Lies and Pretty Horses

It’s been said that a lie will ride in on the horseback of truth. It won’t charge in, all sweaty and frothing, but it will ride in gently, maybe even prancing a little for you, like in a circus ring, decorated with plumes and feathers; dressed up with a fine saddle and glittering bridle.

1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 1 Peter 2:1-3

In the above passage, the Apostle Peter tells us that just like false prophets arose from among the children of Israel, false teachers would arise from within the church, secretly bringing in destructive heresies. In order to bring in their heresies, they have to look like us, talk like us, and for all appearances, they are one of us. They’ll use scriptural language and quote the Bible. They’ll smile and nod approvingly at agreed upon truth. Then they’ll slip in the lie. Consider the following example, an actual comment on a blog post:

“I totally agree with you on the point that the Bible has been miraculously preserved!! It is also authoritative to instruct and to convict. But it is not the Word of God. You don’t need to believe it’s the Word of God to hold it as sacred, as I do.”

“This is important for us to understand and accept because it is partly for the infallible claim we have attached to the Bible that makes those who know even a little about its origin disregard everything it says! The Bible doesn’t need us to defend it. God defends it. It is God who has preserved it. But by saying it is the Word of God, when Jesus is the Word of God, we make an idol out of what is sacred.

There are kind words of agreement concerning God’s hand in preserving the Bible through the ages. The Bible is acknowledged to be authoritative and useful for teaching us; and excellent guide for growing as believers.

Then comes the lie. “But it is not the Word of God.” But by saying it is the Word of God, when Jesus is the Word of God, we make an idol out of what is sacred.” The Bible is not the Word of God and if we call the Bible the Word of God we are guilty of idolatry.

Jesus is the Word of God but not the Bible, we are told, and somewhat ‘authoritatively’ at that. It’s not offered as an opinion or theological viewpoint. It’s presented as fact. The Bible is not the Word of God. Period. The Word of God cannot be both Jesus and the Bible. The reasoning is somewhat interesting, I must say, and unique among the large amount of material available attacking the inerrancy of scripture.

Well, in my opinion this particular false teacher could use a bit of mentoring in the art of ‘secretly’ bringing in a destructive heresy. Kind of like an ‘Uncle Screwtape’, if you’re a C.S. Lewis fan. The clever heretics don’t just barge in the front door and announce that the Bible isn’t the Word of God. They use the back door or a side door and cast a smidgen of doubt, they attack it little by little. They’ll suggest something to cause just a tiny bit of doubt and then water the poisonous seed, not from a bucket but a teaspoon. Kind of like the serpent in the Garden who asked the question “Did God really say…..?”

Enough has already been posted here concerning the Bible, its inerrancy, its infallibility, and the importance of holding such beliefs. There’s not much I could to what’s been said.

I just want us to be aware of a universal tactic of false teachers and their lies. The most dangerous ones, in my opinion, rise up from ‘among us’. And they ride ‘pretty horses’.

May God bless all who read this and take it to heart!

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Categories: Apologetics

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  1. As the one accused of being a false teacher, read my defense for my beliefs, and you can discern for yourselves what the truth is.

    My Case for Jesus, the Word of God and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit http://www.ufuomaee.com/2016/01/14/the-word-of-god

    May God bless us all and reveal the true wolves in our midst.

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    • Ufuomae,

      I don’t think anyone is accusing you of being a false teacher as much as they are correcting you on a doctrinal mistake you are making. I believe that the God who created the universe is capable of writing a book. And the God who is perfect is capable of writing a perfect book. The issue is not simply “Does the Bible have a mistake?” but “Can God make a mistake?” If the Bible contains factual errors, then God is not omniscient and is capable of making errors Himself. If the Bible contains misinformation, then God is not truthful but is instead a liar. If the Bible contains contradictions, then God is the author of confusion. In other words, if biblical inerrancy is not true, then God is not God.

      You’ve made your case to the contrary, others have made their case, that’s where we are.

      Yes this was contentious, as many religious discussions are. But I don’t think anyone will see you as less sincere or less Christian than anyone else because of it.

      God bless,

      James

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      • Hi James,

        I appreciate you making a statement and your belief that no one is branding me a heretic/false teacher. However, I really would appreciate it if Dan would confirm that he is not calling me a heretic/false teacher, because reading this post, I can’t help but conclude that that is what he is saying.

        Yes, we have each presented our cases, and I do wonder if anyone bothered to read mine. But, either way, I’m okay living with a disagreement. What I am not okay with is being branded a heretic.

        There are clear doctrines in the Bible by which one can be branded a heretic. E.g. if one were to say Christ did not come in the flesh, or to say Christ is not risen, or to say salvation can be earned by good works. However, it is clear to me that there is no doctrine about the Bible within the Bible! This is obvious because those whose writings are included did not know they were writing the Bible, so they can’t give a teaching on what to believe about a Book that was brought together many years later.
        The doctrine is based on assumption: it must be so it is. I think we can agree to disagree on that. Not everything that must be is. Just because God is able to make an infallible book doesn’t mean the Bible is one. God is able to bring unity to His Church, but just look at the state of us! Division at every corner. There are just somethings we should decide that God will settle, and in my opinion, this is one of them, which is why I have never made an issue of it, until now, when pushed by Dan to present my case.

        Thanks for trying to make peace. I hope peace will come.

        Let me add that love is a doctrinal issue. How can you say you love God if you don’t show love to your brother? I have to say that Dan has been unloving throughout our disagreement and that is worth addressing.

        Sincerely, Ufuoma.

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  2. Satan takes on many forms and his favorite abode is the church. He is in constant search of those that challenge him the most. You are so right in saying that false teachers are among us. Let’s pray that God kicks them out. Great post, Dan.

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  3. Ufuomaee,

    I quoted you to make a point concerning lies and pretty horses, along with false teachers/teaching. I don’t believe you to be a heretic. I don’t know you or your heart. I don’t believe I have had a disparaging word to say to you or about you personally. All I know are ‘words on a page’, so to speak. I also know that words on a page do not always mean what they say in ‘black and white’. We don’t always say what we really mean. Therefore I have no right to call anyone a heretic. Having said that I have used the word ‘heresy’ to describe that which I have read. When I read that it is heretical to hold the Bible as the word of God (which I do) it has been easy to think I have been personally ‘branded’, as you have. That I used your words as an example in this post was probably unwise. I could have easily come up with another example. For that I do apologize.

    Having said all that, I will also say that I stand by what I posted about lies and pretty horses, in principle. I also stand by my convictions concerning the word of God.

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