This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:6-9
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
If we know and follow Jesus Christ, who is the light, we will not walk in darkness, but will walk in the light; as we walk in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of the Son of God Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. We must take care that we follow God’s Son Jesus Christ and not an imposter for many false christs have go out into the world. We must make sure we believe what the Bible teaches us about Jesus Christ, the biblical doctrines regarding Jesus Christ, and not what some denomination, conference, seminar, para-church ministry, church, pastor, teacher, or other Christian teaches about Jesus Christ, if that doctrine is contrary to the Scriptures. The enemy, Satan, has the power to appear as an angel of light, and has many so-called ministers of righteousness deceiving multitudes.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
These false teachers, these so-called ministers of righteousness, walk in darkness but by pretense profess to teach and preach the truth, and so proclaim themselves as those who share the light of the truth of the gospel. However, when what they teach is compared to the clear doctrine of the Scriptures regarding Jesus Christ, His gospel, or the truth of the Scriptures, it is clear that they are deceived and deceivers leading those who follow them into deep destructive darkness that spreads like a virulent plague. This distressingly dire deception is common place within the church today, almost to the point of being systemic.
There are popular teachers that many follow without questioning their doctrine. I want to lay the ground work of their deception and then later give their names. If we carefully examine their teaching without referring to the person, then we can see that they should be avoided according to the warning God gave us through Paul in Romans chapter sixteen.
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18
Notice that these false teachers cause divisions and offenses. Often times these false teachers are deceived by others; I want to highlight such a case in this post. If a popular and respected teacher is led by a false teacher, wouldn’t that teacher also be false since he resonates with what a false teacher says? This false teacher who I am referring to is popular with Protestants, Evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons, and as professed in his writings, believes in baptismal regeneration, believes that it is possible to be saved in a false religion without repentance and conscious faith in Jesus Christ, believes the Genesis account of Creation and the Fall is a good myth, believes in purgatory, disbelieves that Jesus Christ took our punishment on the cross, believes in theistic evolution, believes that Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodox faith are equally valid, and disbelieves that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God. When looking at the fruit of this false teacher, one of his followers by the name of Peter Kreeft, we see a professing believer who left the Dutch Reformed faith for the Catholic faith and then wrote a book titled Ecumenical Jihad in which he said that anyone who does good, irrespective of beliefs, (so even “good” atheists are included) will go to heaven where they will worship Mary. This false fruit is not an aberration, as many under the influence of this false teacher have embraced Catholicism and/or have become very ecumenical in their beliefs.
This beloved false teacher has received pass after pass regarding his false teaching; when the poplar teacher read the false teacher for the first time this false teacher appeared as a blazing light and brought him to live life. This popular teacher was so impacted by this false teacher that he said the false teacher was a hero of one of the books that he wrote and the false teacher taught him to see.
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 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. 2 Peter 1:16-2:1
Contrary to what this popular teacher says about this false teacher, the Apostle Peter lets us know that Scripture properly interpreted by the Holy Spirit is a light shining in a dark place and brings the dawning of salvation to our lives and the arising of Christ in our hearts. In contrast to what this popular teacher has to say about his false teacher, Peter says that It is the false interpretation of the Scriptures by the false teachers that brings in destructive heresies which deny our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and not life, light or sight.
How precious is your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:7-9
The Psalmist points us to God as our source of life, light, pleasure and joy, not some fallen false teacher. This popular teacher erroneously embraces an evil and vile false teacher who is responsible for leading many astray.
Before I reveal the names of the men to whom I have been referring, I would like to ask you a question. This question is based upon Jesus Christ’s command that we love Him more than anyone or anything, even more than our own life.
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:32-29
We are called to complete devotion to Christ Jesus whatever the cost. If we must be willing to have our relationships with intimate family members severed and be willing to lay down our lives for the sake of the gospel and Jesus Christ our Lord, then how much more willing should we be to forsake those who, though we thought were godly and righteous, are instead false and deceptive sinners leading untold numbers to doom and destruction in hell. Are you willing to reject and avoid these two acclaimed “Christians” proven to be false? The false teacher I have exposed as such is C. S. Lewis, the false doctrines he believed and taught are found in Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain; the popular teacher who enthusiastically embraced Lewis is John Piper, and he declared his sentiments about Lewis in Don’t Waste Your Life and Desiring God. We are to desire Jesus Christ, God the Son of God above all else and He commands us to not waste our lives following the false teachings of apostates. May we obey Him for our good and His glory by the indwelling Holy Spirit, and test the teachings of all by the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. God bless you.