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False Teachings in the Church
You Would not Believe the Percentage of Teachings in the Church that are False
That is what the Holy Spirit told me one day. I prayed about something else entirely. And, the Holy Spirit inserted this piece of knowledge, "You would not believe the percentage of teachings in the church that are false."
I stopped praying. I just sat, stunned. I immediately realized that I would have easily believed fifty percent of teachings in the church are incorrect. After all, that is what set me free from the Roman Catholic church. I started reading the Bible. I quickly understood catholic teachings differ greatly from Jesus' teachings.
I thought, "If I would easily believe 50% are false, what is the real number?"
For the next several years, I wondered what the real number might be. But, I was afraid to ask.
More than 80% of Church Teachings are False
Finally, about a year ago, almost 8 years after the initial conversation, I boldly asked, "Is it more than eighty percent?"
"Yes," the Holy Spirit answered.
Again, the information stunned me. I realized no one would want to hear that, or even accept it. Again, I stopped asking.
99.99% of All Teachings in the Church are False
Several years after the first conversation, the Holy Spirit finished the lesson.
As I often did, I pondered the question, "What percent would I actually believe are false teachings?" I wondered how many things taught in the church are actually incorrect.
A Bad Sermon on the Second Coming of Jesus
I recalled a sermon I heard at St. James UMC in Athens Georgia. A pastor got up and taught that Jesus would return through the womb, and that some woman, getting an abortion might actually kill the Second Coming of Jesus with an abortion. To support his case, he brought up that John the Baptist came via the womb, and that Jesus also came the first time through Mary's womb. And, therefore, he claimed, Jesus would come the second time through a womb.
"That is certainly a false teaching," I thought.
At the same church, in a Bible study, a fairly new Christian got up and gave a teaching that we should not be afraid in the presence of God. He based this on a passage relating the story of Moses and the burning bush. Because the scriptures there said nothing about Moses being afraid, he was not afraid, this man taught. At the conclusion, the small group clapped and congratulated him. Personally, I did not applaud.
When I returned home, I scanned the scriptures. The burning bush story is recorded in three places. In one of them, fear is not mentioned. In the other two, we are told Moses feared in the presence of God.
"Yes, there are false teachings in the church," I thought again as I remembered more and more incorrect sermons I had heard.
The Holy Spirit Explained 99.99%
When I finally decided I would accept whatever the Holy Spirit told me, and would share the information without concern of backlash, I broached the topic in prayer.
"Is it more than 80 percent?" I asked. "Is it more than 85 percent?"
The Holy Spirit corrected me in an assertive tone, "Don't list guesses. Just ask what the true number really is."
So, I asked, "What percentage of teachings in the church are false?"
"99.99 percent of all teachings in the church are false."
That answer really shook me. I understood what the Holy Spirit already knew: I really, truly, did not believe that number. When I believed 50%, I thought I might believe 75%. I even believed 80% when I asked about that level.
But, I did not believe 99.99% of all sermons in the church were false teachings.
I asked, "How can 99.99 percent be false?"
The Holy Spirit Explained
"They are false because they do not lead to the Father," he said.
I considered all the teachings and sermons I had heard in my life. I sat in many, many churches over the years as I sought God. "But, it does not seem to be that high," I managed to say.
"Do not think heuristically of your own experience," he told me. "I have caused you to find churches with right teachings. Your own experience is not a true indication of what is being taught in the churches."
A New Definition of False Teaching
Previous to the final explanation from the Holy Spirit, I believed an incorrect definition of a false teaching. When considering how many teachings were false, I pondered those teachings which I knew to be factually incorrect, without wisdom, or without an explanation received from the Holy Spirit, but from man, instead.
Now, Jesus' meaning of the following scripture is a little more clear:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17)
The point of every prophecy, and even the law, is to bring people to Jesus the Redeemer. All church teachings should be in the same spirit.