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The so called spiritual warfare talked of in Ephesians 6:11,12 ("Put on the whole armour of God-(and who has the whole armor?), that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.")-is fighting yourself to persuade yourself that you deserve all God has made available for you. 
    Spiritual warfare involves fighting yourself so you can look at yourself the way God actually now sees you – holy, perfect and righteous, and as an equal with Him -Philippians 2:5,6 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." But 'falsies' turn it into 'fighting the devil'.
    Without understanding what the true gospel (means 'good news') message is, fellowship can be destroyed by an alternate gospel -Philippians 1:3-5 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now." 

Isaiah 5:20,21,23 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!...Which justify the wicked for reward, and take aways-the righteousness of the righteous from him!" Anyone that tries to start you thinking that you are unrighteous when you have Christ in you, is one to avoid.

False ministers teach a 'gospel' of doctrines that tend to separate believers from the righteousness they have in Christ; believers in whose hearts is the love of God that binds believers together; teaching, for example – that Sabbath keeping is more important (see also, which is the true church today?) than love of others who may think somewhat differently – that you must serve God by avoiding others who don't believe as your particular group might believe, that you will prosper by tithing
   Many churches have made the issue of Christianity, the type of life we live, rather than the type of life He (Christ) lived. Thus many believe wrongly that their weaknesses infringe upon a relationship with God. 
    Paul the great apostle, talked about his weaknesses -Romans 7:19 "For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do." 1John 1:6,8 "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth...If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Paul was a sinner, even after His conversion. Was he in darkness? Not at all!
    Never doubt your salvation by your conduct, even though some may teach that your performance is important to be right with God. Performance is important towards a reward in salvation, but salvation is your gift from God thanks to Jesus Christ's righteousness being imputed unto you. 
     A false minister may indeed be sincere, in that, he believes he is telling the truth. You have to check up yourself on what is said -Acts 17:11 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." False ministers tell us "God is angry with the wicked every day" (Psalms 7:11 ".....God is angry with the wicked every day."), when the original does not mean that and they don't understand the message of God anyway -Luke 6:35 "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." Would God tell us this and maintain a different standard for Himself? I think not! 
    False ministers emphasize the keeping of parts of the abolished Mosaic Law, rather than showing the things about Jesus regarding the law -Acts 28:23 "And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening."
    Believing that way may threaten the grace of God (Hebrews 10:29 ".....who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?") you are in by faith and cause a root of bitterness to well up in you -Hebrews 12:15 "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled." 
    Bitter because your efforts to perform will never be quite good enough and you'll feel that there is always something else you must still do to keep right with God -Matthew 19:20 "The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up. What lack I yet?"-...continues


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