believe that the closing days of this dispensation will be marked by a flood of
'isms' which will captivate the carnal Christian and the unsaved, and that these
'isms' are most surely of Satanic origin. We believe it is our first duty to 'preach
the Word', 'instant in season and out of season', and to spend little time in
combating error other than by direct and positive truth.
The solemnity of the days in which we live, however makes it imperative that we
should give no uncertain sound with reference to errors that are spreading rapidly
in the earth.
we beseech you, brethren ... that ye be not soon shaken in mind ... 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 (the apostasy), and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ... whose coming is after the working
of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders' (2 Thess. 2:1-9).
'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart
(apostatize) from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils (demons); Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with
a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God
hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the
truth' (1 Tim. 4:1-3).
'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall
be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false
accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady,
high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof: from such turn away' (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
' ... 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 (myths)'
(2 Tim. 4:3,4).
' ... Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no
great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness'
(2 Cor. 11:14,15).
'And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their
God? for the living to the dead? (for the living, should it seek unto the dead?).
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it
is because there is no light in (morning for) them' (Isa. 8:19,20).
'Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit
of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is
of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of anti-christ' (1 John 4:1-3).
' ... no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no
man can say
that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost' (1 Cor. 12:3).
A few words on one or two 'isms' that are abroad to-day.
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