This article series, called “The New Christianity” is written for the purpose of informing it’s readers of the basic core doctrines and practices of the religion that is currently existing in our churches. The focus of the articles will not be on particular ministries or personalities, but it will, instead, focus on the universal doctrines of the religion that has infiltrated many of our church’ denominations throughout the western world. This approach is intended for the purpose of aiding the reader in identifying the infiltrating religion wherever it is being taught and practiced.Therefore, this article series is an overview of the universal doctrine of the new Christianity, which is manifested in many different forms, yet is the same religion. In fact, one could rightly say that this new Christianity has many denominations.
Lets start with the first component to the religion, which is “Aselgeia” (also called lasciviousness, lewdness and lawlessness) . The Greek word “aselgeia” means unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, and insolence. This is the word used to describe the religion brought into the church, by certain men marked for destruction, as stated in Jude’s epistle. The characteristics of aselgeia is always present in some form within this religion, which masquerades as Christianity. To give licenses to the practice of these acts is to practice a different religion altogether because the “unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1Corinthians 6:9-10). And the new Christianity approves of these sins.
In what ways have we seen these characteristics of lawlessness practiced within Christianity so far?
- A refusal to practice church discipline of Christians who openly live in sin, within particular churches, as directed in Scripture (Matthew 18:15-17 & 1Corinthians 5:9-13).
- A refusal to hold other Christians, who are overtaken by a sin, accountable to the New Covenant standards of holiness, as commanded in Scripture (Galatians 6:1 & Hebrews 3:7-15).
- Teaching that the atonement of Jesus Christ sets us free from any moral standard in Scripture, but that we are only to love God, despite the clear teaching of Scripture on this subject (1Corinthians 6:9-11 & Galatians 5:19-21).
- Teaching people to deny the fact that they still struggle with the presence of sin after becoming Christians, and therefore, do not have to admit to committing any sin at present, regardless of Scripture’s instruction on this matter (1John 1:5-10 & James 4:1-10).
- Refusing to do everything decently and in order, to glorify God, as the Scripture commands (1Corinthians 14:40 & Romans 14:6-9).
- It teaches that Christ suffered on earth so that we would not have to suffer hardships in this life, and some will even go as far as to teach that those who do suffer in this life aren’t as spiritually mature as a particular elite within the body of Christ, despite what Jesus himself taught on this topic (Mark 10:29-31 & John 15:18-21).
- It gives license to covetousness, which is an eagerness to have more, especially of what belongs to others, and to be greedy of gain, despite the clear teaching of Scripture on this matter (1Timothy 6:3-10 & Luke 12:13-34)
- It practices blasphemy against God in many way, because of it’s low regard for the God of the Bible, and reduces the holiness of God down to something common and unholy (Ezekiel 22:23-26, Matthew 24:45-51, 1Corinthians 11:23-34).
- Hypocrisy is practiced by pretending to be followers of Jesus Christ, while living in open disobedience to Scripture (2Timothy 3:5, Mathew 5:17-20, Matthew 23:1-3).
Blasphemy is so pervasive in the church and society that it is something that Christians are not sensitive to. This insensitivity to the holiness of God is overcome through our growth in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and his gospel. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). And what is this fruit? Paul spoke of it when he said, “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1Timothy 6:11). This is what happens when we study and obey Christ’ teachings. That is what “abiding in Christ” means. When we abide in Christ, the Holy Spirit empowers us to live godly lives. Peter described it as “…His divine power that has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us…” (2Peter 1:3). Therefore, spiritual growth is a result of faithful, in-depth, study of and obedience to Scripture.
13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Those who are mature, or skilled, in the word of God are able to discern truth from error. Those who are not mature, or skilled, in the word of God are not able to discern truth from error as well as those who are. Instead, they are more likely going to fall pray to this new Christianity, which is really just a false Christianity, that has crept into the church. The only way to arm one’s self against false doctrine is through the word of God. And the only way to contend for the faith once delivered is through the word of God. For the Scripture says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith” (1John 5:4). And we must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3-4). But we cannot defend what we do not know. Therefore, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2Timothy 2:15).