Preaching another gospel

The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians (and through them, us):

“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”  2 Cor 11:4

That certainly describes the USA, AD 2015, well enough.  Today we’re told that Jesus was ‘inclusive,’ that He would accept homosexuals for who they are rather than demand they repent, and that the Church needs to change, to “move into the 21st Century and get with the times.”  And many in the church (little “c”), seeing these wolves’ arguments dressed up in sheep’s clothing, follow right along.

We’re also told by many that the Church needs to overlook the flood of people illegally crossing the borders into America and Europe; that our compassion in Christ should trump a commitment to respect for the law.  On an individual level I agree we should always offer the grace and love of Christ to anyone we meet, neighbor or stranger.  I don’t believe that translates, however, into a requirement for the full Body of Christ to be roped into aiding and abetting what amounts to an invasion.  It’s no coincidence that the loudest voices calling for action by the church to aid this mass migration are many of the same voices demanding the Church seek “social justice” — a movement that includes many distinctly unBiblical views and goals (such as “including” and “not judging” homosexuality).  It’s the same error in action: emphasizing mercy at the expense of holiness and righteousness.  THE gospel includes both, and doesn’t raise one over the other.

Actions have consequences.  I read today of a church in conflict with its city because new residents of the neighborhood are less enamored of the church’s choir practices, and want the “noise” turned down.  As one of the church’s NAACP supporters said: “Those persons who are just new arrivals should not come and try to change the culture that existed before they arrived here.”

Yet this is precisely what’s happening on a national level with these mass migrations.  People have been moving, legally and illegally, into the U.S. and the West for decades, and rather than assimilate to their new home, instead demand it conform to their way of life — to conduct business in their languages, to tolerate their cultural practices (and to stop any of ours that ‘offend‘ them).  There is nothing inherently “Christian” in just being a doormat and accepting this steamrolling of the Truth, or our culture and values that are based on it.

It’s easy to forget just how unique our heritage is: how the Christian faith shaped and influenced what became Christendom and freedoms it has developed over the centuries.  The rest of the world is now seeking a reversion to the mean — to assimilate us back into the pagan, barbaric worldviews preferred by the ‘god of this world.’

These false ‘gospels’ are but one means of accomplishing that.  Give them no ground whatsoever.

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