The Seduction of Today's Christianity

Col.2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of the world rather than according to Christ.

Christianity today may very well be facing the greatest challenge in history; a series of powerful and growing seduction that is subtly changing biblical interpretation, and sadly, most are not aware of it much less understand it. It does not take place as a frontal assault where God's people gather their strength and go to battle. No, it comes sublty in the guise of faith producing techniques, or self improvement psychologies.

Even the leading cult-watchers have generally failed to recognize it, or pass it off as harmless. This "mind power" is being propogated through a smorgasbord of methodologies of mind-over-matter.

Contending for the Faith

Jude writes to us in chapter three that we must "contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered to all the saints." That faith means that whole revealed body of truth, even the negative teaching of man's depravity. Dave Wilkerson, a pastor and founder of Teen Challenge once said, " There is an evil wind blowing into God's house." This perverted gospel makes gods of mankind. They are told that their destiny is in the power of their mind. Created by positive thinking, success and happiness is all yours.

People leave the confines of the traditional church, or strike out on their own without the support of a church, conceiving a spirituality of their own positive making and call it christianity.

The science of mind-over- matter is paganism in modern dress. Ps.79:1,9 O God, the nations{pagans} have invaded Thine inheritance..Help us O God of our salvation. Has God become a placebo? The president of the Success Motivation Institute expressed it this way," vividly imagine, sincerely believe, ardently desire, enthusiastically act, and it must enevitably come to pass. Thus, Faith is not placed in God, but in power directed at God, which forces Him to do what we have believe He will do. I don't know about you, but that scares the begeebers out of me. Imagine the self righteous arrogance it takes to believe that, and what a long suffering Father we have that we have not all been destroyed.

God will not abdicate His Lordship to the power of our minds and will. We are to seek the mind of Christ, and His mind is not materialistic; it is not focused on success ,self esteem/instant feel good, or wealth. His mind is not set on our preception of what His will is for ourself or others, but on our obedience and glorifying the Father. No other teaching so ignores the Cross and the corruption of the human mind. It bypasses the evil of our ruined Adam nature and takes the christians eye off of Christ's gospel of eternal redemption. Saints of God, Flee from this!

Compare modern philosophy with God's word. Don't be swallowed up by people who claim to know the mind of Christ in such a way that they can interpret or prophesize for Him in a way that is contrary to His written word, or change biblical teaching. We must approach the Throne with humility and it is His image in us that brings about genuine positive christianity.

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