Hymenaeus and Philetus were first century false teachers, who were previously saved:
Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. (2 Tim 2:17,18)
That alone reflects the intensity of the Christian life, for it reveals two people who once had salvation, but since wandered away from it! Somehow the devil got them to accept a lie about the resurrection. After they were deceived, they in turn spread false teaching about the resurrection. That had a destructive effect on the Christians who were not guarded and got deceived. It actually destroyed their faith! Points to remember are:
● Christians should not be listening to false teachers.
● Paul named the false teachers for the sake of Christian truth.
● Being taught certain false doctrine can destroy your faith! If one has his faith destroyed, he is no longer a Christian and is back on the road to hell again.
These show how dangerous false teachers and false doctrine can be! It is not good enough to just believe in God (as do the demons), for Hymenaeus and Philetus still did that and they had wandered from the faith.
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Jesus openly warned that many false prophets would “deceive many people” (Mt. 24:11). False prophets can even use what they claim to be the word of God to spread dangerous lies. You can know them by their “fruit” (Mt. 7:16), not by their popularity or the sign gifts some of them can provide. Some even have large followings and appear humble and sincere as they speak with conviction. Again, you cannot identify a false prophet by their popularity or affluence (Luke 6:26). From God’s perspective, they are DANGEROUS ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing (Mt. 7:15)!
Holiness Preacher Dan Corner teaches about the dangers of false prophets and exposes the ones who are not easily recognized. It is important for Christians not to be gullible. To learn more about false prophets and other topics related to Christianity and the Christian life as a whole, go to Evangelical Outreach.
A popular topic of our hour is near death experiences (NDE). Near death experiences, also sometimes referred to as out of body experiences (OBE), happen when people claim to have visions of themselves or others who have passed away during a moment when their heart has stopped. A vital point with near death experiences is the fact that they are contradictory to each other and to the word of God. They are clearly a way for the devil to deceive people away from the Biblical message. NOTE: ANY and all experiences which conflict with the message of the Bible cannot be from the same source that produced the Bible, namely God. The ONLY way to enter God’s loving presence and paradise environment after death is to be a Bible defined Christian, which is impossible without Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 10:9).
Evangelical Dan Corner explains near death experiences and how they can adversely affect people spiritually. To read more go to Evangelical Outreach.
Too often, those who have found true salvation have afterwards turned away from the Lord Jesus and have become both spiritually dead and lost again like the prodigal son did (Luke 15:24). Some of the people who lose their salvation want to find their way back to God, but feel that they may have sinned too much to ever be forgiven. In contrast, the Bible gives us examples of how others have returned to God and have been forgiven again. When a person becomes repentant, turning away from their idols to serve God, they can find forgiveness and salvation.
Holiness Preacher Dan Corner uses examples in the Bible to show that God provides forgiveness to those who have become backsliders, who repent so that they can live a spiritual life again. Dan Corner uses the words of the Bible to explain this and many issues that are of present-day concerns to Christians and those who are looking for salvation. To learn more, visit http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/