The Great Heresy of the Last Days

The greatest heresy raging within the church is one of which most are unaware. This ignorance should not be a surprise; destructive heresies are prophesied to enter the church secretly:  “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. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

The technical name for the heresy is antinomianism. Antinomianism comes from the Greek word anomos, which means to be without or against the law. The word and its cognates are used twenty-five times in the New Testament. Antinomianism can be defined as selective or partial obedience. The Antinomian typically finds certain commands unpalatable or too difficult; those commands are ignored or explained away. Despite the selective obedience, the antinomian still professes allegiance to Jesus. They are convinced they are Jesus’ followers.

Near the close of Jesus’ longest sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes a chilling prophecy that many who think they are His followers will be condemned because they are antinomians: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! [literally, antinomians]'” (Matt. 7:21-23).

The context is extremely important. Jesus had just finished teaching on a number of hard subjects, pronouncing new laws for His nation (including on anger, divorce and remarriage, oaths, love toward enemies, and storing up earthly treasures). At the close of this sermon, He impresses His listeners with four warnings: first, the necessity of traveling the narrow road that only a few find (Matt. 7:13-14); second, vigilance for false prophets (Matt. 7:15-20); third, forewarning about professing followers being condemned because of disobedience to Jesus’ law (Matt. 7:21-23); and fourth, the importance of building on Jesus’ teachings to avoid destruction (Matt. 7:24-27). Jesus seems to anticipate the obstinacy of the human heart toward the Sermon on the Mount and thus gives a fourfold warning to heed His words with the highest care.

Those who are sent away from Jesus are the antinomians, those who have rejected portions of His law. Selectivity and delusion are the hallmarks of antinomianism. Another portrayal of judgment, the parable of the wheat and the tares, highlights the presence of the antinomians within the church and their subsequent destruction: “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness [literally, antinomians]” (Matt. 13:41.

While perhaps counterintuitive, even though the Pharisees set up many man-made laws, they denied God’s laws and were called antinomian (Matt. 23:28). Legalism may be defined as either: believing that one earns salvation by good works; or adding humanly devised commands and doctrines in order to gain God’s favor. Either posture is dangerous. Legalism is no defense against antinomianism; legalism paradoxically fosters it.

Jesus prophesies that antinomianism will strengthen in the last days: “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness [antinomianism] will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:11-12). Remarkably, the final antichrist is literally called the man of antinomianism, usually translated as man of lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:3). Antinomianism is the final great heresy of humanity, as it shakes its fist against Jesus’ reign. Because antinomianism opposes Jesus’ kingship, antinomianism opposes the gospel itself.

Despite these repeated warnings, the largest Christian denominations tragically depart from Jesus’ instructions in the very areas that the Sermon on the Mount dwells upon: divorce and remarriage, oaths, loving one’s enemies (nonresistence), and wealth. These denominations and churches will also hurl stones at those exhorting total obedience to the law of the King. The heresy gains force by the day. Yet surely the church stands without excuse.

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This was an excerpt from the book “King Jesus Claims His Church,” (2013), by Finny Kuruvilla, pages 107-108

Available at amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/King-Jesus-Claims-His-Church/dp/0974272795/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382999702&sr=8-1&keywords=Finny+Kuruvilla


10 thoughts on “The Great Heresy of the Last Days

  1. It’s interesting that the biggest resistance to this view of Jesus’s teachings is not wanting to let go of desire. The American dream, or the Prosperity gospel, is so interwoven into evangelism that it is almost impossible to see past it to read the words of Jesus as He meant them.

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  2. Your point concerning the necessity of obedience and the common view withing the Evangelical Church of grace through faith.

    Leads me to these questions;

    As I understand your view, Christ demands and expects total obedience of his followers. Those that do not give the Lord total obedience are condemned and rejected by Christ.

    When will you or anyone of us be able to follow him totally without compromise for the rest of our lives? (The apostle Peter denied the Lord- Did he lose his salvation at that point and regain it later)

    Should we fail him do we risk losing our salvation? This leads to a very uncomfortable thought process of constant concern that I may have not met the Lord’s standard and therefore lost or never had salvation.

    When would one reach a point of knowing we are saved without doubt if our salvation is based on our obedience and not on the finished work of the Lord.

    How do we understand the apparent differences between the teaching of Paul and the Lord. Paul taught it was impossible to add anything to the Gospel (Galatians 1) yet it would appear that works are required for salvation if we were to follow your premise.

    You may respond that works are not required for salvation and that they are evidence of ones faith and love for the Lord, However it does appear to put one in the position of constantly striving rather that resting in our hope of salvation.

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  3. There is still repentance, mercy, and forgiveness for whenever we fall short. Jesus talked tough but He lived a life demonstrating grace and mercy through his actions. I think we should follow his model. Preach salvation the way Jesus preached it, but offer abundant grace and mercy to everyone who falls short but sincerely desires to get back on the narrow way.

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  4. Hi, Peter, am enjoying and being convicted by many of your posts. I’m currently reading “King Jesus Claims His Church” (thanks to this particular post) and am definitely finding it a worthwhile read.

    Related to Calvin’s post and your reply. I think one danger we fall into when pursuing obedience is a subtle form of legalism. This form is doing the stuff (“the dos and don’ts”) that we believe God commands and demands, but we do it apart from relationship and grace. This develops into weariness, self-righteousness, or despair despite our best intentions, even if we were able to follow the scripture to a T (which I don’t think would actually be possible apart from grace anyway). Notice Jesus says, “Be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). Ouch!

    Here is a quote from a book I’m also reading called “The Fire of His Holiness” by Sergio Scataglini:

    “Remember, holiness is not a list but a person: Jesus Christ. He has become our righteousness and sanctification (see 1 Cor. 1:30). Legalism believes salvation is by faith but that sanctification is by works. But the reality is that both salvation and sanctification are by faith accompanied by repentance and obedience.”

    This after a claimed revelation where the Lord told him that 99% holiness is not enough. We must have 100% holiness!

    Anyway, God bless you, brother, and keep the great posts coming. You are a gifted teacher.

    In Christ,

    Brad

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  5. Evangelicals Use Occult Deception !

    Heard of the coming blood moons? Is the pretrib rapture symbolized by anything in the heavens?
    Hal Lindsey, influenced by occult astrology, asserts on p. 124 in “The Late Great Planet Earth” that the famous Sphinx in Egypt has the head of a “woman” – even though encyclopedias say it’s the head of a “man”! Hal’s plagiarism on that page of a 19th century British theologian is his acceptance of the occult Virgo-to-Leo theory – a “Christian” zodiac arbitrarily starting with Virgo (Virgin Mary) and ending with Leo (Christ returning as “Lion,” Rev. 5:5).
    Those who swallow this guesswork often see Ursa Minor (part of Cancer which precedes Leo) as a heavenly “symbol” of a pretrib rapture!
    Pretribs also insist on separating the “church” from “Israel” – but when you aren’t looking (or thinking) they blithely “prove” pretrib by the Jewish feasts in Leviticus, the stages of a Hebrew wedding (Google “Pretrib Rapture: A Staged Event”), and the one “taken” and the other “left” in “Jewish” Matthew 24!
    Amazingly, Jewishness (and even anti-Jewishness) has been uncovered even in pretrib dispensationalism’s 19th century foundation (Google “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism”)!
    The current “blood moons” craze (promoted by lunar persons including rock musician Scottie Clarke and John Hagee) is tied to – you guessed it – the same Jewish feast days.
    Yes, there’s something colored red in the future of the church, but I don’t have moons in mind. What will really turn red will be the collective faces of many when it finally dawns on them that their any-moment fly-away was nothing more than an end time hoax!

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  6. I noticed that their is a millenial jubilee that is associated with a blood moon and an eclipse of the sun . Could you delve deeper into this subject in relation to the daniel prophecies and revelations being so similar in their tell? thank you!

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  7. Hi, I read your article on divorce you had on your site. Oh how I cried and called out to God as after reading the article I was bought under such condemnation. I grieved. You see I was married at 17 and divorced soon after due to horrific wife beatings. I was saved and he was not. He is dead now through HIV. After reading the divorce article I cried as I thought God was not interested in me. I had failed God was what I thought when I read your article. I was a fool for assuming God wanted a relationship with a woman who had gotten divorced. I was sick to my stomach. I almost gave up on serving God as I had really thought I was a condemned believer because of my divorce. Finally I turned to my husband who is a believer and posed the question to him. Am I a doomed Christian as I am divorced. He said in a gentle way. “What is the un-pardonablel sin.? I replied. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Hubby said but not divorce. My heart sang with joy. God had spoken to me through my husband. i whispered “Thank you Jesus.” Yes i will lose rewards but I so love the Lord and my life has been handed over to him 100%. I ache to see and be with Jesus and i long for his voice when he says “Come up here”. All i want to say is that don’t be so hard on those of us who are divorced. Thank Jesus that you are not but many of us have made mistakes. In the bible, Jesus says to the Father “I have not lost one.” and I know he holds me in his hand. He will never lose me and I will never lose him. Now I have a hubby who is saved and we serve The Lord. I was restored. We talk about Jesus all day long and we do bible studies and research much together. Thank you for your articles. Pray and make sure they are sent with Love and not condemnation. Take care.

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  8. You know what I find very interesting about the some of the comments concerning? It’s that those specific comments seem to be a rebuttal to the total obedience that Jesus is requiring of all those who would be his disciples. One comment is from an obvious Calvinist, and the other is from a woman who has emotionally and carnally read this post. It’s like pride, in the most subtle sense, a pleading of, “Don’t convict me,” or, “I didn’t know.
    One thing that should be despised by any person is when his or her words are taken out of context, due to emotional and carnally indoctrinated highs, beloved. If I sound as if I am defending the brother (Peter), I am. Because, what is grieving my spirit is that some people have unrighteously judged this man and his words. Sadly, they don’t see it that way. There has obviously been a play on the tone of this blog, a play on the words of it, and pride is the cause. So I pose this question: How can you, Vanessa, be condemned by getting a divorce from an abusing husband, who obviously may have been committing adultery as well? Were you fully following after Jesus then? What did Jesus say about divorce and adultery? “That whosoever shall put away his wife, [saving for the cause of fornication], causes her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery.” And again he says, beloved (and I truly pray your flesh dies concerning this), “Moses, because the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives; [but in the beginning, it was not so]. And I say to you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, has committed adultery: and whosoever marries her that is put away commits adultery. (Matthew 19:8-9)” If you would look back into the law of Moses, the bill of divorcement given to the men of Israel back then was merely due to anytime that man didn’t find his wife to be “fitting” for him anymore. That meant that a man could divorce his wife for anything, or simply because she wasn’t pleasing in his sight anymore. Yet, God hates divorce, and the judgment against an unlawful divorce is adultery, which in turn is death, if those who do it do not repent (assuming they knowing divorced their wife after coming to the truth). So, I believe your conviction after reading Peter’s post was undeniable false and moving of your emotions based on your past. And, I believe it’s safe to say that even your encouragement to Peter to not to be so hard on divorce (how came to that conclusion that he was being damning, only God knows) is vain, and not truly in love, because you have judged the brotherly, falsely. God have mercy. The carnal mind can not perceive the things of God, because they are spiritually discerned. Please, I encourage you to do better at being slow to speak or rebuttal, and swift to listen. It’s as if you saw the word divorce and the judgment of it and your countenance changed for an ignorant reason; as if you didn’t consider what happened to you and what this guy is saying, before ultimately coming to a conclusion.
    And to Calvin: If you need a doctrine of man to tell you that you are saved, there’s your problem before you. What did the Apostle John say in his first letter?
    “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness]…..My little children, these things I write to you, that you do not sin. [And, if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world].” -1 John 1:8-9 and 2:1-2
    If we would just follow Jesus, and desire to hear and obey him, keeping his words, we wouldn’t have any need to rebuttal against the truth or find fault in it. For God is gracious and merciful. With that true understanding, no doctrine of man is needed, nor any false conviction able to take place in us.
    Great post, Peter. God bless you and keep you. Calvin and Vanessa, I pray you truly understand and take my encouragement and correction with love.
    Amen.

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