This popular "jesus" is the one most American so-called 'christians' follow today. The only problem is that this is another jesus...a different jesus than the one in the Bible. This is an idol god which is a total construct of human minds, a god invented to serve the whims of its inventors, a god who aids and abets them in serving the great god of SELF.
Many people find a jesus appearing in their unholy meditative states, a false god who is leading millions to believe that they can join the One, the unified consciousness of the universe, and become god themselves. We are all god, this jesus says. People want a jesus to suit their comfort zones, a benign god who smiles on everything they do. After all, we each have our own truth, or so we want to think. This is the emerging jesus that the emerging churches love - a consumer jesus, one that is user-friendly and, above all, tolerant.
This is evil. And if this is your god you are in great danger. When you come face to face with Jesus Christ, he will say to you, "Depart from me. I never knew you."
This is precisely why the church is in dire trouble in 2009. Few people know the real Jesus. This is why this nation is under God's judgment. Much of the church is exactly like the world. Then, why would the world want what you have? They already have it. If you're going to act like the world, be honest and admit you are of the world. If you are a real Christian, the world can tell the difference.
The real Jesus is just the opposite. He was outspoken, bold and blunt, aggressive. This is the Jesus we so desperately need today, the One who told us to beware of false christs. This is the Jesus who went into the temple with a whip, who spoke the ruthless truth to hypocrites and purveyors of false doctrine and self-righteousness, who spoke the unvarnished truth.
Jesus confronted people who were in error, calling them to repent of their sins. People today don't want the real Jesus. He's too negative. Too narrow-minded. Too dogmatic. Too truthful.
The real Jesus preaches the unvarnished truth, calls false religion a lie, tells sinners they need to repent of their sin and escape hell by putting their faith in Him. He says there’s only one way to God, not many paths. He says that the road is narrow and there are only a few who find it. He said, "You must be born again."
There are many people who think they are Christians, but they are not. They are on the broad road to destruction. They are deceived. They are not born again. Their eyes are blinded. They are on the road to hell. They can proclaim that they are 'good people,' which is not only completely untrue, but would be irrelevant if it were possible. The Bible says the heart is continually evil. It says there is not one good...no, not one. Our goodness will lead to only one place...hell. That is precisely why Jesus died on the cross, to pay the penalty for our sin because we are not able to do that. We do not have the ability to be 'good enough.' There's no such thing. That was the sin of the Pharisees, who Jesus was relentlessly condemned for their self-righteousness (because they wanted to appear 'good.')
Jesus has given us a detailed roadmap which tells us exactly who He is and what He thinks. We need not speculate that "My god thinks this or that..." What He thinks is in the Bible, which very few people are deeply familiar with. They know a few verses here and there, have a superficial knowledge of it, but it is not the first priority in their lives. First priority means: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you." This is why they cannot distinguish between a false christ and the real Jesus Christ.
We need a call for holiness, purity, clear Gospel understanding and teaching. If we would stop imitating the world on every level and try to please God rather than man we would then have a real hunger for truth, clarity, objective reality. Confronting false teaching and hypocrisy should be one of the highest priorities of a Christian.
If you try to be busy, busy, busy in the church and engage in lots of social action, you make yourself look 'good' and get lots of applause (even from the world). If you tell the truth, however, people resent you. So you do the thing that makes you popular and, unfortunately, often become a 'teacher' or 'leader' in the church, making each generation weaker in the faith (if in it at all).
They didn’t kill Jesus because he loved little children, fed the poor and healed the sick. They killed him because he confronted their self-righteousness and told them their religion would send them to hell. This is the loving thing you have to do. The church has to recapture its own courage and be faithful to follow the path the Lord took.
He said: "I am the way, the truth, the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me."
He was not popular, but despised and persecuted for defending the truth of the gospel. He said we would be, too. Are we?
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