False Doctrines Exposed - The Complete List
For the past three weeks we have been running this feature exposing many of the greatest false doctrines of modern Christianity. These articles are not written by authors of The Plain Truth, but by http://www.end-times-prophecy.org, in which we have no connection. These are very well written articles that The Plain Truth wanted to publish for our readers.
There are many doctrines taught in the mainstream Christian churches today that are false teachings, which are not supported by the Word of God in the Bible. But how can so many people around the world be wrong? Because they have been deceived by the "wine" (false doctrines) of Babylon the Great. The whore of Babylon has made the whole world drunk with her false teachings and as Revelation 13 confirms, she has made the "WHOLE world wonder after the beast."
The purpose of this page is to enlighten you with the TRUTH of God's Word regarding these teachings. And I would urge everyone to prayerfully study these things for themselves. Asking God to reveal the truth, because it is only through the truth that we will be able to stand against the deceptions of Satan during the last days before Christ Jesus returns.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 ...'And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.'
Do you see why seeking the truth is so important? Do you have a love for the truth? I hope so, because it is the TRUTH that will set us free (John 8:32), which is found only in the Word of God (John 17:17) and those who live the truth (John 3:21) will worship God according to the truth (John 4:23-24) through Christ Jesus who IS the truth (John 14:6) and the ONLY way to salvation.
Ephesians 6:14 ...'Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.'
False Doctrine 1 - The Immortal Soul
The majority of professing Christians today believe that when we die, we have a separate "soul" that continues
to live on. Those who are lost will go to "hell" and the saved will go to heaven. Did you know that Christians were not the first people to believe in the immortal soul? No, this belief came from the Pagan world. All throughout the Old Testament, you will not see one verse where God or His people proclaimed an immortal soul teaching. And the same goes with the New Testament, apart from some vague statements made by the apostle Paul, which do not support an immortal soul at all. So what is the truth? Take a look at how we were created:
Genesis 2:7 ...'And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul'
Now according to the popular belief today, we were GIVEN a soul that lives on after we are dead. But can you see the truth in the above Bible verse? Man BECAME a "living soul" with the breath of God (spirit) in him. So what will happen when that breath of God (spirit) goes out? ... Genesis 3:19 ...' In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.'
Can you see the clear truth of this? We are made out of the dirt of the ground. And it is ONLY the breath of God that keeps us alive and makes us "LIVING SOULS". But without that breath of God in us, we become DUST again! We we not given a soul, we ARE living souls while we are alive.
All throughout the Old Testament we are taught that after death we know NOTHING (Ecclesiastes 9:5,10; Psalm 115:17). And in Isaiah, we are given a remarkable prophecy concerning the second coming of Christ Jesus and the doctrine of what happens when we die:
Isaiah 26:19 ...'Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.'
Do you see? Where do we DWELL until the second coming of Christ Jesus? In the grave! Awaiting the resurrection. Friends, this is the Bible truth. When we die, we return to dust and await the second coming of Jesus when He will resurrect us. We do not have an immortal soul, because ONLY Christ Jesus has immortality (1 Timothy 6:16). And it is only through Him that we can GAIN immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53).
Christ Jesus Himself taught that when we die, we sleep (Matthew 9:24; John 11:11-14). And this falls in line with the Old Testament teaching that we "wait" in the grave until the resurrection. Friends, we need to know the TRUTH about this important subject, because Satan is going to use it to deceive the nations in the last days. Spiritualism is on the increase, and we need the truth so that we do not get caught in it's trap.
For more truth and information about this doctrine, please see THIS PAGE.
False Doctrine 2 - Eternal Hell Fire
Now this is a false teaching that is a complete abomination. And I'm not ashamed to say that it is a doctrine of devils! Mainstream Christian churches believe and teach (some rather exuberantly), that when the lost person dies, he/she will be sent into the "fires of hell", there to remain and burn in anguish and extreme pain and suffering for ALL ETERNITY!
So let me get this straight. Our God of LOVE is going to torture the lost with fire for the ceaseless ages to come? And all for a SHORT life of sin, in a body that is PRONE to sin because of the fall of Adam and Eve? Does this sound like love? Not one bit. But wait, maybe the Bible teaches this? ... No it doesn't!
John 3:16 ...'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'
The most well known Bible verse in the whole world. And yet so few people actually KNOWS what it is saying! There are only TWO options for us. One is to follow Christ Jesus and GAIN eternal life. The other is to not follow Christ Jesus and PERISH. We all know what perish means right? To be COMPLETELY destroyed ... nothing left! And when you learn the truth that we don't have an immortal soul, then this really makes complete sense.
Now don't get me wrong. The lost WILL be judged and punished with "hell fire", which Revelation chapters 19 and 20 describes as the "lake of fire". But that fire will "burn them up" (Malachi 4:1) and they will die the "second DEATH" (Revelation 21:8). And this agrees with what God foretold long ago, when He said ... "the soul that sinneth, it SHALL DIE." (Ezekiel 18:20).
For more truth and information about this doctrine, please CLICK HERE.
False Doctrine 3 - The Rapture
The rapture doctrine is based on a couple of flimsy (at best) Bible verses, and yet those who push it
completely ignore the crystal clear Bible verses that 100 percent PROVE the rapture theory to be false. And not only is this a false teaching, those who believe in it cannot even agree on WHEN it is going to happen - pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib. There is just complete confusion regarding this doctrine. And yet the Bible is so clear ... there is NO rapture. The word doesn't even exist in the Bible. So let me give you some Bible verses that expose this false doctrine.
Matthew 13:24-30 ...'Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; [NO] lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together FIRST the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.'
Oh how I love the true Word of God. It's sharper than any two edged sword! Praise the Lord! So what does this rapture theory teach? It teaches that Jesus will suddenly rapture away the church BEFORE the end of the world and BEFORE the lost (tares) are gathered, and then the world will CONTINUE another 7 years, during which there will be great tribulation. So the rapture doctrine teaches that Christ will take the saved FIRST. But what does the above Bible verses confirm? They confirm that the wheat (church) and the tares (lost) grow TOGETHER UNTIL THE HARVEST, and then the LOST are taken FIRST. And when is the harvest?
Matthew 13:38-40 ...'The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.'
No matter what flimsy texts they try to base their belief on, the rapture theory is dead against the above clear Bible truth. And do you know what is so dangerous about the rapture teaching? It makes people relax and think they will get a second chance after the rapture to be saved. This is a deception from Satan. Because when Christ Jesus returns soon, every case for saved and lost will have ALREADY been judged and decided. And there will be no second chance.
For more truth and information about the second coming of Christ and the rapture, see THIS WEBSITE.
False Doctrine 4 - The Sabbath Day Abolished
Although I have labelled this as the sabbath day abolished, there are a few differing views and beliefs concerning the sabbath day throughout the mainstream Christian churches. Some believe that the sabbath day of the 4th commandment has been abolished completely. Some believe that the sabbath day has been changed from the 7th day of the week to the 1st. And others believe that we can keep any day as the sabbath day. But, you guessed it. They are all wrong, because the 7th day sabbath still stands exactly as per the 4th commandment today. Let me share with you an interesting statement made by Christ Jesus Himself:
Matthew 5:17-18 ...'Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.'
Now many Christians look at this verse and for some strange reason use it to defend their belief that Jesus "did away" with the ten commandments. And yet that is a clear contradiction to what Jesus actually said above. Look, Jesus said He DIDN'T come to destroy the law, He came to "fulfil". And that word fulfil in the original language actually means "to bring FULL MEANING" to the law. And the next verse is even more clear:
"Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law."
Do you see what Christ Jesus is saying here? It is so clear. One jot or tittle shall NOT pass from the law till the end of this world. What law? Read the rest of Matthew 5 and you will see that Jesus was talking about the ten commandments. Friends, if one jot or tittle has NOT passed from the ten commandments, then the 4th commandment concerning the sabbath day remains EXACTLY as it was, which means the sabbath day is the 7th day of the week (our Saturday), not the 1st (Sunday).
If you study the creation account, you will see that God instituted the seventh day sabbath BEFORE there was any sin in this world. Meaning He meant it to be an eternal weekly day of rest, which the prophecy of Isaiah 66:22-23 confirms. And the seventh day of the week is the ONLY day that God has ever blessed and set apart for holy use.
False Doctrine 5 - Mark of the Beast a Physical Mark
There is a huge amount of professing Christians who do not even look into this important prophecy, and yet it is one that will decide the fate of the world in the last days. And those who do study the mark of the beast, the majority believe that the mark is going to be a physical mark like a microchip (RFID) or an ID card, or something similar. But the mark of the beast CANNOT be a physical mark and I will tell you why.
Study the WHOLE Bible and what will you see with certainty that God is concerned with? He is concerned with WORSHIP and KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS right? And if you study Revelation 13 and 14 concerning the beast's mark, what is the central theme?
Revelation 13: ...'vs 4 ...And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? ... vs 8 ...And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world ... vs 11-12 ...And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth ... and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast ... vs 15 ...and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.'
Revelation 14: ...'vs 6-7 ...And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven ... Saying with a loud voice ... worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters ... vs 9-10 ...If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand ... The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.'
Would you say that this is an issue of WORSHIP? So what has worship got to do with having a physical mark like a microchip or ID card FORCED upon you? And how does a microchip or ID card STOP you from giving true worship to God? It doesn't. Which is why the mark of the beast CANNOT be a physical mark. It is a spiritual mark that is to do with worship. Now look at this verse:
Revelation 14:12 ...'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.'
Right after the angel warns about receiving the mark of the beast, we are told that those who DON'T get the mark, ie, the saints, are the one's who are KEEPING God's commandments and following in the footstep of Jesus Christ. So the mark of the beast will be to do with God's ten commandments. The beast will enforce a law that will go against one or more of God's ten commandments. And those who accept this law of the beast will in effect be giving their WORSHIP to the beast, rather than God. Then they will have a spiritual mark that God can see and they will be lost.
Now don't get me wrong. I believe that technology like a microchop or biometric ID card will be used to help ENFORCE the mark of the beast. But in of themselves it is impossible for them to be the actual mark.
For more truth and information about the mark of the beast, see THIS SITE.
False Doctrine 6 - Antichrist Has Not Come Yet
Again, like the mark of the beast issue, there are huge numbers of professing Christians who are not interested in finding out who the antichrist is. And those who do study it, the majority believe it will be a man who will rise to power in Europe, sometime in the near future. This false teaching was popularized by the "Left Behind" books, amongst many other false teachings. And there are many who just accept those books as truth, rather than study it for themselves in the Word of God.
The amazing thing about this one, is that the antichrist was revealed HUNDREDS of years ago by the Protestant reformers. These brave men and women of God stood up for the truth and declared the persecuting Roman Catholic Church as the main Bible antichrist, and the Pope as that "man of sin" which Paul speaks about. And yet virtually ALL of Protestantism today has now turned away from the great truths that God revealed through the reformers, and has embraced the whore of Babylon, their MOTHER.
The main Bible antichrist constitutes the little horn of Daniel 7. The sea beast of Revelation 13 and Babylon the Great of Revelation 17 and 18. And this antichrist system is lead by that man of sin in 2 Thessalonians 2. And all these point UNMISTAKENLY to the Papal Church of Rome. Let's just look quickly at that man of sin.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 ...'Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.'
What does the Bible say the temple of God is today? 1 Corinthians 3:16 tells us that WE (the church) are the temple of God. So for the man of sin to "sit in the temple of God", he would need to reside and sit in a position of leadership in the professing Christian church right? And he would need to be looked upon and venerated and exalted higher than other men and be placed in a position like God right?
Did you know that the word "anti" in antichrist can also mean "IN PLACE OF" Christ?
So do we have a leader in the professing Christian church who is exalted higher than other
men and is regarded as being in place of Christ on earth? Yes! The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. And what is he called? The Holy Father!!
Who else would sit in the church on a throne between two golden cherubim, as God, called "holy father", other than the man of sin?!
This is your man of sin - the Roman Catholic Pope, and the Roman Catholic Church is the Bible antichrist.
For much more information about the antichrist, see HERE.
Friends, these are important doctrines that Satan has twisted and is going to use to deceive the masses in the very last days. And the only way we can be guarded against the attacks from the enemy is by studying and learning the truth. Why has God bothered giving us His Word in the Bible? Why have many people given their very lives to bring us the Word of God in our own language? Because the TRUTH is vital for us to know and understand.
I pray that you will study these things for yourself. Don't even take my word as truth, but prayerfully study it yourself in the Bible and Christ Jesus will open your eyes to wonderful things that He is longing to share with you, so that you may stand in the day of temptation and not be deceived.