Despite all the warnings our Lord issued regarding the climate of these last days – apostasy, heretics, doctrines of demons and silly people panting after anyone who will scratch itching ears – today many who profess Christ appear oblivious as they are sucked into the vortex of trendy movements while “doing church” (Matthew 24:24, 26; Mark 13:22; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 Timothy 4:3). It is difficult watching loved ones, friends, and life-long church members depart at alarming rates, but I truly believe this is fulfillment of 1 Peter 4:17.
Chasing after teachings which contrast doctrine found in the scripture is akin to chasing dandelions in a gust of wind but of far greater consequence. The bible is Holy Spirit inspired, inerrant, and the infallible revelation of God and a believers first defense against deception. God has promised destruction to false teachers/prophets Deuteronomy 18:20-22, Jude.
Nevertheless, it is devastating to watch people we care about plummet off the cliff to join the masses who march along the broad path. We must pray the gospel is heard and received, and find strength in the truth that God loves them far more than we do.
Arnold Murray – False Prophet & Teacher
Failure to understand and search the scriptures leads to sloppy exegesis and is as dangerous to the soul as poison. False Teachings & “Prophecies” by Murray of Shepherd’s Chapel:
- “Armageddon will commence June 8-9, 1985, in a valley of the Alaskan peninsula.”
- “All people had existence prior to coming to earth during the ‘first earth age’”. Murray rejects the Genesis account of Creation as taking place in 6 literal days, which attempts to legitimize evolution. Shepherd’s Chapel teaches the anti-Biblical concept that all humanity possessed ‘soul bodies’ during a supposed ‘first earth age’ prior to the Fall.
- Serpent Seed – a vile teaching that claims Eve had intercourse with Satan to conceive Cain who was the first of the Kenites whereas Abel resulted from the marital copulation of Adam and Eve.
- Denial of Blessed Hope. In 1994, newsletter 193, Murray wrote, “The rapture is a false doctrine”. .In newsletter #205, November 1995, Murray states, ” Many who believe in the rapture will be deceived into worshiping the anti-Christ”, and taking it further in newsletter #116, June 1988, he wrote, “Over 90 percent of the churches that teach the rapture will accept the anti-Christ as savior.” (Possible if not kept by the Holy Spirit …)*
- Denial of the Triune Godhead. Murray teaches modalism, the idea that God is one person with three modes (attributes). Rejected for many years by the church as being at variance with sound doctrine, Murray persists in spreading this heresy, which belies his claim to both rebirth in Christ and, most certainly, office of pastor.
- Of all who disagree with the-bible-according-to-Murray results in sophomoric name calling, i.e. ‘liar, deceiver, idiot, loser …’.
Video of Murray’s False Prophecies [Source link below, had to download and view ... the following word-for-word transcript of the original series, not the "re-do" offered today.]*
“This siege in chapter 24 that’s what we’re speaking of here. The first siege happened in this chronology, in circa 496 B.C. The siege in your generation happened in 1948, when the land, Judea, was taken. The second siege occurred, uh, in our 19, 54 [sic] actually came to pass in ’56 when it was signed and concluded. I would have you bear in mind, and you’re going to need to, that this is the siege in which, Sinai [sic] the Sinai Peninsula was taken. Alright? That’s Biblical and it is important. The third siege occurred in 477 B.C. The third siege A.D., occurred in 1967 which is the well known Six Day War. This is when the city was smitten. In these other sieges, the old city did not fall. In the third siege it did fall. Some of you might remember pictures of the Kenites running up to the wailing wall in that sixth day war in ’67 and uh [sic] and the commotion that took place there at that time. So what I’m saying, and the point I wish to make is this: on any chronology you choose to use, the battles are the exact number of years and months apart. They are an over-lay. Ezekiel now, stated that 14 years after the city was smitten (that’s the old city) he observed the millennium temple being built; WHICH WAS OUR 1981. With this being the year 1980, we will not have to wait long to see. 1st FAILED PROPHECY!!! Warning … false prophet. Hear him no longer!
“Now also, and a point you must remember because we’re not coming back to this chart, is that in the equivalent in BC, in 463, occurred the fall of Tyre. Now Tyre, of course, in Hebrew means rock. It is also Satan’s name. [Wrong. Rock in Hebrew is סלע ... and Satan in Hebrew is שטן. The faith is built upon a rock, and that rock is Christ Matthew 16:18, and Jesus is the head of the corner, which the builders have rejected Mark 12:10. Murray's purposeful misleading of his hearers, unfamiliar with the Hebrew, by falsely attributing to the devil what applies to the Lord Jesus Christ alone reveals he is not preaching Truth.]* Our Rock is Yahweh. Their rock is Satan. So we see then, a perfect overlay, a perfect plan. A coincidence? Beloved, if you believe that all that … is a coincidence, then you are not one of God’s elect. God’s plan is perfect, it is written, that this overlay would repeat itself. It has repeated itself IN THIS GENERATION. But I can assure you, he has made the promise, you know exactly how things are going to pass [sic]. A false messiah shall appear in Jerusalem, about this time, or a little earlier, [Notice how false prophets always give themselves "wiggle room". Whereas, prophets of God prophesied with pinpoint accuracy!]* in the spring, rather, that is, of this coming year; 2nd FAILED PROPHECY!!! Warning, false prophet. Hear him no longer! you must be prepared to stand against him. For this very army, this very army that stood behind Elisha, shall stand behind you and be ready to speak to you, to bring the truth to the world. Then your people will listen (certainly in the millennium). It is written: One-worldism shall come to pass and receive a deadly wound about THE END OF THIS YEAR [1980, 30 years ago, oops!]* 3rd FAILED PROPHECY!!! Warning, false prophet. Hear him no longer!
“I tell you, Jezebel killed all the prophets. Except 100 which were hidden in caves by Obadiah in 50. There were no prophets. Elisha has been successful, he is expanding, there are too many prophets, prophets of the living God, to stay in this one place, even though they are in poverty, they are increasing. Now you can understand that in the prior two chapters, or the prior, referring to Luke, in the teachings of Christ that we were in the three and a half years. 4th FAILED PROPHECY!!! Warning, false prophet. Hear him no longer! (Visit: www.mikeschristiancorner.com)
El Shaddai says of this man:
“But the Prophet that shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that speaketh in the name of other gods, even the same Prophet shall die. And if thou think in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a Prophet speaketh in the Name of the Lord, if the thing follow not nor come to pass, that Prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not therefore be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:20-22
Scripture warns that we must “rightly divide the Word of truth” 2 Tim 2:15, and John cautions us not to “believe every spirit … because many false prophets are in the world” 3 Jo 4:1.
Murray’s Denial of Trinity
Murray teaches the heresy of modalism- on a May 15, 1991 broadcast of Shepherd’s Chapel, he said, “A wise man never discusses the Trinity.” Scripture teaches us God exists in Three Persons:
“Yet unto us there is but one God, which is that Father, of whom are all things, and we in him, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” 1 Corinthians 8:6
and, as to the Holy Spirit (Greek: Paraklete – Helper) the third member of the Godhead, sent to indwell all reborn in Christ upon His ascension to the Father, we read:
“But the Comforter, which is the holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my Name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, which I have told you.” John 14:26