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Gnasty Gnostics

Words of Faith Final

Gnasty Gnostics
Words of Faith 5-14-24
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2024
Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
www.faithfellowshipweb.com
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1 John 2
[18] Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. [19] They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

A group invaded the thoughts and discussions in the early church. They were called "gnostics." These were false teachers in the early church who adapted mystic "new age" ideas into the language of the story of Christ.
The Gnostics taught that the body is evil and the spirit is trapped in it. They believed that Creation and matter are evil, and only secret knowledge can save you from this evil life. This sounds sadly familiar even twenty centuries later, as we look at cults today! That is why I like to call them the Gnasty Gnostics.
John had even harsher things to say. He identified these false teachers as the spirit of the antichrist. Such teaching is, in fact, a sign that the Lord is indeed coming back for us. It always seems to get darker before the dawn.
John points out that these Gnasty Gnostics started out in the Body of Christ but went out from the Body, though they never really belonged to Christ. Leaving was a much more dramatic thing in the first century. You did not just up and transfer denominations. There were no other choices "in the church." To leave the church was to leave the Body because there was not yet a proliferation of denominational "streams" in the body of Christ.
We have to be careful. Just because someone "leaves" a local church does not mean they are "antichrist." But we do need to watch out for the spirit of the antichrist in our church, in our community, on the Internet, and elsewhere. We need to be sure of what we believe and wary of that which strays away. We need to be grounded in the Word of God and affirm sound doctrine.
When we hear someone talk about Jesus being "one of many saviors" or "one of many 'sons of God,' when we hear talk that the Bible is not really true, when we hear talk that Jesus was not divine, virgin born, or raised from the dead-- these are all warnings.
Those with such ideas have "gone out from us." They are not expressing the original faith passed to us even though they may still carry the same language and trappings. That can even happen within the bounds of the "traditional groups" that get off track and leave sound teaching behind.
We must hold to a core of belief: That the Bible is the Word of God; that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and creator of everything; that humans are lost and need redemption; that the work of Jesus on the cross atones for our sin; that humans are regenerated to new life by the Holy Spirit; that Jesus is coming for us, and that we are resurrected either to eternal life with God or eternity apart from God. No mantra is needed. No magic crystals. No Gnasty Gnostics, please.

Lord, set my feet upon the solid Rock of a relationship with You in Jesus Christ. Ground me in Truth. I need nothing more. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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