You Might Be Apostate If…

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Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley identifies Christendom’s most nefarious false teachers — and she proves it by using their own words and actions against them. Now find out who Michelle thinks are some of the worst of the worst apostates…

Wolves beware

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hit the big time several years ago with his “You Might Be a Redneck” one-liners. He frequently introduced the bit by saying, “I’ve found that there are rednecks all over, but sometimes people don’t know they’re rednecks. So, I came up with this little test…” and continued with such gems as:

“If you’ve ever had to carry a bucket of paint to the top of a water tower to defend your sister’s honor, you might be a redneck.”

“If your wife has ever said, ‘Honey, come get this transmission out of the tub so I can take a bath!’ you might be a redneck.”

“If you’ve ever been accused of lying through your tooth, you might be a redneck.”

It was a routine that a lot of us in the South found hilarious because we knew someone who fit nearly every one of Jeff’s jabs.

Like rednecks, there are apostate false teachers all over the place out there, only a lot of them (and their disciples) don’t know they’re false teachers. And the fruit of their lives is far wackier than anything a redneck has ever dreamed up. That fruit doesn’t make them false teachers, but it sure is a sign that we’d better examine the root of doctrine from which the fruit sprang.

So if any of the preachers and teachers you’re following have ever said or done the following things (or something even crazier), watch out, because they Might Be Apostate.

HoNuthaLevelIf you’re a middle aged pastor who makes embarrassing rap videos, who publicly extols the virtues of Spanx for men (even though it gives you gas) and who calls himself a Ferrari you might be apostate.

If you feature a Naked Cowboy impersonater (aka- your youth “pastor”) at your “Christian” women’s conference, you might be apostate.

If you’ve ever purposefully applied the pronoun “herself” to God, you might be apostate.

If you celebrated your 35th birthday by preaching at the “church” of your mentor, T.D. Jakes, and placing a $35,000 check in his offering wheelbarrow, you might be apostate.

If God has ever told you to go up to a stranger in the airport and ask if you can brush his hair, you might be apostate.  Continue reading

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4 Responses to You Might Be Apostate If…

  1. Manny1962 June 4, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    How about, your pastor might be apostate, if he gives The Purpose Driven Life as much weight (or more) than the bible. Or simply approves of it!

  2. Faith June 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    I read the complete list he gives, and for most of those things you actually would be an apostate, not just maybe. With a few exceptions:

    But anyone who says something like this:
    “If your preaching, ministry, and theology have ever been publicly rebuked by John Macarthur, Paul Washer and Steve Lawson, you might be apostate.”
    IS an apostate, (the author) because ironically, John MacArthur
    IS AN APOSTATE! Please, understand this at last!!!
    Anyone who says it is “Okay to take the mark of the beast and still be saved” as John MacArthur has, is an apostate! It’s a real no-brainer.

    Here is the syllogism:

    A. The bible says all those who take the mark of the beast go to hell.
    B. Anyone contradicting that is apostate.
    C. John MacArthur comes along and says it is okay to take the mark.
    Therefore conclusion via logic:
    John MacArthur is an apostate.

    So anyone holding him up as some kind of ‘model’ is apostate too unless they are unaware, but it is still WRONG to hold up a man to this standard and level of authority. We don’t compare to teachers, especially false ones, and what they think. We compare to the Bible. That is the standard. Thus, those who he criticizes are probably NOT apostates, but just the opposite. I will give one example. The man who ‘gate crashed’ into John MacArthur’s church was RIGHT in what he said that day. Why? Because the gifts of the spirit are still in action. John MacArthur has said so many apostate things I can’t even go over the whole list now. But he claims that those who believe the gifts are for today are ‘blaspheming the Holy Spirit’ when it is just the opposite, HE is blaspheming the Holy Spirit by denying them just as they accused Jesus of doing miracles by demonic power! I’m not talking about crazy things like barking like a dog, okay? Yes, there are demonic and occult influences creating counterfeit experiences. But the true gifts are real today as much as ever. We just happen to know it because we surrendered to God. I get so tired of the apostates claiming that you can’t hear the Lord speaking to your heart when you CAN and in fact should be, because HE said so. You know….”my sheep hear my voice… and they follow ME”? I guess they never read that one either. The true sheep have connection through the Holy Spirit and it’s power in true ways with the one true God, and we know it is for today. Nothing in the bible contradicts that… nothing. They twist 1 Cor. 13 because ‘that which is perfect’ is not talking about the bible. (Did I say the bible is not perfect? No. I’m just saying it is not referring to that.) It is referring to being with God in the Kingdom. How do I know? Because that’s what it says, in context. You know.. that part about seeing Him “face to face”? Unless someone on the other end wants to claim that this, ironically, IS possible now??? Anyway, point made. I’m just tired of this hypocrisy of apostates defending themselves while claiming to expose them.

    I will watch for this comment to be posted. Then I will also know more about who falls on what side of the fence. There were a lot of ‘technical difficulties’ with comments over at SUFTT too.

    God bless!

  3. Manny1962 June 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    Good afternoon Faith!

    I had read several books by John McArthur over the years, he always dumbfounded me in certain ways, the reason I listened to him because back in the 80s and 90s he was one of the few calling Rome what it really is, an apostate cult, what just did it for me was his claim on the mark of the beast, I still can’t believe he would say that. I no longer read his material or listen to his ministry, he did rightfully call out Rick Warren and the Emergent movement, but I don’t know what happened to him, as I said I only read some of his books and listened to Grace To You on the radio at times when I was driving to work. Can you please set me straight on JM? Thanks!

  4. Richard Alvarez June 20, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    I am a proponent of John MacArthur and I have never heard him say anything like this. Can you give some specifics so it can be researched? Some things I’ve heard him say I have slightly disagreed about, but nothing approaching this thing about the “Mark”.

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