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The True Gospel and Imposters
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Minister Ty Alexander
(Ty Huynh)
  11/6/2018 8:26 PM

 
  11/11/2018 1:39 PM
After ten years in God's Kingdom and ministering for almost the entire time, I've seen a lot of false teaching and bad influences in the church. I've also made a lot of mistakes that cost much pain and suffering, and I do not want others to suffer the same. Not everyone should be a teacher of the faith, for our judgment is severe if we sin or teach in error (James 3:1), and as far as the gospel goes, it can be a very costly mistake to get wrong as we will see.

Whether we were taught incorrectly or jumped to the wrong conclusions about things, new believers should not move too quickly into preaching roles. Years of study are needed to be a most effective minister, and I found that religious fervor caused by religious spirits can make anyone run too quickly or too often to evangelize, or spread spiritual knowledge whether it is true or not or given by God or not. The world, especially the Internet, is too full of this rampant sharing of false, bad teaching, even by well-known preachers.

Maybe the worse consequence of running too quickly with bad spiritual knowledge is that it gives hooks for religious spirits to brainwash you. This brainwashing prevents you from thinking clearly or making the correct conclusions about even good guidance, like valid Scripture. This is the searing of the conscience by deceiving demons in 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

It is good to be of sincere faith and heart to spread the gospel and help people. I was very adamant about that when I first came to Christ because of the unusual way I came to believe (see 3rd Compass, The Book Chapter 3), but we should also not want to be teachers too swiftly when we do not truly understand the details of what we so confidently assert (1 Timothy 1:7). In my many years of service, speaking with people and ministries around the world, I don't believe I encountered one ministry, church, or person, including myself, to be completely free of error from bad teaching.

It is misconception that spiritual things are easy to understand or that God is not a God of "confusion" or "confusing things". It is more accurate to say He is not a God of disorder or disarray, which is what 1 Corinthians 14:33 refers to by saying He is not a God of confusion. However, I've seen many people use that verse in the wrong way and say that God and the Bible doesn't give confusing guidance or anything else. This is not true and this mentality prevents us from thinking deep enough about things, which makes us accept false guidance easier or dismiss the truth and good guidance , because we don't go far enough to understand it. It is even a step in brainwashing to prevent people from thinking more deeply, and it is not God's way to have us simply follow blindly. God tests us and we should examine things closely (1 Thessalonians 5:20:21; Deuteronomy 13:1-3).

The truth is, God does speak and do in very confusing ways on purpose. Much prophecy in the Bible uses confusing imagery and the Lord hid the true meaning of things when He spoke in parables or through metaphor. He does this so those who are cursed cannot easily come to healing and to hide the truth from those who would consider themselves wise and prudent (Matthew 11:25, 13:15; Mark 4:12; Luke 10:21; Acts 28:27; 1 Corinthians 1:19-29; Isaiah 6:10).

God hides the truth from the world that is wise in their own ways, but for those who wish to believe in the truth He will make plain. I had to come out of a lot of bad experiences and brainwashing to learn the truth, and as far as the True Gospel goes the Lord gave me understanding to remove some stumbling blocks for people.

For much of my ministry, I, along with others, got a lot of guidance on what the True Gospel really is. It is Apostle Paul's gospel for which he was entrusted (2 Timothy 2:8) and the terms for it were spoken succinctly by Jesus in Matthew 10:32-33, "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." Those are the terms for the New Covenant - We must confess or acknowledge our belief in Jesus to others and not deny that faith in front of them.

Paul backs this up with four trustworthy statements when he talks about "his gospel" in 2 Timothy 2:
"If we died with Him, we will also live with Him" (2 Timothy 2:11) - This is about being reborn, literally, with God's Spirit as well as symbolically dying to the ways of the world when we live Christian lives. Paul proclaimed, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).

Jesus says this literal rebirth is required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3-8). It gives us the Holy Spirit or actually remakes our spirit with God's Spirit, so our bodies are literal temples for Him (1 Corinthians 6:15-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Paul said if we do not have the Spirit in this way, we do not belong to God (Romans 8:9).

This rebirth happens when someone witnesses our confession of belief in Jesus (1 John 4:15). This confession is the fulfillment of the first covenant promise Jesus spoke in Matthew 10:32, "Whoever confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven." Our confession, not faith or belief alone, is what gets us into God's Kingdom, as Paul also said, "For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 10:10). It is righteousness to have faith, but it is confessing that faith to someone that brings the rebirth of our spirit with God's.

This literal rebirth is the mystery of the church's marriage with Christ that Paul talks about in Ephesians 5:31-32. In those verses, the reference to marriage's "and the two shall become one flesh," refers to our spirits being reborn with God's, so we actually are "one flesh" with God. If this has not happened, but you still believe in Jesus, then you are basically in the betrothed state to Christ and not married or truly reborn and saved or belong to Him.

Just believing in Jesus gives the Holy Spirit and God's power in other ways, such as in Acts 10:44-47 when people received powers of the Holy Spirit simply when they heard Peter talk about the gospel and believed. Anyone can also use any of God's Names with power if they believe, but these things are not the same as getting the rebirth of the Holy Spirit in us when we confess our faith in Christ to someone.

It's when we fulfill the first term of the New Covenant given in Matthew 10:32 that we are washed inside and out by this rebirth, and it is the only way we can truly be washed clean with no spot or wrinkle, so we are holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:27), since no one but Jesus was and is sinless (Acts 3:23; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Samuel 2:2).

Our rebirth gives us the new heart promised by the New Covenant, so we have the desire to follow and obey the Lord (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 3:3; Colossians 3:15; Hebrews 8:8-12). However, the enemy can take advantage of that enthusiasm and use our ignorance to get us to follow false guidance and teaching. I will discuss more about that later. For now, I will continue with the True Gospel and 2 Timothy.

"If we endure, we will also reign with Him" (2 Timothy 2:12) - This is about persevering through all hardship and persecution with our confession of faith ("dying with Him" in the first saying). We must hold fast to our confession and never let go (Hebrews 10:23), which means we are not to change our mind about belief in Christ because it is the justification that makes our confession valid (Romans 10:9). That confession needs to remain valid because it will keep our eternal salvation through any act except for one thing, which is given in the next saying.

"If we deny Him, He will also deny us" (2 Timothy 2:12) - This refers to fulfilling the second covenant promise Jesus spoke in Matthew 10:33, "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven." Denying our belief or affiliation with Jesus to others is the ONLY way we lose eternal salvation through the New Covenant once we attained it.

Jesus reinforces this in John 12:42-50 where He says the Word He spoke (referring to Matthew 10:32-33), will condemn anyone who does not adhere to it (both parts of it). At the end of John 12, He was speaking about people who did not confess their belief in Him, because they were afraid of being expelled. So we see Jesus is saying, if we hide or deny our belief in Him in front of people, it will cost us eternal salvation, since He also says His commandment or Word is eternal life in John 12:50. This doesn't mean sinning has no effect on us. It just does not affect our state of eternal salvation through the New Covenant.

Paul notes this in 1 Corinthians 5 where he gives a man living in immorality to Satan for the "destruction of his flesh" or premature death. It is done so his spirit can be saved in the day of the Lord or resurrected in what the church calls The Rapture (1 Corinthians 5:5). This notes how sin does not take away our eternal salvation from the New Covenant, but denying or disowning Jesus will. Giving the sinner over to an early death heeds the danger that the sinner may lose eternal salvation by denying Christ if enough time passes for darkness to influence more completely him.
 
"If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself" (2 Timothy 2:13) - The last saying states Jesus is eternally faithful to us even if we don't believe in Him or all of His ways. He doesn't change who He is (Malachi 3:6). Many won't reign with Him in the end, but His commitment to having us mature and prosper won't ever change. This saying also goes with Christ's role as Judge for the faithless (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1), which I will speak of later.
An example of God's faithfulness despite our unfaithfulness is Peter's denials. Jesus said Peter would disown or deny Him three times, using the same terminology for being denied in heaven (Matthew 10:33). Peter also denied Jesus in front of other people, which fulfills the New Covenant's terms for losing eternal salvation (also stated in Luke 12:9; 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 John 2:23).

Peter lost his salvation when He denied knowing the Lord, but he had time afterwards to secure it again with new confessions of belief. How do we know that is what really happened? The deeper meaning in Peter's denials and later reinstatement (John 21:15) is shown in Luke 22:31, where Jesus tells Peter he would soon deny Him as a result of his being tested, because Satan wanted to "sift [Peter] like wheat." That is a reference to sorting out people into the two eternal choices of heaven and hell. Jesus knew it would happen, but He prayed Peter's faith would not fail completely and that he would return to strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:32).

Why would Jesus say those things if denying Him was trivial? From where was Peter to come back from? Was it from the state of shame or was it from something more serious? And for what purpose would his experience strengthen his brothers?

All of it points to the fact that Peter's denials flipped his state of eternal salvation from saved by the New Covenant to not saved, because of the covenant terms for eternal salvation (Matthew 10:32-33; 1 John 2:23; Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 4:15; Luke 12:9;  2 Timothy 2:12), "that very Word [Jesus] spoke," which condemns at the last day (John 12:48) if a person denies belief in Jesus in front of other people, even if they believe in Him.

However, it was not Peter's last day, and he got the chance to return to God's Kingdom and help strengthen his brothers to not make the same mistake he did.

There is hope for those who believe but denied their belief, if they acknowledge their faith in Christ to people and keep that confession solid before death takes the chance away forever. Everyone should be serious about that. No one in God's Kingdom should even think about denying their belief in Jesus. Not for threat of death or anything else. The treasure of grace in Christ is infinitely more valuable than anything else in our temporary, physical lives.

Christians are still dying around the world today before denying the Lord and converting to Islam or other religions. They do that because they value their place with Christ more than anything else. That is how God wants us to act when it comes to placing Him before everything else. It also fulfills the Greatest Command to love the Lord with all your strength, all your mind, and all your heart, for it's obedience to His commands that is true love for God (1 John 5:3; John 14:15), which in this case is to keep the covenant terms for grace in Christ unto death.

If Peter died before being reinstated in the Kingdom, he would not be part of the first resurrection of the dead (The Rapture; Revelation 20:4; Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3), but instead would be resurrected in the second resurrection of the dead for those who were not saved or kept their salvation (Revelation 20:5, 20:13). This is when the Judgment happens and Christ judges those who weren't saved. What they did in life (the records in the books of Revelation 20:12) are examined, and if at the end of the Judgment, they are found to be not righteous enough to be in heaven, they will be thrown in the lake of fire (the second death or eternal hell) (Revelation 20:14).

The Judgment shows how valuable being saved by the New Covenant is. All our sins are forgiven and we are guaranteed placement in the Book of Life. We only need to confess our belief in Jesus and hold on to that despite any opposition, because if we lose our guaranteed eternal salvation, we will be judged by all our deeds in the Judgment.

God gave me the knowledge to understand this is why the New Testament states certain types of sinners will not get the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelation 21:8, 22:15). It isn't because Jesus' sacrifice doesn't cover those sins. It's because if you don't truly belong to Him (weren't reborn with His Spirit) or denied Him, you won't be part of the first resurrection or Rapture, and those sins will keep you from getting into heaven when the Judgment comes.

So if you've been idolatrous or worshipped other gods, which includes being greedy (Colossians 3:5), or were sexually immoral, practiced sorcery or black magic, been prone to drunkenness, anger, envy, lying, cowardice, or any of the other sins in the New Testament references above, you aren't likely to get your name into the Book of Life during the Judgment. I don't know about you, but I won't rely on my acts to get me into heaven. I will resist all false gospels and guidance and hold on to the gift of grace God gave through Christ by adhering to what the True Gospel says we must do.

The issue of imposters is a difficult one, but it is one all Christians should be aware of, so we do not fall into lies and become slaves of the enemy as I have found many people in the church have fallen to. I, too, fell into these deceptions planted by the enemy, but thank the Lord I was brought out of spiritual blindness and brainwashing, so I can help my brethren to do the same.

This spiritual blindness is a curse that goes with Apostle Paul saying anyone who preaches a gospel contrary to the one he gave above will be cursed (Galatians 1:8-9). This is a serious issue because spreading the lies of false christs and teachers gives the enemy hooks in you that will allow demons to usurp your relationship with God by them pretending to be Him in any form. I've seen them pretend to be the Holy Spirit and Christ and even use God's holy names in Hebrew and other languages.

In the many years I served the Lord, I encountered far too many people following imposters and demons by the guidance they give. Some claimed to be prophets, but they speak all kinds of nonsense in the name of the Lord, such as condemning amusement parks as abominations and condemning women for pursuing careers instead of families. It's even possible for a true prophet or servant of the Lord to be deceived and have these imposter demons that they speak from, "for false christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect" (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22).

I used to work with ministry friends who I trusted to only give true guidance from God, because they are led by a prophet, have many years more experience than me, and told of many miraculous signs and wonders. But over many years working with them, I found much guidance they got was not truly from God but from a false christ spirit claiming to be Christ.

I believe they also got guidance from God, but it was mixed up and misconstrued or misinterpreted by the demons in their midst, and so in their preaching to follow the Lord by their guidance and methods, they spread these demons to others and aided in making us fall to idolatry by following false guidance from demons. We cannot have more than one God, one Teacher, Father, Master, or Leader (Matthew 23:9-10; Matthew 6:24), so if we follow false ones, we are not truly living by the Spirit or through God as our only Teacher, Father, and Leader.

Unfortunately, you really can "receive a different spirit" or false-holy-spirit from a "different gospel" (2 Corinthians 11:4), since these imposters can spread easily to you just by you believing in them or their false guidance. Paul commended people who rejected these "different" spirits and gospels and "another Jesus" in 2 Corinthians 11:4, but today it is increasingly difficult to identify them and their guidance, because imposters of the Lord, His Spirit, saints, and angels and their false guidance have infiltrated a majority of the church. Not only do they use God's, saints', and angels' names to do this, but they use valid Scripture and real spiritual powers to prophecy and work miracles, signs, and wonders to deceive (see also Divination, Idolatry and the Curse of False Gospels).

The enemy's deceptions are many. I will speak in more detail of this in a different document. For the True Gospel, it is important to know that preaching and living in false gospels will bring imposters into your life, such as a false holy spirit or christ that speaks to you, yet I found that if you resist and reject them as we should, they then reveal their true identity by swearing and opposing your efforts to get rid of them. They can be very hard to get rid of because of hooks they have in us, so just trying to get deliverance may fail or be temporary because the hooks remain.

The "strong man's property" (Matthew 12:29; Mark 3:27) Jesus talks about when He talks about casting out demons are these hooks, so to "bind the strong man" and get rid of those hooks, we need to reject sin the demon attaches to and reject the false beliefs and false guidance they give. Only keep truth, because truth is truth no matter who gave it, and keep the knowledge of your experiences so you can help others and remember your lessons.

God's power can deliver us from any demon, but they will come back if hooks remain, and we can end up worse off for it. Jesus talks about this in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24-26 where a demon comes back with others even worse after being cast out of someone. They can do this because if a person continues to sin, keeps false beliefs, or even keeps infected materials related to those demons, then they continue to have the hooks they need to come back. This is also why Jesus told a crippled man to, "stop sinning or something worse may happen to you" after He healed him in John 5:14.

I included infected materials above because demons can attach to physical objects used in sin, like Ouija boards, tarot cards, statues, and other things used for divination or idolatry. Even computers and records used to keep false guidance can be infected. The ministry I used to partner with got guidance to get rid of some of their records as well as a 3rd-person's records of false spiritual guidance in order to get deliverance. It was only after they got rid of the records that they could remove the demons. I've seen first-hand how demons can infect physical objects, like computers, and manipulate them, so I know this is true. A friend even told me about someone who tried to destroy a Ouija board in a fire and it screamed.

Getting these demons is a real and serious issue. I'm afraid my old ministry friends continued in false guidance and are still blinded by their demons, even after I gave them Scripture that contradicted their beliefs.

I lamented to the Lord about this, because why should we get imposters and demons when we sincerely ask only for Him? They can take over our relationship with God when we treat them as Him and their guidance as from Him. It doesn't matter if we try to speak directly to the Lord or try with all our heart to listen to His Voice, if these demons are in our midst pretending to be Him, they will interfere, mislead, and misconstrue true guidance from the Lord as well as give false guidance.

Believe it or not, it is God's will that we have to deal with these imposters, and they will be in the church until the end of the age. That means the church and God's people will not have complete unity until the end of the age. Jesus talked about this in the Parable of the Tares (Weeds) and Wheat. God's Kingdom is like the tare and wheat, because the tares are the people sowed by the enemy (Matthew 13:38-39) and both the tares and wheat are allowed to grow up together until the harvest, which is at the end of the age (Matthew 13:29-30, 13:39-40).

I believe the end of the age is when the Lord returns and we will be resurrected to reign with Him in the Millennial Reign (Revelation 20:4-6), so I don't believe the church and God's people can come to complete unity without the Lord coming back to assert His authority and remove all the false teaching and doctrine.

Until that time, be wise in what is truly from God and what is the True Gospel. Resist and reject all false gospels and imposters of the Lord, His saints, and angels and their guidance. Gospels that teach you are saved by acts, water baptism, rituals, or only by believing in or being close to Christ are false gospels. Likewise, gospels that teach you lose the New Covenant's salvation through acts or sin other than denying the Lord are false.

The Parable of Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) can be understood better after you know the True Gospel and everything stated here. Half of them were prudent and had enough oil to wait for the Bridegroom's (the Lord's) return, but the foolish ones did not bring a flask of oil with them. So when the Lord returned, the unwise virgins were shut out of the wedding feast and the Lord said, "Truly, I say to you, I do not know you" (Matthew 25:12).

The Lord didn't know the foolish virgins because they did not truly belong to Him. They were betrothed or in that state of belief in Jesus I mentioned above, but did not yet confess their belief or they denied the Lord, and so lost their guaranteed place in the Book of Life.

The oil flasks that the wise virgins brought with them symbolize the Holy Spirit being reborn in them when we are truly saved into God's Kingdom. Remember Jesus said that rebirth is necessary in John 3:3-8. This holy oil is a miracle that never runs out, like the oil used to rededicate God's temple for which Hanukkah is celebrated. God's miracle of renewal to dedicate our bodies as temples for Him by the New Covenant is like Hanukkah's miracle of rededication.

The Jews only had one day of oil for the required eights days of dedicating the temple, but they lit the menorah anyways, and God renewed the oil so the lamps burned the whole eight days. The Holy Spirit in our reborn spirits or limitless holy oil is what we need for us to be truly dedicated or belong to the Lord and be part of the wedding feast when He returns.

For the unwise virgins, though, were shut out, like Peter would have been, if he never got reinstated into the Kingdom and kept from denying the Lord again. They would face the Judgment at the second resurrection of the dead, and so be in the place where "there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth," (Matthew 24:51) because they were not truly saved and missed being part of the first resurrection or Rapture.

Be as the wise virgins and make sure you truly are reborn with God and never deny Him. Be respectful of the True Gospel. Understand it and teach it correctly, because you can be cursed for teaching and following false ones. Why would God allow us to be cursed with imposters if teaching the gospel correctly did not matter? He tests us and wants us to give appropriate respect to what is sacred.

May you be blessed by this knowledge and the renewal of the Holy Spirit sealed in you by the New Covenant, and continually be perfected into God's image in Christ Jesus. Amen.
 


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