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Which Jesus have you received? February 9, 2010

Posted by Henry in Contending for the Faith.
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You have heard the “message”, responded to the altar call and you have said the sinner’s prayer. After repeating the prayer the pastor tells you to thank God you are saved. But which message have you heard and which Jesus have you received and invited into your heart? Is it the Jesus who had to go to hell and fight Satan there, who Satan bound with chains and dragged down in to hell so that he had to overcome the battle there in order that he could gain redemption? Is it the Jesus who was so rich that he had his own Rolls Royce car, big house and fancy clothes? The one who could not perceive that Judas was stealing from “the bag” for three years because there was so much money in it? Is it the Jesus that was no different to ordinary men because anyone other man could have taken his place in order to perform the work of redemption? Is it the Jesus they say wasn’t God and that He didn’t claim to be God? These are just some of the striking claims made about the Jesus that is promoted in Word of Faith circles. A close examination of scriptures however will reveal who the true Jesus is and show that the aforementioned claims are false.

 Scripture says in Acts 4:12 that there is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved except the name of Jesus. But who is this Jesus? In order to know Him we need to look at the scriptures (the Bible) which speaks of Him. Jesus was spoken of by the Prophets of old and whose coming was fulfilled when he was born over 2000 years ago, of the virgin Mary (Matt 1:22-23). He was later crucified on the cross at Calvary and ascended into heaven to sit on the right hand of the Father and who shall return again to take His saints to be with Him. This was the redemptive work that God purposed before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8). So much for the false claim that anyone else could have performed the redemptive work of Christ. When Jesus was on the cross He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), meaning the work He came to fulfil was finished. How then can a supposed minister of Christ claim that actually He had to enter hell in order to fight with Satan and win in order to redeem Himself and mankind? Jesus committed no sin so why would He need to redeem Himself (2 Cor 1:25)?

  Jesus is the heir of all things, and was before the world and the world was made by Him. But Jesus, though He was rich became poor that through His poverty we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9). This is another point of confusion amongst the WOF crowd. Jesus most certainly did not come so that we would become physically rich but spiritually rich in heavenly things. Hence, Jesus in His own life on earth did not have these displays of wealth as WOF ministers claim. In Matt 8:20 Jesus made it clear that He didn’t even have anywhere to lay His. Again in regards to the claim there was so much money in “the bag”, we see from scripture that this is a complete fabrication because Jesus did not even have money to pay the tribute. He then sent Peter to go and catch a fish and the coin that was to be found in the fish’s mouth was to be used to pay the tribute (Matt 17:27). Imagine Jesus was able to perceive that a fish in the sea, the first one that Peter would catch, would have a coin in its mouth yet He couldn’t perceive that Judas was stealing from the bag? This is obviously one way in which they deny His divinity.  

  The book of John and chapter 1 explains fully who Jesus was and testifies of his divinity. Here we read that, “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…….14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”. This is Jesus the Christ, the saviour of the world who was both man as much as he was God. This is the Jesus whom you should believe for your salvation and not a fabric of someone’s imagination.

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1. glasseyedave - February 23, 2010

This is a part of my book The Gospel According to the Gospel.

Do missionaries in Ethiopia preach this prosperity gospel to those who get one meal a day? Do they encourage the mother with her last languishing dying child with the gospel of abundance? Do they tell her she needs to know Jesus so she can turn her stinking thinking around? Why not? Isn’t this gospel universal like the gospel announced to Abraham? Let’s face it, the gospel announced to Abraham is universal and the prosperity gospel is not. Maybe we should conclude it is no gospel at all.

Do we go and preach to the tribal boy in South America our prosperity gospel so he can grow up and have the first grass hut business in his jungle? Then he can build a bigger grass hut and have even more fine wicker furniture in his grass hut. Then he can command other villagers attention and lead them to life and life more abundant. Then he can teach others with such buzz words as Commitment, Leadership and Abundance. Isn’t wonderful we can give him a gospel as applicable to all men in all circumstances as a Library card is.

Or is there something more to the gospel? Is there something more universal in the gospel according to scripture? Some of us would say yes there is something more universal in the gospel. Even some of us who accept the prosperity gospel would say yes there is something more laid out in scripture that applies to all mankind. If this is the case even from those of us who look towards the success and blessings of God, then why do we spend so much time on positive thinking?

I am telling the truth, I am not telling a lie. One of the last alter calls I heard from a man who was a professor at a Bible college asked if people where tired of getting the short end of the stick. He was a closer for an event held a local church with over a thousand members in my neck of the woods. And his alter call was asking people if they felt like they had missed out on life. He said, “If you are tired of getting the short end of the stick in life and life has passed you by, trust in Jesus.” Then he wanted to know who wanted to put their trust in Jesus. Afterwards he wanted people to lay hands on people and pray.

People with whom I am associated with and at whose invitation I was there didn’t understand why I wasn’t excited at the response of the alter call. Why obviously I must be backslidden. Or maybe I was bitter against the church and this is why I refused to join in. People were praying, tears were flowing and everybody was impressed concerning the effectiveness of the night’s ministry. However I didn’t recognize the gospel in what I was witnessing so how could I go with the flow?

Those next to me tried to encourage me to pray for those who raised their hands. But pray for what I wondered? Should I now take part in this strange gospel? I never heard the gospel of repentance that Jesus commanded to be preached to all nations the entire night. Yet so many felt God was pleased with how the evening went.


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