Did you hear? There’s a new Jesus in town.
The world loves him!
Let me tell you about this ‘new’ Jesus:
He is benevolent. Unlike the Jesus of the Bible, the new Jesus is primarily concerned with the physical and material well being of others. Do not be confused; the Jesus of the Bible was overwhelmingly compassionate too (Matt. 9:35-36), but His ultimate purpose on earth was to save people from sin. The new Jesus doesn’t talk about any of that messy sin stuff; he just wants to fix what he perceives to be ‘social injustice.’ While the Jesus of the Bible came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10), the new Jesus came to “seek the poor and start a non-profit organization.” All that ‘Bible’ and ‘religious’ stuff is of secondary importance.
He is accepting of sin. The new Jesus accepts people as they are, no strings attached. It doesn’t matter if the Bible calls something sin – just keep on sinning [if you insist]. In fact, the new Jesus will tell you to accept all lifestyles and practices. It is now unchristian to tell someone they need to stop sinning. If you refuse to support someone’s sin, the new Jesus will tell you to stop “ostracizing” (or will invoke another religious-sounding word) them and treating them like “second class citizens.”
He will never send anyone to hell. After all, hell is pretty harsh. No sin is worth being punished for eternity, right? The new Jesus teaches everyone who is good will go to heaven. It doesn’t matter if they believe some things that are wrong. In fact, if they’re really good people, they don’t even have to believe in God! The new Jesus is a Universalist. Why? Because he says the Cross is powerful enough to save everyone; we don’t have to respond to him in any special way.
See, the world has reinvented Jesus.
There is only one problem with him – he’s fake.
Satan wants you to think you can know Jesus without the Bible. But let’s think about this: Is there any way to know Jesus apart from His New Testament?
You can’t pick and chose the things you want to believe about Him. You can’t separate Jesus from what He said (Mark 8:38; John 12:48).
The Jesus of the New Testament said some things that the New, Reinvented Jesus would never say:
- Jesus said that merely lusting after a woman is just as wrong as adultery (Matt. 5:28).
- Jesus said not many people would be saved (Matt. 7:14).
- Jesus recognized gender roles (Matt. 19:4).
- Jesus defined marriage as being between a man and a woman (Matt. 19:5-6).
- Jesus said divorcing your spouse for any reason (except fornication) is wrong (Matt. 19:9).
- Jesus believed in hell (Matt. 25:30, 41, 46).
- Jesus said some people are ineligible for marriage (Mark 10:11-12).
- Jesus said He was the exclusive way to heaven – no exceptions (John 14:6).
- Jesus said the words of the apostles are inspired by the Holy Spirit, making their epistles binding today (John 16:13).
- Jesus said you have to do be born again to be saved (John 3:3-5).
- Jesus said not all worship is acceptable (John 4:24).
- Jesus said we don’t really love Him if we don’t keep His commandments (John 14:15).
We don’t want to think that the same Jesus Who died on the cross for our sins expects us to live faithfully to Him.
But He does. And He expects us to deny ourselves and carry our own cross daily (Luke 9:23).
That’s not politically correct. But Christianity has never claimed to be politically correct. Christianity is about pleasing God rather than men (Acts 5:29).
In view of eternity, which Jesus do you want to know? The real One, or the fake one?
Has Satan reinvented Jesus for you?
How else has Satan tried to change the world’s perception of Jesus?