The Truth... What is it?

False Teachings

A letter arrives in an official U. S. Government read the contents carefully because your future may be at stake! Another official mailing arrives from your bank, stock broker, mutual fund or employer....or the telephone rings from read or listen carefully because your future may be at stake! God speaks in the pages of His Word (the Bible) about your need for, and The Way to, salvation; and you hang on every word because your eternal destiny is at stake!.....or do you?

In my concerns that we balance all of His attributes with the love of God and His grace-filled interest in "all" being eternally saved, I have posed some questions next to some passages of scripture. The answer to the question may not be conclusive. I don't know how God has seen, or will see to it, that everyone will get a chance to believe in Him through the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. "No one comes to the father except by me (Jesus)". The Word of God does not seem to give any real hope of more than one chance at accepting The Gospel. And, since the death of Jesus, there has been a constant succession of attempts to soften the gospel demands and even to redesign Jesus (The Jesus Seminar). The apostle, Paul, warning the believers (and his warning is real today):



"For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus that we preached,..." "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his [Satan's] servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve." [ the church at Corinth
( 2 Corinthians 11:1-15)].



Non-disputable and disputable questions: some points about belief in Christ Jesus are not considered grounds for honest dispute; some facets of the Christian life are not disputable. There can be no dispute about the commands of the 10 commandments, though there is confusion as to interpretation. If we interpret with the mind of man as our logic, we limit God who cautioned His children, " 'My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.' "(Isaiah 55:8-9). Denominations, however, honestly dispute...have disputable issues....whether there is or is not only one true translation of God's word, for example.


[from Friday 2 June 2000 "Open Windows" devotional book] Beware the Deceivers

Our country is being bombarded with alternative religions, cults, and an amazing array of religious philosophies, including claims to psychic insight and various attempts at intermingling New Age thought with certain Christian truths. The sources of these non-biblical ideas and systems are various, including television and film presentations, university lectures, and books on spirituality. Persons not well grounded in biblical TRUTH are often deceived.

In the Bible book, 2 John, John wrote about false teachers who were deceiving Christian congregations. Then, as now, "deceivers" (2 John, verse 7) have their own personal (often hidden) agendas. Often their teachings may resemble Christianity in an expressed concern for individuals and an emphasis on loving and helping others. Yet, their concept of Christ is non-biblical. "An antichrist" (2 John, verse 7) refers to one who denies the biblical truth about Christ [Jesus of Nazareth] and seeks to deceive others. The Holy Spirit, abiding within every follower of Jesus Christ who truly "believes", helps that believer discern what is true and what is false (and to discern who are the false teachers).

Accept the believer's guarantee and don't leave anything to chance...that guarantee is absolutely clear!!!

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[posted 24 November 1998; 1st update, 3 June 2000.]