Monday, August 20

Beware of another Jesus

2 Corinthians 11:1-4 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

There is one gospel, one Jesus, and one spirit and Paul is refuting anyone that preaches a different gospel or a different doctrine of Jesus or a more powerful gift of the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 1:6-9 Paul admonishes anyone who would preach another gospel and states there is no other gospel. This gospel affirms that salvation is from God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. The person and work of Christ as he is presented in the Holy Bible saves sinners that place their faith in his atoning sacrifice as a substitute for their sin debt. This is the good news of the gospel.

When false teachers, cults, and false religions change and tweak the gospel, it is no longer a gospel at all. Paul says plainly that anyone that proclaims another Jesus is teaching a false gospel. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the second person of the trinity and the infinite God-Man that was and is fully God and fully man. Therefore, the Jesus of the Koran, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, and others is not the Jesus of the Bible. Such a Jesus is another Jesus and has no power to save according to Paul.

In spite of these warnings by Paul, there are many who deny Christ’s atonement as a sacrifice for their sin debt and prefer to be called a follower of the way of Christ or a postmodern Christian. Still some, of the so-called free grace thinking, assert that the “other Jesus” as he is presented in the Koran is a saving Jesus as long as a person has faith in such a Jesus. It does not require too much logic to discern that a person that believes in Allah of the Koran and denies the trinity is placing faith in a Jesus that is false and what Paul calls another Jesus. A few years ago a Methodist Bishop proclaimed on national television that there were other ways to salvation than faith in Christ. Paul says no. Within the past week a Catholic Bishop stated that Christians should refer to God as Allah to show good will toward Muslims. The list goes on and on as politically correct pluralistic thinking is celebrated in our culture. Such thinking may make a person popular, but it is a disaster for the soul.

I would encourage all Christians to read and apply 1 John 4:1 which states, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Go to Scripture and not to false teachers for the truth.

15 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

You never cease to amaze me how you can say SOOOO much in a few words. You surely did that here :o)
Susan

mark pierson said...

Jazzy, please, please put this up at bluecollar at your EARLIEST convenience.

Mark

Susan said...

Ahhh, but the Jazzycat in the mirror sure can make an impactful impression, can she not? She may convince some (even herself) that she is real. Yet she can fool some, but not all.

Craver Vii said...

Exceptional thoughts. I left another comment at Bluecollar.

donsands said...

"Clear?" "Crystal!"

Thanks for a pure and simple post: And a powerful post.

jazzycat said...

Penless Susan,
Thank you. You are always encourgaging and I appreciate you.

Mark,
It's been done....

Susan,
Jazzy loves looking at herself in the mirror and I held her today as we watched three buck deer eating from my pear tree. She watched along with my wife and me.

Craver,
Double thanks.

Don,
Like penless Susan, I appreciate and value your encouragement.

Steve said...

Oh, the need for discernemnt. Thanks Jazzy.

Paul G said...

Wayne;
I know you do not want to debate the trinity.
But one day you seriously have to question this devilish Antichrist doctrine, that God is three persons in one God.
I hope that the Lord Jesus will grant you to see in depth, the wickedness and seduction in that doctrine. Also, that He will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh, by the way! Are you sure that there are not two cats in one Jazzycat??
Surely, her left side of the face belongs to another cat.
Perhaps she could be a twinitycat.

Paul G said...

Wayne;
I am not challenging you for a debate.
Please grant me just one more comment.
2 Corinthians 11:
The false Jesus is the Jesus who is the Son of another person in God.
The false spirit is the spirit that says that Jesus is not God alone.
The false gospel is the false Jesus (above), which is preached in most churches today.

donsands said...

Paul,

Are you saying There is no God the Father? And no God the Holy Spirit?

Just wondering.

jazzycat said...

Paul,
Unless you deny the full deity of Christ, the following passages assert a triune God consisting of one God in three persons…..

Matthew 3:16-17 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

John 17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,…………………..

I write this comment mainly for other readers. I am not going to debate this with you Paul. You are certainly welcome to comment here, but consider that final.

I see Don has asked you a question and you and he are welcome to discuss the issue here.

Wayne

Penless Thoughts said...

Jazzy, would you please e-mail me. I would like to ask you a question. Thanks.
Susan

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Hi, here via Penless...

I love teaching kids songs. One from my childhood goes like this (you've probably heard it)

God the Father, God the Father,
God the Son, God the Son,
God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit,
Three in One, Three in One.

One thing my dad, a pastor, always says is to let the easier Scriptures interpert the more difficult ones.

A few that stick out to me are:

John 10:30 - Jesus says, "I and my Father are one." Literally translated, I and the Father, we are one. (Essentially by nature one.)

The Jews knew what Jesus was saying because in verse 33 they say he was calling himself God. (which of course when we read the entire Word of God is confirmed)

John 14:26 Jesus says about the Holy Spirit, "But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberacne, whatever I have said unto you."

John 20:31 - 'But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

That's just a few highlights from John.

Then there's places in the Scripture God refers to himself as "us" like in Genesis 11:7 in reference to the tower of Babel - "Come, let US go down, and there confound their language..."

I also love Titus 2:13 - "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ."

Hebrews 1:8 is wonderful where God the Father calls the Jesus the Son, God: "But unto the Son he saith, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever..."

I Peter 3:18 - "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,"

I John 5:6,7 - "This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are THREE that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus, God the Son - see John chapter one), and the Holy Spirit; AND THESE THREE ARE ONE."

And Jude 20,21: "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."

As you know, there are many more. I challenge people who think God is not three persons in one, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, to search the Scriptures from beginning to end. There are not three gods; but one God revealed in three persons. Read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation, all sixty-six books and see for yourself. (I have done it several times, not to brag but to show I am not asking you to do something I have not. I am not a scholar either, just a mom and a Sunday School teacher.) Compare Scripture with Scripture and when confused, let the easier Scriptures interpert the more difficult ones.

Thanks for letting me share here. Keep up the good work. I'll be back to visit more! God bless!

jazzycat said...

Susan Kelly,
Thanks for stopping by and listing those verses. The trinity is an essential doctrine.

groovyoldlady said...

Hi jazzy, Penless sent me. Glad she did! You do have a wonderful way of presenting the Truth!