There are many ways to go slip-sliding away from truly biblical Christianity… and find yourself disapproved by Jesus in the end (a most scary thought). “Slip-sliding away” leaves one with a contrary belief – contrary to what the Bible truly teaches. There is a place reserved for those “contrarian Christians“.
It’s like the many “science experts” who leave real science. They “slip-slide away from” the actual evidence-based sciences when they start adding their own philosophies, reasonings: erroneous thought. Science then becomes a mishmash hodgepodge of wishful thinking.
They end-up far away from the purely scientific spectrum, having left behind “science” for their own fabrications. They are “false teachers” of science, proclaiming their new “truth” with gambits into their own free thinking. It’s just like with those who deny Christ.
So the question is:
Where are you on the biblical spectrum?
Claiming to be a Christian
* Like many an overweight pot-bellied person thinking he/she is just fine and dandy and healthy, but are not healthy per medical standards,
“Then the Lord said, Because
this nation approaches [Me only] with their words
And honors Me [only] with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
What the Bible actually is telling us
It is so, so easy to slowly back away from what the Bible actually is telling us. It can happen quickly when we listen to the word of others – instead of the Word of God.
The Bible has one central message: Jesus alone saves us for all eternity. God wants to save us all (John 3:11-18). But we must be faithful to Him, not deviate into some other way of thinking. Are you faithful to Jesus – alone?
Is your reverence for God “a tradition that is learned by rote” – as the Lord said in Isaiah? Where is your heart? We will all kneel before God Almighty some day. Don’t wait till then to examine your heart!
There is no other saving gospel
If you leave or add-to what God has told us with unequivocable clarity in His Word, one’s “way to God” becomes twisted and perverted into “some other gospel” that is not the gospel of Jesus, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (Galatians 1:6-9).
It is Jesus Christ that we follow. Christ and… ONLY Christ saves sinners from the wrath of God.
Instead of holding the line for God, persevering in the faith, taking God at His Word… many deny Him and follow something else. They give-in to the enemies of our soul. Another gospel attracts them more. Some are following the Jesus who was not God.
See: Enemies of our soul
Whatever the line of thought – it does not save you. Only God’s “saving knowledge” saves us. That is how we are granted entrance into His Kingdom.
Following the misleading “wisdom” of mere men – leads us onto a broad road that says heaven but goes to hell.
Merely liking Jesus and tolerating evil — is the broad road. Guaranteed. What saves us for all eternity is: giving our heart 100% to all that Jesus likes, not merely what you like, or what you wish was the way things should be.
How one who feigns a debonair confidence can deny Christ
Barack Obama is an example of a suave denier. He is picture perfect for how a person who feigns a debonair confidence can deny Christ – and “everyone” thinks He is true to Christ, when he is not. Read the Bible to make sure you are not a denier.
Take for example this pic. In this statement attributed to him, Obama is actually denying Christ, and negating biblical Christianity.
Barack Obama has said:
“…part of my job as a Christian
is to recognize that
I may not always be right,
that God doesn’t speak to me alone….”
Partial truth is the Deceiver’s way to mislead. The full truth is that God is always right. And thus the Bible is always “right”.
“My faith is one that admits some doubt.”
– Barack Obama said
I also “recognize that I may not always be right”. Doubts come and go. But the Bible is always right. We may err, but that is on us. The Bible does not err.
In this quote, Obama is implying that God speaks to all peoples “who have different beliefs and different faiths”. He is saying that all religions equally get folks to Heaven. Whereas Jesus Himself said just the opposite:
“I am the [only] Way [to God]
and the [real] Truth
and the [real] Life;
no one comes to the Father
but through Me.”
– John 14:6
The Bible is our standard for Christian belief. We can be civil without mangling God’s Word, as explained in The Apostle Paul’s Criticisms. However, the problem is not mere conflicts because of opinion. It is more a matter of the heart.
We must be Berean in our faith, examining all words in the light of Scripture, no matter who is saying whatever. Are you thinking like a Berean (Acts 17:10-12) – or, allowing the persuasions of the three enemies of our soul to rule your thinking? 3 Don’t slip. Don’t give it up. Don’t fall for the lies of the Enemy.
These entities are the enemies of our soul – three (3) “forces” which are part and parcel of living on earth as humans: (1) the world, (2) the flesh, and (3) Satan. They are not going away – until we get to heaven. So get used to it. They are our enemies. Don’t cozy up! But be prepared. We need to guard against these forces of evil spawned by Satan.
– Source: Enemies of our soul
For the time will come
when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but wanting to have their ears tickled,
they will accumulate for themselves
teachers in accordance to their own desires
– 2 Timothy 4:3
Don’t be dissuaded, wooed and bamboozled. There is a place for those types.
Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible
By: James W. Sire. InterVarsity Press / 1980 / Paperback
NAR leader Brian Simmons reveals a new chapter of the Bible, by Holly Pivec, the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.
A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement, By Holly Pivec and Doug Geivett. Authors introduction: “This critique provides a framework for understanding and interpreting the widespread but little-known New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. As the authors state in the preface:
That simple act of genuine repentance before Jesus saves us. In that exact moment in time, God will declare you “forever forgiven by Creator God”, never again to have that weight of condemnation upon you – forever in His Graces, forever living with Him in Paradise.
There is “a catch”, a caveat, a deal-breaker, a legal precedent – something that can negate your act of “repentance” before God. That deal-breaker is impossible to avoid later, impossible to work-out a deal later, in any way.
– Adapted from the Source: Simple View of Life.
Nothing less will do. Anything less is rejected. You cannot fool an all-knowing God. He sees into your soul. Your soul is bare open, naked before Him. How can anyone think they can fake it – with God!?
Do what you gotta do – to never hear Him say to you: “Depart from Me. I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21-23).
2 Corinthians 13:5 …examine your heart
“They remove their hearts far from Me”:
Matthew 15:8; Mark 7:6; Isaiah 29:13; Hebrews 4:12.
Search this site for: false teachers
The second epistle to Peter holds a blistering condemnation of false teachers. Wow.
Read the whole chapter: 2 Peter 2 Living Bible (TLB)
NAR teachings. Biola graduate Holly Pivec and Biola professor Doug Geivett, co-authored two books about the NAR, available at Amazon:
Two NAR Organizations to Watch …from hollypivec.com
NAR prophet Chuck Pierce gives ‘mantle’ to Mormon Glenn Beck …from hollypivec.com
Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible by James W. Sire. InterVarsity Press / 1980 / Paperback
- Excerpt from: Staying Alive
“Faith without works — is dead.”
(See: James 2:18-26)
James is saying – we have no faith if we have no works. It’s dead. “No works – no faith.”
If we have no actual fruit giving evidence of “our faith”, then our supposed faith in Christ is no faith in Christ at all. It’s a fake. It’s a “no-faith faith”. Worthless. You, “foolish fellow“, are insanely living a lie.
Let’s talk about “salvation in Christ” versus “fake faith”. What’s up with you, amigo?
* Salvation goes hand-in-hand with “Christian life”. If you have no Christian life, then you have no salvation.
* If the core of your being rejects parts and pieces of what Christ taught, then you have no salvation. Or, said differently:
* God is the One who will judge you: He alone will say, “This one is fake.” No one from earth can judge you that way.
* It’s plain and simple: Fake faith in Christ…
* God condemns all who accept what is heinous to Himself:
- Your own beliefs contradicting God’s biblical message — are heinous to God.
- All unbiblical actions (“works”) — are vile to Jesus
- Rebellion against being more Christian, following a biblical worldview and Christ-like lifestyle
* Those with a fake faith are:
“… those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. – Titus 1:15-16
– Source: Staying Alive.
- “by rote”: the process of learning something by repetition, rather than by really understanding it – https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/rote.
- Berean thinking. Contrary to the Thessalonian example (Acts 17:11) – Berean type peoples want to carefully examine beliefs and statements and sermons all the time. They maintain a mind that is open to examination of what they are told. They don’t just accept the authority of the person or of the religion, but – they put it to the test of Scripture. They ask: What does Scripture teach about this? Is what they are saying – true to Scripture, or not? – Source: The Apostle Paul’s Criticisms.