The Gilded Cage of False Religion
One of the things that people need to learn
is to follow Christ Himself,
rather than a man, or men.
If they do not learn this,
find themselves following
a man or woman,
rather than the Savior.
There are so many forms of deception in Christendom today.
Gnosticism, pietism, hyperspiritualism, antinomianism, Word of Faith, contemplative/mysticism, legalism, signs & wonder seekers, incessant need for conferences and more.
It is vital that people understand the necessity
of the new birth
and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
to avoid being deceived.
The Spirit of God leads us AWAY from error,
INTO all Truth.
Listen to Jesus:
"I will ask the Father,
and He will give you another Helper,
that He may be with you forever;
that is the Spirit of Truth,
whom the world cannot receive,
because it does not see Him or know Him,
but you know Him
because He abides with you
and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans;
I will come to you..
when the Helper comes,
whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of Truth,
who proceeds from the Father,
He will bear witness about Me.
And you will testify also,
because you have been with Me
from the beginning."
Listen to Jesus warn His disciples, assuring them that IF they are truly His followers, it is NOT POSSIBLE to truly and finally be deceived by even the most cunning, charismatic false prophets:
"Then if anyone says to you,
'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,'
do not believe him.
For false Christs and false prophets will arise
and will show great signs and wonders,
so as to mislead,
even the elect.
Behold, I have told you in advance."
(Matthew 24:24;Mark 13:22)
In His beautiful high priestly intercession (which continues in heaven!),
the Savior seeks the Father's protection from deception for His genuine disciples;
"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world,
but that You should keep them from the evil one.
They are not of the world,
just as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them by Your Truth.
Your Word is Truth."
The Lord Jesus, who declares HIMSELF to be THE TRUTH (John 14:6),
assures those who genuinely belong to Him of a genuinely blessed FREEDOM in Him:
“If you abide in My Word,
you are My disciples indeed.
And you shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you FREE...
Therefore if the Son makes you free,
you shall be FREE indeed.”
Avoid the gilded cage!
Seek to live in the simplicity of Christ.
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"Stand fast therefore in the liberty
by which Christ has made us free,
and do not be entangled again
with a yoke of bondage."
~ Galatians 5:13>