Discernment - A False Jesus
For false christs and false prophets will arise
and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible,
even the elect. - Matthew 24:24
One of the mistakes we make is to look for false christs by looking
for someone claiming to be Jesus, and as result we miss the problem.
Someone does not need to claim they are Jesus in order to be a false
christ. The claim does not even need to involve a real person. In most
cases the false Christ is an imaginary Christ that is presented in a
false prophet's teaching. Jesus Calling is the perfect example
of this. The Jesus of Jesus Calling does not exist. He is a creation
of Sarah Young's imagination, but He is no less a false christ.
Also, notice that scripture says "false christ." The word
"christ" is a title that means messiah, or in English "savior."
There are prophecies Matthew (and Mark) telling us that many false saviors
and prophets will arise. This may include a false Jesus, as well as
anyone or anything that people turn to as their savior (money, world
possessions, the government, power, etc.).
And then if anyone
says to you, Behold, here is the Christ; or, Behold,
He is there; do not believe him; for false Christs and false prophets
will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray,
if possible, the elect. - Mark 13:21-22
How do you spot a false Jesus? Or a false christ (savior)?
1. If they have any sin in their life, past or present, they are a false
christ. The true Jesus Christ is perfect, and sinless. What is sin? It
is to do, or say anything that is not 100% in accordance with the character
of God as described in scripture.
2. If they teach or say anything that is not in 100% perfect agreement
with scripture, they are a false christ. God does not change. And that
means He does not change scripture.
3. If they glorify you instead of God, they are a false christ. For
example, if the teaching is about you, and what you can do for God,
you are dealing with a false christ.
4. If the teaching is a "new" teaching, meaning God is doing
a new thing, they are a false christ.
For I, the Lord, do not change; -
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