“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” —Matthew 24:5
OR ... for many will come and claim that Christ is a Consciousness that can be embodied by all, that it is a blueprint and through raising your vibration, you too, can become Christ. All that is happening in New Age circles, with the reduction of Jesus to nothing more than a teacher, a state of enlightenment that you too can reach if only you do good works, is false doctrine. And it’s dangerous. Jesus warned us of this Himself.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
To take Gods Word and to then twist The Word to fit an agenda, is to create false teaching in His name— that is what it means to take the Lord’s name in vain. We have to be so careful because these things create ripple effects— they damage souls. His souls. We must use scripture with delicacy and not with New Age spins and our own agendas in mind.
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”
2 Timothy 4:3
If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut. And please, be careful with what messages and under whose name you claim them, because the eternal results could be so damaging. Not to just your own soul, but those whom you’ve influenced.
I’ve been trying to navigate this with as much grace as possible. As many of you know, I was baptized in 2015 and have been unraveling myself from false teachings (a difficult and confusing battle) ever since. Studying theology has been beyond eye-opening, as understanding the Bible, the history, the context and everything that encompasses this controversial book, has clarified, intensified and truly made me see so many places I had been deceived and where I needed to restructure and rededicate myself.
I plan on sharing more about this when I have a bit more time to dedicate to it. I am currently working on a book that explores this idea, not just focusing on the New Age exploitation of Jesus, but also the political one, especially in regards to US politics. The working title is “Jesus with Skin On” and it began as a bible study I wrote in 2015, and have since revisited and have chosen to expand. I hope you’ll stick by me through this journey. I know this is a deep discussion, one many are having, luckily. But today, I feel sharing scripture is what is needed.
I don’t want to be a hypocrite, I don’t want to do the very things I’m speaking on and that requires such cautiousness. So, slowly, slowly it will come and slowly I am guided.