O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified.
In the late sixties there was a seemingly harmless TV show introduced to the American viewing audience called "Bewitched." The show was about a normal young middle class couple dealing with the every day problems of life but with one difference, the wife was a witch.
The show portrayed her as a cute and mischievous little schemer always trying to help out her husband by using her supernatural power for good. The only problem was that the viewers were being charmed into believing that witchcraft was a harmless and funny way to obtain something even though it involves the aid of demons.
Ever since TV arrived on the scene witchcraft has been introduced to the youth of this nation and the world as being a supernatural power used for good. From Walt Disney to Harry Potter the minds of millions have been seduced into the dark world of the black arts leading many into a hellish world of perversion and drugs resulting in death and destruction.
So what could be so bad about a mouse who is a sorcerer? After all Mickey was so cute with his little sorcerer's hat and magic wand, he couldn't harm a fly. The problem is this: if you make the package look good or cute or disguise it as if it is something that will help people they will fall for it, hook, line and sinker! The devil has seduced millions into believing witchcraft is harmless and something good when in actuality it is offensive to God and a very dangerous and very real and deadly practice.
WITCHCRAFT IN THE CHURCH
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert (distort) the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6,7
The apostle Paul rebuked the church at Galatia for allowing themselves to be bewitched by those wanting to bring them back into bondage by compelling them to be circumcised in order to obtain salvation. The gospel was being perverted and distorted just as it is today, a little here, and a little there and you have a broader way so that everyone can enter God's kingdom.
There are certain components that accompany salvation that cannot be removed, the death, burial and subsequent resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, confession and repentance from sin, receiving Jesus as Lord and surrendering one's life under His control and eternal punishment in a literal hell forever for those who don't obey the gospel.
The word of God is very plain in regards to salvation and its requirements for entrance into the kingdom of God. Jesus is the way and the only way of true salvation through His sacrifice on the cross to deliver us from the wrath of God. To remove, pervert or distort any of these requirements or to add to them will result in that person being accursed!
As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:9
FALSE TEACHERS AND DOCTRINES OF DEMONS
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. II Peter 2:1
Jesus was warned us that in the last days there would be many false prophets and if possible even the very elect of God would be deceived and drawn away after them. Today the church is full of false prophets and teachers perverting the gospel and filling God's people with absolute poisonous doctrine.
Many are saying there is no hell, no punishment for sin and rebellion, no eternal death only love. God is love and therefore isn't capable of sending anyone to a literal burning place of torment forever, but that is not the God of the bible. God created hell for the devil and his angels, mankind was never meant to go there but because man refused to obey and broke the commandments of the Most High everyone that rejects Christ's mercy will be tormented day and night forever!
Many of those whom I respected and looked up to in the church have fallen into apostasy and false doctrine, men who once preached a fiery message of repentance have begun to water it down to make the road of salvation broader so that everyone can enter. Seeker friendly churches have compromised the word of God in order to reach the masses, making the gospel more palatable, more fashionable. No talk of blood or sacrifice or sin just love, love, love. May God have mercy!
Now the Spirit says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron. I Timothy 4:1
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16,17
John Lennon wrote a song in the sixties called "All you need is love" at the same time the Hippie movement was in full swing promoting free love. Sex, drugs and rock and roll ruled the youth of this world for decades poisoning the minds of millions with a message of love. Love without rules or guidelines, no boundaries only unconditional love!
The mistake that millions of people make is that God loves them unconditionally, but that is not true, God has conditions in order for them to be saved and receive His love. True, God loves the world and sent His Son to die for mankind in order for man to be saved from the wrath of God, but man must believe, repent and surrender his life and heart to Him to receive forgiveness.
The devil and his messengers, false prophets and teachers picked up on the free love bit and have promoted a gospel of love without the cross, the blood, repentance and sacrifice leaving a powerless and benign message that will send you directly into the very pitts of a literal burning hell! Today millions sit through dry and dead ritualistic meetings every Sunday morning feeling good about their salvation having been told that by simply praying the magical "sinner's prayer" that they are saved forever when in fact they have been lied to and are on their way to a fiery eternal death.
Unless a person is convicted by the Holy Spirit that they are lost and in a position of being a hopeless sinner in need of the Savior's blood they cannot be saved. You cannot come to the Father unless He draws you, you cannot be saved without the conviction of His Holy Spirit. Ungodly men have co-hearsed millions down an isle for the purpose of promoting their ministry or church convincing the masses that by bowing their head and praying a harmless little prayer they will be saved. Every head bowed and every eye closed!
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18
THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
"See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess." Deuteronomy 30:15,16
The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is direct and to the point, repent, believe and surrender under His lordship and the entrance to His kingdom will be opened to you. The so-called "sinner's prayer" in Romans 10 was actually taken from Deuteronomy 30:11-19 that explains our need to make and keep covenant with God.
The salvation of souls is a costly venture that requires the blood of the Son of God to cleanse the sins of those that repent and submit to follow Him in obedience. God does not take lightly those who would trample, pervert or distort His way of salvation in regards to His Son's precious blood, nor would you if your only child was given for a sacrifice for someone else's disobedience.
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the only source of spiritual life for all of mankind. He is the Gate, the Bread, the living water and the Word of God sent to redeem man from eternal damnation by the shedding of His blood. To reject His free gift of grace and continue a life of rebellion will result in the loss of your soul forever. God's justice is hell for the sinner, Jesus paid the penalty for sin to make the sinner into a saint!
Jesus is going to return soon for His bride, those who are washed in His blood and submitted under His authority to live in the realms of eternity forever. What choice have you made: eternal life, or eternal death? The choice you make will depend upon where you will spend eternity. Be careful that you make the right decision in regards to your choice and beware that you are not following a man instead of Christ, the outcome will be devastating!
But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men.
But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:7-9
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin