Definition of False Teacher: One who presumes
to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent him.
False Teacher - Theodore
Religious Claptrap and Confusion
While Jesus spoke in
parables and Paul taught some things hard to understand, false teachers
like Austin-Sparks speak in soaring terms that impress men and inspire
the religious, who are deceived. Those who seek the truth
may be temporarily confused, but the Lord will keep and deliver those
whose hearts are pure. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8 EMTV).
God gives us wonderful
coincidences. They seem to happen often. Here is one. I read this today
just after I saw where you had
a page on your
website of writing on “coming
out”. I have not read your
page because I am at work and it is pretty long, but I read this because
it is short. It is part of a daily devotional that comes in my email
every day from T. Austin-Sparks’ writings, and it seemed to confirm
the message of coming out in shorthand.
Just an excerpt from it:
“Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free,
and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” (Galatians
If we really see the
Lord Jesus, we shall be emancipated. Some of us have had that experience.
We were in legal systems; our horizon was that
system. Then the day came when the Lord opened our eyes to really see
the significance of Christ. And that whole system fell away as being
all nonsense. We could say of Paul, there was a mighty "must" in
his spirit. "I have seen the Lord, and I am seeing more and more
of what the Lord is, and this is creating in me this great imperative. “This
one thing I do, leaving the things which are behind, I press on toward
the mark of the prize of the on-high calling.” So we do not say, "Change
your system." But we do say, "Ask the Lord to reveal His Son
in you." Then the great work of emancipation will begin.
29 - The Only True Emancipation from all Forms of Legalism is to
Austin-Sparks is wrong to equate what Paul talks about in Galatians
5 to the commandments of men in their religious systems. Paul wasn’t
addressing those in false religion. He was talking to true believers
about God’s commandments, contending with those who were trying
to be justified by keeping the Law of Moses. That’s not the same
as coming out of the works of men in Babylon.
Paul was calling the Galatians back to their original faith:
(1) Stand fast therefore in the freedom in which Christ has made us
free, and do not be loaded down again with a yoke of bondage.
(2) Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ
will profit you nothing.
(3) And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that
he is a debtor to keep the whole Law.
(4) You have become estranged from Christ, you who are justified
by law; you have fallen from grace.
(5) For we by the Spirit eagerly await for the hope of righteousness
(6) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means
anything, but faith working through love.
Was the Law of Moses and the covenant of circumcision “nonsense”?
Not to Paul or other believers:
“And the uncircumcised male child whose flesh of his foreskin
is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has
broken My covenant” (Genesis 17:14 MKJV).
Paul was talking to those who had repented and received God’s
Spirit, being empowered by Him to fulfill the righteousness of the Law,
which is the circumcision of the heart foreshadowed by the outward
rite of old. Going back to the physical observance after they had the Substance
of Reality in Christ was backwards and nullifying their faith.
“I do not annul the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through
the Law, then Christ died for nothing” (Galatians 2:21 EMTV).
Austin-Sparks misses the critical distinction between man’s laws
and God’s laws because he hadn’t fulfilled the latter, still
being part of the Babylonish system he mistakenly believed he had left
behind. He was spreading her confusion with his fine-sounding words and
lofty sentiments. His expressions remind us of Andrew
Murray and Oswald
He says: “But we do say, ‘Ask the Lord to reveal His Son
in you.’ Then the great work of emancipation will begin.”
statement smacks of error. It’s not about asking for such
a thing, which is religious claptrap, a spiritual covetousness, an
insidious diversion from the Lord and substitution for His righteousness.
It’s about believing and obeying Him instead, pure and simple.
Man trying to manifest Christ by affirming Scriptural sentiments,
according to his own interpretation, is the way of anti-Christ.
It is the path
of delusion, and all who walk in it will end up tyrannized.
2 Peter 2:17-19 ESV
(17) These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them
the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.
(18) For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions
of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.
(19) They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.
For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
These are those who say they “see the significance of Christ,” while
the true are those who really see the Lord and speak through having an
intimate relationship with Him.
“Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ
our Lord?” (1 Corinthians 9:1 MKJV)
The fruits of the lips tell the story. There are no doubt many other
indications of Austin-Spark’s status as a false teacher in his
great abundance of words. For sound guidance in the ways of the Lord,
by the Light that shines in the darkness, read The
True Marks of a Cult and Diabolical
Paul and Victor