Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A Different Jesus, A Different Spirit, A Different Gospel

I was hoping to write on something more uplifting today but the brakes are on right here. Please read:

2 Corinthians 11
1I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. 2I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

This blog is titled "Christian Apostasy." The reason this blog was started was because of the Spirit's leading to expose something that has been growing in the world for years. Anyone who reads the bible and compares what is written in the bible to what we see in the world calling itself "christianity" should experience some "cognitive dissonance." What that means is, what we are reading about in our bibles is not what we are seeing in the world, yet they both call themselves "Christian."

The devil is very clever, he keeps the names the same to make everyone think they are reading from the same sheet of music but the truth is in the world what is calling itself "christianity" is anything but. I don't expect you to take my word for it, read your bible. Read this passage of scripture we find ourselves with today, what does it say? It talks about a different Jesus, a different spirit and a different gospel. Familiar words there right? Jesus, spirit, gospel? People throw those words around all the time but it is obvious to us who seek the truth that not everything called Jesus is Jesus the son of God, not every spirit is the Spirit of God Almighty, and not every gospel is the gospel of peace that reconciles men to God and saves the soul.

So the next time you "go to church" please remember that when you hear the word "Jesus" you should be asking "which one?" When you hear the word "spirit" ask "which one?" When you hear the word "gospel" ask "which one?" You need to ask because there are MANY different "jesus, spirit, gospel" counterfeits in this world. This point cannot be overstated. Why is it a big deal? Only one "Jesus, Spirit and Gospel" will save you.

Time and again on this blog I have seen the Lord lead the writing back to the same exact place over and over again and here we are again. Welcome back to Matt 7:13-23:

Matt 7:13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
15“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

A persistant question is raised within me every time I read this ^^^^.....WHY will so few be saved? WHY will many go to destruction? WHY will people who call Jesus "Lord" be told ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Is this brother the only person who is stopped in his tracks every time he reads this? WHY?

Todays subject is part of the answer "why?" People who worship a different "Jesus" are likely on the broad road to destruction. People who received a "different spirit" are likely on the road to destruction. People who listen to and receive a "different gospel" are likely on the road to destruction. They do exist, or Paul would never have told the corinthian church "you put up with it easily enough."

The Lord has impressed upon me over the past 4 months the need to center ourselves "in him." We are to pray and expect answers, his praise is to always be on our lips. We are to seek his face, we are to believe and purify ourselves of anything that hinders our walk with him. I do not see todays post as a bludgeoning tool but as an encouragement to us to carefully examine our ways. We are responsible before our Lord for what we do and what we believe. We will all give an answer for ourselves to the Lord one day and that's what the writing here is about.

I wonder how many people will end up destroyed because they were not warned? If you are reading this, you are not among those who have not been warned. This instrument who is writing this now has been warned along with you. Perhaps those of us who have been warned of the false christs and false spirits and false gospels can make a difference in the eternal destination of a soul or two. The value of even one soul is beyond counting.

I believe that time is short, but I have no word or direction from the Lord on that. We could have years to wait, so while we wait I pray that we will be found with our God's praises on our lips, with his word in our heart and with love for one another binding everything together.

May the Lord bless us and keep us today, in Jesus name...AMEN