“I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brethren…”
“Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false brethren had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you” (2 Cor 11:26; Gal 2: 3-5)
In the Bible, we are warned about false believers or false brethren. Their numbers will increase in the last days. Apostle Paul was always watchful against them for they could do much damage to the Body of Christ or to his ministry. These false believers are men and women in the church who speak and behave like they are Christians but they are not. They are hypocrites, wolves in sheep clothing. These men did not truly repent of their sins and did not accept Christ as their Savior. They speak about Him but they do not really know Him. Repentance is not the work of man. You can’t repent any time you want. Repentance is not trying to obey some laws to please God. Repentance is the deep work of the Holy Spirit in the souls of men. It means to have a broken and a contrite heart, falling at the feet of Jesus and begging to be saved like a dying man. Then the Holy Spirit comes and grants peace.
These men come close to you using familiarity. It is very dangerous to say that just because this man is my husband, or this woman is my sister, therefore they are born again. Salvation is a miracle, the work of the Holy Spirit. Do not ‘dash’ the title of ‘born again’ to any person you may admire. That is foolishness. The false brethren are not truly born again. They lack the fruit of the Spirit in their character. They do not manifest love, peace, patience, joy, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, humility and self-control (Gal 5). They may use some religious ‘paint’ to cover up. But they are selfish, restless, unhappy, rude, jealous, unfaithful, harsh, greedy, proud and reckless. Pray and wait for God to reveal the truth about any man. Until proven saved, all men are sinners. That is holy and safe thinking.
The false brethren are spies and agents of the devil. They are sent especially to the churches where the true Gospel is preached, where souls become saved and free. It is your freedom that they are interested in. They look for ways to attack and destroy this freedom. They are agents of the devil who has lost his slaves. He wants to know the way his former slaves became free and to stop others from becoming free in the future. To better understand them you need to know what freedom is, because that is what they their hate the most.
Freedom means the state of being free; to have the power to do things, free from the oppression of another; to be outspoken; to be bold in conception and execution of projects. To be free it means you are not a slave anymore; you enjoy the full rights of a citizen. You are independent from outside oppression. You are able to choose exactly what you want according to God’s will and your conscience; no man or demon can stop you fulfilling God’s will for your life. The opposite of freedom is slavery to sin and bondage to the devil.
False brethren preach legalism. They say that for salvation you need Christ and something else. This ‘something else’ they tell you is to keep some religious laws. But the truth is that salvation is trusting Christ alone to save your soul, because He died on the Cross to atone for your sins. Christ alone pleases the Father. No man is able to please God. Because of Christ, we are now accepted ‘in the Beloved’. The false brethren tell you that Christ and trust in His sacrifice is not enough for salvation; that you need to please religious men with your obedience to religious laws. The evil spirit of religion produces these unholy counterfeits. Be careful and study yourself! If you have any doubts about your spiritual standing, continue to pray until you receive the assurance of your salvation.
These men are very dangerous. Apostle Paul places them in the same category with bandits and armed robbers. You need to identify and expose them. It is your responsibility as a child of God! ‘The false brethren’ are people who pretend to be your friends or associates, but in reality, they are your enemies. They are spiritual bastards. They may resemble you outwardly, they may be religious, but they have a different father and a different god. The devil is their father and their god. They ‘infiltrate’ the churches. In Greek, the word means to secretly enter by an illegal side door and not by the main front gate. This is a good lesson: Be careful with your friends. Watch their point of entrance into your heart. As for me, it is simple: anybody that does not love the Bible cannot be my friend! PV
The reason why these false brethren are so dangerous is because they are on the side of your enemy, of your oppressor. They pretend to be friends but they are spiritual spies and oppressors. They try to block the way for more souls to be saved and free. Their strategy is to discover your weakness and attack you there. These men are points of contact for the devil informing him about your plans for ministry. Their strength is rooted in your ignorance and deception. Once the light of God shines and you discover their true identity they run away.
In Christ I declare:
I am born again by the Spirit of God!
I am filled with the Holy Spirit!
I submit to God! Therefore, the devil and his agents will flee from me!
I separate myself from any false brethren, false apostles or false prophets!
I destroy any form of deception in my life!
I preach Christ Crucified and resurrected!
I love the true brethren of the Body of Christ!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name,