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Teachers & Shepherds, Yoga, Astrology & Horoscopes
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. --Galatians 1:6-8
- Foundation - What the Scripture says about reprobate minds, delusions, lusts, men that love darkness.
- Reprobate (Depraved) Minds - False doctrinal delusions, (I.E. Yoga), "without excuse."
- Astrology & Horoscopes - "Let the star gazers save you."
- False Teachers & Shepherds - More Scriptures to consider in weighing Truth over deception, Light over darkness.
- See also: Judging and Reproof
For there shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
Ezekiel 33:9 - "Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way: if he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 - Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
2 Peter 3:11-18 - Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Romans 1:16-32 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
John 3:11-21 - Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
2 Timothy 2:15-26 through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 - Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strife's. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
NOT 'ALL GOD'S CHILDREN' - By Matt Barber - Indeed, God both created and loves
– in a way most unfathomable – everyone who ever lived. He wove us together in
our mother’s womb and numbered our every hair. But God the Father has only one
begotten Son. The rest of us, in order to become one of God’s children, must be
adopted – in, by and through – the One Who is the Son: Jesus Christ. Those who
are not adopted are not children of God. Christ and Christ alone is “the way,
the truth and the life.” Indeed, to become a child of God, we must ask God –
through Christ – to adopt us. We mustn’t just believe upon Him – for “Even the
demons believe that” (see James 2:19) – but, rather, we must also accept Him. We
must follow Jesus, the one true God, as our only God. “But to all who believed
him and accepted him (Jesus), he gave the right to become children of God.”
(John 1:12) Don’t believe? Don’t accept? You have no right to become a child of
...Here’s the thing. You can deny Christ until the day you die. But after that, you will deny Him no more. Hate Him you may still, but deny Him you will not. Philippians 2:10-11 assures us, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” John 3:36 warns: “Whoever believes in the Son (Jesus) has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” Christ is both tolerant and intolerant – utterly exclusive and wholly inclusive. He said in no uncertain terms: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Universalists, atheists, pluralists and other followers of false god’s and religions, take note: Jesus, rather conspicuously, did not say: “No one comes to the Father except through me, the Buddha, Muhammad, Ganesh or L. Ron Hubbard.”
...Still, some apostate, celebrity mega-church pastors like Rob Bell have become wealthy calling Jesus a liar. They teach the heretical doctrine of “universal salvation,” which suggests that, ultimately, everyone ends up in heaven – even those who rejected Christ while here on earth. Bell and others like him claim that “we’re all God’s children.”
...Romans 8:1-2 promises: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” By logical extension, the converse is true. There is condemnation for those who are not in Christ Jesus. Until and unless you believe upon, accept and follow Jesus – you remain imprisoned under the law of sin and death. Unconvinced? You don’t have to believe to quietly pray this simple prayer to yourself: “Jesus, if you’re out there, please reveal yourself to me. If you’re real, help thou my unbelief.” If I’m right – if Jesus is not a liar and He is who He says He is – then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by inquiring further. If you don’t inquire further, you have everything to lose.
Reprobate (Depraved) Minds - False doctrinal delusions, (I.E. Yoga), "without excuse."
Provided here are quotes from correspondence to EarsToHear.net to make known the "arguments" and viewpoints of those who believe the Laws of the Old Testament are no longer valid, or suspected, to justify lusts of reprobate minds.
Christians get twisted out of shape when they learn the truth about yoga - By Marsha West - Many Christians practice yoga for "relaxation and exercise" without realizing that classical yoga is intended to put you into an altered state of consciousness. Yoga is not "just exercising." Participants are being swept into a counterfeit religion. According to God's Word, pagan religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, are evil. The Bible clearly says that God's people are to have nothing to do with wicked customs. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14) Believers are instructed to, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." (Romans 12:90)
Ever noticed how professing Christians are no longer uncomfortable in the face of evil? The reason is that we have been desensitized! Sadly, Christians have become worldly. Instead of being beacons of light in a dark world we have become world-minded. In fact, we have blended into the dishonest, destructive and debase culture so thoroughly that it's near impossible to tell the difference between Christians and heathens! The medical profession and the health and wellness industry encourage yoga as a workout for the body and mind. Even though yoga is a religious practice, public schools offer it to students. And now many Christians flock to "Christian Yoga" classes offered by evangelical churches! Those who participate in yoga rationalize that because some Christian leaders/writers/entertainers promote Eastern religious practices such as yoga, contemplative/centering prayer and Spiritual Formation, taking a yoga class is fine and dandy.
...Those who are still on the fence about yoga, I invite you to do your own research. You'll find plenty of links on my "Christian Yoga?" page to help you discover the truth. I'll close with a quote from Mike Ratliff: "Christians are in "this present darkness" because they are in the darkness of ignorance and alienation from God because they reject the real Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and insist on their own way to a god of their own choosing."
Romans 1:19-32 - Because that which may be known of God is
manifest in them; for God has showed it unto them. For the invisible things of
him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish
heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Astrology & Horoscopes
Isaiah 47:10-15 - For you have trusted in your wickedness. You have said, No one sees me. Your wisdom and your knowledge have perverted you and you have said in your heart, I am and there is no one else besides me. Therefore evil will come upon you. You will not know its cause and evil will fall upon you. You will not be able to put it off and desolation will come upon you suddenly, you will not know it. Stand now with your enchantments and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth. Maybe you will be able to profit, maybe you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Now will the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly forecasters stand up and save you from these things that will come upon you? Behold, they will be as stubble. The fire will burn them. They will not deliver themselves from the power of the flame. It will not be a coal at which to warm, fire to sit before. Thus they will be to you with whom you have labored, your merchants, from your youth. They will wander each one to his quarter. No one will save you.
Deuteronomy 6:13-15 - You will revere the LORD* your God, serve Him, and will swear by His name. (Matt. 4:10, Luke 4:8) You will not go after other gods, of the gods of the people that are all around you, for the LORD* your God is a jealous God among you, or the anger of the LORD* your God will be kindled against you and destroy you from off the face of the earth.
Isaiah 44:24-25 - Thus says the LORD*, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb, I AM the LORD* Who makes all things, Who alone stretches forth the heavens, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself, Who frustrates the tokens of the liars and makes diviners mad, Who turns wise men backward and makes their knowledge foolish...
1 Chronicles 29:11 - Yours, O LORD*, is the greatness and the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, LORD*, and You are exalted as Head above all. (Rev. 5:11)
Colossians 1:15-17 - Who [Jesus] is of the image of the invisible God, Firstborn of all creation, because by Him all things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or leaders or authorities: all things have been created through Him and in Him: and He was alive before all things and all things have come together in Him...
Philippians 2:10 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
False Teachers & Shepherds
Matthew 24:24 - For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
2 Timothy 3:13 - But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Proverbs 17:15 - "The one who justifies the wicked and the one who condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD*.
Jeremiah 23:1,10-11, 29:8-9 - Woe to the shepherds who have destroyed and scattered the sheep of My pasture! says the LORD. ...For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourns; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right. For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, says the LORD. ...For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
Matthew 7:15-27 - “You must consistently beware of the false prophets, who are coming to you in sheep’s clothing, but within they are ravenous wolves. You will recognize people by their fruit.
Acts 20:28-30 - Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has placed you to be guardians to shepherd the congregation of God, which He purchased with His own blood. I know that savage wolves will enter among you with my departure, not sparing the flock, and men will rise among you, saying perverted things to draw away the disciples after them.
2 Peter 2:1-22 - But false prophets were also among the people, as even false teachers will be among you, who will bring destruction by their opinions, even denying the Master, the One Who has purchased them. Although they quickly bring utter destruction on themselves, many will then follow in their unbridled lusts, because of which the way of the truth will be blasphemed, and they will use you for their gain with made up messages in their greedy desire to have more, for whom the judgment has for a long time not been idle and their destruction is on its way. ...For if, after escaping the defilement of the world, with knowledge of our Lord and Savior Y’shua Messiah, and again entangling with these who are defeated, their last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the Way of righteousness than if they had known, to turn back from the holy commandment after it was delivered to them. The true proverb happened to them, “As a dog returned to its own vomit,” (Pro. 26:11) and, “A hog after being washed, was wallowing in mud.”
Psalms 1:1-6 - Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
1 Corinthians 3:18-19 - Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness.
Isaiah 44:24-25 - Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the womb, I am the LORD that makes all things; that stretches forth the heavens alone; that spreads abroad the earth by myself; That frustrates the tokens of the liars, and makes diviners mad; that turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish;
Proverbs 17:10 - A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Proverbs 19:3 - The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD.
Proverbs 23:9 - Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Proverbs 26:4-5 - Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Proverbs 26:11 - As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
Romans 1:16-32 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written. The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shown it to them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse; Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves; Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.