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Wednesday
Aug092017

Fake Christianity

I think Donald Trump was one of the first to popularize the term, “fake news,” and since then it has been used everywhere to identify things that are not true.

The last days are filled with fake news, fake people, fake truth, fake teachings, and fake Christianity. I do believe that God can use fake news as a reminder and a sign of the times that we are in. Remember, as Christians we are to test everything and hold to that which is good.

1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 “but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.”

 As Christians, many are vulnerable to believe things that are not true. It may be just a small error, but it paves the way for greater deception. We never want to place God on our level of understanding - in other words God’s ways and methods far exceed our expectations, and we want to believe in miracles. When pastors and Christian leaders write and speak about how some of the gifts of God have ceased, it makes me test that teaching against scripture. I have tested the teaching of “Cessationism” (the ceasing of some gifts) and found it to be in error.

In Christianity, cessationism is the doctrine that spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the apostolic age. This is generally opposed to continuationism, which teaches that the Holy Spirit may bestow the spiritual gifts on persons other than the original twelve apostles at any time.

This is just one of many errors that people promote today. For instance, Prophets and Apostles are two of the gifts that are said to no longer function in the Church today.  This doctrine is much like the “Prosperity Gospel” where more is developed beyond what the scripture teaches. Prosperity is found in Christ but it has a different connotation that what is preached in many “faith” churches today. The same is true with “Cessationism”. They develop a whole doctrine on how certain gifts have ceased because they are no longer needed.

Paul tells us that God has given to the Church a five-fold ministry grid. My concern is that he never tells us that some on this grid will go away in time.

Ephesians 4:11-13

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

When we start to believe in teachings that are not rooted in the scripture it can turn our concept of God into a human invention, making Him into our image.

I am weary of people telling us to stick to the Bible, and then they add their own spin to what they read. This spin, or speculation as I have called it, is where we get into trouble in adding information about God that shouldn’t be added. (As I described earlier) To some degree this is a dumbing down of spiritual growth. Christian leaders have become more influential than the scripture and yet many times they will say things that cannot be verified by the Bible.

1 John 2:27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

I am not suggesting that teachers are not necessary - they are - but teachers must be people who are overly conscientious about rightfully dividing the Word of God.

2 Timothy 2:15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

Fake Christianity is real and we need to raise the bar on what we hear and accept as Biblical teaching. Make sure that whatever you question you do so with respect, but be firm and relentless in pursuing the truth.

Keeping it honest and truthful….K

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