For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Harsh words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, but is as common today as it may have been in the times of the early churches. The present church has false apostles and deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. Paul identifies these false servants as ministers of Satan, who covered a false piety, deceived millions of people presenting a false gospel that only serves to lead the unwary to perdition.
From some time now the word apostle has become very popular among the churches that are called Christian. Every day there are more pastors who call themselves apostles. I know of cases of some who are offended if you call them pastors and immediately corrected that is no pastor but apostle. To what extent is true that apostolate? According to what he says 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15, when someone presents himself as an apostle, it is prudent to turn our spiritual warning signal.
The word translated from the original Greek apostle is represented as G652, ἀπόστολος apóstolos in Strong’s Concordance and means delegate; sort of ambassador of the gospel; officially commissioned Christ [“apostle”] (with miraculous powers): – apostle, sent, send, messenger. According to this definition, the apostle is sent as an ambassador of the gospel, as a commissioned officer of Christ. That makes them different from others of their fellow servants.
Now, during his earthly ministry, Jesus had many disciples; but only twelve of them named as apostles. Out of those 12, the Bible speaks very little about other apostles. Among those cases is Matthias (Acts 1:26), who was elected as an apostle to take the place of Judas Iscariot among the 12. Another notable case is Paul, called the Apostle of the Gentiles. I have no evidence that in the history of the church a continuous apostolic succession has occurred.
Not only Paul, in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 uses the word Apostles to refer to false servants of God. The Lord Himself mentions in Revelation 2:2: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars. This message was addressed to one of the seven churches of Asia; but I think it’s a wakeup call to the church today that we test those who call themselves apostles and are not. Certainly that will be found liars too.
Every time I read chapter 24 of Matthew, I am more convinced that we are in the last days. The mere fact of seeing the rooms of houses with each family member immersed in their own world, it is clear that much love of many has cooled. And from the news we learn that evil has multiplied. Therefore, what He says it is being fulfilled Matthew 24:11: Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. Let us try not to be deceived by Satan’s ministers who have taken by assault the church and contaminated with a distorted gospel. God bless you.