Sunday, March 19, 2017
Beware Fake News
While there are plenty of examples, here’s a quote from a deceiver from this morning:
“Our concept of a ‘personal’ God will at some point of maturity come more to the understanding of the vast, empty, open, universal knowing or consciousness we call ‘God.’ There is nothing there but Itself. And as you read these words, the ‘You’ who understands them, is consciousness itself...the very BACKGROUND of all that you perceive and every activity you engage in.”
Rubbish. Anything that essentially gets rid of Jesus Christ by offering such things as an “empty” “Itself” as a replacement, a “universal knowing” instead of a specific revelation of God in Christ Jesus, is horribly deceived and targeting you for the same. Don’t go there! This kind of attempted deception is nothing new. If Satan has one wit of smarts, he’s going to use someone he has deceived into offering you a diminished or unnecessary Jesus (i.e., He wasn’t God, He didn’t need to die, etc.), a needless, bloody cross and resurrection (i.e., there was no need for either, because there was never anything wrong with you and God), and no need for faith in Jesus because He isn’t the only “way, truth, and life”.
This is not the gospel I know and love and teach, and this does not offer you Jesus, who alone gives eternal life. You and I are in a long line of those challenged and reviled for the gospel of Christ, but this persecution is not an insult, it is an identification. Stand firm in the gospel that has made you free and secure; it is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe. People will be glad you did.
2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
Keep to the gospel, my friends, and beware fake news.