Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DANGER: KEEP OUT - Fellowship to Avoid

We've determined that we are to be in fellowship with God and the Body of believers and we've discussed two kinds of fell-NO-ships. Let's look at some more.

False Religions

Read 2 Peter 2:1-4 and you will see what is meant by false religions and the rest of this chapter goes on to explain how to recognize them. False religions will attribute salvation to another beside Jesus Christ as God or may even say that salvation isn't necessary or possible, indicating instead the concept of re-incarnation or 'death as the end' of it all. False religions may also be christian in appearance but will exalt others, or their own concepts above Jesus Christ.

Even within truly Christian faiths, false doctrine and teachings have emerged over centuries or even the past few years. This brings us to another type of fellowship to avoid.

False Teaching

Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [is disloyal to what Jesus Christ taught], do not receive him [do not accept him, do not welcome or admit him] into [your] house or bid him Godspeed or give him any encouragement. For he who wishes him success [who encourages him, wishing him Godspeed] is a partaker in his evil doings.
2 John 1:9-11 AMP

As my Pastor would say: That is self-explanatory.

Next Post: Fornicators and Drunks - brace yourselves!