Part two of the “New Christianity” series addresses the false Christianity’s method for “determining what is true”, which is called epistemology. But before addressing the epistemology of the new Christianity, lets first understand true epistemology according to Scripture.
3 “…man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”
9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Based upon Scripture’s affirmation of itself, it is truth, it makes us wise for salvation, we live by all of its commands, it is good for equipping us for every good work, it purifies us, it causes us to prosper, and it keeps us from sin. Therefore, the correct epistemology is studying and obeying Scripture.
The epistemology of the new Christianity is built upon a rejection of God’s word and replacing it with something else (lies), while claiming that it’s doctrine and practices are from God. According to Scripture, this form of epistemology is called “taking the Lord’s name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). Therefore, this form of epistemology is sin. And it is also called blasphemy since it equates the doctrines of false teachers with God’s commands, and even says that they are God’s commands. This is exactly what the false prophets of Judah did in Jeremiah’s day. They led God’s people in rebellion and destruction with their lies. And so does the false teachings of the new Christianity.
This religion claims that it’s teachings comes from the Bible, even though they actually contradict the Bible on major points. But these teachings are not from Scripture, but other sources. It’s epistemology is derived from demons and the carnal minds of men, who do not have the Holy Spirit. It’s authority’s are the traditions and doctrines of men that bring God’s word to no affect.These doctrines are carnal and teach people to mind earthly things instead of the Holy Spirit. The result is to give license to sin, and will even call what is carnal the work of the kingdom of Heaven. And just like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, it’s approach is subtle, causing lies to appear as truth. However, when lies appear to be true it is deception. And many follow these lies because they appeal to the sinful desires of the mind and body. This deception will even appear to be in the best interests of others as it claims to be doing the work of the ministry. But it takes the biblical description of ministry out of it’s scriptural context in order to give it an earthly twist so that it isn’t ministry at all. But it looks like ministry work to those who are unskilled in the word of God. In this way, sincere, ignorant, people are being deceived into following a wicked agenda, who really just wanted to serve God by doing good. And to add insult to the violence that it does to Scripture, many are going as far as to call this approach, “contextualizing the gospel”. The teachers of this religion try to convince Christ’ church that their teachings are needed in order for the church to mature in the faith and to be relevant to society and culture.
But does God’s word teach that Christ’ church is in need of anything more than the Holy Spirit and Scripture?
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us — eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
This religion can be identified by it’s refusal to submit to the clear teachings of Scripture on major doctrines, even to go as far as redefining Jesus Christ, his gospel, and the ministry of the church. It has no true regard for Scripture because it is rooted in rebellion. That is why it cast truth to the ground and makes itself an authority over Christ’ church. But it is actually the spirit of antichrist disguised in Christian raiment. Suitable description of this religion is “hypocrisy & blasphemy”.
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The new Christianity has many different forms, but is actually one religion. It can be likened to an octopus; having many legs, yet one head. It’s epistemology is postmodernism. It’s method of Scripture interpretation, or hermeneutic, is the pragmatism of eisegesis since it uses the Bible to achieve it’s own ends through reading it’s own interpretation into the text. It is not an interpretor of Scripture, but a perverter.
But how can we be sure that these various false doctrines are actually rooted in the same religion???
We can be sure that it is all the same religion by the fruit it produces; heresy. And that there are only two religions in the world. One is from Satan, the god of this world, who has a monopoly on all the religions of the world. And the other is from Jesus Christ, the true God of all creation. The many religions of Satan turn people farther away from the true God. The gospel of Jesus Christ reconciles people to the true God. Satan’s religions offer a salvation that is attained through work. Salvation through Jesus Christ is a gift, and is never granted based upon human excursion. Satan’s religions are built upon lies. The gospel of Jesus Christ is built upon truth. Therefore, since the head of the world’s many religions is one (Satan), and their goals are the same, they are all one religion, while containing many denominations.
More will be discussed on these two religions throughout this article series. So far, what has been established is that the new Christianity…
- Has no regard for truth, but it casts truth to the ground.
- It makes itself an authority over Christ’ church.
- It redefines Jesus Christ, his church, and ministry work.
- It is rooted in rebellion.
- It gives license to sin.
- It justifies carnality.
- It comes in many forms.
- It’s epistemology is rooted in the traditions and philosophies of men.
- It misinterprets Scripture.
- It takes people away from the true God.
- It is driven by the spirit of antichrist.
- It is Satan’s religion made to appear as Christianity.
- It is the religion of the world come into the church.
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
4 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.
8 …these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.
10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;
13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.