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Spiritual Terrorists

I doubt that there is a single person who reads this message who is not familiar with what a terrorist is and what they can accomplish. Our minds are filled with images when we hear or read about terrorists--flashbacks to 9/11 when terrorists hijacked airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Maybe some of you have had loved ones on the airplanes, the World Trade Center or even the Pentagon. If so, I offer you my condolences. There is no question that after 9/11 most of us don't think very highly of terrorists. Terrorists only care about themselves and it seems their only mission is to kill. Terrorists are selfless individuals who seem to be controlled by their own self-indulged hatred. Likewise, in the Christian Church there are "Spiritual Terrorists" who seek to deceive people into Hell. These terrorists are far more dangerous, as they can deceive gullible souls into Hell, where a normal terrorist (the kind most of us think of), can only kill the body but cannot kill the soul.

 

BIBLICAL PROFILE OF A SPIRITUAL TERRORIST

First, one must realize that the term "Spiritual Terrorist" is just one of many words that can be used to describe false deceivers. Looking at the book Words of Delight by Biblical Scholar Leland Ryken, there are many different themes and archetypes that recur throughout the canon of scripture (Ryken, 26). "False Prophet" or "Spiritual Terrorist" is a recurring theme throughout the Bible.

Below are other words (archetypes) to describe "Spiritual Terrorists" that are used in the Bible. (From the New International Version)

1. Snakes & Vipers--Matthew 23:33

2. Scorpions--Luke 10:19, Deuteronomy 8:15, Ezekiel 2:6

3. Wolves--Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Luke 10:3, Acts 20:29, John 10:12

4. False Prophets--Matthew 7:15, Matthew 24:11, Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22, 2 Peter 2:1, 1 John 4:1

5. False Teachers--2 Peter 2:1,1 Timothy 1:3

6. Brute Beasts--2 Peter 2:12

7. Animals--2 Peter 2:12 (NASB, ESV and HCSB)

8. AntiChrists--1 John 2:18, 1 John 4:3

Although the word "Spiritual Terrorist" is never explicitly mentioned in the scriptures, the phrase can be used to label those that match the criteria of the words above. Based on criteria from these passages and from 2 Peter 2 and Jude below is a better profile of a Spiritual Terrorist and what they wish to accomplish. (From the New International Version)

1. The Terrorists are inside the Christian Church--Jude 1:4, Jude 1:12, 2 Peter 2:1-2, 2 Peter 2:13

2. The Terrorists lack the Holy Spirit--Jude 1:19

3. The Terrorists teach another Gospel Message--Galatians 1:8, 2 Peter 2:1, Jude 1:4, 2 Peter 2:12

4. The Terrorists lack the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)--Matthew 7:16, 20, Jude 1:12, 2 Peter 2:14

5. The Terrorists are all about Self Promotion--Jude 1:12, Jude 1:16, Jude 1:18

6. The Terrorists attack all those that disagree with them--Jude 1:10

7. The Terrorists will spend eternity in Hell/The Lake of Fire--Jude 1:13, 2 Peter 2:3,2 Peter 2:9,2 Peter 2:15, 2 Peter 2:17

I use the criteria above to spot out Spiritual Terrorists. Hank Hanegraaf is one of my heroes, and he publicly exposes many contemporary terrorists on his radio program and in his books Bible Answerman, The Counterfeit Revival and Christianity in Crisis. John MacArthur also exposes many terrorist doctrines in his book Charismatic Chaos. Besides these books there are a half dozen web ministries out there that expose the Terrorists. Below are just a few:

 

Deception in the Church

Apologetics Index

Christian Research Institute

THE DANGER OF THE SPIRITUAL TERRORISTS

I personally know of a Spiritual Terrorist within the Oneness Pentecostal cult whom I engage often on the Internet. This man speaks very abusively against matters he does not understand (Jude 1:10). For example, he often refers to those that disagree with him as "False Christian Scum" or "False Christian Filth." This man teaches hellfire doctrines as he denies that Jesus Christ is God, denies the triune God, believes in Baptismal Regeneration, and other false doctrines. According to Jude 1:4 and 2 Peter 2:1 these are enough to condemn this man to everlasting darkness.

Jude 1:4
"For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."

2 Peter 2:1
"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves."

I have taken the initiative to confront his hellfire teachings in an attempt to silence this man and to help others that are under his hellfire teachings (the Bible says that His people must be discerning towards those who do not teach sound doctrine). But this man got very angry and offended that someone would question his authority and completely ignored verses like Acts 17:11.

Acts 17:11
"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."

All who have public ministries must be held up the scriptures. This man does not want to be held up to the authority of scripture, and explains his overreaction to my testing of his teachings. The HUGE difference between Jesus and this man is that Jesus was accountable to the Word of God. This man is not accountable to the Word of God. In this man's worldview his interpretations of the scriptures are the only way to Heaven. This man is a fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy and is a "Spiritual Terrorist."

Since the terrorists are mostly disguised as sheep, spotting them out is difficult and even the best of the best discerning Christians are fooled by the lusts of the outward appearance and personality. Most stop there and dare not go any deeper to examine the spirituality and doctrine of these terrorists.

Spiritual terrorists are a HUGE, HUGE concern for the contemporary evangelical church, just like it was for Paul in his day.

Paul writes

Acts 20:29-31
"I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears."

Jesus writes

Matt. 7:15 
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheepís clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."

A pastor must fight off the terrorists.

John 10:11
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."

John 10:12
"The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it."

John 10:13
"The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep."


HOW TO CONFRONT SPIRITUAL TERRORISTS

Jesus set the tone on confronting false teachers in the passage below as He did in many other passages. He was never afraid to speak the truth about false teachers and he always did it to their face! Sadly, in our society today there are many pastors and ministers so blinded by the lies of tolerance, postmodernism, multiculturalism, and pluralism that they would never in a thousand years confront a false teacher or a hellfire doctrine. Thank goodness Jesus did not hesitate to confront false teachers and their hellfire doctrines.

Luke 11:37-54

"And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat. When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, 'Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness. Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also? But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you. But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.' Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, 'Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.' And He said, 'Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore the wisdom of God also said, "I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute," that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."' And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him." (NKJV)

In the passage above Jesus was not afraid to speak the truth. He set the example that so many today do not follow. I have no doubt that if Jesus were alive walking the earth today, he would have a hard time landing a position in a church. So many churches are afraid to confront those that preach false doctrine, because they are afraid of unpopularity. This was not the case with Jesus, whose unpopularity led to his death!

In the book of Jude we also learn about the Spiritual Terrorists and Jude writes in chapter 1, verse 4

"For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."

Did you notice the phrase have secretly slipped in among you? Well this means that these false teachers are so crafty, so deceptive, and so good at speaking, they are able to deceive even born again Christians with their charm and many deceptions. Last in the verse Jude says that these men deny the deity of Christ.

Jude 1:10-16; 22-23

Jude 1:10
"Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals; these are the very things that destroy them."

Jude 1:11 
"Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaamís error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion."

Jude 1:12
"These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm; shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted; twice dead."

Jude 1:13
"They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever."

Jude 1:16
"These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage."

Jude 1:22
"Be merciful to those who doubt...."

Jude 1:23
"...snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear; hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."

Snatching the innocent victims from the fire dungeons of their churches would be very difficult without Christ, and even with Christ it ís hard. I want to help people and with God's help snatch whom the Lord allows away from the devilish doctrine of the Spiritual Terrorists.

I ask that all saved, born-again believers join in the fight against the Spiritual Terrorists. Many Christians today do not want to confront evil, and would rather not fight the Spiritual Terrorists. I remind them again what Paul said in this passage of scripture.

Acts 20:29-31
"For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears." (NKJV)

Paul constantly warned his people of the Terrorists, and so must everyone today who is in a pastor or ministry position. But sadly, there are so many that do not do this, and those that actually do read this message in the full will continue to avoid.

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