“The devil doesn’t care at all if you know Jesus or love Jesus or pray to Jesus – as long as it is a false Jesus, a make-believe Jesus, a Jesus who is not there, and who therefore cannot save.” – David Guzik, Enduring Word App
John says in his letter, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” ( 1 John 4:1-3)
Jesus of the Bible is God.
Many, today, are preaching a false Jesus who fits their narrative. They pick and choose the parts of Jesus they like and create a false Jesus who is more worldly appealing.
They camp out in certain, more easy to accept, verses and ignore and deny others. They suggest God has changed with the times. “He’s progressive”, they say.
Those following a make-believe Jesus, say things like “My Jesus wouldn’t want me to not love who I love.” “My Jesus wants me to be happy” (usually meaning happy being knee-deep in some sort of sin).
They are quick to bring up not judging anytime their favorite sin is mentioned but seem to have conveniently missed “the die to self and follow Jesus” (Matt 16:24) scripture.
Their churches look like the world, and their pastors sound like the world.
And thousands of years ago, God inspired John to write words that perfectly describe those so popular with the world, “They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.” (1 John 4:5)
They have platforms. Often BIG platforms. Lots of followers. They are Instagram famous. But listen close to what they say and what they don’t say.
Oh friends, we’ve studied this same warning in other books of the Bible and here is John warning us again to test what we are hearing!
Test what your kids are hearing. Be on guard. The enemy is sly. His words are sweet but his goal is destruction.
Let’s pray for eyes to see and ears to hear. Let’s ask the Lord to give us discernment and wisdom. Let’s study the Word daily so we can walk in truth.
I’d so appreciate your prayers! To God be all the glory! ❤️