The Pill in the Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter 1

Have you ever had to give your dog medicine? I’ve heard that a good way to get a dog to swallow a pill is to put the pill inside a glob of peanut butter. The dog will swallow it whole without ever knowing it.

The same things happens in the church today. Of course, I don’t mean to compare people to dogs. But the principle holds true. Many Christians are swallowing false teachings because those teachings are given together with true teachings. But, unlike medicine, these false teachings are harmful.

We’re all susceptible to this. Here’s an example that relates to the apostolic-prophetic movement. I hear many “apostles” and “prophets” talk about the importance of “standing with Israel” and supporting the Jewish people as God’s chosen people.

This, in my view, is a correct and important teaching. The Bible teaches that God chose the nation of Israel and its people so that, through them, He could reveal Himself to the world. The Jewish people held a special place in David’s heart, causing him to say, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). They also held a special place in the apostle Paul’s heart as he reveals in Romans 9:1-5 and Romans 10:1.

God told Abraham that those who blessed Abraham’s descendents (the Israelites) would be blessed and those who opposed them would be cursed (Genesis 12:3). We see this happening throughout the Bible when God destroys nations that oppose Israel, like the Assyrians and Babylonians. This also will happen in the end times when Israel’s enemies will come against her at Armageddon (Joel 3:9-16; Zechariah 12:1-9; Revelation 16:13-16). God, Himself, will intervene and rescue Israel at His second coming (Revelation 19:11-21). During the end times, many Israelites, finally, will recognize Jesus as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10). Jesus then will set up His physical kingdom, centered in the nation of Israel.

Unfortunately, a large segment of the evangelical church today either neglects or ignores these teachings about Israel. Because of this, many other Christians are happy when they hear apostolic-prophetic churches talking about Israel. They think that they finally found a group of Christians that supports Israel. But what they often don’t know is that many of these same “apostles” and “prophets” are also teaching things that are unbiblical and harmful — like the teachings that all Christians must submit to modern “apostles” and “prophets” and that “apostles” and “prophets” can give the church new doctrinal revelation not found in the Bible (and other unbiblical teachings I discuss on this blog).

This same principle holds true outside the apostolic-prophetic movement with other types of false teaching — even with cults of Christianity. Mormonism, for example, attracts many people because of its emphasis on family. Yet, people who join Mormonism often don’t know about Mormonism’s cultic teachings. They find out these teachings much later — after they’ve already committed themselves to Mormonism.

So, beware the pill in the peanut butter.

8 Responses to The Pill in the Peanut Butter

  1. Amanda says:

    I totally hear you!! Back when I was involved in this movement, I was given a set of CDs to listen to on interpreting dreams by John Paul Jackson. Some of the information in there caught me so off because MOST of what the guy was saying was not in Scripture at ALL. He even went as far as to say that God’s seed was his ‘heavenly sperm’.

    I almost lost my lunch when I heard this guy declare such a thing!

    As far as being friends of Israel goes, I am in total agreement with that!

    Again, while involved in this movement and following these ‘prophets and apostles’ I noticed a ‘need’ among even my friends, to be just like the Jews. As in, practicing Jewish rituals such as Shabbat, Hanukkah, and Passover. They now have prayer shawls on the altar and some people wear a Kippah– yet I could tell you that at least 98% of them have no idea what they’re doing.

    Several from my church went to Israel several times, and they brought back items and claimed they went ‘Spirit shopping’ and the Spirit led them to buy certain things from the Holy Land and display in the church. A lot of it was filmy fabric, actually.

    Arent we supposed to make the Jew jealous of what we have in Jesus? If we are exactly alike, what is there for the Jew to even take notice of?

    In Him,


  2. Jody says:

    For further research on the who, what, when, where and why of all this…see the Herescope website.

  3. mark nowak says:

    hi holly, started reading your blog a few months ago. the people in the movment you have named im not familiar with. however i think most belivers know of, or have read rick joyners books. i see his books everywere. why have you not discussed his teachings? mark

  4. Holly Pivec says:

    Great idea, Mark. I will plan on doing that soon!

  5. kimberly says:

    holly i see you quickly addressed the request to report on rick joyner, but failed to follow through on the request to report on stan johnson of the prophecy club.

  6. kimberly says:

    holly… why did you delete my post concerning that your dad may be letting stan johnson put his deception pill in herb’s peanut butter??? i thought it was very appropriate with the topic

  7. David says:

    David Says:

    April 16th, 2007 at 2:22 pm
    Hello Everyone especially all my Brothers and Sisters in The Lord Jesus Christ: I will be brief. I have given allot of thought and prayer to what we all comment on good, bad or in between. I have decided that after prayer I am and so are most of us reacting to so many things on this blog. We are all in our minds and hearts to one degree or another right.

    The point I am trying to make, would it not be wiser for all of us to stop trying to get points across about people and instead concentrate how we could encourage one another in The Word. I know that there are many false teachers and false works, yet do you not think it would be wiser to follow Jesus example and pray for people who we feel are in error of scripture Matthew 5:43-48. If they are wrong, The Lord will, as always, deal with them and thier works, He will deny them Matthew 7:21-23 and Romans 12:19-20. If we go even further we see His example on the Cross
    Luke 23:34.

    I can speak from personal experience here as I am as wrong as anyone else, and as Jesus also reminds us in Matthew 5:14-16 we are His light, the light of the world, and we are to shine for Him so as to glorify The Father in heaven.

    I pray that we can turn Holly’s wonderful blog into an encouraging spirit filled site for one another. It would be so wonderful if others would read this blog and write comments like Trust in the Lord, I recieved Christ today, I was water baptised today, etc.

    Thank you all and God Bless

    Your Brother in The Lord


  8. Tim says:

    The “Pill in the peanut butter” is an excellent analogy on how false teaching is presented.

    Here is a quote from Irenaeus who was an early church father in 180 AD

    “Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced … more true than truth itself.”

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