“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
Jesus Himself said that many false prophets shall arise in the last days. We are going to have to rightly divide the Word of Truth. If you can rightly divide the Word of Truth, then certainly you can wrongly divide the Word of Truth. That’s where false doctrines arise in the church – because the Word of God is not rightly divided. People take an isolated text or scripture and bend it to fit their agenda, their idea about who God is.
For example, there was a minister who got this idea of the doctrine of inclusion. The doctrine of inclusion says that it doesn’t matter what denomination you are, what religion you belong to, what you believe, we are all going to heaven. No matter what you believe, you’re going to heaven because God is a loving God and would not send anyone to Hell.
I want you to know that I agree with part of what he said. God is a loving God. I agree that God would not send anyone to Hell, because He never has. If you go to Hell, it will be under the protest of our father God. God sent Jesus Christ to put up a roadblock and say ‘don’t go there.’
This minister got into error when he started saying that it doesn’t matter if you worship a cat, a dog, a tree, Allah, Buddha, or anything in between that you’re going to Heaven. That’s false doctrine. How do we know? It doesn’t agree with the Bible. There is a truth to what he said. But a truth taken to the extreme will get you into error. God loves everybody, but that doesn’t mean He’s going to keep you from going to Hell in your sin.
If you sin and turn your back on God, and walk away from Him, and you deny Him and the Lord Jesus Christ, then you – by your own choice – will go to Hell. God cannot stop you because if He did He would be a liar and violate His own Word.
This is how false doctrine occurs. It is built on a truth of God’s Word, then taken to the extreme. We must stay balanced and stay with the Word of God. Don’t get off on one side of the ditch or the other. Stay in the middle of the road. Stay with the Word of God and you’ll be doing good. God is with us!