For our last installment in this blog series contrasting the difference between Jesus Christ as described in the Holy Bible and the modern/new-age counterfeit Jesus we have five final differences to share. Please read Part One and Part Two if you missed them over the past weeks.
In preparing this material I’m reminded of a great quote of unknown origin you have probably seen floating around your social media pages that perfectly sums up the deception happening that we have been discussing:
“The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns, he comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.”
Do not be deceived brothers and sisters, the devil is alive and very busily working in the lives of the “religious” as well as in the lives of the “spiritual.” Undoubtedly, the deception of this modern distortion of the person of Jesus Christ, who He is and what exactly He taught, is a massive stronghold the enemy is using to blind poor souls from the truth. So let’s continue our exposé and please pray for wisdom and discernment throughout. See if any of these areas have been stumbling blocks in your own spiritual journey.
#11) Modern Jesus promotes unity and tolerance at all costs.
Biblical Jesus brings division when necessary.
The new age spirituality gaining massive momentum around the globe is all about unity, love and acceptance of everyone and everything. Every sinful lifestyle, twisted desire and hateful ideology is supposed to be accepted and tolerated by this heinous distortion of reality. This is perfectly displayed by the absurd new stance taken by the Tennessee state representative who believes the Islamic terrorist group ISIS should be allowed to recruit on college campuses.
We are supposed to tolerate a 52-year-old transgender man who “identifies” as a six-year-old girl? No we should not, and there are countless other things in our world we should not tolerate or attempt to unify with. Jesus Himself was not shy to call people out for their sinful lifestyles and hypocritical actions. (Matthew 23) Jesus also said He didn’t come to promote unity and tolerance, but division:
“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” – Luke 12:51
#12) Modern Jesus serves your will over God’s will.
Biblical Jesus exalts God the Father’s will.
A very distorted view being promoted in all too many churches today is that faith is a kind of force that can be applied to make God bend to our will. This is very big in the “word of faith” type churches and the problem is that at its core it refutes the truths that Jesus not only taught in word but in deed. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus even pleaded to God the Father asking for God to prevent Him from having to go to the cross, yet declared: “nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” – Luke 22:42
The Bible makes it as crystal clear as can be, the true Jesus came to do the will of God the Father and repeatedly declares we all must do the same.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” – John 6:38
#13) Modern Jesus exalts signs, wonders and mysticism above God’s word.
Biblical Jesus warns of false signs and wonders and exalts God’s word.
This is a big stumbling block for many believers who have been sucked into a relationship with God based more on experience than sound doctrine. I wrote an article explaining much of the troubling experiences I had in a charismatic/pentecostal type environment dealing with this deception in detail titled, “The New Age Church and the Counterfeit Revival.” Again this is a very big issue in ministries/churches that would be considered a part of the New Apostolic Reformation. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned believers have forgotten the many warnings by Jesus about false prophets and false signs and wonders.
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” – Matthew 24:24
#14) Modern Jesus exalts emotion and experience over sound teaching.
Biblical Jesus demands that emotion and experience conform to sound teaching.
This stumbling block is very much akin to the previous. It deals with focusing on an experiential relationship with God dealing with emotionally driven moments as opposed to a relationship built around communing with God in prayer and by meditating on His word. We should understanding the depth of His person as revealed in Scripture and following sound Biblical doctrine, not solely on experience. The church paradigm for most of history has held that said that “if you have right teaching you will experience God,” yet this deception today promotes that “if you experience God, you will have right teaching.”
“Many false teachers determine truth by the subjective experiences of their subjects rather than by the objective exegesis of Scripture.” – Hank Hanegraaff
#15) Modern Jesus encourages you to love yourself first and gratify the desires of your flesh.
Biblical Jesus commands you to deny yourself and be willing to lay down your life for God.
If there’s one reason why all the points we have mentioned thus far are keeping people under the veil of deception it’s this: we are selfish. We all have selfish desires and ambitions as well as our own ideas of how we think things should be. We rationalize, justify and want to have every aspect of our lives be perfect. We want perfect health, a perfect family, wealth, success and notoriety in our personal endeavors giving us the respect and admiration of our peers. Unfortunately, many Christians think they deserve all those things and should be able to have them and serve God too. However Jesus never promised us success and comfort, He did teach that we should instead deny ourselves.
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – Mark 8:34-36
Ultimately we have to choose. Do we choose to serve God or serve ourselves? Do we truly seek the truth, or do we seek a “version” of truth that best fits our personal motives? Truth doesn’t come on a sliding scale, nor does it come in variations that can be personalized to our needs. Jesus is THE truth–and if we truly value Him for who He is and what He did for us, we must relate to Him as He truly is, not as we would like Him to be.
Which Jesus do you serve? The Jesus of the Bible? Or one of the countless heretical variations of Him being promoted by our fallen, sinful world?