Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can We Stop This Nonsense?

In Point of Grace's song How You Live (Turn Up the Radio) from their 2007 album How You Live, they have these lyrics:
"Cause it's not who you knew and it's not what you did, it's how you lived."
I am sorry to have to break this to those biblically illiterate Christians out there who do not read their Bibles, but it is not how you live. It is absolutely all about Who you know. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6). "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). If you do not know Jesus—the real Jesus of the Bible, then how you live is absolutely meaningless because you will still find yourself in hell for all eternity after you die.

In Jill Phillips' song Broken Heart from her 2014 album Mortar & Stone, she has these lyrics:
"There are other ways that Jesus could have saved the world. Ones that wouldn't end up with Him dead. Could've done it with an order from the throne of God, but He did it with a broken heart."
I really wish these biblically illiterate Christians would start reading their Bibles. It would help them avoid saying foolish things like this. There are not other ways that Jesus could have saved the world. There was only one way in which He could do so. "Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22b). "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement" (Leviticus 17:11). Without the shedding of blood there would be no remission—no forgiveness—of sins. To say there are other ways Jesus could have saved the world is to acknowledge you either do not read and/or understand your Bible.

Christians, please stop following foolish philosophical nonsense and start reading, believing, and obeying your Bible. There are many professors of Christianity out there who have written many books. First John 4:1b informs us to "test every spirit to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." Many professors of Christianity have adapted non-Christian philosophies and attempted to merge them as one. As a professing Christian yourself, you ought to be wise enough and discerning enough to know your Bible and to be able to spot humanistic philosophies and/or cultish philosophies, such as the nonsense that comes from the New Age or "Enlightened" Movement. This is nothing more than a modern form of the Gnostic heresy that Paul, James, Peter, and John wrote to condemn in the Bible. Derive your beliefs directly from the Bible—not from songs or movies or any other exterior source. If you are not on guard, error will slowly creep in and overtake you, corrupting your beliefs. "Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16b).