Seduction of Christianity
The seduction of western Christianity has all but reached its fullness. Many and various erroneous teachings are flooding the church as a witness to its apostasy. Libraries of books have been written, selling their particular brand of unscriptural teachings. Many programmes have been designed to tempt seekers into their clutches. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, writes the Lord through Hosea, as ear tickling teachers sweep their unsuspecting victims into their clutches.
Evaluation of Christianity
Some years ago I spent weeks evaluating one such highly popular religious book, as Christians throughout the world rushed headlong to discover their life’s ‘Purpose.’ I concluded, along with other biblically sound witnesses, its unscriptural inconsistencies. I discovered false teaching – overflowing with atheistic authors and new age teachings. I recognised many cultish, humanistic proclamations, which replaced sound scriptural doctrine. I found a false creed, peppered with comforting platitudes, but antithetical to the Word of truth, and yet this teaching has become a more popular source of “spiritual growth” than the Word it proclaims – and it is in error.
Tears Among Wheat
The seduction of western Christianity has all but reached its fullness, as sheep of His flock feed on the bitter bread and toxic manna of its leavened meal. Christ’s kingdom parables outline in great detail the final condition of His church in Matthew chapter 13 – covering the time when the enemy started to sow tares into the wheat…up to today.. a time during which a little leaven was mixed into the 3 measures of God’s good meal.
Meat of the Word
Indeed, there is today a famine for the ‘hearing’ of the meat of the Word of God.. as hungry sheep rush to and fro feasting on much that is harmful to their souls – desiring to know God’s purpose for their lives, while imbibing the doctrines of man. What is God’s will and purpose for the lives of all His disciples? God’s will is clearly stated in Scripture: This is the will (the purpose) of God, even your sanctification 1 Thessalonians 4:3 This is the will, of God concerning you that in everything give thanks 1 Thessalonians 5:18. This is the purpose of God …that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom He sent. John 17:3
God’s Purpose For Man
God’s Purpose for us does not have to be extracted from a 12-step programme. God’s Word is the true source of knowledge in understanding His purpose and will. Trace the truth of God’s purpose from before the foundation of the world. Explore the meaning of life from the pages of Scripture – starting with Genesis. God said.. let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. In the image of God He created him; male and female He created them – and let them have dominion over all the earth… Genesis 1:26
God’s Purpose Thwarted
As head of a pure race, Adam was endowed with personality, emotion, intellect, and will. He was equipped with attributes – needful for personal communion with God. And though man failed.. God’s purpose, plan and will remain intact. The God-centred man became a Self-centred man, and his progeny from then on were born ungodly and selfish – born in the image of Adam.. dead in trespasses and sins.
God’s Unchanging Purpose
But God… had a plan and a purpose and a will for this fallen race. A plan and a purpose set out in the oracles of God. A plan and a purpose delivered through the prophets of God. A plan and a purpose exulting the Son of God. A purpose that continues to work toward its culminating climatic conclusion. And He picked us up out of the miry clay and from the depth of our sinful depravity – and placed our feet on the Rock of our Salvation, Who is Christ. And God uses all things to work together for our benefit and for His glory. God uses everything to work toward fulfilling His plan and purpose. And despite the mess, we make of our lives, as did the first Adam, God’s original purpose will be completed in Christ Jesus, Who is the second Adam. It is finished
God’s Purpose For Us
Telestai: Christ shouted in victory form the cross, and yet it is to be finished – for He must reign, ‘till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1 Corinthians 15:25 Praise God for the paradoxes of Scripture, for we see through a glass darkly. Praise the Lord of Heaven and earth, that His ways and purposes are not ours. His purpose in life will be carried out in the life of a believer – by faith. His plan for each life will take time.. an entire life-journey to complete. His promises are altogether sure and without repentance.. for you are accepted. His plan, purpose and will for your life is that Christ is formed in you – that we are conformed into the image and likeness of Jesus, Romans 8:29
God’s Purpose In Christ
There is no 12-step program that can effect this transformation – only a life of humility, submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit.. a life that can finally say in thought, word, deed, and motive.. it is not I that lives in me, but Christ. Galatians 2:20. This is my commandment, that you love… John 13:34-35. Love one another as I have loved you. This is Christ’s impossible command – yet this impossible love is possible, but only as we submit all to Him.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.