On the Street, 1st March 2014

ImageBut I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.  (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)

Paul writes to warn the believers of Corinth concerning how quickly we can fall prey to false teaching.  He speaks of the possibility of believing in another Gospel and another Jesus than the one that he and the rest of the Apostles had preached.  When engaging in evangelism we become very aware of this challenging fact that not everyone who calls themselves a Christian actually knows the Gospel or the Lord Jesus Christ!  We find there are many who have responded to a false gospel and believe in a different Jesus that the one presented in the New Testament scriptures.  Many who claim to be “born again” who even display what seem to be spiritual gifts, yet who are not truly born of God and, ultimately, unsaved.

Today Miguel and Amélia spoke with a lady who claimed to believe in Jesus but not in the Bible!  The lady spoke of what she believe Jesus to be–a spiritual awakening–rather than an actual person.  According to her Christ was in everyone, a level of consciousness that we can all tap into, but NOT the person described in the Gospels.  Miguel explained to her that she was actually inventing her own god, making a god in her own image according to her own likeness. She was not happy to be confronted by Biblical Truth and having the light of God’s Word shone into the spiritual darkness that governed her life.  As it is written:

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matthew 6:22-23)

This vision of the “Cosmic Christ” (as it is known) has been propounded by a number of mystics and teachers, one of the most famous being Matthew Fox.  Matthew fox was  a Dominican Priest who later became an Episcopalian.  Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation SpiritualityCreation Spirituality sees man’s relationship to nature as being holy so that the protection of the earth is seen as a sacrament and an expression of God and the Cosmic Christ.  Fox explains his teaching concerning this matter in his book: The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance.

Fox’s “Techno Cosmic Masses” (more recently just called “Cosmic Masses”) are events that attempt to combine the religious ritual of the Eucharist with dance and multimedia material, deejays, video jockeys and rap music. They evoke and connect spiritual rituals and the ecstatic energy of Techno Music and Rave Parties. They developed from the now infamous Nine o’clock Service in Sheffield, England, in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was taken to the United States and further developed by Fox in the mid-1990s. This has largely influenced much of modern youth evangelism and its legacy can be seen in the ministries of the Message Trust, Soul Survivor, Audacious, Jesus Culture and DJ Caleb Brundidge’s Extasis Worship (to name but a few).

In reality this Cosmic Christ owes more to Pantheism and Animism that it does to Biblical teaching.  It is another gospel and another Jesus contrary to the one who the Apostles declared to be the Anointed One, the Son of the living God!

Later John and Miguel would be engaged in conversation with another street evangelist who finds their public denunciation of Roman Catholicism hard to swallow.  He believes that this, “puts Catholics off from coming to Christ”!  John explained that people need to have things spelled out for them, that we can leave people in no doubt as to the true nature of not just Roman Catholicism, but of all forms of Religion.  The scriptures reveal that there is only one form of religion that God accepts:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  (James 1:27)

Anything other than this is unacceptable before God, man-made and false!

We also found this man recommending the ecumenical Alpha Course to someone.  Miguel took time to point out the fact that the Gospel according to Alpha is NOT the Gospel according to the Bible and that Alpha presents a false Christ and an even falser experience of the Holy Spirit formerly known as “Toronto Blessing” where people would stagger around in a stupor, writhe around on the floor and make animal noises.

 

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