Saturday, October 22, 2011

Real Jesus?

Matthew 24:4-5, "Jesus answered, Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ and will deceive many.'"

Matthew 24-23-25, Jesus says, "At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it.  For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible.  See I have told you ahead of time."

Galations 1:6-9, "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!"

Above there are two paintings of Jesus.  They both look like Jesus.  They both call themselves Jesus. One is real, one is false.  Do you know how to tell the difference?  The Bible warns us of false Christs.  The first place to know if you have the real Jesus is to read the Bible.  This is the ONLY place you will find the real Jesus.  Many people I know do not think the Bible is the inerrant Word of God so they only take the words in the Bible with a grain of salt.  That just breaks my heart because they are so deceived and are following the words of people instead of the Word of God.  Words have meanings and when someone preaches a "different gospel" many times they will use the same words that are in the Bible.  They will twist the meanings and so they may sound Christian, but in fact are far from it. For example: In Mormonism they use the words Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  As a born again Christian I hear those words and think, one God, three persons in one God, the Trinity.  One way to explain the Trinity is: You are only one person, yet you consist of a body, a spirit, and a soul, but you are still only one person.  When the Mormon uses the words Father, Son and Holy Spirit they are saying they are three seperate gods, one in thought and purpose.  So the Mormons are preaching a false gospel by using Christian words, but they have changed the meanings. So if anyone tells you that you will be a "god" or they talk of a "Christ Consciousness" and say that Jesus was just a master teacher and a loving, powerful man who walked the earth you are following a false gospel.  The human race is not divine, we are sinners in need of a Savior.  The real Savior who loves you even while you trash His words and trash what He has done for you and me.  So, in conclusion, if someone comes knocking at your door claiming they have Jesus, ask them who they believe Jesus is?  If it doesn't match up with the Jesus in the Bible then you DO NOT have Jesus or His message of grace and salvation. 

Let's pray:  Dear Lord Jesus I ask for Your wisdom and favor.  I pray that Your Word will reach those lost in a false gospel.  I pray that the blanket of deceit will be removed from their eyes and they will see the truth found only in the Bible.  I speak this out loud and I bind this spirit of confusion in the name of Jesus and I say go away for you are not welcome here.  I pray for the salvation of those reading this blog who are not saved.  I pray for those in countries where it is hard to be a Christian and I ask for Your favor and protection on them.  Please Lord keep us all safe and healthy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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