Can a man be a ‘missionary of antichrist’ without even knowing it? Yes, if one is propagating a gospel or doctrine that the Apostles never authored (Galatians 1:8-12).
Galatians 1:11-12 KJV But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. (12) For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Man made gospels abound and proceed from lofty scholarly pontiffs hiding in seminaries. You never get to meet these popes, yet their personal doctrines end up being repeated behind pulpits by conforming clerics who forget that the judgment seat of Christ is a ‘Han Solo’ affair. No one goes to court with you, just books are opened (Dan 7:10, Rev 20:12).
Every man is accountable for what he bites down on and regurgitates to others. God holds us accountable only to His word (His books), not what is beatified by a group of high dollar ‘Dr’s of Philosophy’ who should know better than to speak their allegorical opinions (Deut 4:2).
James 3:1 ESV Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
If the gospel we are preaching is man made, the books won’t verify it (Luke 4:4, Deut 8:3). However, some will give this answer:
“It’s implied. I know it’s not in the Bible but it’s implied!”
Anyone who serves up this answer is under the influence of antichrist thinking. God Himself gives such a person over to ‘the strong delusion’ (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
When one accepts and propagates ‘man made’ gospel, one is transformed unknowingly into a missionary of antichrist. An antichrist missionary thinks they are doing God’s will (John 16:2-4), yet their words do not conform to scripture nor the revelatory definitions provided by the Holy Spirit. Even if such a missionary has a platform and gains fame, God holds the ‘pure in heart’ accountable not for HOW IT’S SAID or HOW IT APPEARS, but for HOW it CONFORMS TO THE BOOK. We must be careful not to be swayed by ‘buttery speech’ and foreign accents that tickle fleshly ears. As Biblical Christians, we must ‘try the spirits’ (empiricism) and see if they are from God.
1 John 4:1 KJV Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established!
Empirical TESTING of Pseudo-Prophets
I. Mouth of 2 or 3 Witnesses
Paul made two key trips to Jerusalem after his conversion. In 36 AD, 3 years after seeing the blinding light, Paul came out of the wilderness and reconnected with Barnabas in Jerusalem. The Damascus Jews were still hunting Paul and it was no longer safe in Syria for him. Meanwhile, the Judean Church was still afraid of him and found it difficult to believe he was a follower of Jesus. The second trip Paul made to Jerusalem admitted four Mosaic fellowship laws (Acts 15) but eliminated all other ritual laws from the growing Gentile branch of the Church, based in Antioch Syria.
Relying on his Damascus mentor for an introduction during his first trip, Paul was led by Barnabas to Peter’s residence where he stayed for 15 days. Both Paul and Peter verified that they were preaching the same Gospel even though New Testament documents had not been formally published, as far as we know.
I note this event to prove that the gospel was confirmed by the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses; Peter, Paul and Philip! In fact, the gospel was also confirmed by 4 geolocation witnesses as prophesied by Jesus in Acts 1:8.
Some today claim that Paul preached a different gospel than Peter (Berean Baptist Churches). However, we see the same elements of Peter’s gospel (keys to the kingdom sermon, Acts 2:38-40) in Paul’s gospel delivered to the believers at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6). The author of Acts makes sure that we don’t miss this fact. Further, the author deliberately shows that Peter preached this same gospel to the first gentiles that entered the Church (Cornelius and his family, Acts 10:43-48) that he did to the Jews of Jerusalem. Yet again, the writer shows that Peter and John helped Philip in Samaria, completing the gospel in the same fashion (Acts 8:5-17).
So here is the big question. Who changed the gospel into these modern man made gospels?
- Accept Jesus as your personal savior
- Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior
- Receive Christ into your heart
- Make a decision for Christ
- Say the sinner’s prayer
A second question is, “which 4 cities meet the test of witnesses (Acts 1:8) with the above man made gospels? None in my Bible.”
II. Signs of Approval
Signs of approval follow authentic believers in the name of Jesus and the gospel. The 6 signs that manifest around these people are:
- Believers get water baptized in the name of Jesus (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5).
- In the name of Jesus devils are cast out (Mark 16:17).
- In the name of Jesus believers speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17).
- In the name of Jesus believers are not harmed by deadly doctrines (Mark 16:18).
- In the name of Jesus believers take on Serpent angels (Mark 16:18).
- In the name of Jesus believers heal the sick (Mark 16:18).
Further, sinners (a wicked and adulterous generation) are commanded to seek only one sign; the sign of Jonah
(Matt 12:38-41). Notice that until the ‘Jonah sign’ is obtained, the 6 signs of a believer will not follow.
So what is this ‘Jonah sign’ given to sinners?
- Jonah struggled with God’s will to preach and ran, but repented by informing the ship’s crew that he was the reason for the ‘divine storm’. Jesus struggled with God’s will in the garden of Gethsemane, but surrendered his will in order to please God (Heb 10:5-8).
- Jonah was thrown overboard into the ‘waters of baptism’, immediately swallowed by a great fish (the Church). He was buried 3 days in his fish tomb, similar to Christ (Romans 6:3-4).
- Jonah was resurrected at Joppa when the great fish vomited him up onto the shore (where he ran from his calling). Jesus was resurrected at the garden tomb and of course, had completed his Golgotha mission.
It’s interesting that we are back to the scriptural definition of the gospel: Death-Burial-Resurrection. This definition is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ESV (1) Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, (2) and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (3) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins [DEATH] in accordance with the Scriptures, (4) that he was buried [BURIAL], that he was raised on the third day [RESURRECTION] in accordance with the Scriptures,
So with regard to ‘trying the spirits’ to see if they are a Pseudo-Prophet, the test becomes clear:
- Do they agree with Peter and Paul in their gospel message?
- Does their message agree with ‘death-burial-resurrection’?
- Do the 6 signs follow their gospel message?
III. The Modern Romans Trap
Many modern theologians try to prove that the gospel is found in the book of Romans. However, let’s be clear. The book of Romans was written to people who had already become Christians under Peter and Paul’s gospel of ‘death-burial-resurrection’. Besides, the book of Romans was written nearly 25 years after the birth of the Church.
Romans 1:1, 8-10 ESV (1) Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…. (8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. (9) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you (10) always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
Paul was writing to a Church, not a group of believers who needed to be convinced of a different gospel from that preached by Peter. Therefore, Paul writes the letter of Romans to a group of believers who needed discipleship.
Anyone who preaches any other gospel than that which Peter and Paul preached, is a pseudo-prophet, a cursed evangelist. These are the unwitting missionaries of antichrist. Notice Paul’s insistence that he was in agreement with Peter with regard to the gospel, as he wrote to the Church at Galatia below.
Galatians 1:6-9 KJV I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) 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. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed… (11) But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. (12) For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ…(16)… immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: (17) Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. (18) Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Any empirical testing of a pseudo-prophet must insist that this person’s words, no matter how buttery, stand up to the Sign of Jonah
(death-burial-resurrection) and the 6 signs of God’s approval that follow a believer.
*Dr. Robert Alter recommends the KJV in spite of its archaic language and translation difficulties. Not because it is less of a paraphrase polluted by various American Bible Societies, but because it is written as literature.