Why the Lord Jesus Christ hates pop-christianity!
No, that word hate is not too strong, or inflammatory. Here is what the Lord Jesus said about a bad church and its pastor…
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
Our Bible text; 2Peter 2:1-2
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”
Pernicious, adj. destructive; having the quality of killing, destroying or injuring. (Noah Webster 1828)
A bit of introduction.
God alone chooses, identifies, and approves His representatives (ambassadors). A man’s claim or group’s claim to be of God is not valid unless they pass the tests/qualifications given by God in the Holy Scriptures. A man’s claim or group’s claim about themselves must have external witnesses for that claim to be considered valid. No court of law with integrity passes sentence based upon a single witness, and especially if that witness is the accused.
God tells us how to handle those that claim to be His followers/representatives. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” The law and the testimony is the Holy Scriptures (The Holy Bible).
The Lord Jesus submitted Himself to the judgement of the Holy Scriptures.
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39; this passage is all about being approved of God, see verses 31-39.) If the Lord Jesus gave forth external witnesses, including the Holy Scriptures, it must be of supreme importance. Jesus could challenge people to check out what the Bible said about Him and what He was doing because He was true.
It is noble to test a man and his message by the Holy Scriptures.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11) It may be comfortable and easy to write off Jesus Christ and His works based upon the wickedness of others, but such an approach is lazy and lacking in nobility of character.
Now we will get into our text.
The truth about the popular line of ‘Christianity.’
1st—their pernicious ways.
As you will have already read the definition of “pernicious” you know that it is something that tends to destroy or kill. The Bible is warning us that there will be false teachers that begin among faithful and true New Testament churches, but later leave. (Peter speaks of this fact later in this same chapter, 2Peter 2:22.) The ways of these false teachers are pernicious—destructive to the souls of men.
The identification of these pernicious ways is not difficult when compared with the truth—the Holy Bible. To make this article more readable—shorter—I am going to list some pernicious ways in point form with a few notations.
Importing/infiltration: Teachings are imported and called Bible teachings. Greek philosophy was imported in the first three centuries after Christ and the Apostles. Unfaithful churches were merged with the Roman Empire and paganism in the middle of the 4th Century AD. Today teachings and methods devised by men are constantly being imported by too many. This all degrades the faith once delivered unto the saints by God Almighty and makes the way of God just another world religion. Obviously, from the text that we are considering we see that the Bible is against the importing of man’s wisdom and ways.
The LCD, Least Common Denominator: Ecumenism. This is a method whereby unity is sought within ‘Christian’ circles by discarding all that is divisive. God is holy and that means that He is separate and unique from all other beings. God requires that His spiritual children be holy also in what they believe and in their actions. Ecumenism is contrary to the very person and nature of God. The ecumenism of yesteryear is developing into an global inter-faith one-religion.
CCM, ‘Christian’ Contemporary Music: Rock, jazz, blues, etc. are types of music that speak sensual expression, sensual gratification, and rebellion against authority. I am not saying anything new there. God is the lawgiver and hates rebellion—sin is rebellion against God—breaking His laws. God has also demonstrated His hatred of sensuality in the destruction of the earth by the global flood of Noah and the destruction of the ancient cities Sodom and Gomorrah. It does not matter what lyrics you put with rock/jazz; that music speaks its own message.
Carnival worship: Following from the CCM point above is the use of a carnival atmosphere— a religious pagan pep rally. If you study pagan worship of idols and spirits you will find heavy drums, swaying, dancing, etc. God cannot be known or worshipped with your body—“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
Life enhancement ‘gospel’ religion: Jesus is being presented as a religion that you do as one segment of your life to enhance your lifestyle and make you a more successful person. Jesus said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26) Jesus is Lord and will not be relegated to a little god to serve your desires.
Positive-only/self-esteem/self-help messages: When it is sunny and warm outside say so. When it is rainy, cold, and miserable out of doors say so. The point being, be honest, don’t paint over wrong, sin, and wickedness with pretty excuses. Men’s lives are filled with wicked thoughts, ways, words, and deeds. Be honest with God. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) Regarding self-help type messages; sometimes there is need for self-help instruction. But, when it come to the eternal destiny and salvation of your soul there is no way you can help yourself—fix yourself—that would be a works religion.
Sentimental messages: Sentimental messages provoke a response of the emotions before all else. People are either manipulated to a certain response without wise consideration of what has been said, or, the listeners thirst for the emotional thrill and that is the extent of their religion. Their ‘christianity’ is just a series of emotional thrills.
The teachers that lead the pop-‘christian’-culture are false teachers. Much more could be said. I hope that this has fired up your thinking and you will continue reading.
2nd—many shall follow…
Why do many people follow false teachers? Peter answers this question, saying, “For when they [false teachers] speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness.” (2Peter 2:18) They give people just what they want. Politicians are unfortunately known for doing the same to gain votes. Popularity is gained by telling the people what they like to hear, and not mentioning that which is unpopular but needed. What about you? Are you such a person that will only listen to those that tell you what you like to hear?
What happens to the people that follow false teachers? Peter again, “While they [false teachers] promise them [the followers] liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” (2Peter 2:19) The false teachers are in bondage to their sin, they lead other into sin, and so those that follow the false teachers are in bondage also. Jesus rebuked the Pharasees: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” (Matthew 23:15)
3rd—by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
The ‘christianity’ that most people see with their own eyes or read about in history books is wicked. You have Popes and Protestants alike warring, shedding blood, and persecuting dissenters. You have corruption and immorality in high places and low places. TV evangelists are exposed in gambling and fornication (immoral sexual conduct). Maybe people you know to be loose morally, dishonest, and no different than the rest of this sin filled world tout the line that Jesus is special to them and how you should go to their church. And you probably think, why bother; or, not on your life. In addition to this you may very well have developed the idea that God, His Bible, and God’s Son Jesus Christ are not worth listening to, investigating, or seeking.
Such people, such teachers, such religions who have gone their own sinful way in the name of Jesus are the cause for the way of truth to be evil spoken of. They are actually liars in words and deeds.
The tragedy about pop-‘Christianity.’
Very many people reject the way of truth based upon false representatives and therefore die in their sins. You are personally accountable to God Almighty for your sins, and just because there are liars out there that will mislead you that does not absolve you from your guilt before God. The tragedy though, is that you may never listen to the way of truth. It is the truth that will set you free. Please do not accept just anybody’s word on these things. The destiny of your immortal is at stake—it does not get any bigger than this. People are going to Hell because they have been deceived.
Have you been turned off of seeking to know about Jesus Christ personally because of the wickedness, confusion, and/or worldliness of those that claim to be the representatives of Jesus Christ? If so, I want to appeal to you to get hold of a King James Version Bible (A.k.a. Authorized Version) and find someone that follows Jesus like the Bible says—in righteousness, holiness, faith, and love. Compare them with the New Testament of the Bible. Go speak with them. Please keep reading below and I will tell you the way of truth. Remember to get that Bible and check out what I am saying.
Before I lay out the way of truth I want to address those of you that may be reading this who claim to be a representative of Jesus Christ (a Christian) but have followed the pernicious ways of false teachers. Are you in the pop-‘christian’ culture? Remember what Peter said?
“While they [false teachers] promise them [the followers] liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” (2Peter 2:19)
If you have been following false teachers, who are the servants of corruption, that means that you are the servant of corruption. Jesus came to seek and save sinners both from the wrath of God to come and from the power of sin. If your type of ‘christianity’ is not about the power of Jesus Christ both eternally to save your soul and to daily defeat sin in your life, then what do you profess to have? If rebellion, pride, sensuality, your/man’s wisdom, etc. is what you are all about then how can you have been born again by the Holy Word of God and the Holy Spirit of God? Please consider that the power of the cross of Jesus Christ is not for you to live unfettered by law and regulations. The power of Jesus Christ is over sin, death, this present evil world and the devil. Don’t take my word, hear God…
1Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
1Corinthians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
Colossians 1:13, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”
2Peter 1:3, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
2Timothy 3:5, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
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