John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Have you always considered yourself to be a Christian but never given much thought to why or what it might mean? Perhaps if I point out what it isn’t it may help you better decide. It is NOT a title by default i.e. the one to take purely because you don’t consider yourself a Jew or a Muslim so therefore by default, you must be a Christian. Nor is it a title you can have just because you don’t break all of the Commandments (but do so regardless). And neither is it a title you can have because your parents are Christian and/or you regularly attend a particular church or you’ve read the Bible from cover to cover. There are so many confused people out there who hold the title but deny everything the title demands.
A true Christian is someone who has repented of their sins, accepted Jesus as the only and final sacrifice before a Holy and Just God in payment for their sins, and who is then “born again” of the Holy Spirit into a new life submitted to God through Jesus alone. Although a saved sinner, a true Christian will no longer commit repetitive sins to the best of their ability, but instead desire to overcome those sins by allowing God to teach discipline. A true Christian holds to what Christ teaches in scripture and submits to Him and His Will ALONE – not their own and certainly not someone else’s. A true Christian contends that God’s Will is perfect regardless of what circumstances may dictate or whether they understand it. A true Christian aims to reveal God’s Love to those around and to proclaim the Good News that Jesus has provided a way to have a relationship with God and to have your sins forgiven. A true Christian will try to be at peace with all in so far as it is possible, and hence will volunteer to help in many areas where others wouldn’t. A Christian.
It is vital to know who you are in Christ because Christianity is facing the greatest challenge in its history: a series of powerful and growing seductions that are subtly changing Biblical interpretations and undermining the faith of millions of people. Most Christians are scarcely aware of what is happening and much less do they understand the issues involved. The seduction is surprisingly easy. It does not take place as an obvious frontal assault from rival religious beliefs. That would be vigorously resisted. Instead, it comes to some Christians in the guise of faith-producing techniques for gaining spiritual power and experiencing miracles and to others as self-improvement psychology for fully realizing human potential.
What’s happening to our church today? The New Age of disgrace. For many “New Age Christians,” “faith” no longer requires God, but is touted as a positive power of the mind that creates whatever we want it to. Thus what we pray for will come to pass, not if God wills, but if we can only believe it will happen.
More recently mind science has been gaining worldwide acceptance as people learn how to properly use their minds to visualize everything from success to bending a metal spoon with their mind. The same false miracles or “wonders” we were warned about but that few take notice of. In Matthew 24:24 Jesus warned us of psychic power that produces counterfeit “great signs and wonders” that would occur in the last days. The power of the mind, the unknown, that are grasping audiences worldwide. The unknown has always had a strange fascination to those who don’t read their Bibles to know that there really isn’t anything unknown about the “unknown.”
The appeal of New Age doctrines is that they offer a new way of perceiving reality and religion. This poses a tremendous challenge to true believers. The New Age is more than a passing fad it offers spiritual reality, fulfillment, and world harmony. Yet its promises spring from what turns out to be a spiritual counterfeit. Scripture repeatedly warns us of spiritual counterfeits, warnings of counterfeit Christians (Matt. 24:5; Acts 5:36-37), counterfeit prophets (Deut. 13:1-4; Matt. 7:15; 24:11), counterfeit miracles (Ex. 7:8-13), counterfeit angels, counterfeit gods , counterfeit good works (Matt. 7:15-23), counterfeit godliness (2 Tim. 3:5), counterfeit converts (1 John 2:19; 2), counterfeit spirits (1 John 4:1-3), counterfeit doctrine (1 Tim. 4:1-3) and counterfeit gospels.
There is no room for magic or anything counterfeit in a Christian’s life. Satan knows Christians(true believers) will not accept a frontal assault of occult doctrine and themes, so he knows how to mix just enough truth with falsehood to make falsehood seem true and intensely appealing. Don’t be deceived and if you have, ask God for spiritual eyes to see the truth. Return to, and stay focused on the Most High, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture of the day: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. ~ Acts 2:38 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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