It’s not about what you think it’s about!
Rather, it’s the tendency of Christians to constantly just accept anyone who names the name of Christ.
In the 1950’s, Baptists took a firm stand against Church of Christ, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists and anyone who preached another Gospel, denied the deity of Christ or virgin birth of Christ, had a different Holy Book, denied the inspiration of the Bible, or believed in Salvation by works.
Today, they quote C. S. Lewis from pulpits. Dietrich Bonhoffer is quoted in Sunday Schools. We allow men who deny the very Bible to preach in our pulpits. Baptists pressure one another to accept Mormons as Christians.
What in the world is wrong with us?
If they name the name of Jesus today, we just blindly accept them. “I believe in Jesus…” “Great! Can you teach for the next nine Sundays in a row???” “Well, I should tell you I believe that my Jesus is a Martian…” “La la la la! I’m not listening! See you Sunday morning!!!”
It’s MADNESS what we’re doing! Two years ago, I wandered through a “Christian” bookstore, and found that almost every book inside was Word/Faith, Christ deniers, ecumenist authors advocating Ecumenism, Bible deniers, heretics… if it weren’t for the necktie assortment and the other chatchkeles, I’d say the store was worthless!
Folks, It’s like this. C. S. Lewis was a heretic. He believed in Salvation by Works. He said many inspiring things about his Jesus. But his Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible. As Justin Peters says, “Another Jesus, another gospel, and another Gospel cannot save.”
We have quotes from people who’s Jesus smokes cigars and drinks Scotch while listening to loud Christian rock on a boombox, and utters, “I love this stuff.” Can you find that Jesus in your Bible? I know I can’t!
But i can find that book in that “Christian” bookstore.
We allow men who talk about the book of Genesis and use phrases like, “The Genesis myth…” and we let them come BACK. If I allowed a “Textual Critic” Bible Scholar to speak in my pulpit (first mistake – that would never happen…) and he said the phrase, “The Genesis myth…” – I’d be taking the pulpit from him and asking politely, “Brother, would you mind leaving the church, please? Right now… Could I have the ushers help me please….”
I’m not kidding.
But Bruce Metzger goes on preaching from Baptist pulpits, when we should be witnessing to him and giving him a tract! Would we allow the strung out meth head with the million piercings and the tattoos all over his body to preach from our pulpit without some kind of confession of faith first? No? Then why allow Metzger to preach from a Baptist pulpit?
People, the local church is the pillar and ground of the truth, according to 1 Tim. 3:15! We should protect the pulpit of the Lord Jesus Christ with zeal!
We should not be quoting men who denied the virgin birth or the deity of Christ, even if they did die in the holocaust. We revere a man because he preached against Hitler, but he denied the very inspiration of the Bible by saying he did not believe in the virgin birth! So sorry if you’re a Bonhoffer fan. Them’s the facts, as I’ve read them.
And Operation World – and ecumenical operation if ever there was one – began in the 2000’s to list Catholics and Mormons as Christians when they did their statistics on how many Christians resided in a country, completely skewing all the apparent first glance results! Thankfully, they give a complete breakdown so you can do the math yourselves (or did… I haven’t seen a recent one).
Here’s a statistic – Bermuda is 90% Christian. Okay, from THAT statistic, wouldn’t it imply that 90% of that country is saved? Well, how many people there believe that if you say you believe the Bible when it says you are saved by grace alone you are anathema (damned)? I’m telling you, probably most of them. How can I say that? That’s the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church! That’s how I can say that!
Let me explain that sentence above… you believe the Bible when it says you’re saved by Grace, right? Well, it’s an official teaching of the Roman Catholic church that anyone who believes they are saved by grace, they are anathema.
Huh? How can we call these people Christians when their church completely denies THE cardinal doctrine of our faith???
How many people of those 90% believe that Jesus is Lucifer’s brother? Well, if any of them are Mormon, that’s what they believe!
So, suddenly, we see that according to the Bible, that 90% is MUCH MUCH lower! The fields are white with harvest, but we’re trusting in the wolves to harvest them for us! Well, they’re not harvesting for us – it’s easy to get a lost person to remain lost – do nothing. But asking the lost to harvest the lost for you is folly.
Mormons believe that they will become gods themselves someday. “As God now is, man will become. As Man now is, God once was.” is their official teaching. Find THAT in your King James Bible! It’s not there. Trust me.
Is that the confession of faith of a saved people?
And yet when Franklin Graham, once VERY bold for the name of Christ, found out that the BGEA listed Mormonism as a cult on their website, he ordered it changed and reportedly was “quite upset”.
What in the name of peanut butter is wrong with us???
Have we no shame anymore? We witness people speaking foolishness, and say nothing. We invite heretics to preach in our pulpits. We list cults and lost people as “Christians” – because they name the name of Christ!
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (KJV)
The Bible says there is another Jesus. Those who say that the Lord Jesus Christ is God and rose from the dead belong to God. Those that preach a different Jesus do not.
Be jealous and zealous for the word of God! Be zealous and Jealous for the pulpit of God!