I'd like to use Tuesdays to highlight interesting articles or information I've found around the internet. This is a very interesting link: www.reinventingjesuschrist.com with all the confusion in the modern evangelical world today, this on-line book really opened my eyes to the underlying NewAge/New Spirituality mindset that is creeping in to our churches, and is very prevalent in our society at large. This is a day and age when we truly need to keep our eyes open! I felt like I'd been asleep and woken from a deep fog when I read this book and realized how very deceptive a lot of the modern movements in our churches and culture are today. I thank the contributors at the Slice of Laodicea website for bringing this important information to light - and I wrote them to tell them so a few weeks ago when I finished reading this book. In fact, there is not much difference in our churchgoers and non-churchgoers these days. I do believe that those of us who belong to Christ need to wake up and be careful to measure everything that is said from the pulpit or from parachurch leaders by the Word of God. The Bible is our plumbline, we must be careful to believe Truth and not be carried away and deceived by error.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 seems very apt in today's climate of confusion and shallow "Christianity."
"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
Another apt verse is: 2 Timothy 3:1-8 "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was." (emphasis added)
As a woman, I want to be especially careful to be diligent to know the Word so that I do not allow my emotions and flesh to permit me to be decieved by false teaching that sounds so right in its very subtlety. We who belong to Christ must be watchful and pray the Lord will raise up leaders and teachers and lay people who will earnestly contend for the faith. I know that our sovereign Lord is preserving a remnant who will not bow the knee to Baal in this age. I pray for the wisdom and strength to persevere.