This is one of the reasons why the doctrine a person believes DOES matter!
“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” John 16:2,3
Persecution is going to come from with the “church”.
These people believe they are saved but aren’t truly born again. They do not know God, yet they believe that killing true Christians is doing God a favour. Little do they know that their god is a false god and they will be the ones who end up in hell. 😦
This is one of the reasons I believe we need to make sure of our standing in Christ.
Examine ourselves and see if we be in the faith, for if we have not the doctrine of Christ we do not have God. We may not think we would do this (turn anyone in or kill them), but look at Peter who said he wouldn’t deny Christ!
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. …” 2 Corinthians 13:5
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:9-11
Do you really want to fellowship with just anyone who claims to be a Christian with these warnings, knowing that they could be the very ones who turn you in and or kill you??
I know I don’t, which is why I try to find out a person’s doctrine before I will get too deeply involved in biblical fellowship with them.
I did this a couple of years back with a family I didn’t know too well. Because they said a few things that I agreed with I thought we were on the same page, so to speak. But as time went on, these people showed that who they were following were some major false teachers, and some of the things the husband spoke were like false prophesies. Also he would say one thing and then change his mind later, and there were other things that sent up huge red flags for me, so I ended up slowly backing away and dissolving the fellowship with them. That meant that I had nobody to fellowship with, but I would rather that than be with the wrong people.
This is also why I don’t just blindly follow anyone who claims to be a Christian ‘author, singer, preacher, healer, prophet’ etc etc.
It’s just not worth it.
It really is time to stop being naive and just believing anyone who speaks about Jesus, or God or spiritual matters, because there are false Christs that people have put their faith in, and those Christs will not save them because those false Christs aren’t real and did not live a sinless life in order to pay the penalty for their sins.
It’s time to stop listening to people just because they mention a ‘God’. All religions have a ‘god’, but they aren’t all the God that created the universe and all in it. Those gods didn’t send their only Begotten Son to die for the sins of the world.
New agers speak about spiritual matters all the time, (and they have their own versions of Jesus), but their spiritual realm is the demonic realm because they channel demons.
I really care that people are blindly following others and not checking their doctrine, because we are quite clearly told that those who do not have the doctrine of Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God have not God. They are not saved. They are speaking of false Christs and false gods.
It really is time to be careful about whom we let into our minds, hearts and homes.