Jeremiah 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns — broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

     Do we do that today?  How can you forsake God and ‘hew a leaking cistern’?

     Rejecting any part of the Bible on the basis that it doesn’t apply to us today would be forsaking God.  Why?  God tells us; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)  The Word is Jesus and He is our light;  “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
   

The entire testimony of the Holy Bible is a  complete whole – a spiritual unity – embodied in Jesus Christ.  Jesus tells us; “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) And the God tells us; “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)  To discount any part of God’s Word while claiming to be a follower of Jesus Christ is to worship a lesser god.  Creating the idol of the post-modern acceptable ‘Jesus-lite’ who just loves and doesn’t require holiness is to forsake God!

     God doesn’t require any complicated theologies – His Word is necessary and sufficient.  But the new age ‘Jesus-lite’ does require a very sophisticated theology of deception.  Sadly there is no shortage of clerics and seminaries that hew these ‘broken cisterns’ that hold no water.  I’ll simply quote one such ‘scholar‘ to illustrate my point;

If a person calls Jesus Lord then I personally am happy to call them a brother or sister in Christ. If they are pro-gay marriage, don’t believe in the resurrection, if they believe someone other than Paul wrote 2 Timothy then I will agree to disagree and do my best to understand why they believe what they do. However, I will also stand firmly on the things I believe to be true of our faith but I will endeavour to respectfully dialogue with folks about those beliefs.

What I will not do is, and what I think is bad Christian practice, is to allow my beliefs to define another person’s faith. Our tradition, in my case conservative, should define what we think not whether another person is saved or a Christian.

Detecting Liberal Seminaries, Sep 4, 2013 @ 0:08 by Scot McKnight

     Notice the intellectual ‘slight of hand’ – the authority of the Word is replaced with the authority of a person’s belief.   Jesus tells us that being a Christian isn’t about our claim to Christianity or any other person’s claims but rather on the claim His Word has on our hearts and minds; “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” (Luke 6:46,47,48)  Indeed the real Jesus tells us how to recognize His true followers; “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31.32)   People who don’t believe in the resurrection or marriage being the union of a man and woman, don’t abide in Jesus’ teachings.  They are not followers of Jesus according to Jesus. It’s that simple but many who prefer a fake ‘Jesus-lite’ make it complicated.

     The Bible tells us; “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)  Many look at this scripture only within the context of marriage but it’s wider application is just as important.  When we countenance fake claims to Christianity not only do we allow rampant brand hi-jacking of Jesus by fakes but  we also yoke ourselves to these impostors spiritually.

     Ecumenism is a stealth idolatry that is destroying Bible believing churches.  Well meaning pastors and their congregations who desire to be loving to others give recognition and the authority that goes with it to ‘Jesus-lite’ idolatry and the worldly fake-Christianity that has grown up like a cancer.  The Bible tells us how it works; “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3,4)  It’s a natural human desire to be liked by all – even fakes.  And it doesn’t take long before you start listening to them.

     When fear of man  replaces the fear of God, the seed of accommodation and tolerance for false doctrine takes root.  Even Bible believing churches decline because they are yoked with darkness. How so?  In the name of false unity, of ecumenism, we countenance their lies with our silence, thereby giving them an authority that God does not!  And in so doing we lose the authority of God’s Word and His blessing as a church fellowship, bit by inevitable bit. What is the result of this stealth idolatry seeping into believing churches – decline.  People are not taught the difference between what is fake and what isn’t so they come to see no difference.   Our cistern starts to leak and people fall away.  The church ages and children see no need to attend.  The latest statistics in Canada attest to this decline.

     Come Lord Jesus!

   

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