Believe That We, Or Our Pastor/Denomination/Spiritual Leader, Cannot Be Fooled
In spite of the fact that deception is one of the major themes of the New Testament, with the words deceit, deceitful, deceitfully, deceitfulness, and deceive, used over and over again, Christians make two very dangerous mistakes. 1) believe that they cannot be fooled. 2) Assume that their pastor, mentor, spiritual leader, or denomination as a whole, cannot be deceived. Although both Peter and Paul were very emphatic about the fact that wolves would come from the flock itself, most Christians today, totally ignoring the implications of Paul's warning in Acts 20 29-30, seem to think that heresy is something that largely happens outside the church.
Attribute Every Personal Testimony and “Sign” To Being Of, Or From, God
Many, many people who have joined cults and other religions like Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholicism, or even Buddhism can and do give powerful testimonies of how their lives have changed. Many, many people who belong to other religious groups, or even atheism, can testify as to how they, or someone else, was healed by "the power of prayer", their "guru" or holy man or their spiritual leader. Which should make it evident that neither testimony nor miraculous signs can ever be the good enough evidence of the truth of one's claims. The tragedy is that it doesn’t...
Take Bible Verses Out of Context
No Biblical author simply strung together a number of lofty sounding phrases disconnected from one another. Since each verse is an integral part of a particular point the author was trying to make, no one should read, much less base their beliefs on, stand alone verses. The reader can only be accurately informed by God's Word the way it is written… in its context. Understanding what the author meant comes not only from the words he wrote, but also by what the overall message of the chapter is intended to convey. But, since this takes a little more time, study and effort, most Christians are content with allowing a verse to be wrested from it's context, and used to convey whatever meaning the speaker/author wishes it to convey which, all too often, is nothing but a corruption of the truth. This perversion of Scriptures is done (whether intentionally or unintentionally) in order to persuade men that whatsoever the false teacher says is based on Biblical truth.
Believe That We, As Christians Are Not To Judge Anything Or Anyone
People often believe the politically correct, liberal view that we, as Christians, are not to judge anything or any one. “Judge Not” is the one Bible verse that most people love to quote and a common cliché among liberals whose theology comes from liberalism instead of Scripture. They are not sure where it is found, but they do know that those were Jesus’ words. However, few seem to realize that this is not a stand alone statement that He pulled out of thin air, then went off to try his hand at fishing for his lunch on the Sea of Tiberias, saying no more on the matter. In fact it has been terribly wrested from it's context (See Section above). Perhaps we should allow the Lord to complete His thought AND His sentence. And, if we do, we will find that that Jesus wasn't saying, or even implying, that we should never make judgments about anyone at any time, but was condemning a certain type of judging. Contrary to popular beliefs.. the Bible makes some very straight forward statements about judging and one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the the ability to judge or determine between two things as to which is right, and which is wrong.
The Myth OF Faith Alone
Perhaps one of the all time greatest delusions in the Christian world, is the innumerable number of people who are under the impression that, in order to be forgiven their sins, and thus inherit eternal life, all they have to do is believe Jesus died for their sins on the cross. If one were to ask the vast majority of Christians what one has to do to be saved, you would get a number of answers like "accept Jesus as your personal savior", "ask Jesus into your heart" etc. However, while the terminology may vary, the answers would almost all boil down to all you have to do is believe... all you have to do is have faith. In other words, at the very moment the sinner puts his, or her, faith in Jesus Christ and accepts Him as his/her savior, that person has entered into a covenant relationship with God, has received God's forgiveness of sins, and the gift of eternal life. What one never, or very rarely, hears is that anything other than faith is required to be saved. In fact the suggestion that anything other than faith is required for salvation, is not only militantly opposed by most of Christendom, but denounced as an unbiblical, works based, false teaching. But is this true? While it is certainly a fact that the Bible teaches that faith is an essential ingredient, without which it is impossible to please God, it never ever teaches that faith is the only requirement for salvation. In fact the Scriptures point to a number of things by which a person is saved.
True and False Unity
Christian unity is unity under and through the gospel. It is nurtured through the teaching of sound Biblical doctrine. False unity is unity that is demanded and prescribed by religious leaders to their own ideas and organizations. This is the unity that the religious leaders of Israel wanted and that Jesus threatened.