Examp0le: I keep running into people who want to take scripture and make it into their own image…
A man who proclaims himself a bible teacher, he looks at scripture and follows after the parts that promote Jesus as a great teacher and a wonderful man. But the verses that show us Jesus as not only the Son of God, but God Himself, this man rejects completly. Showing him how the bible teaches us that Jesus is not only a great man but as the Creator Himself. Well thats a lie, was his response.
I come across this other man who is teaching that Jesus was a vegetarian. The only real problem with that one is that Christ participated in the passover. The Passover meal includes lamb.
And that we should head a A CALL TO REJECT PAULIANITY AND RETURN TO ESSENE NAZARENE CHRISTIANITY. These words are directly from his article. In it he says that Jesus was a part of the Nazarene Sect. But truth tells us that Jesus was called a Nazarene because He was from that village. Not because He belonged to that group!
I am sorry but I keep seeing so many Christians who start their biblical studies and tend to want to get back to their Jewishness. We are not Jews! We are gentiles who have been grafted in. If you personally want to follow such things, be my guest. But don’t tell me I’m not right with God if I don’t copy you. Scripture is clear that certain things are mandatory for us. Not to eat blood, not to eat strangled meat, or meat scrificed to idols [IE; halal meat], and most importantly what Jesus commanded us in…
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoeverI have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
I do believe maybe that certain things should be followed, like maybe passover of some sort because Christmas as it is celebrated is mostly a commercial venture and pagan in many ways. Also Easter is corrupted because of the pagan influnces. Like the egg which is a fertility ritual. And some things observed are from the worship of Ishtar in ancient Babylon. Anyway use your own judgment there.
We must remember we are saved by grace and not of our works. You can’t accept His grace for salvation and then tell others they have to work to obtain it.
A person can look for all sorts of outside influence to get “closer to God” but in all truth, He is in the Scripture and Paul was very clear that anyone teaching another gospel was condemed. Gal 1:6-9
Please stop trying to get to a higher conciousness and remember every time we search after these things we have to be carefull that Satan isn’t in the details.
I truly love the body of Christ but I am so very tired of people trying to corrupt it. If you want to be closer to Him, do two things.
2. Fulfill the great commission and make deciples
I was looking at this Essence chistianity and this is what they profess,
and as you can see what they teach is in direct contrast to true Scripture
Salvation is dependent on following the saving teachings of Jesus YES
Salvation is dependent on belief in the sacrificial death of Jesus on the Cross NO
Belief in reincarnation in the context of a cosmic school system YES
Based on this life only, you will either go to heaven
(if you believe in Jesus’s sacrificial death) or will burn in hell for eternity NO
Teachings based on the words of Jesus YES
Teachings based on the ideas of Paul NO
Use a New Testament with many more words of Paul than Jesus NO
If you want to follow these or other teachings that contradict scripture, it’s your choice. But when you stand before the Lord at judgment you will be without excuse.