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The Discipline of Truth: Guarding the Gospel of Salvation from Demon Doctrines By Declaring that Salvation’s Narrow Path is Only the Real Lord Jesus Christ   

1 Timothy 4:1; 2 John 1:7-11


Salvation is a person, but eternal salvation is ONLY through the RIGHT person: named the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Creator of Everything, who is the Savior God the Son who died as the true Lamb of God, and who is the Final Judge of all humans.

More than anything else: knowing, believing, following, and trusting the REAL Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY hope of salvation. In 1 Timothy 4, as we study the Discipline of Truth: note the words of the very strong warning Paul gives: 1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV) Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,


Beware of Doctrines From Demons


We are living in a time when Paul said not only would people depart from historic Christianity; but that they would do so by listening to demon inspired false, and eternally damnable, teachings. Open with me now to 2 John, as you turn there think of how vital the topic of our study is this morning: our eternal souls are tied to trusting the right person for our salvation.

That’s why the very first exercise for Spiritual Health assigned by God to us in the Church is the Discipline of Truth. We are to study the truth so we can recognize spiritual errors, and cling to the Doctrine of Christ.  Now, to hear God speak, and to feel the weight of our lesson today, please stand with me as we read together these verses from 2 John.


2 John 1:7-11 (NKJV) For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.


Abide in The Doctrine of Christ


One warning rises above all other warnings that Jesus Christ made. He repeats it over and over: Beware of Spiritual Deception. Look at Jesus repeated warning at the start of His ministry in Mat. 7.

Matthew 7:13-15 (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Why? Because at the Judgment there will be people who died clinging to the wrong Jesus. They believed in a false Jesus, one they made up or one that a false teacher taught them. Look at v. 22-23:

Mt. 7:22-23 (NKJV) Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Then, at the end of His ministry, Jesus gave these sweeping warning of false teaching in Mat. 24:

Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 24 (NKJV) And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

So this one warning rises above all other warnings that Jesus Christ made. He repeats it over and over: Beware of Spiritual Deception. To counter all false teachers Jesus Christ told His disciples on the night before the Cross, that He was the ONLY way to God.


Trust in the Real Lord Jesus Christ


Turn onward to John 14:6, as Jesus adds another element to the doctrine of Christ for us.

John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.


Christ Jesus tells us that there is only one doorway to God; and the Doctrine of Christ says that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Door. Christ Jesus said that there was one road to the Father; and that He was the ONLY Way to God, the ONLY Truth that reveals God, and the ONLY Life that lasts forever with God.

John in his final Epistle says that many deceivers are coming to twist the doctrines of the deity of Christ. Here is a test from God’s Word, to find out who are in God’s family, and who are not. The test is to examine whether they confess that the Lord Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, second person of the Trinity is the only way. Look at 1 John 4 because here is what the Scriptures tell us is the test of whether or not someone really has the endless life of God.

1 John 4:1-3  (NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

When God the Son came to Earth He warned us. We must be always on guard for anyone that tries to say that Jesus Christ is not God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity.

What was John talking about? Whether or not they confess that Jesus Christ is infinite, eternal God the son come in human flesh. Anybody who will not confess that does not believe or have the truth.


The Divine God-the-Son, the Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY Way


To do that, John said to test for two things: confession of the Divine Lord (1 John 4:2–3) and commitment to the Divine Word (vv. 4–6).  All cults have the same pattern if you look at them. They attack the person of Christ and they postulate a substitute or addition to the Bible. Either they have their own revelation or they kind of change the Bible by adding theirs.

Nothing much has changed since the time of Christ. In Jesus’ day many thought He was a great teacher and still do. In fact the eastern religions—even Islam and all of them consider Christ to be a great teacher—He was like Confucius, Mohammed, Buddha—He was a great teacher but not God in human flesh.

The contrast of truth and error remains, so the confusion over who Jesus Christ truly was and is remains:

To some He was a great teacher (Eastern religions);

To some He was one of the prophets (Islam).

Some teach that He was the angel brother of Satan (Mormonism);

To some He was a lesser, created God (Jehovah’s Witnesses): He is not God but a little “g” god.

But He is none of those. The reason the major cults are cults is because they have defective doctrines of Christ. The Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or any of the Eastern religions say they believe in Christ but what kind of Christ? Certainly not the Christ of the Scriptures.

Remember how Paul so strongly warned us in 1 Timothy 4, to watch out for:


Demon Doctrines About Jesus


What is an example of “demon doctrines”? Demon doctrines come through false teachers who go against Christ’s deity, by subtle misrepresentation. For example, the Jesus of Mormonism is a created being, who is the spirit brother of Adam and Lucifer.

The heart of the demon doctrines of Mormonism is their doctrine that: Jesus was created by a god, who was created by another god.

God’s Word says that Jesus of Mormonism is not the true Jesus, but a false Jesus. But all around us we hear Mormons using our language, using our Bibles, and affirming that they believe in the Jesus that we believe in.

That should not surprise us. We have been taught from the beginning that false teachers would come, and instead of being surprised, we just test what they say against the Word of God.

It has always been Satan’s anti-christ-strategy to affirm the wrong Christ, the wrong Jesus, and thus to subtly deceive people, by redefining Jesus. It’s been very effective.

It is the spirit of antichrist then to give honor to a false Jesus. And that is deadly. It has found its way, amazingly, into evangelicalism. We are shocked by what people believe who call themselves Christians. But we must realize that they are under the sway of the great deceiver, Satan himself, and the spirit of antichrist that he projects into the world, when they are satisfied to believe in a false Jesus.

Look onward to 2 John, where we read earlier.

2 John 1:7-11 (NKJV) For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

There are increasing movements in general Christianity to embrace the Mormons as fellow Christians. This has happened through the men’s movements (Promise Keepers) and all of our efforts to help our culture (Right to Life).

So if we are not careful, when we work side by side with these people, we share a common value—respect for life or for family; and we forget that though they use the same words: we do they don’t mean what we mean by the words.

Even here in Kalamazoo this Easter season, the Mormons are organizing a choir singing a Mormon musicale, written by a Mormon composer for use in Mormon services, but now  being sung in interfaith “Christian” event. Never forget that:


Mormonism is the Wrong Way to God


Mormonism[1] has an ascending hierarchy of numerous gods who are physical men, each a former sinner, each redeemed by one of many Jesus’ on different earths, and that “salvation” involves secret rituals which exalt Mormons to become gods ruling over their own earths, each with another Adam and Eve, another Satan and fall, another Jesus to die, etc.

But, Mormons seem to be good family people with conservative values; and they talk about God, Christ, salvation, resurrection, and eternal life. Do they mean what true born-again Christians mean when they use our terms?

Let me answer that question with you by an account of when John MacArthur, author of many books, Bible commentaries, and the MacArthur Study Bible, spent a full day with the two leaders of the Mormon theology: The Chairman of the Theology Department of BYU and the Associate Chairman.  They are the two Mormon gatekeepers of theology.

These two key Mormons sat in a room and told Dr. MacArthur[2] they believe in salvation by grace and salvation through faith and salvation in Christ.  Here was his reply at the end of the day and in a gracious way:


Are Mormons Christians? NO


The following is how John MacArthur explains what precipitated that answer as he taught a message at Tulsa Bible Church march 18, 1998 (this is from a transcription of that audio message):

The Mormon Church has seven presidents that are actually like seven apostles.  They make all the doctrinal decisions if it’s not in the Doctrine of Covenants, the Book of Mormon.  The two Mormon theologians came to spend a day with me under the authority and commission of the seven presidents of the Mormon Church to talk theology.

We sat in the room and they told me they believe in salvation by grace and salvation through faith and salvation in Christ; and they wanted to affirm the things we have in common.  Now there are some people who would say, “Wow!  It must be a revival in the Mormon Church.”

But when we got done with hours and hours of discussion, with these two very gracious men, who had been reading through, all four volumes of my commentary on Matthew, both volumes on Romans; and they’d read the Gospel According to Jesus, Faith Works, and the Sufficiency of Christ.

They were drawn to me because they never really understood the Bible like that; and they came because they wanted to know me personally and ask questions.  They said, “We want to affirm salvation by grace alone.  We want to affirm salvation by faith.  We want to affirm salvation is in Christ.”


The Three Key Questions


So after six hours of discussion with these men, at the end of the day and in a gracious way I said, “I want to ask you three questions”:

I said, “Can you tell me about your god.  And they gave me a god who didn’t have three persons.  They’re Unitarian, so I said,  “Well, whatever it is we want to talk about regarding grace, faith and Christ, let’s just get it straight, we have a different God.”

And I said, “Can you tell me your Christology.  And they said, “Jesus is created by God.  He’s a high order of created beings.” I said, “Now let’s make this clear, we have a different Christ.  And if anybody comes and preaches a different Christ, Galatians 1:7-8 says he’s cursed.”

Then I said, “If I wanted to get to the highest heaven, in other words, if I want salvation, what would I need to do?  They said you would need to join the Mormon Church, you would need to evidence certain obediences, and you would need to be baptized with a certain kind of spirit-endowed baptism in the system.

I said, “Then let me get this clear, we have a different God, a different Christ, and a different Gospel.  Apart from those, we agree.”[3]

You see it’s not enough to say I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the grace of God, I believe in faith in Jesus Christ, I believe that He died. That belief must square with the meaning Scriptures give to those words. Beware of:


The Danger of Not Testing Doctrines Against God’s Word


Church history records a First Century cult group that used similar words to Christianity.  Mithras members would go up to each other on the streets of Rome and say, “I’ve been washed in the blood of the Son of God, I have been born again”.  Think of hearing those words.  Wouldn’t you just run up to them and say, “Wow, praise the Lord.”

But the problem is that if you took a moment and asked a few questions you’d find their God was Mithras. His blood was the blood of a bull. Being born again was part of a ceremony with real animal blood from a living bull, as you stood in a pit beneath that bull while it was sacrificed over your head. When you got out of that pit covered with blood you would say you were born again.

Are we talking about the same Christ, Son of God and New Birth? NO. But they used the same words; and that’s why it’s so important that believers believe:

The way of God: that only Jesus Christ is the door to Heaven.

The truth of God: how Christ Jesus, sin, Son of God, grace, faith, and conversion are defined in God’s Word.


Beware of Christian Words in Demon Doctrines


Winsome TV ads invite people to learn the teachings of Christ from the Mormons, who call themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. But is Mormonism really Christian? Mormonism has perverted true Christian teaching. Mormonism is really Pseudo-Christian false teachings from demons.

Mormonism is a Demon Doctrine because it teaches multiple gods.

The Book of Mormon says that you can become a god and you can have your own world. In fact our world was started by someone from another world who wanted to be a god and ascended up through the system and made it and they had their own planet. That is a total unchristian belief.

Jesus Himself said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). God the Father and Jesus Christ are distinct Persons, they are not separate beings, or separate Gods. This is the clear teaching of Scripture: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4).

Mormonism is a Demon Doctrine because it teaches the deification of the human soul.

This is in harmony with the Mormon notion that all believers are progressing toward godhood.

The Scriptures teach exactly the opposite—they say we were born according to our father the devil, the prince of the power of the air—we were following his way and that we were redeemed and given the righteousness of Jesus Christ and we partake of His righteousness.

Even in the Glory of Heaven, we will remain God’s creatures worshipping Him as God not as a fellow god. We will not attain a divinity of our own, or even share His deity. “I am the Lord,” He says. “That is My name: and My glory will I not give to another” (Isa. 42:8).

Mormonism is a Demon Doctrine because it teaches the possibility of salvation after death.

Mormonism is well known for the practice of baptizing people for the dead. Mormons believe that people who die without having heard the Mormon gospel will have an opportunity to hear and believe even after they die. Since baptism is viewed as essential to their salvation, the dead are baptized “by proxy”—that is, living Mormons stand in for the souls of people whom they know have died without being baptized in the Mormon church. But Scripture says the opposite. Turn to Hebrews 9:27.

Mormonism is a wrong road to God and their whole idea of the second chance is so categorically denied by the Scriptures. The Scriptures say that we can only get saved while we are alive and breathing and conscious on this planet. As Hebrews 9:27 says:

“It is appointed unto men once to die”: there goes all the New Age reincarnation notions—there is no second time around—no one has ever lived as someone else and come back;

“but after this the judgment”: No second chance. Death, and either awaking in the presence of Jesus Christ in His image, or immediate conscious punishment, awaiting judgment. That’s all that God allows for.


Mormonism is a Pseudo-Christian Cult


The Discipline of Truth: Guard the Only Gospel of Salvation from Demon Doctrines By Understanding that Salvation’s Narrow Path is Only the Real Lord Jesus Christ.

Rob Gardner is a composer and conductor. In addition to Saints and Pioneers, he has written and produced Joseph Smith, The Prophet; He is Jesus Christ and The Price of Freedom.

Rob Gardner has composed for film, television, studio recordings, and the concert stage. Among his works are four stage musicals: BlackbeardThe Price of Freedom, Twelve Princesses and Joan of Arc. Rob is also the author of several sacred oratorios, He is Jesus ChristJoseph Smith the ProphetSaints and Pioneers, and most recently, Lamb of God. He was also a member of and arranger for the bestselling 7-man a cappella group “Two Five Nine.” Among his other credits are several documentary films for which he contributed music. Rob graduated with a BS in Business from Brigham Young University and did graduate studies in film music composition at the University of Southern California in the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. He is co-founder and president of Spire Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing concerts and superior music recordings of a sacred and inspiring nature.














God is a Spirit: and they that worship HIM must worship in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24.

In the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST, Matthew 28:19.

There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  I Timothy 2:5.

God said let US make man in OUR image.  Genesis 1:26. God said let US go down.  Genesis 11:7.

In the beginning God.  Genesis 1:1.

JESUS baptized – SPIRIT descended – The FATHER spake. Matthew 3:16-17.

The Lord He is God; there is none else beside HIM. Deuteronomy 4:35.


I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage…and that the Holy Ghost is a distinct personage and a Spirit,…three distinct personages and three Gods.

In the heaven where our spirits were born, there are many Gods, each of whom has his own wife or wives…

The heads of the Gods appointed one god for us…

The Father in heaven has a body of flesh and bones, the Son also…

God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp.345-346, 370-372.; Orson Pratt, The Seer, I, March 1853, p. 37.

Doctrine and Covenants 130:22.





The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we behold His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14.

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.  John 1:18.

He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1

When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:18.

A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14.

In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:3.

God manifest in the flesh. I Timothy 3:16.

Declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead.  Romans 1:4.

If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain.  I Corinthians 15:17

He ever liveth to make intercession. Hebrews 7:25.

This same Jesus…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.  Acts 1:11, Cf. John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.


Jesus Christ is Jehovah, the first-born among the spirit children of Elohim, to whom all others are juniors.

He is unique in that he is the offspring of a mortal mother and of an immortal, or resurrected and glorified, Father.

He was the executive of the Father, Elohim, in the work of creation.

He is greater than the Holy Spirit, which is subject unto him, but his Father is greater than He.


Talmage, The Articles of Faith, pp. 471-472.

Doctrine and Covenants 76:24.

Joseph F. Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, I, p.18










When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth,…HE shall testify of me.  John 15:26.

When HE is come, HE will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.  John 16:8.

When HE, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.  John 16:13.

The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, HE shall reach you all things.  John 14:26.

HIS SPIRIT that DWELLETH IN YOU. Romans 8:11. Cf. Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 3:16; 5:18.


The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit…A man may receive the Holy Ghost and IT may descend upon him and not tarry with him.

The bestowal of the Holy Ghost … is effected through the ordinance…pronounced by the specified authority of the Holy Priesthood, accompanied by the imposition of the hands of him or those officiating.

Such references as being filled with the Holy Ghost…have reference to the powers and influences that emanate from God…The actual person of the Holy Ghost cannot be in more than one place at a time.


Doctrine and Covenants 130:22-23.

Talmage, The Articles of Faith, pp. 161, 165.






Sin is the transgression of the law. I John 3:4

All unrighteousness is sin.  I John 5:17

To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  James 4:17

Sin – because they believe not on Me.  John 16:9

All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

There is none righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:10

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us. I John 1:10

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  I John 1:8


Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy.

Men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning.

Were it not for our transgression we should never have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth to all the obedient.


Book of Mormon, II Nephi 2:25

Second Article of Faith of the LDS.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:38

Pearl of Great Price, Moses 5:11


The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.  I John 1:7

My blood which is shed…for the remission of sins.  Matthew 26:28

Redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. I Peter 1:18-19

Washed us from our sins in His own blood. Revelation 1:5-6

Without shedding of blood is no remission.  Hebrews 9:22

Made peace through the blood of His cross.  Colossians 1:20

And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.  Hebrews 10:11-14


Even the unbeliever, the heathen, and the child who dies before reaching the years of discretion, all are redeemed by the Savior’s self-sacrifice from the individual consequences of the Fall…the resurrection of the body is one of the values achieved by Christ through His atoning sacrifice.  (This is called General Salvation.)

Unconditional Redemption – means to restore us from this mortal state to the immortal state; in other words, to give unto us the resurrection.  That comes to every creature, not only to men but also to the fish, the fowls of the air, and the beasts of the field…All of them had spiritual existence before they were placed upon the earth; therefore they are to be redeemed.


As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.  John 1:12

He that believeth on Him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18, 36

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to this mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

Justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  Romans 3:24

This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.  John 6:29

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth, Romans 10:4


The sectarian  dogma of Justification by Faith alone has exercised an influence for evil.

We believe that through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.

The priesthood of Aaron…holds the keys of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.

The living may be baptized for the dead “who died without a knowledge of the restored gospel.”

Only those married “for time and eternity” (Celestial Marriage) in Mormon temples can receive fullness of glory and “continuation of seeds forever and ever.  Then shall they be gods, because they have no end.”


Talmage, The Articles of Faith, p. 479

Third Article of Faith of the LDS.

Doctrine and Covenants 13: 128:5; 132:19-20.


Them that sleep in the dust shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2

After death the judgment.  Hebrews 9:27

I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God – judged according to their works. Revelation 20:12

Fire that never shall be quenched.  Mark 9:43

The Lord Jesus revealed from heaven – in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction.  II Thessalonians 1:7-10




Sons of Perdition are “those whose sin is the unpardonable one, whose transgression has carried them beyond the present horizon of possible redemption…They, having learned the power of God afterward renounce it … sin willfully in the light of knowledge, etc.”

They are “doomed to suffer the wrath of God .. in eternity… There is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come.”

Punishment will be graded according to sin.

Any punishment ordained of God is eternal, for He is eternal.


Talmage, The Articles of Faith, pp. 60, 409-410.

Doctrine and Covenants 76: 33-34.


[1] Dave Hunt, Berean Call, May 2000.

[2] Transcribed from a sermon preached by John MacArthur at Tulsa Bible Church in March 18, 1998.

[3] Transcript of a message preached at Tulsa Bible Church Wednesday, March 18, 1998.