Tres Dias Again

A reader wrote:

I did a good bit of research for writing my pastor about this…and am not really confident it will change his mind.

Discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit; one that all too often appears to be ignored by many professing Christians. What I learned from my own research convinces me that the cult-like organization and operation of Tres Dias surely are not of Divine origin. Once again, it would appear, the deceiver has spread his net to entrap the unwary.

You will not be called to account for what your preacher teaches; that is between him and the Lord. By alerting him to the unbiblical nature of Tres Dias and what it does, you have done your Christian duty. I am minded of God's words to the prophet Ezekiel:

17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
—Ezekiel 3:17-21

Granted, we are not Israel; nor are we living in Old Testament times. We are in a New Covenant, sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ, and the righteousness of Christ has been imputed to we who believe. I believe it important, however, to know what God expected of, and expects still. Our God informs in Scripture that He does not change (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6). That being so, I believe it proper to declare that what displeased God in Old Testament days continues to displease Him in these New Testament times, though our salvation will not be forfeit.

When you warned your preacher, and us, of the seductive and unbiblical ways of Tres Dias, I believe that must have pleased God. Having been warned, it is incumbent upon your preacher, and us, to carefully examine what this group is and does before becoming involved with it.

How could a 'Christian' shepherd allow himself to be seduced into supporting unbiblical groups and behaviors? I believe that the first thing to consider is how the leader came to be a shepherd, or pastor. Was he called by God to proclaim the Good News? Or was he called by friends? Did he call himself? I believe that the nature of the call is crucial to ascertaining whether the man is teaching sound doctrine or false.

Some years ago, I attempted to show how well-meaning men might serve something other than God from their pulpits. I called the study The Gospel According To Man. God willing, I will post it here in a few days.

Right now, he is not preaching Tres Dias from the pulpit, but I am SURE it influences his thinking, especially the ecumenical thoughts which are abhorrent to me.

It indeed is sad that self-proclaimed men of God have allowed themselves to be seduced by the siren call of Romish heresy. When I learn of a so-called 'Christian' preacher or pastor who supports arcane programs such as Experiencing God, Promise Keepers, the Vineyard, Cursillo, etc., My first thought is that he must be deceived. All too often, after examining the man's behavior and teaching, I come to believe that though he may be convinced that God called him to the pulpit he is in reality working for the 'other side.'

I left an abusive "cultic" church after nearly thirty years of my life only to land in this one!

At what point should I leave this congregation and look for another?

I would like to believe that you already know the answer to this question. As I see it, by supporting Tres Dias, this preacher is teaching another gospel. What does John have to say about that?

8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
- 2 John 1:8-11

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