Commentary By: Gordon King
As believers in Jesus Christ we must all take heed to deceiving spirits, to the teaching of false doctrines, and to the twisting of the truth!
We are now at a point in the history of mankind when deception is at an all time high, when many things which seem to be as they appear are actually anything but.
Many shall teach of what appears to be the truth, and in fact it just may contain much truth and sound sweet to itching ears, yet it has been wrapped in lies, lies which make it anything but the truth!
And if the truth has been twisted only a little bit then it is a lie! For instance, if we say that Jesus Christ is the way to heaven, but then add that there are other ways as well such as through Islam or by being a good person, then we have twisted the truth so that it is no longer the truth. It contains some truth yet it also contains lies, enough lies to send a person straight to hell!
And if we say that there is no hell at all, then we have completely changed what scripture has told us to be the truth. If we change the gospel of Jesus Christ at all, then we have created a new doctrine, a new gospel, and the truth is not in us.
2 Corinthians 3-4
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!“
The deception of Satan is to twist things just enough so that we would believe lies.
The truth of the matter is that the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple, repent of your sins and believe that Jesus Christ is God, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried in a tomb for three days, then arose and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. By believe I mean not just to know, but to accept Christ as your Savior, to turn your life over to Him, for even demons believe yet they are not saved!
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.“
Whoever preaches a different gospel than the one taught in scripture shall be cursed! These are not my words but the words of God Almighty!
Know this, that God takes very seriously those who change the words that He has given to us, those who seek to deceive by twisting His words. Scripture never tells us that everyone will eventually be saved, nor does it say that there are many ways to heaven, that you can be saved by any other means than giving your life over to Christ, it just doesn’t say that!
God is love, yet He is more than that, He is also a God of justice, of righteousness, and He is a jealous God! There are many believers who say that we should only teach about God’s love, yet refuse to teach about God’s righteous indignation, about His anger and His wrath! Scripture tells us otherwise.
And for some reason even many believers refuse to believe that God would send anyone to hell, yet this is what scripture teaches. Many don’t even believe in the existence of hell, yet scripture tells us that it does in fact exist.
The mind of God is infinite, our minds are very finite. God’s ways are perfect, our ways are flawed. God knows all things, we only know a few things. God’s reasoning is perfect and righteous, our reasoning is from a human standpoint. God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So if we think that we know it all, if we think that we know better than God then we surely deceive ourselves and others!
Take heed to the word of God, listen to the Holy Spirit within, turn your life over to Christ, pick up your cross and follow Him! God is speaking to us in many ways, are we listening?
God bless my friends! Maranatha!