1.The ERROR OF BALAAM is the tragedy of Church infiltrated with abominations. Israel left Egypt as a vibrant Church, with REVELATION of God as I AM THAT I AM but was polluted in the wilderness by the decadent denomination of Moab, “… they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee” [Deuteronomy 23:4] Much earlier, Abraham had a stopover in Haran, Mesopotamia, on his way to the Promised Land and left behind family members who had the REVELATION of God [Genesis 11: 31, Genesis 19: 30-38] After more than 500 years, whatever was left of that Church was mixed up with Babylonian sorcery to produce Balaam. When the two kindreds met in the wilderness, Moab, the decadent relic of the Church, from that Sodom, had Balaam in her corner to lure Israel into sin [Genesis 19:1-36] The conflict is replicated in every age where the LATEST MOVE of God is resisted by the error of Balaam. The skirmish was repeated when dissident Jews resisted Jesus Christ and “… chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; …” [Luke 22:2] Presently, the Church is viciously assaulted from within in the final showdown of Balaam and the LITTLE FLOCK [Luke 12:32] Though the battle be fierce, “… the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” [Daniel 11:32]
2. The ERROR OF BALAAM is the work of SOOTHSAYERS masquerading as prophets of God. The Bible says: “BALAAM also the son of Beor, THE SOOTHSAYER, did the children of Israel slay …” [Joshua 13:22] He was a SORCERER like Simon, who embellished his SOOTHSAYING with perverted Judaism and “… BEWITCHED THE PEOPLE of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: …. SAYING, THIS MAN IS THE GREAT POWER OF GOD” [Acts 8:9-10] Wait a minute, Balaam saw visions and God spoke to him. God also spoke to Satan, as it is written: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, … And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life” [Job 2:3-4] Brethren, it is not everyone that prophesy or facilitates a miracle, that is approved of God. Thus, said the Lord: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [Matthew 7:22-23] There are many SOOTHSAYERS in the Church, belching “great swelling words of vanity” to BEWITCH and turn many away from the FAITH. I challenge you to know the TRUTH and “… believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” [1 John 4:1]
3. The ERROR OF BALAAM fester on foundation of faulty DOCTRINE. Thus said the Lord to the Church in Pergamos: “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the DOCTRINE OF BALAAM, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto IDOLS, and to commit FORNICATION” [Revelation 2:14] When Balaam failed to place a curse on Israel, he taught Moab to DISTRACT and ENTICE them with prospects of “CHURCH GROWTH” hitched on PERMISSIVE CANDY-COATED GOSPEL When Moab spoke of God in words familiar to Israel and reminded her of a common ancestry, many souls fell and were swallowed up in IDOLATORY and FORNICATION. The ERROR OF BALAAM matures where ministers are bent on “GROWING” the Church by diluting the gospel to admit unrepentant “MOABITES”. The result is a FLOCK that IDOLIZES and CONTEND for SELF and not for the FAITH. Look around, multitudes are daily taught to apply their FAITH to pursuit of CRASS MATERIALISM and blindly led to FORNICATE with SELF. Take note, when a BRIDE loves another more than the GROOM, she is adjudged a FORNICATOR. If you LOVE and CONTEND for SELF more than you do for your FAITH in Jesus Christ, you are a FORNICATOR. I pray you will “… know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” [John 8:32]
4. The ERROR OF BALAAM is evidence the Church has fallen into the PERMISSIVE WILL of God and gone in the “… way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the WAGES OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS” [2 Peter 2:15] When Balak sent emissaries to Balaam, “… God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed” [Numbers 22:12] When they returned with better WAGES, his presumptuous mind fell into the PERMISSIVE WILL of God and “… God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him…” [Numbers 22:22] God never amends His Word and His measure of RIGHTEOUSNESS remains the same as the days of Apostles Peter and Paul. The Apostles had the anointing to raise the dead and fill their pockets with filthy lucre but knowing that they were PILGRIMS in this world they abstained from making merchandize of the flocks of Jesus Christ. Those who TEACH and EXHIBIT material riches as proof of godliness are trapped in the ERROR OF BALAAM [1 Timothy 6:5] Those who collect money from the poor to spend on their excesses have received their WAGES OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. Thus says the Lord: “… I come quickly; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, to give every man according as his work shall be” [Revelation 22:12]
5. The ERROR OF BALAAM is poison fermented in the niceties of religion that has no foundation in sound REVELATION of God. I admonish you to filter what you hear from every preacher through the Word of God. Avoid being sucked into the pervading mess of CANDY-COATED Christianity and be not overtaken by prosperity of fools, but “… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” [Matthew 6:33] I charge you to remain steadfast in FAITH and you will not be caught unawares when the Lord shall appear in clouds of glory. If you are not BORN AGAIN, repent and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, amen.