Many new or newer Christians may not even be aware that their church speaks of a Jesus which is different from the Biblical Jesus, and even many old time saints are falling prey as people are more and more turning away from reading the Bible for themselves and relying on simply listening to sermons and preachers or reading books authored by their favorite preachers.
Is this happening in your church? Is your church preaching a Biblical Jesus or another Jesus? Can you tell? Let’s look at one of the more popular Jesus’ that is currently talked about in churches today.
There is the Jesus of Self Help, Inner Healing, or help with Recovery: This Jesus will heal all of your inner hurts and past abuses. Just close your eyes and “see” Jesus there in the middle of your traumatic experience and hear Him love you in the middle of it. This Jesus will “walk you through” abuse or will help you in your Recovery from addictions. But sadly, such teaching is absolutely not mentioned anywhere in the Bible folks. Why? Is it because there was no substance abuse in Bible times? Was there no incest, or family beatings taking place, and so the writers of the Bible were ignorant of such abuses and addictions? No. Sin is sin and sin has been around since the very beginning, even before Cain murdered Able. And in order for any person to find peace, help, and freedom from their inner wounds and/or addictions, they must be able to first call their trouble what the Bible calls it: SIN. And we must repent of our sin, we must forgive those who sin against us, and we must make the choice to not give in to sin any longer.
Easier said than done, you might moan? Especially if this writer has never experienced family trauma or addictions to know how hard the struggle can be? No. This writer knows all about growing up in a family filled with abuse, of having a father who spent 10 year in prison for armed robbery, and this writer knows the pain and the struggle and the depression that comes from addictions … plural. But thanks be to God Who set me free when I finally came to the place where I HATED my sin so much that I prayed and pleaded and then fasted and prayed for FREEDOM. It was only when I picked up the Bible and started reading it for myself … word for word from front to back, even while drinking my daily bottle of booze … that when I came to 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 I realized I was a sinner going to HELL. And upon repenting I was then very dramatically Born Again and set free from addictions. And then, when the demons of alcohol came back to me a few years later, tempting me with great temptations to get drunk and live drunk all over again, I went into a very lengthy time of prayer, which consisted of 6 months of focusing on and praying for my freedom. No Recovery program. No Inner Healing. Why? Because to call myself a victim or victimized, or to say I had “hang ups” or problems and that I just needed a little help, instead of HATING THE SIN that was waging war in my flesh and in my mind, would have kept me a slave to my sins!
God said to the murderer Cain, in Genesis 4 –
sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
We must learn to MASTER sin and conquer it, in order to be fee and obey the words of God.
Compare this Scripture in Genesis to one false statement currently being promoted:
“People give their lives to sin when they feel rejected and unwanted. But when they know that they are God’s beloved, no temptation can succeed against them.” (p.296) J. Prince Destined To Reign
This teaching is not Biblical, but people are in love with this teacher and his teachings.
The Bible does not say anywhere that when we feel accepted, we will be able to resist temptation. In fact, the Bible states that in this world the true Christian will actually face persecution and rejection:
Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man – Luke 6:22, NIV
Now, that’s a little tough on the ego, Jesus. Yet, these are the Words of the real Jesus. The Biblical Jesus. Who does love us but Who also gives us the Truth that we must learn to conquer and put away sin.
This may sound extremely harsh and unloving to those who are struggling with any past abuse, rejection, hurt, or current addictions, but people I am telling you the only Truth that will actually SET YOU FREE.
The Bible does not teach us how to develop our self-esteem nor does it teach that God wants to develop our self-esteem! The Bible also does not treat sin lightly by saying we all just need “help” in our recovery OR that God loves us and accepts just as we are! Rather the Bible is plain that SIN needs to be resisted and refused, as we can see in Romans 6 other Scriptures:
11 – In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 – Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13 – Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
God sure does love us, so much that even while we are unconverted sinners He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for us and take the punishment of our sins, but He does not want us to continue to live bound in our sins! He actually demands that all men everywhere repent and turn from sin and be saved. And if you will take the time to pray … even fast and pray … for your freedom, God will see to it that you WILL be delivered! But do you hate sin enough to care to be free? Or do you fear God enough, that you don’t want to disobey His written commands?
Please dear readers, don’t be deceived by the words of current preachers or self-help groups and counselors who won’t call sin sin. Read the Bible and find out that your trouble IS SIN. Find out how much God hates sin. And then please start praying to the real Jesus of the Bible Who can and Who will deliver you from your sin.
1 John 3 –
1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2 – Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
3 – Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
4 – Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
5 – But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
6 – No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.7 – Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray (Do not be decieved – ESV, NASB, etc). He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8 – He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
Again, if you are currently struggling with any kind of sin in your life, come to Jesus in determined prayer, for this is why Jesus appeared … to free us from our sin:
1 John 3 –
5 – But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins
8 – The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Titus 2 –
11 – For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
12 – It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
13 – while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
14 – who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
My next post will show yet another Jesus currently being preached in churches today. I pray that you will care about your eternal destination enough to be determined to make sure you are actually worshiping and loving the Biblical Jesus … the Jesus Who died to save you and free you from your sins.
2 Corinthians 11 –
3 However, I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from sincere and pure devotion to the Messiah. 4 – For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen. (ISV)
Galatians 1 –
9As 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!