Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Paul
Stuck in the Box
You can leave behind your
denominations, but if you retain their trappings, you’re still
trapped. And you can search the Scriptures all day long, thinking
to rightly divide them, but if you don’t come and listen to
Him Whom the Scriptures are about, as He lives today, you will be
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We received some questions by email:
From: Dr. Paul W.
First I would like to thank you for your extensive site. It provides
a wonderful reference for me in my desire to grow closer to God.
After thinking about some things, I have several questions which I would
appreciate your reply. I was pretty much dismissed years ago in a methodist
seminary for my views concerning water baptism versus the baptism of
the Holy Spirit. I did attain my divinity degree but as a consequence,
I never sought ordination from the church but worked as a pastor through
the years until devoting the greater percentage of time in the last five
years or so.
What about this great question? I have even gone as far dealing with
this issue as to advise a person that if they insist, water baptism can
be performed to make them feel more assured as a ceremony symbolizing
the transformation from old to new but it is not the great sanctifier
that is the baptism of the Holy Spirit will come to mean in their life
both here and in the hereafter. I would love to hear from you on this.
My stance on this was developed after study on my own and with the Berean
Bible Fellowship. I did not read anything about them on the site.
Lastly, for now. I am greatly troubled by the evident and prevailing
effort to justify the so called same sex marriages and homo sexual/lesbian/trans
gendered life styles. I think this will be a death blow to organized
religion in our country. Many years ago, I stopped being a part of the
denominational church and at first sought Christ on my own and carried
on a ministry as I worked a regular job. Then, I continued my ministry
and started attending some Quaker meetings, which have a strong attraction
with me as they practice silent worship or as I know it deep and meaningful
prayer in search of 'light' as they say. Your opinion on the move to
push this via the church and to normalize it in society?
I appreciate your time and look forward to a response. Also, I will
continue to refer to your site.
Let’s see if we can be of service in Christ to you.
First of all, you need to repent of your sins. This would naturally
lead you to drop the “Dr.” title. God doesn’t regard
doctors of men, especially when it comes to the things of God. He recognizes
no earthly honors, credits, or bestowments of titles in His Name. Frankly,
He despises them. And when Saul of Tarsus came to know Him, Saul soon
saw the vanity of his religious scholastic achievements and called it
Philippians 3:2-11 MKJV
(2) Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision party.
(3) For we are the circumcision who worship God in the spirit and rejoice
in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh;
(4) though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other thinks
that he has reason to trust in the flesh, I more.
(5) I was circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. As regards the Law, I was
(6) concerning zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness
in the Law, blameless.
(7) But whatever things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
(8) But no, rather, I also count all things to be loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered
the loss of all things, and count them to be dung, so that I may win
(9) and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness, which is of
the Law, but through the faith of Christ, the righteousness of God by
(10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship
of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death;
(11) if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
Besides, if you received your doctorate at a Methodist or other seminary
and were dismissed for disagreeing with some of their doctrine, I would
think the title should be worthless to you even in logical terms. Carrying
the title, you contradict yourself and give credibility to the organization
you can’t be a part of. Does that make sense?
This is assuming, of course, you received your doctorate there in theological
studies. You don’t clearly spell that out. For all we know, you’re
a vet or dentist. Still, our spiritual context is the trump card here
and you should regard it as such. If you got your doctorate in some other
field, you aren’t any better than the charlatan prophet Dr.
whose doctorate is in the sciences and who nonetheless uses the title
to impress in spiritual terms, as if credentials of this world lend merit
to the Kingdom of God, which they don’t. But simple souls are impressed
and fall for it.
Dr. Len Horowitz is another stinker who thinks his dentistry degree
should buy him credibility with those seeking spiritual guidance. That
tells you how far short he falls from what he thinks to have. I wouldn’t
trust him with a filling.
If you think to persuade people by earthly credentials (whether a “doctor
of divinity” or any other) to trust you to lead them to faith in
Christ, you’re greatly mistaken, notwithstanding the results you
may presume to have achieved in your work as a pastor. If people come
by carnal motivation, they are no better off than those entering the
Great Marriage Banquet without a wedding garment. And you know what happens
to them (Matthew 22:2-14).
This brings us to the question of just how effective you’ve been
in ministry if you have yet to recognize the basic essentials and possess
understanding of the truths, laws, and principles of the Kingdom of God.
This may sound shocking to you, but don’t let your earthly riches
dissuade you from soberly contemplating the implications of your spiritual
position. If you have your confidence in dung, how can the results be
of any value to God?
Concerning water baptism, Paul, you can read at Water
And consider that you may be contradicting yourself. First, you say, “I
am greatly troubled by the evident and prevailing effort to justify the
so called same sex marriages and homo sexual/lesbian/trans gendered life
styles. I think this will be a death blow to organized religion in our
country.” But then you mention, “Many
years ago, I stopped being a part of the denominational church.”
I can understand being troubled about evil having its way and running
rampant, but are you saying you’re concerned that the same sex
issue will be the demise of organized religion? Why should you be concerned?
You aren’t clear.
If you had the right motive, you made the right move, coming out of
the harlot church, Mystery Babylon the Great. Perhaps God has given you
something there. Now if she, organized religion, is the harlot, then
isn’t she destined to fall by God’s judgment? John says so
“And one of the seven angels who had the seven vials came and
talked with me, saying to me, ‘Come here, I will show you the judgment
of the great harlot sitting on many waters, with whom the kings of the
earth committed fornication, and became drunk with the wine of her fornication,
those inhabiting the earth’” (Revelation 17:1-2 MKJV).
And why must she fall? Here it is:
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon
the great has fallen, has fallen! And it has become the dwelling-place
of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a cage of every
unclean bird which has been hated, because of the wine of the anger of
her fornication which all the nations have drunk. And the kings of the
earth have committed fornication with her. And the merchants of the earth
became rich from the power of her luxury” (Revelation 18:2-3 MKJV).
“And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and
of all those who were slain on the earth” (Revelation 18:24 MKJV).
We certainly won’t be any of those kings weeping for her. Instead,
we’ve been among these:
Revelation 6:9-11 MKJV
(9) And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the
souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God, and for the
testimony which they held.
(10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “Until when, Master,
holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell
on the earth?”
(11) And white robes were given to each one of them. And it was said
to them that they should rest yet for a little time, until both their
fellow servants and their brothers (those about to be killed as they
were) should have their number made complete.
We are those blessed to do the will of God and His saints:
“O daughter of Babylon, whose fate is destruction; happy is the
man who does to you what you have done to us. Happy is the man who takes
your little ones, crushing them against the rocks” (Psalms 137:8-9
Babylon’s plagues are well deserved and if you fear for her, you
deserve those same plagues:
“And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, ‘Come out
of her, My people, that you may not be partakers of her sins, and that
you may not receive of her plagues. For her sins joined together, even
up to Heaven, and God has remembered her unjust deeds’” (Revelation
You ask our opinion on embracing forms of prayer and worship, using
the example of the Quaker practice of silent prayer in search of light.
Form and prescribed methodology will get nobody anywhere with the Lord – form
is all about man’s righteousness. However, the Light has made Himself
known to us, as He did to John, and John had this to say about true faith:
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness,
we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as
He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7
Berean Bible Fellowship
Seeing you and others have contacted us about the Berean Bible Fellowship,
let’s discuss them. No doubt, they’ve misled you in much
The key spiritual handicap with them and with you, Paul (not condemning
or even criticizing, but informing you here), is that you don’t
have the Spirit of God. Going to their Doctrinal
“The gifts necessary for the ministry of
the Body of Christ are those enumerated in Ephesians 4:7-16. Of these,
only the gifts of evangelists
and pastors-teachers are in operation today. All the sign gifts of the
Acts period, such as tongues, prophesy and healing (I Cor. 12:1-31),
being temporary in character, have ceased (I Cor. 13:8-11).”
What they say is not true at all. They’re ignorant of God. Read
The Baptism in the Holy
Spirit. These people have never received the
Spirit of God. Without His Spirit, how can anyone understand the things
of the Spirit, never mind assume spiritual authority and teach anyone?
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 MKJV
(12) But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to
us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches,
but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of
God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged
by no one.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?
But we have the mind of Christ.
Berean Bible Fellowship’s case is a matter of the blind leading
the blind and both falling into the ditch. Carnal understanding of Scripture
confounds, misleads, and deceives. It is, put simply, satanic.
There’s no doubt in our minds that BBF doesn’t believe
that one can and must hear the Lord’s personal voice or that
prophets of the Lord exist today. Read the following Diabolical Doctrines:
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Are Not for Today, There
Are No Prophets or Apostles Today, and Believers
No Longer Hear God’s Voice.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they
follow Me” (John 10:27 MKJV).
Concerning baptism, they declare, “All saved
persons have been made members of the Body of Christ by one divine
baptism (I Cor. 12:13).
By this one baptism every member of the Body of Christ is identified
with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. In the light of the
statement concerning the one baptism in Ephesians 4:5, the statements
concerning baptism in Colossians 2:12 and Romans 6:3,4, and Paul’s
statement in I Corinthians 1:17 that ‘Christ sent me not to baptize,
but to preach the gospel,’ we affirm that water baptism has no
place in God’s spiritual program for the Body of Christ in this
day of grace.”
They’re right there! There is only one baptism, that being the
baptism in the Holy Spirit, of which water baptism is a representation,
and a testimony of repentance from sin. However, seeing the people at
Berean Bible Fellowship have denied the Spirit and the gifts, they don’t
have the one baptism they rightly declare is the significant and needful
one. Which goes to show that even right knowledge isn’t enough.
Did you know they’re denying the new birth, for that’s what
the baptism in the Holy Spirit is?
“For also by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether
Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free, even all were made to drink into
one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13 MKJV).
Did you know they deny the Lord Jesus Christ come in the flesh, for
that’s what receiving the Spirit is all about – Christ coming
in the flesh? Of course, they would claim they have the Spirit of Christ
because believing another couple doctrines of devils - read the Diabolical
Doctrines: “Accepting” Jesus
Christ as Your Personal Savior and Conversion
Is Full Salvation.
Though it can’t be assumed for certain, it appears BBF believes
in the common physical expression of the “Lord’s Supper.” They
say, “The communion of the Lord’s Supper as revealed through
the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 11:23-26 is for members of the Body
of Christ to observe ‘until He comes.’”
Read Diabolical Doctrine: The “Lord’s Supper”.
(Not that it much matters regarding them, seeing they don’t have
the Spirit of Christ.)
BBF says, “The rapture of the Church ‘which is His body,’ and
the second coming of Christ will be pre-millennial. He will come first
to receive the members of His body to Himself (I Thes. 4:13-18; Phil.
3:20,21), and later to receive His millennial kingdom, over which He
will reign (Zech. 14:4,9; Acts 1:10,11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4-6). Because
of the distinctive nature of the Body of Christ, the resurrection and
rapture of the Church, which is His body, will take place before the
great tribulation (Jer. 30:7; Matt. 24:15-31) at His appearing in the
air (I Thes. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20,21; Titus 2:13,14; I Cor. 15:51-53).
The resurrection of the other saved dead will occur after the tribulation
It’s the same popular hash fed all over the earth in nominal Christendom.
BBF gives several misinterpreted Scripture verses to defend this abominable
escapist doctrine of the rapture. Read Diabolical Doctrine: Rapture
before the Great Tribulation.
They declare, “The teachings of universalism,
of probation after death, of annihilation of the unsaved dead, and
of the unconscious state
of the dead, saved or unsaved (Luke 16:23-28; Phil. 1:23; II Cor. 5:6-8),
are opposed by us as being thoroughly unscriptural and dangerous doctrines.”
They’re right about the annihilation and “unconscious state
of the dead.” Read Diabolical
Doctrine: The Wicked Are Annihilated.
They’re right about Universalism – The
False Kind and The
Deadly Error of the Universalists. However, they’re dead wrong
about “universalism - the true kind” and about “probation
after death.” Read from The
Restitution of All Things, perhaps
particularly The Good
News and The
SIGN: The Book of Jonah, the Book of God.
How right and wrong they are here: “Jesus
Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead (Luke 24:39-43). Therefore
(I Cor. 15:21), all men
will have a bodily resurrection (Acts 24:15): the saved to everlasting
glory and the unsaved to everlasting punishment (John 5:29; Rev. 20:11-15).”
Yes, Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead and therefore
we believe we will all have a bodily resurrection, the saved receiving
everlasting glory. But where they are wrong is in the pagan lie that
violates God’s Character as much as any lie can, the doctrine of
torment. No greater slander has been cast upon God. It is high
treason and blasphemy.
Read (in The
Restitution of All Things section):
Are Eternal Hell and God's Love Compatible?
State and Fate of Hell
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever,” “Everlasting,” and “Hell”
If you read The
True Marks of a Cult and Diabolical
find much testimony against what BBF teaches and practices. For you,
Paul, this isn’t a problem, but a blessing, if it’s your
time to learn and God is giving you the grace to do so. It would only
be a problem if you were to reject God’s Bible-substantiated truth
that testifies against men’s doctrines and works. Many have a problem
with what we teach. Too bad.
BBF declares eternal security: “All the
saved are eternally secure in Christ (Col. 3:1-4; Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:1;
8:29-34; 8:38,39; John 10:27-29;
Doctrine: Eternal Security (Once Saved, Always
They declare the usual pagan trinity doctrine so prevalent in nominal
Christendom: “There is one God, eternally
existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; I
Tim. 2:5; Eph. 4:4-6; Matt.
28:19; II Cor. 13:14).”
Read in our sections, The
Trinity and Jesus Christ
Is God, perhaps especially
Asininity of the Trinity and The
Most Glorious of Truths.
We have little doubt BBF promotes the pagan feasts of Easter and Christmas,
and keeping Sunday (the first Holy Roman Emperor Constantine’s
pagan specialty served up in the 4th century at the Christian table by
force, contrary to the Word and Law of the Lord, while penalizing by
execution those who would remember to keep the true Sabbath holy).
Again, read our Diabolical
Doctrines for much more enlightenment of
I hope you’ll not be offended in what we have to say, Paul.
Paul Box responded:
Thanks for your information.
I will study it in the days to come. I earned a PhD in Business Management
and salvaged about 10 million dollars
in radio station properties along the way writing a paper on the processes.
It was not in divinity as I only received a masters and was not asked
to leave or booted. I just was beginning to feel as if I didn't want
to be a part of the organized church...which term I use to describe as
any church under the government status of non profit (501 C 3). Because
they have the reins over the status of tax exemption, they will eventually
require those units under their guise to follow their edicts and accept
same sex marriages along with any other ruling which infringes upon religious
freedoms. I really feel that this is a threat not only to those denominations
which are "controllers" and "business models" but
to any church, ministry or group designated as holder of the tax free
non profit status.
As far as the Bereans, they may well not have the Holy Spirit as a group,
however the few persons I know within the group are spirit filled as
best I can detect from correspondence which is over time. I've yet to
meet the first person with whom I'm in complete agreement on everything...not
even my wife!
You have been very helpful and I appreciate your time. Looking forward
to more study in the Lord with you. At times, it is difficult to discern
truth from fiction in some things and takes prayerful endeavors.
Victor wrote back several months later (at the end of 2012):
How are you doing, Paul? I hope the Lord is granting you favor at our
site and besides!
We haven’t heard back from Paul as of the end of 2014.
I looked him up online and sadly found this:
I say “sadly” because Paul refused the godly instructions
Victor gave him, backed by the Scriptures and proven in our lives as
the way of eternal life. Paul continues in his role as “Dr.” Box,
the minister, leading others astray. We understand that may be only a
handful of people, but didn’t Christ die for them, too? And how
many millions more are led astray by such men (no doubt each bearing
his or her responsibility, because God keeps those whose hearts are after
Him, the Truth)?
The Berean Bible Fellowship, propositioning itself as a promoter of “the
gospel of the grace of God and the Word of God, rightly divided (Acts
20:24; 2 Timothy 2:15)” misdirects the “Dr.” Boxes
and many others out there with their carnal misinterpretations of Scripture.
They say they are there “to win the lost
to Christ, and to edify, unify, and equip individuals, local churches,
and para church organizations
within the whole of the Grace Movement,” but all they’re
really doing is strengthening the bonds of Mystery Babylon on her delusional
children who think they’re outside the illegitimate works of men.
Those iniquitous works live on inside them, fed by such as these so-called
Bereans who operate “inside the camp.”
Hebrews 13:10-14 MKJV
(10) We have an altar of which they have no right to eat, those who serve
(11) For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the
Holy of Holies by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.
(12) Therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people through
His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
(13) Therefore let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
(14) For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.