these people and how God says to handle it.
Proverbs 29:5 NIV “Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.”
The world says, “Flattery will get you everywhere.” God says, “Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.” Who do you believe, God or the world? When a person is always heaping compliments and praise upon you they are setting you up for the fall. They are hiding their true identity from you and you are their prey. You are the object of their evil designs. God says this, not me. I just happen to agree with Him. You don’t have to know which trap is being laid for you, just know that you’re being trapped when you’re being flattered. When this happens your red light (not yellow light) should always come on.
There are those who will overly pretend to admire your love for Jesus Christ; your Christian stance, yet they don’t exhibit the same love or take the same stance as Christians themselves. How can this be? How can they admire you so much and they aren’t Christians? Isn’t this just phony flattery? Jesus said:
Matthew 12:30 NIV “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
Jesus said those who are not on his side are against Him. They’re on the other side. Believe Him! Again, they will overly pretend to agree with what you are saying, what you are preaching, how you live, etcetera, and don’t believe in none of these things themselves. Don’t ignore it when you hear the contradictions in their speech. Don’t ignore it when you see the contradictions in their behavior. They are setting you up for the fall. They are against Jesus. They are His enemies and they hate Him and you! They believe that by telling you how good you are (flattery), how well you know the Bible (flattery), how blessed you are (flattery), by praising you for how well you can preach the word unlike the other religious people out here (flattery), etcetera, all this is supposed to make you fond of them. If you are a shallow person all this false praise will work on you. And you will be trapped without ever seeing it coming:
John 12:43 KJV “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
But if you are spiritual and have discernment the moment someone starts flattering you and blowing you up your red light will come on; you will be alerted by the Holy Spirit, and mark that individual. Be careful. Be very careful.
“I’M A CHRISTIAN TOO”
Romans 16:17-18 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which CAUSE DIVISIONS and offences CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and BY GOOD WORDS AND FAIR SPEECHES DECEIVE THE HEARTS OF THE SIMPLE.”
God says to mark people who cause divisions; schisms, discord, heresies, foolish arguments, etcetera that go against the true doctrine of Christ. AVOID THEM GOD SAYS!!! God didn’t say hang around them and engage in foolish religious debates. He said emphatically to AVOID THEM. People who love to be right over and above what God’s word says are not serving our Lord but their own lusts. They have a hidden, secret agenda. They have been planted by Satan to trap you. God says they, “BY GOOD WORDS AND FAIR SPEECHES DECEIVE THE HEARTS OF THE SIMPLE.” They will flatter you to death! Literally! If you are simple. They will tell you feel good messages over and over like, “God loves you. He loves everybody. It doesn’t matter what you do or how you live.” “You are God’s child.” “We’re all God’s children.” But they will never tell you about your sins and the need to repent. But are these fluffy feel good phrases really what God says?
Psalm 11:5 “The LORD tests the righteous, but HIS SOUL HATES THE WICKED and the one who loves violence.”
1 John 3:10 KJV “In this the CHILDREN OF GOD are manifest, and the CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
These are just two of many scriptures where God makes it very clear that, “HIS SOUL HATES THE WICKED,” and there are, “CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL,” on earth too. Anyone who says different and claims to be a believer, Christian, Pastor, elder, prophet, etcetera, is full of it. They are Trojan Horses and God says to avoid these people.
Interesting how some of these fakers act so pious and religious. Every word coming out of their mouths seem to be, “blessed,” and they use other religious phrases and cliches. They’re so blessed all the time. No, they’re so cursed! They are actors: hypocrites.
“I’M A PROPHET” TRICK
Then there are those who like to trick you through wearing religious titles. I had a guy recently try to befriend me. The other day he told me, “I’m a prophet. God uses me in the prophetic.” Immediately my red light came on. Why? Because someone was trying so hard through, “good words and fair speeches,” (Romans 16:18 KJV) to deceive me. He was trying to convince me of how godly and divinely inspired he is, instead of just being godly. Even during our conversations he would suddenly cut me off, close his eyes and say, “God just told me such and such.” He did this a few times. Or he would say, “I just heard in my spirit,” such and such and such. Yes, he would suddenly do this while we were talking. God stops him (according to him), puts him in a brief trance, and always tells him something VERY FLATTERING about me to say to me. Hmmmmmm. I’ve seen psychics and others in the occult do this but never a prophet of God. Hmmmmmm. And I’ve never read anywhere in the Bible that this is the practice of a prophet from God. I spoke to another guy who said he does the same thing to him while they’re speaking. And the man who said he is a prophet claims to be literally hearing the voice of God when he does this. It’s just like watching a channeler; a witch who says they’re communicating with the dead or spirits on the other side, or in another realm. Hmmmmmm. And this guy is a prophet? The man acts more like a witch, not a prophet. Now I’m thoroughly convinced that’s exactly what he is.
Jesus never went around saying, “I’m a prophet.” And he was The Greatest Prophet of all! Jesus’ apostles didn’t throw around religious titles. And they were indeed apostles. (Ephesians 4:11-12) They just did their jobs. But they did not glory in and wear religious titles in obedience to what Christ said in Matthew chapter 23. (Matthew 23:7-12) So what makes these scoundrels today think they can put titles on themselves, and demand that you recognize and call them by their titles? The answer is they are deceived and have fallen into the same pride as Satan the Devil.
A few days later I saw the guy who told me, “I’m a prophet,” and shared some passages with him including this one below:
Matthew 23:7-12 NIV “They love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.  “But YOU ARE NOT TO BE CALLED ‘RABBI,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.  And DO NOT CALL ANYONE ON EARTH ‘FATHER,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.  NOR ARE YOU TO BE CALLED INSTRUCTORS, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.  The greatest among you will be your servant.  For THOSE WHO EXALT THEMSELVES WILL BE HUMBLED, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
It is clear here that Jesus is saying not to wear religious titles. Not to exalt ourselves. That all of us are brothers and sisters. None of us are above the other. Hypocrites exalt themselves. They demand to be called by religious titles. Hypocrites love the praise that comes from men more than the praise that comes from God. They are drawing people to themselves and away from God.
After I showed the guy the passage above he seemed to have a problem with it. He also disagreed with other things the Bible said. I decided to let what we discussed marinade a bit. A few days later I saw him, and the guy was still stuck on his titles, and the other things that he felt was ok to do that God’s word says is wrong. In fact he even tried to give me a religious title and I told him twice not to do it and why. This guy was trying to trap me through FLATTERY from the very beginning. Thank God it didn’t work.
Now there is only one thing left to do with this guy: that is do what God says, “AVOID THEM/HIM!!!” I didn’t have the opportunity to speak with him thoroughly when I saw him last and saw he hadn’t accepted what the scriptures said about these things. But I am looking forward to speaking with him again and letting him know that I will have nothing further to do with him; how displeased God is with him calling himself a prophet but he doesn’t obey God’s word, how this brings God’s fiery judgment, and how he needs to repent or else, and that’s it.
Beware of Trojan Horse Friends. They lead you astray and lead only to your downfall. Cut them off! Do what God commands: “AVOID THEM!!!” Keep them far away from you. Don’t care more about other people’s feelings than you do about your own soul. And don’t care more about other people’s feelings than you do about the feelings of Almighty God.
Matthew 24:10-11 NIV “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,  and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”
What time was Jesus talking about in the verse above when He said, “AT THAT TIME MANY WILL TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH?” The time you and I are now living in; the last days, right before Christ returns. Need evidence we are living in, “THAT TIME?” Just read the 24th chapter of Matthew. In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus answers a question posed by his disciples: “Tell us, what will be the sign of your coming, and the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3) Jesus listed various things that would signal His return. Among them is, “MANY,” or most, would TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH, not come to it. Isn’t that what we are witnessing today? “MANY,” disowning faith in God and Jesus Christ? Jesus also said that, “MANY,” or most FALSE PROPHETS would be on the scene right before His coming, and they would mislead many. Isn’t that too what we are seeing today? Based on just these two things Jesus said would mark the last days of this world, wouldn’t it be difficult to find a true church?
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY
As we mentioned earlier Jesus prophesied that right before His return MANY would, “TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH, and WILL BETRAY AND HATE EACH OTHER.” This matches up perfectly with what’s spoken about in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 KJV “Now we beseech you, brethren, by THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, and by our gathering together unto him,  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, except THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
Did you hear what the Holy Spirit said? ‘The day of Christ’s coming will not come, unless there FIRST come a FALLING AWAY.’ This is exactly what Jesus Himself uttered in Matthew 24. This time period of great rebellion against God is spoken of in many other places throughout the Bible:
2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV “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.”
There it is again: God has for some time been saying that a time will come when people will no longer put up with true, sound doctrine or teaching about the faith. But will gather to themselves teachers that tell them what their itching ears want to hear. “And THEY SHALL TURN AWAY their ears from the truth.” Are you seeing from God’s written word why it’s so hard to find a good church today? Even a good person for that matter? The state of affairs we live in right now was prophesied by God long ago.
The good news is Jesus says this time period of extreme rebellion and falling away from the faith signals His speedy return. This is good news to those who follow Jesus Christ whether they’ve found a good church or not. Just because we haven’t found a good fellowship doesn’t mean we don’t have fellowship with Jesus Christ. In fact there are, “MANY,” who think they’ve found the right church but don’t have a right relationship with God. They are misled by the false prophets and prophetesses that lead their churches. Jesus said this would mark our time. Too often people seek a good fellowship or church first, instead of seeking a good fellowship or relationship with God first. They are doing it backwards. They are depending on men to get them to God, instead of looking to Jesus Christ the only true way to God:
John 14:6 NIV “Jesus answered, “I AM THE WAY and the truth and the life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”
Jesus says He is the only way to God. He never said your religious denomination or special group is the way to Him. And yes, we are told in the scriptures not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together. (Hebrews 10:24-25) But that passage did not say to meet with a bunch of religious fakers just so you can boast, “I obey God, I go to church.” And by the way, who is the, “Ourselves,” we are commanded to gather together with in Hebrews 10:24-25? True believers. Not fake Christians. The Holy Spirit would never command us to gather with phonies. In fact there are many scripture passages where He tell us the very opposite:
Romans 16:17-18 NIV “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. KEEP AWAY FROM THEM.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 NIV “But now I am writing to you that YOU MUST NOT ASSOCIATE WITH anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.  What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside. “EXPEL THE WICKED PERSON FROM AMONG YOU.”’
2 Timothy 3:5 NIV “Having a form of godliness but denying its power. HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SUCH PEOPLE.”
2 John 1:7-11 NLT “I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.  Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.  Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.  IF ANYONE COMES TO YOUR MEETING AND DOES NOT TEACH THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST, DON’T INVITE THAT PERSON INTO YOUR HOME or give any kind of encouragement.  Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.”
Yes, we are commanded to meet with real believers (not fakers) where the true doctrine of Jesus Christ is being taught. If you find it very difficult to find this kind of fellowship in these last days I hope this article is providing some insight as to why. God Himself said:
Matthew 24:10-11 NIV “AT THAT TIME [the last days] MANY WILL TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH and will betray and hate each other,  and MANY FALSE PROPHETS WILL appear and DECEIVE MANY PEOPLE.”
A TIME ORDAINED BY GOD
Today we are in a different time period ordained by God. This period is not the same as when the early church was experiencing all kinds of growth. No, our master Himself told us in the end time MANY WILL TURN AWAY FROM THE FAITH, not come to it. Believe His word. We cannot make things the way we want them to be. We cannot make this or that church fellowship (the people who meet there) what we want them to be. We must accept what is and what God has ordained:
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 NIV “Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?  When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.”
If you find a group of believers to meet with on a regular basis who are truly teaching God’s word that’s great. By all means continue to meet with them. These are the ones you are not to forsake gathering together with. But if you haven’t found such a fellowship like that yet don’t fret. Hopefully this article has helped you see why these believers are so hard to find. Rejoice that you have Jesus Christ who is the truth, the way, and the life. (John 14:6) Remember, no one can get to God except through Him alone, not some so-called right church group. And if you know just one other true brother or sister in the faith let these words of Jesus comfort you:
Matthew 18:19-20 NLT “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.  For WHERE TWO OR THREE GATHER together as my followers, I AM THERE among them.”
Jesus said where just 2 or 3 of His followers gather together (have church) He is there among them. Do we believe Him? Or do we have to meet with 200, or 3,000 in a megachurch in order to feel like we’re worshipping God? The number of people we meet with is not what Jesus says constitutes Him being there. It can be just 2 or 3 He said. And if Jesus is not present in your meeting, are you really having church? Remember, Jesus said, “Where two or three gather together AS MY FOLLOWERS, I am there among them.” Want Jesus in your church meeting? Meet with people who follow Him.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Sometimes we can’t find a good church because we are looking in all the wrong places. We may already have a good church and not even know it. If we know just one or a few real believers we can meet with them regularly. Do not forsake gathering together with them as God commands. In the early days of the church our brothers and sisters met everywhere and often met in each other’s houses:
Romans 16:3-5 NIV “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus.  They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Greet also THE CHURCH THAT MEETS AT THEIR HOUSE. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.”
1 Corinthians 16:19 NIV “The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does THE CHURCH THAT MEETS AT THEIR HOUSE.”
Colossians 4:15 KJV “Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and THE CHURCH WHICH IS IN HIS HOUSE.”
It is clear form the above passages that the, “church,” met in each other’s homes. This shows that the church is not a building but rather the believers themselves. People meet in houses, physical buildings don’t meet in physical buildings. The church is not a physical building structure as some like to think it is. The church is you: every believer in Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5 NLT “And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”
Don’t let anyone deceive you by causing you to feel guilty because you don’t go to their fake church. You are God’s building, His spiritual temple, His church. And when we do find others we can fellowship with it doesn’t matter where we do it or how many of us meet. It can be just 2 or 3 as Jesus said. As long as we are followers of Jesus Christ that’s all that counts. And Jesus Himself is right there in our midst.