HOW TO DETECT A FALSE GOSPEL
If there is one thing which is going to characterize the last days we are living in is the flourishing of the false gospels. I wanted to include a section with some hints to help you identify a false gospel. Keep in mind that not all false gospels are cults like the Mormons or Roman Catholics but they are found in many Protestant churches. This not only includes small out of the way churches but those of mainline denominations. Sometimes identifying a false gospel can be difficult but those that hold false gospels will eventually expose themselves. Let us look at some of the teachings which will help us identify the false, so you may be on guard.
If He is thought of as only a prophet, teacher, holy man, martyr, sect leader and is not taught that He is God, then you have entered into a false gospel. Run for your spiritual life. If they doubt His resurrection, ascension, and miracles on earth, then they are a false gospel.
The Holy Spirit
If He is spoken of as a force or power. He is the third person of the Godhead and co-equal to God the Father and God the Son. If they speak of Him as an impersonal force, or anything less than God, then you have stepped into a false gospel.
How does your group or church view the Bible? Are they saying we don't have the Bible today? Have they replaced the King James Version with modern translations and then vehemently denigrate the King James Version? Does the pastor or leader continually tell you that certain verses should not be in the Bible? Do they doubt parts of the Bible such as denying the teachings of the miracles? Do they deny the existence of Satan and Angels? Any attack upon the Scriptures will give you an insight into the unsaved state of the preacher or teacher. Do they deny the inerrancy of Scripture?
Signs, Wonders, and Tongues
If the church or group you visit believes in things like speaking in tongues, slain in the Spirit, prosperity and healing teaching, visions, verbal prophecies, and rock music instead of music glorifying God, then you have stepped into a false gospel. The Charismatic/Pentecostal movement is the binding cord of Ecumenicalism.
Roman Catholic Sympathizing
If you go to a church or group which is sympathetic to Roman Catholicism, then you have entered a false gospel. Roman Catholicism is a descendant of the religions of Egypt and Babylon and has nothing to do with the true gospel.
Free Will and Loss of Salvation
If you find a group which teaches that you can lose your salvation or believes that you can "accept Christ" then you have wandered into a false gospel. Man does not have free will as we are either slaves of Satan or servants of Christ.
As you progress in the Christian faith you will find many more ways the church has become the enemy of Christ. If you cannot find a good church or a home group, then it is spiritually safer that you stay home and start your own group. I can guarantee there will be a small group of like-minded believers who will have the same disdain for the false teachings. Eventually all the true Christians will probably go back to house churches anyway, which is the New Testament paradigm for the "ecclesia." Better yet, if there is dissention, uncertainty and confusions, contradictions and double mindedness-- stay home and just read your bible and have your fellowship with the Father and His Son.
Citations to use as example:
“that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 Jo 1:3
" God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." 1 Cor 1:9-10 ."“If a kingdom (or house) is divided against itself, that kingdom (or house) cannot stand.” Mark 3:24,25 ."...“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Mat 12:25