BARE-HEADED LADIES IN THE CHURCH
BOGUS BIBLES ACCEPTED AS GENUINE
ROMANISM ACCEPTED AS CHRISTIAN
1) The denial of the head covering for women that I blog about at Hidden Glory. I'm putting this first because although it may be the least of the deceptions in the Church, I keep having the suspicion it's not, that it's the toe in the doorway that has allowed others to push their way in. This one has seduced many of the best preachers of our time. Women sit bare headed in the vast majority of true Bible-believing Christian assemblies these days, an affront to God's Creation Order, an affront to the Glory of God, as expressed in verse 7 of 1 Corinthians 11:
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man.Therefore her head should be covered in the worship service, so that not man's glory but God's glory may be on display. Isn't it a clue that after two millennia of Christian understanding of Paul as requiring women to cover our heads, we stopped doing this about the middle of the twentieth century when feminism was taking off?
2) The acceptance of the Bible versions that have come down from the Revision of 1881. I've been coming to think of this as the devil's biggest triumph against the Church these days, getting true believers to accept his own clever undermining of the English Bible, from the assault on it by Westcott and Hort in 1881 through all of today's increasingly worse "translations."
Westcott and Hort built their abomination of a "revision" on their preferred but bogus Greek manuscripts, against the instructions given to the revising committee which they came to dominate; along with an inexcusable mangling of the English in 36 thousand unnecessary changes, also against the instructions. All to destroy the King James which they hated. Well, they succeeded. Now modern preachers have accepted their frauds as genuine, even to impugning the King James and its Textus Receptus as the erroneous Bible. Oh do read John Burgon, and do listen to Chris Pinto. Consider carefully that the devil is very smart and that there can be conspiracies clever enough to deceive us all where there is a will to undermine the true work of God.
3) The Dragon-Sized Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is the acceptance of Roman Catholicism among true Christians. This one is common among Charismatics, which may be the main door through which the dragon has entered. John MacArthur has been one of the most faithful opponents of this trend in the church while other big-name preachers have been guilty of embracing as orthodox the very system that was the reason for the Protestant Reformation.
Chris Pinto (Adullam Films and Noise of Thunder radio) has opened my eyes over the last year or so to the fact that the Roman Church has been tirelessly working without a break to destroy the Reformation and restore their former power, while true believers are taught to think of the Roman "church" as just another Christian denomination, and its Inquisition that tortured and murdered some fifty million true Christians along with another seventeen million others (yes these statistics can be supported), as dead history we can safely ignore.
There are plenty of apostate movements, cults and heresies that threaten true Christian doctrine these days, but for the most part they are recognized and rejected by true Christians and under scrutiny by many Discernment ministries. What I'm listing are hidden insidious influences WITHIN the true Church. The above are the top three on my list although I keep thinking I'm forgetting something.
I could, and may, add the Charismatic Movement along with its Word-Faith/Prosperity Gospel version, which the recent Strange Fire Conference did such a good job of exposing, even possibly Dispensationalism, which is also accepted as true Christian doctrine, and perhaps Evolutionism insofar as it has undermined the belief of true Christians in the inerrancy of the Bible.
Praise God for the resurgence of Reformed thinking in the churches, but even the Reformed are susceptible to many of these deceptions. We need a New Reformation, we need a Revival with Holy Spirit conviction of the sins of false doctrine (that it seems to me do feed individual propensity to personal sins, which is a whole topic I've been thinking about -- but Romans 1 is a clue), and with Holy Spirit inspired repentance from all these errors. We need Fear of God, we've lost our Fear of God.
May be back to add or correct.