Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

 

“We Won’t be Fooled Again”.

(or will we?)

 Some things never change. Jesus for example, never changes; thank The Lord God for that!  But it seems there are other forces that war against our spirits; that is the spirit of antichrist, of whom we have been warned from the beginning, the deception of Satan himself, (the old Boss), that wars against our very souls for control and preeminence. Stop and think just how many new movements, (or even old ones) have arisen since the inception of the Body of Christ in the early primitive church. Jesus Christ warned of false prophets, and false Christs. The Apostle Paul in many places warned of new strange doctrines and deceiving, seducing spirits.

” For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[c] which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.” Acts 20:27-30

Indeed, Satan has not changed…only his tactics have changed, in ways that may seem right.  He has managed to send his messengers and workers right into the Body of Christ with subtle deceptions mixed in with a grain of truth, just as  The Old Boss did in the garden when he pulled the wool over Eve’s eyes, and then Adam succumbed as well. Making something good and righteous seem wrong, when in reality it would mean the very fall of man in the end.

And so now, many thousands of years later, at the very end of the age, Satan is still in the business of fooling the very Body of Christ, the LORD’S people. The mainstream- follow -the-herd-along -church, is already in deep apostasy, the Great Falling Away. backslidden church. Well. some may be outraged by my saying this, but go figure…..if the “church” as we know it has already succumbed to buying into the “Doctrines and deeds of the Nicolaitans”, the thing that Jesus said He hated, in Revelations Ch. 2,you can be sure the “church” is capable of being deceived into other damnable doctrines that seduce Christians hearts and spirits away from the plain truth of the Word of God in the Bible.

Here in the following passage the LORD JESUS confirms first the “good things” in the compromising Pergamos church, but then warns of the evil they have allowed right into their midst! And….He says He will FIGHT THEM, if they don’t repent. Wouldn’t you think that is something serious to take heed to? Like I said, somethings never change, and deception is one of those things, even perhaps more prevalent in this hour than it was in that day!

 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:  “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.[a] 16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’Rev 2: 12-17

 

So, Satan has something for everyone in this day and age. That’s why we have seen so many different “church” denominations, as the Apostle Paul warned, “Is Christ divided?”1Cor 1:12-14 . These “church” denominations are Nicolaitan at their very roots in any case: https://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/why-did-jesus-hate-the-doctrines-and-deeds-of-the-nicolaitanes/

And…..also why we have had so many “movements” down through the years. For example, consider the plethora of new “teachings” that have come on the scene supposedly to bring us to new revelations of “truths” of the Gospel of Christ, (The LORD”S true gospel is unchangeable).  These new movements and teachings that depart from the Gospel in sometimes subtle ways, are adding to the Word of God and are geared to lead even sincere Christians away from JESUS and into darkness. They are heresies and doctrines of devils, and seducing spirits which promise a “deeper walk” or “new way to JESUS”, they LIE!

My position is that if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it”. The teachings of JESUS CHRIST in His Goepel and as taught by His Holy Apostles and Prophets are Truths you can rely on to take you all the way through to the Grand Finale. We simply don’t need to be drawn away by anything else; we can overcome by obeying the Commandments of JESUS and by being taught by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit…PERIOD! How simple can that be? It’s all we need, with nothing added to or taken away!

All that said, here is a very serious warning to take heed to coming from Lighthouse Trails Reaserch Blog: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16176

Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? (Important Reasons Why They Shouldn’t)

I’ve read it, and see that this “new/old” deception comes on the heels of the “contemplative prayer movement” and is in fact yet another take on it. Studying the roots of it, it is pagan to the core. Unfortunately, much of the “church” is buying into it, as yet another “way to go deeper into God”, and it’s a total heresy. Don’t fall for it! I thank God that the Holy Spirit warns those who are grounded in the Word of God and prayer to recognize deception. None of us can take credit for the work of the Spirit; the truth is we can’t do without the Holy Spirit, and to try, would doom us to failure, and that is just what Satan is trying to do with his bucket list of “new improved deceptions”. 

 

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What’s Wrong With a More Social Gospel?

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=2777

I’d been pondering this issue of “the social gospel” that seems to be springing up across the nation in various churches, as part of their “outreach”, when I came across this excellent piece by Paul Procter posted on the Light House Trails Research group.
What’s Wrong With a More Social Gospel?
February 6th, 2012 | Author: Free-Lance Writers
by Paul Proctor
Free-Lance Writer
(used with permission)

In an article for Christianity Today titled, “A More Social Gospel,” C.L. Lopez writes about a new evangelical emphasis emerging on college campuses:

There has been a definitive shift in how campus ministries think about connecting with students,” said Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary. “More and more campus leaders are realizing that the gospel is both personal evangelism and justice.

The gospel is “justice”?

If there is any “justice” to the gospel, it is that the Lord Jesus Christ took our “justice” on the cross to satisfy the debt we incurred in our rebellion against God. But that’s not what “social justice” or the “social gospel” is about.

Lopez continues:

Scott Bessenecker, associate director of missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, said students within the organization’s 850 groups on 562 campuses have focused more on social causes in recent years.

As Mr. Bessenecker points out, their “focus” is “more on social causes” which, frankly, is not the gospel Christians are called to proclaim. Still, he added:

[We] want to engage students with a Jesus who walks among the marginalized,” Bessenecker said. “InterVarsity is trying to help students embrace and engage the social dimensions of the gospel in a way that will inspire individuals to say, ‘I want to follow this Jesus.’

How many Jesus’ does Mr. Bessenecker think there are?

First of all, when one talks about the “marginalized” in general, they are usually referring to those outside the mainstream of society. But then, one could make the case that all minorities feel “marginalized” at some point along life’s way, from African Americans to fundamentalist Christians to homosexual activists to witches.

In fact, I would dare say that most individuals have, at one time or another, felt to some degree, “marginalized.” So, in this context, statements like Jesus “walks among the marginalized” might have a universal appeal and even sound compassionately Christian, but in reality, may not be at all biblical or even relevant with respect to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. And that is my concern here.

Moreover, it has been my experience that whenever someone refers to “a Jesus,” they’re probably not talking about the Jesus of the Bible, but instead, a less scriptural and more worldly personality that appeals to “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life” – a “Jesus” more useful in advancing earthly agendas than those of heaven.

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” – 2nd Corinthians 11:4

The social gospel and its increasingly popular “social justice” campaign is not an acceptable substitute for preaching repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Its promoters all too often set aside the vertical, spiritual and eternal issues of sin, rebellion, obedience, holiness and reverence toward God in order to redirect the focus toward more horizontal, physical and temporal values. In the end, the flesh is, for a time, fed and comforted, but the souls of sinners are left abandoned to biblical ignorance because disobedient do-gooders have spiritually sidetracked the Church and its mission.

And then there was this in the CT piece:

Josh Spavin, an intern with the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Campus Crusade for Christ chapter, said traditional evangelistic outreach still works, but times have changed with this generation.

It “still works, but times have changed?” Sounds like dialectic doubletalk to me – designed to carefully steer the undiscerning in a new worldly direction without alarming or offending anyone.

The article went on to say:

Students tend to not just take it unless they experience it or see it in someone else’s life,” Spavin said. “It is still the same gospel and it is still the love of Christ that is being shared – it is just a different tactic.

“For by tactics are ye saved?” Is that what the Apostle Paul taught in Ephesians?

The “love of Christ” is obedience to His Word, not doing what is right in our own eyes to “connect” with people and win their favor so they might hopefully hear the truth someday. If we put our relationships with each other over and above our relationship with Jesus Christ and withhold the whole counsel of God so as not to offend, not only are we breaking the two greatest commandments given, we are yielding to the flesh and prince of this world.

I would say the greatest failure of the Church today is its unwillingness to say and do the unpopular thing. Too many Christians busy themselves these days trying to come up with new ways of being admired and desired by the world rather than simply being obedient to the Lord they claim to love.

With a self-sustaining focus on acquiring evermore results and relationships (i.e., “church growth”) by way of pragmatism and consensus, none of which is biblical, today’s Christians are, by and large, being persuaded and trained week after week to embrace surveys, marketing principles, public relations programs and people skills as their new commandments with dialectically-trained consultants and facilitators posing as prophets and preachers – people pleasers who know how to work the crowd and steer the herd while selectively applying the scriptures as needed to maintain a biblical appearance of righteousness and religiosity.

We’re essentially giving people what they want at church these days in hopes they will reciprocate with more participation and support. How is this “tactic” any different from those used on Wall Street and in Washington D.C.?

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.– 1st Corinthians 1:18