“Take heed that no man deceive you.” These are the first words out of our Saviour’s mouth when his disciples asked him about the sign of his second coming. Matthew 24:4. He warns that many shall be deceived. In Matthew 7:14 he told us that his way to life is a narrow way which few find. If we believe the Bible, we must realize what this means for us. If you are following the majority instead of the few, you probably need to rethink your path.
Throughout history, God’s people have always been in the minority. In the time of Noah, only eight were saved. In the time of Lot, even fewer locals were saved. In the time of Jesus, only a small percent of the Jews recognized the Messiah for which they had been waiting. In each of these instances, all the religious leaders were lost, and those who relied on their priests for direction were lost as well. This shows the folly of trusting any man, or any organized religious body, to lead you to truth. You must rely on your relationship with God and the infilling of his Holy Spirit.
Scripture warns us against those who will preach “another Jesus” and “another gospel” and that we should not be beguiled (deceived) by the serpent to corrupt our minds from “the simplicity that is in Christ”. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. Often people go to great lengths down twisted paths, to subvert the simplicity of clearly stated Biblical truths, so simple a little child can understand, to try to justify behavior that is contrary to scripture. They will hang their beliefs on one or two texts, often taken out of context, and ignore the weight of evidence. Peter calls those who so wrest with some of the writings of scripture “unlearned and unstable” and doing it “unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). These people are preaching and following “another Jesus” and “another gospel” whether or not they realize it. Do you want to follow the “unlearned and unstable” or do you prefer the “simplicity that is in Christ”?
It is very easy to know if you are following the true Jesus or a false god. All you have to do is see what Jesus did during his life, and what his disciples did after his death. Then compare that to what you are doing. Remember that Acts 17:30 reminds us that in the times of our ignorance, God overlooks our errors, so any error we have made in the past will not be held against us. However, if we learn truth and then deliberately turn our backs on this truth, God will allow us to believe a lie which leads to our destruction. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.
There are many sincere, God-loving Christians, who by innocently following the traditions of their forefathers and their church, are not following Jesus, but have fallen victim to this “other” Jesus we are warned about. We are warned against tradition as worship in vain (Mark 7:6-13), yet modern Christian churches are steeped in tradition that is contrary to the example of Jesus and the early church, with many of these traditions of pagan origin. We’ve become so used to the tradition that we don’t even realize it is worship in vain. We are told in Jeremiah 16:19 that in the end times (today?) the gentiles (that’s us) would realize that they had inherited lies. Has that realization hit you yet? If not, keep reading…
Which day did God sanctify and make holy (Genesis 2:2-3), Jesus keep during his ministry (Luke 4:16), the early church keep (Acts 18:4), and we will keep in heaven (Isaiah 66:23)? The seventh day Sabbath. Yet few people who call themselves Christians follow this example of Jesus and the early church. Many sincere Christians have come to believe that keeping Sunday is the memorial of His resurrection that He ordained, but no such teaching can be found in Scripture. In fact, we are clearly told what symbol Jesus gave as a remembrance of his burial and resurrection - baptism. (Romans 6:2, Colossians 2:12) He did not speak of another day (Hebrew 4:8), especially not one that was long used for pagan sun god worship. Sun worship (worshipping on Sunday) is considered by God to be an abomination. (Ezekiel 8:15-18). Sincere believers who worship on Sunday have “inherited lies” and accidentally fallen for “another gospel”.
Regarding His memorial of the resurrection, baptism in the life of Christ and his followers was the full immersion of someone old enough to have confessed their sin and need of a redeemer (Matthew 3:16, John 3:23; Acts 8:39). Sprinkling, especially of an infant, is nowhere to be found in Scripture, yet many churches have substituted this act for the Biblical example. If you were baptized by sprinkling, you have “inherited lies”, and have not been Biblically baptized.
Which annual holy days (holidays) did God appoint (Leviticus 23), Jesus keep (Luke 2:41, John 7:10, 37), the early church keep (Acts 20:6, 1 Corinthians 5:8), and we will keep with Jesus in heaven (Matthew 26:29)? Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles. Few people who call themselves Christians follow this example of Jesus and the early church. Scripture does not record the date of Jesus’ birth, nor are we told to celebrate it. We do know by the story of Mary’s and Elizabeth’s pregnancies that he was born in the fall, probably around the Feast of Tabernacles. December 25 was the ancient winter solstice, when the sun was “reborn”. It was nine months after Eastre, a pagan fertility goddess, had become pregnant, making December 25 the birthday of a pagan sun god. Modern day “Easter” and “Christmas” are both based on pagan sun worship days, and have no basis in Scripture to be considered Christian holy days. Sincere believers who worship on Easter and Christmas have “inherited lies” and accidentally fallen for “another gospel”.
These are just a few of many more examples that could be given. For instance: 1) clean foods in Torah and Acts 11:8 versus eating health-destroying animals such as swine that God calls an abomination; 2) call no man “Father” in Matthew 23:9 versus priests being called “Father”; 3) no outside adorning with gold in 1 Peter 3:2-4 versus wearing a cross on a pendant; 4) only one intercessor between God and man in 1 Timothy 2:5 versus going through a priest to receive forgiveness of sin. All of these traditions are contrary to Scripture, most of them pagan in origin.
Remember that it doesn’t matter what you did in the past in sincere error. But it is gravely serious what you do once you have knowledge of the truth, that you not reject it. The honest children of God will “Choose this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). My prayer is that you will choose the Son of God and the example of his early church, no matter the cost, no matter if no one else joins you. Search your Bible, and follow the simplicity of the example that we have been given. Pray that you go down the narrow path, break away from these “inherited lies” and not follow the “unlearned and unstable” down the wide path to destruction.
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