Just Because You Named It “Jesus” Does Not Make It True

Just Because You Named It “Jesus” Does Not Make It True

        In this past decade I often heard over and over, especially what I was taught at the Christian university I graduated from, that what is important is people acknowledge Jesus Christ. As long as they claim they believe in Christ then things are okay. Go to a foreign culture and start a church then convince them to believe in Jesus then let them run the show. They will have their own theology which is different from your “western mindset of theology.” The whole idea that every culture has its own theology and all are equally valid. This is just the current postmodern evangelicalism that is the norm now days. “It does not matter what they believe, just as long as they have Jesus!!!!!” is what they aggressively proclaim among those old “theologians” and “doctrine followers.’

        Proponents of this belief use Acts 4:12 as a refutation to those would would suggest true Christians must believe in the right biblical interpretation and doctrines to be saved. The verse says, There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.” Their logic is that it is the “name of Christ” that matters. As long as it is not Allah, Buddha or some other false god and they call it Christ then it is valid Christianity. They also use Philippians 2:11, “and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” But is it possible that people who listen to a missionary or an evangelist then are let loose to do their own thing might possibly inaccurately name something Jesus that really is not? Does simply professing Jesus Christ as Lord, and stating those words, prove someone is a true believer? 

        Jesus Himself answered those questions in Matthew 24:24, “False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” It seems that our Lord Himself already made sure people knew there is the possibility of mislabeling someone as Himself. There were some even before Him who claimed they were the Messiah. Why the postmodern evangelical does not embrace this simply shows they do not care what Jesus Himself says, but what they feel is right and good. The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:4 admonishes,

“For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus,whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

Is the Jesus of Mormonism true? The Jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses true? The Isa (Jesus) of Islam true? There are a plethora of false Christ’s in various heretical religions. Wikipedia has a huge list of them. If someone can label an actual person as Christ who actually is not, and if Mormonism can create one out of thin air, is it not possible that other people who claim the Bible have created a false Jesus as well? 

        Isn’t it logical to assume that when Satan created a false religion and it gets known and then the overall evangelical consensus agrees that such religions are outside of the biblical faith and are heretical, such as Mormons, Modalists, etc., that Satan would just create a new one and be more deceptive than before and make a new Jesus Christ religion that is false? 1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan is a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.  2 Corinthians 11:3 says Satan is cunning. and verse 14 says Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Satan is so deceptive and extremely intelligent and has been for the entire worlds history since his own rebellion began early in creation history. This means he has had thousands upon thousands of years of knowledge and practice in lies to come up with new ways, new systems, and new counterfeits that mimic the truth in such a way it almost looks identical yet it leads one to hell. Common sense says so.

        For example what if a man named Carlos did a great thing to help some people, but then another guy named Carlos who is not the same guy but just has the same name takes credit? Is that just? Is that giving the proper man his honor? Someone would say, “but I do know Carlos did that great thing for us…” but he is giving credit to a totally different person named Carlos! It is much like that new Taco Bell commercial that came out where various men named Ronald McDonald, actual people existing who have that actual name, are seen enjoying the new Taco Bell breakfast. We are given the impression that the McDonald’s created character and mascot which is a clown named Ronald McDonald enjoys Taco Bell breakfast. Taco Bell can claim, “Ronald McDonald even likes our breakfast more than McDonald’s.” And then a child who loves his happy meal’s would hear it and think, “Wow the clown from McDonald’s loves taco Bell breakfast more than his own McDonald’s breakfast!” But this is not true. It just so happens there are people in the United States that happen to have the same name but are not actually the clown Ronald McDonald and have absolutely no relation to the McDonald’s Corp. Likewise, this silly analogy, shows that it is possible and extremely likely many people names Jesus or non-existent character creations (just like McDonald’s clown Ronald McDonald) are given the exact same name. It is not the true Jesus Christ and worshiping this false Jesus Christ does not save anyone from hell but keeps them in sin and in rebellion against the truth.

        More Christians need to understand that truth is absolutely important, absolutely true, and has no place or time to waste in anything false. Christianity must be clean and pure of false teaching. Too many churches put up with false teachers and new ideas and new theologies that are not true and cause confusion and disruptions. So many Christian universities teach these things and then tell the college students and seminary students to be satisfied in something less than true. This is the point we are at in Christian history. May more true believers combat false Jesus’s and not be satisfied with mere terms like “jesus” or “christ” but make sure that converts and churches believe in THE JESUS and THE CHRIST of the BIBLE! The Holy Spirit enlightens us to accurately interpret the Bible, but sinful men have controlled the popular preaching and teaching of the Bible and lead people astray and are too lazy to actually change a person’s mind to follow accurate truth. Evangelicalism is a lazy, non-confrontational culture that allows for anything as long as it is “christian” and certainly makes enough money off of it. Just because someone says they worship Jesus does not mean they do. The rational Christian understands this.

The Truth Is Not Popular

The Truth Is Not Popular

        The truth is not popular and never has been and this is especially true for the gospel truth message that the Bible teaches. The world hates holiness and wants to dwell in sin and pursue pleasure and protect their own pride. People who hear that they are sinners, or are doing something wrong do not want to admit it and will deny the truth that they are sinners and need a savior. Nobody wants to admit they are weak and unable to save themselves, and people do not want to admit they are bad, wrong, incorrect, sinful, or unholy.

        In our society today people want to believe God is on their side, and God is spirit that only cares about their interests and their desires. So many people mistakenly claim that God is for them and supports them. People are creating a god in their own image which is idolatry. Now days the climate of the culture says you must be tolerant of everything. Tolerance to them is not accepting people of beliefs you view as wrong, but the new tolerance has taken a new meaning that you must agree with them 100% or you are wrong. There is no room for contradictory ideas and you have to agree with them, and not only agree but also promote it and praise it as wonderful. Sexual sins like adultery or homosexuality and pornography or sex outside of marriage, drug abuse, any kinds of immorality, anything that gives pleasure and strikes the ego must be promoted and praised or else you will be labeled intolerant and other mean things. Fighting against immorality in oneself is increasingly harder in our age and denying sexual temptations or any other sins is hard to overcome when immorality is thrown in the Christian’s face over and over in every direction. This had led some people who believe they are Christians to live in sin and remain in it and have unchecked sins, because it is easier to just give in and enjoy sin and ignore guilt than to live in remorse from it and repent.

        So many churches today and their pastors do not teach the absolute truth and do not preach against personal sins and sins of the mind (lust, greed, envy etc.). Instead, pastors promote self esteem which only encourages a lazy attitude toward sin. It leads people who actually are not Christians to believe they are Christians and are going to heaven. True Christians are sanctified by Christ and set apart for holiness as God’s possession. The lives of true believers will always hold onto repentance when they sin and have faith God has forgiven them and the result will be fruits of righteousness. Read Mark 12:30, John 14:15 and 15:14, 1 John 2:6, 2 Chronicles 16:9 and a reoccurring theme that true believers follow God, obey Him, and live in morality instead of immorality. 1 john 1:9 also explains that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive all believers who seek to repent of sins. We can be confident we are saved. Struggling with sin is no joke and our society makes it hard, but there is still no excuse.

        Christians need to stand apart more than ever in this age and not fear those who harm our bodies, but only God who has the power to throw us into hell or save us into heaven in a relationship with Him.

        Preaching the truth of the gospel that humans are sinful and at war with God and must be punished for their transgressions is not popular, nor the idea that a loving Savior came to save them from this wrath. People do not want to admit they cannot save themselves by being good, or that they need a Savior to rescue them from hell. In fact, people do not want to admit that God is angry and hates sin and only want to believe God loves them no matter what. The truth is God loves people, wants to save them, but in His justice He must punish sin. The only way out is a substitutionary sacrifice (Jesus Christ on the cross).

       Another problem with truth people have in churches are matters of doctrine. People do not want to differentiate false doctrines from true doctrines. People want to avoid any kind of conflict or stance for absolute truth. This is a self righteous and false humility that has caused most of the church to be secular and unconcerned with true teaching. Whatever feels right is good to them, they have a sensual attitude toward truth. If it FEELS good it must be true. but pleasure or good feelings are not always true and nor are they happiness and in many cases pleasure and good vibes lead people to destruction. Drugs give extreme pleasure to the brain and body, sexual sin feels amazing to some people and they hunger for it, being proud and believing you are in control also feels good, but these attitudes are self destructive.

        Christians need to keep promoting unpopular truth, the actual gospel and the fact that sin is destroying people and a true believer takes a true stance and sides with God in all truth, actively pursues true teaching in the bible and wants to live holy for God’s glory. Repentance, faith, and fruits of righteousness mark the true Christian in this world. This is a very counter-cultural stance and hard for many to do.