Deceived? (Part 1)

I want this message to expose a fraud. The deception that religious traditions have brought to our world, distorting God’s Word and creating a false image of God and what it means to be a Christian. The truth is that belonging to a church, being baptized, being confirmed, or speaking in tongues will not save you if you continue to live in disobedience and sin.

(Being deceived means a sincere belief that something is true, when in fact it is not.)

I decided to write about what defines a true Christian and what constitutes the Christian life. I decided to do this because a large proportion of Danes consider themselves Christians, when in fact they have been deceived. They call themselves Christians because they have a misconception about what it means to be a Christian. And this is because we live in an extremely religious society. We are a country where true Christianity has been replaced by religiosity. We live in a land where so many pastors do not know God at all. They know the “Christian” religion, not the person of Christ. So from Sunday to Sunday, when preaching or speaking in the media, they usually present a distorted idea of ​​what true Christianity is. According to Jesus, they are the blind who lead the blind.

Leave them! They are the blind guides of the blind. But if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14)

Christian?

Let me say at the outset that if you are reading this text and trying to figure out whether you are a Christian or not because you are not sure, the answer is NO, you are not a Christian! If you really received Jesus’ forgiveness and were born again, as the Bible says (in other words, when you became a new creation and were baptized with the Holy Spirit), then something happened inside you. And then you can no longer doubt, for the Holy Spirit has opened your eyes so that you can now know God, and He assures us that we are truly children of God.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Father! ” The same Spirit confesses with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom. 8: 15,16)

When you are born again (that is, you repented and turned away from your sins and received forgiveness from Jesus), you become a true new creation and start to see things very differently. You begin to understand who God is, you begin to see the Kingdom of God as the Bible says.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.(John 3: 3)

Therefore, simply becoming a Christian, joining a religion, or joining a church is not enough to become a Christian. You can only become a Christian by becoming a new creation. It is not superficial as if you change your external behavior, but you become a new creation internally. You become a different person and start a whole new life that is automatically noticeable from the outside.

Thus, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, now everything is new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

If you have become a new creation, then you know it! I cannot doubt whether I am married or not, since I was married on October 19 1996. I remember this very well and I know that I am still married to my wife. We live together, eat together, sleep together and we even have three children together. Nor do I doubt whether I am a Christian because I live with God; like my wife, I get to know Him better every day. I have a relationship with Him, I talk to Him and He talks to me.

I say again: if you doubt whether you are a Christian, whether you know God, whether you live with Him, then you are most likely not a Christian. Suppose someone asks you if you are a Christian, do you believe in Jesus and God? If you are not sure what to answer or if your answer is “I think yes” or “it depends on the definitions”, then the real answer is NO. No, you are not a new creation/ Christian. But one day you can become one and then you are absolutely sure of it.

Many believe, but they are deceived

We are now talking about those who really think they are Christians and will answer this question without any doubt, “Yes, I am a Christian.” But when you talk to them, you find that they have a completely wrong idea of ​​God and what it means to be a Christian and live with God.

Not long ago, I was talking to a woman in the city center who was about 50 years old. She was “absolutely” sure that she was a Christian. According to the woman, she made a covenant with God that He is there when she needs Him, and when a woman dies, He takes the woman with her because she was baptized as a child, attended confirmation, and sometimes even goes to church.

It didn’t take me long to realize that she had invented her own god — a god who suited her in every way, but who had nothing to do with the true God revealed to us in the Bible, who created us all. I asked her if she knew Jesus, and I said that the Bible says that when we say we know Him, we must keep His commandments. So I asked her if she knew His commandments.

And by this we know that we have understood Him, if we keep His commandments. (1 John 2: 3)

She was ready to confess that she knew nothing about Jesus or His commandments. Nevertheless, she believed in God and thought she was living with Him because she considered herself to be a good person.

Then I told her (as I unfortunately could tell many so-called Christians in this country) that she did NOT know God. I said that the god she believes in is not the God who created her and who can save her, but only her own “idol” who fits her needs. She has created a god / idol who will never be able to save her on the Day of Judgment, although she hopes for it deep down. I told her that if she did not repent or turn to the one and only biblical God who created the universe, and if she did not live according to His commandments and follow Him daily, she would perish forever.

We Danes are completely blind to the nature of Christianity and becoming a Christian. We think that being a Christian means going to church, living in a Christian country, and believing in God in our hearts, but at other times we can live our lives the way we want. Many people in our country, when asked if they are Christians and believe in God, answer, “Yes, I believe I am a good person.” But simply “believing” in God and “striving” to be a good person does not make anyone a Christian.

We cannot live by God’s standards on our own. And now we are considering this issue in more detail, because the standards are set by God, not us. Therefore, we should not compare ourselves to a drug dealer or serial killer, concluding from this comparison that we are all right with God. Instead, we need to compare ourselves to God’s standards and God’s way of life. And without Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we simply cannot be good enough. Even if you honestly try to live a good and right life, it is not enough. Good deeds alone do not save anyone, but repentance and faith in Jesus save.

What is faith?

Faith is not what most people know about it today. Many believe they have faith and it works somehow, but it cannot be defined or seen. Very often I have had to talk about God, heaven and hell with the relatives and friends of a recently deceased person, and I am usually told that the deceased believed in God. He just never talked much about it or was not very fanatical about it, but deep down he believed in God.

Many people believe in God or in a higher power, but do not consider themselves sinners who need the forgiveness of Christ, who died for them. Such faith is worthless because salvation is possible only through Jesus.

Faith in God without repentance and deeds is DEAD. Faith that cannot be seen or expressed in action is dead. True FAITH can be seen and felt, and it is not what we have made it into: something very personal, invisible and indefinable to all.

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that if our faith is not manifested in our actions, it is dead faith. And if you still live in conscious sin, then your faith is worthless. Such faith cannot save anyone, because faith and turning to God are intertwined.

But some may say, “You have faith, but I have works.” Show me your faith apart from deeds, and I will show you faith by my deeds. You believe that God is one. You do well, and evil spirits believe it and tremble with fear. Can you understand, you trivial person, that faith is without deeds dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? You see that faith went with his deeds and became perfect through deeds. And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. You will see that a person is justified by works and not only by faith. And likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had given refuge to the spies, and sent them away another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so it is faith without works also died (James 2: 18-26).

The Bible clearly states that faith and repentance without works are equal to death. This means that the “faith” of most Danes is worthless. They have not faith, but a small HOPE: “I hope that everything will be fine. I hope to get to heaven if such a place exists… ” BUT HOPE IS NOT ENOUGH. The faith that saves is the faith you are willing to give your life for. It is a belief seen in the way you live your life.

Let’s take a small illustration of the benij jump I did a few years ago. I stood at a height of 55 meters (180 ft) and had to jump, BELIEVING that the elastic rope would withstand and that it would not be too long. When I was preparing to jump, I had the confidence and the firm conviction that everything would be fine, because otherwise I would definitely die. I believed everything would be fine and so I jumped. If I hadn’t had the belief that “everything will be fine,” I wouldn’t have jumped, because it would have been just stupid.

If you replaced the elastic rope with faith in Jesus, would you jump then? Are you willing to risk your life for what you believe in, even if the price is high, even if you are persecuted, ridiculed, and maybe even lose your life?

If the Bible says that salvation is possible only through faith in Jesus, then it is NOT enough to believe in Jesus as in a historical figure, especially since all reasonable people believe that Jesus once lived on Earth. When the Bible says that faith in Jesus saves, it means FAITH in Him and in what He SAYS (just as we can believe in other people and believe their words as truth).

When He said this, many believed in Him (John 8:30).

What did they believe? Did they just believe the fact that He was a real man of flesh and bones? No, they believed His words, they believed He was telling the truth. After all, it is said that “when He spoke, many believed in Him.” So those were the words they believed in.

The following verse explains what it takes to become a Christian/disciple and what it means to believe in Jesus:

Then said Jesus unto the Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free “(John 8: 31,32).

You see, believing in Jesus means believing His words and fulfilling them. He says that we must abide in His Word, that is, do what He says. He also says that if we do not live according to His words, if we do not keep His word, then we are not His disciples. Thus, not only does a Christian believe that Jesus once lived on earth, but he must believe that Jesus’ words are true, which means that he must live those words.

What does the word Christian mean?

This word was first given to Jesus’ disciples about 13 years after His resurrection. Believers were called Christians because they followed Christ and were like Him in their ways, words, and deeds. The word “Christian” means a follower of Christ. Thus, they were called “Christians” because they imitated Jesus (Christ), not because they lived in a “Christian” country or attended church. At the same time, other people called them Christians, they did not invent this wonderful name themselves, but got it from others, because it was clear to everyone that they lived with Jesus.

And they went into the church all the year, and taught much people. And this was in Antioch, where the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).

A Christian means a disciple, but who is a disciple?

So go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep all that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days of the end. Amen. (Matthew 28: 19,20)

Before going to heaven, Jesus told His disciples to go into the world and make other people His disciples, teaching them to keep His commandments and do all that He told His disciples to do. He did NOT give the task of turning people into religious Christians who know nothing about Him, do not keep His commandments, and do not keep His words.

Here, in the original, the Greek word “matetyje” is used in its main meaning: to be a student of a person, following his oral and written teachings, commandments, rules; be someone’s student, learn from someone in practice.

And if we were to give the word “Christian” its very original meaning, many would not be in a hurry to proclaim that they are Christians. The title, in its true sense, requires “a little” more than just going to church and living a reasonably good life. It requires you to live with Christ and do EVERYTHING He says.

But no matter how we call ourselves Christians or disciples, if we don’t do EVERYTHING He tells us to do, God doesn’t care about how we call ourselves. I could start calling my son “my daughter,” but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s my son. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter how you call yourself when you are actually on the path to eternal condemnation because you have not repented or turned away from your sins and have not chosen a life that is faithful to the commandments of Christ.

A small amount of water poured over the head (baptism) does not change ANYTHING in itself. Similarly, nothing changes when you go to church and live in a “Christian” country. There is no salvation in all this. Salvation is a matter of repentance and faith, 100% obedience to Jesus Christ, and keeping His commandments — whether we do it or not.

So you can see that not all 87% of the Danish population belonging to the national (Lutheran) church are Christians on their way to heaven. On the contrary, Jesus’ disciples are only 1-2% or even less of the population of our perishing country. Denmark is one of the deadliest countries in the world in terms of true Christianity. In many other countries where Christianity is not a national religion, there are many more followers of Christ. One of the reasons for this situation is that Christianity has long been a religion in our country and there is only a religious way to practice Christianity. And this religious practice has created a false idea of ​​what it means to be a true Christian. The Danes very often use phrases like, “I was baptized and I went to confirmation, so I don’t have to worry about anything.” In addition, because of some so-called Christians and their way of life, the Danes have accepted the idea that the Bible is not true.

And I want to ask you a question: ARE you one of those 1-2% of the people (these numbers are gradually increasing) in our country who live as a disciple / follower of Jesus? If not, what are you going to do about it? The explanation that you have seen too much absurdity and double standards in churches, or that you live by what your pastor (priest) tells you, is not good.

So what does it take to be a disciple of Jesus?

It is a matter of willingness to surrender everything to Jesus and obey everything He says. When we do, we experience a lot of new and wonderful things. The more we obey Him, the more He will reveal to us and give us His power.

Let’s look at what Jesus said about his follower or disciple:

He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it (Matthew 10: 37-39).

Jesus wants us to give Him leadership and a place in all aspects of our lives so that nothing and no one is above Him for us and we continue to obey Him. God never tells us that we should do something if it does not ultimately benefit us. Sometimes obedience to God seems extremely inconvenient and unprofitable to us because we only see what is here and now. But God is much more and He knows what is really best for us.

We read that it is not possible to love a father, mother, son, etc. more than Jesus, and that means He should be at the forefront of all areas, events, and phenomena in our lives. He wants our love for Him to be so strong that no other love can overshadow it. Jesus wants to be the most important thing in our lives and to be first and foremost in everything and at all times. When He comes first, everything works as it should. And with family and friends. When we follow Jesus, He is with us and we think much more about our neighbors, friends, and relatives than before.

Unfortunately, many people stop following Jesus because of family or friends. Therefore, it is very important that we always put Jesus in the first place in our lives, even if it calls into question the views and opinions of others. Until you are born again, you are “blind”, and if you listen and follow another “blind”, things will go wrong. Instead, we must live with God ourselves so that we can bring “sight” to our family and friends so that they too can see. Ultimately, they are very grateful to us for that.

Thus, being a Christian/disciple means obeying His commandments, 100% obedience to Him, and everything He says. Salvation is only in Jesus, not in some of the gods we invent for ourselves. Only God can save, and that will only happen if we live with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Unfortunately, the example of a woman who believed in her god is a typical example of the condition of the people of our country. So many Danes live in deception and think that everything is fine, that they are on their way to heaven, because they have been baptized as children, gone through confirmation and are members of the church. Others think they are all right because they live a relatively good and intelligent life, like most people around them. But no, my dear friend! Baptism as a child, even with a confirmation school certificate, cannot save you or make you a Christian. And trying to live a relatively intelligent life doesn’t mean you’re on your way to heaven. The truth is that we have all sinned. And if we do not repent, turn from our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and live with Him every day, we will perish.

What I wrote may be different from what you usually hear in church. Because we live in a time when people prefer to listen not to the truth, but only to what is pleasing to their ears. They prefer to hear that being baptized as a child is enough for them to now have an excuse to continue their life as before.

Many believe this, but the truth is different, even if we do not want to hear it. There is no point in acting like the deaf in the hope that we will not be judged by the truth. Whether you want to hear it or not, but the truth does not change. And according to the truth (and not our own theories), we will one day be accountable to God for our lives.

For the time will come when they will not accept the right doctrine, but will choose according to their whims the teachers who will stroke their ears; and they turn their ears away from the truth, and turn to fairy tales. (2 Tim. 4: 3,4)

To be continued..

Source: https://outpouring.ru/blog/2016-06-04-7388