About Jamie Lucero

Raised on a holiness church pew, Jamie Lucero has avidly studied the Bible for over 40 years, having read it though over 50 times. She is a published author and Bible teacher and speaker. Jamie was a pastor's wife for 20 years, is a professional content writer and editor, and writes for the women's and apologetics ministries at Family Worship Center in Pueblo, Colorado.

Bewitched

Who has bewitched you?” Paul was seriously concerned that someone was leading the Galatians away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was pointedly questioning them, and strongly warning them to beware.

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Beware being bewitched, Paul warned – understanding that there is not another gospel to be drawn away to, even if it appears that angels from heaven are presenting it. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn out of position in Christ. Don’t be misled by charm into evil doctrines. Don’t be fascinated, and deceived, by false representations claiming to be truth.

What is offered to bewitch the saints? What is offered to pervert the gospel? Emptiness. Things that beguile through enticing words. That cause us to question God and His goodness and His precious plan of salvation:

  • Appealing to the flesh rather than the Holy Spirit
  • Pleasing man rather than God
  • Appealing to works rather than faith in Christ’s sacrifice for sins
  • Back into bondage rather than freedom in Christ
  • Glorying in the flesh instead of the cross
  • Traditions of men rather than the truth of God
  • Trusting in self rather than the Saviour
  • The law rather than grace

Paul so strongly opposed false prophets, he put a curse on them! Read it yourself in Galatians chapter 1. Perverting the gospel is a serious crime in the kingdom of Christ. Those who attempt to bewitch followers of Christ anger God Himself. Jesus flatly stated that those who cause others to stumble in the faith would be better off drowned. Those who trouble the saints will bear their judgment, Paul wrote.

Paul warned the Galatians to not be otherwise minded. One of the Greek definitions of bewitched is to be put out of our wits. When someone is tempted to not obey the truth through false representations, they’re being pulled off the mark. And if we miss the mark, we also miss the prize. If we miss the mark by being bewitched, we risk tearing down the hedge of spiritual protection around our children, confusing and endangering them along with ourselves. What we reap, we sow. Beware being bewitched. And warn others with sincerity and humility to avoid the same trap.

If any within the Church are pulled off base by being bewitched, we are to lovingly restore them to the right path with meekness, exhorting them to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free in order to escape being entangled with bondage. Jesus warned that if, having put our hand to the plow, we look back, we endanger our souls. Let’s watch out for ourselves and others lest the enemy devour any of us. Beware being bewitched.

I Confess

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I confess I struggle to open jars. If Ben isn’t home to open it for me, the jar sits on the counter, mocking me. So I sincerely ask for the Lord’s help: “You know I can’t do this alone,” wrestle it under hot water, whack it around the rim with a knife handle, use my blue rubbery piece to twist on the lid with all my might until I hear that satisfying pop and hiss of released pressure. Then I sing my victory song, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done!” All this, by the way, is true.

Reading the Bible a few mornings ago, I read a verse that shook my spirit to the core: “…they repented not to give Him glory” (Revelation 16:9). Under the severe wrath of God during end times, wicked men were suffering intensely, yet they refused to repent, choosing to blaspheme rather than call on His name for forgiveness. “They repented not to give Him glory.” Whoa. Immediately another verse came to mind: “…they knew God, yet they glorified Him not as God” (Romans 1:21).

I sat on the porch swing trying to absorb what God was working into my mind and spirit. Are we to understand that when we confess and repent, we give Him glory? that we recognize His honor, splendor, majesty, authority, worth, and preeminence, evoking amazement in our minds to confess Him as God?

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Of course! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He alone can forgive sin. It’s His glory to forgive us our sins when we humble ourselves, confess, and ask His forgiveness. It’s the hope within us! Jesus saves! To God be the glory, great things He hath done! The way is made, is well marked, and is open to all who will come and confess.

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:10). This verse does not promote “easy believism” but offers God’s radical call to salvation. The word confess here means to gladly acknowledge and agree fully, publicly, openly by giving praise that God raised Jesus from the dead with a deep conviction of the facts; confessing allegiance to Christ as Lord and Master. Remember that Paul is writing this to those in Rome who responded in answer to the preaching of the Gospel for salvation in Jesus. Did you understand “death sentence” as you read that? Which is what they faced for confessing publicly that Jesus is Lord instead of Caesar being deity. And they faced mockings, loss of business, and loss of family if they professed to believe that anyone was raised to life after suffering Roman crucifixion. No, not easy. Rather, persecution for confessing this new life in Christ. And they gladly confessed.

What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” We will only be able to enjoy God when we confess our sins to His glory. Then we can sing with the angels, “Glory to God in the highest!”

What if we as Christians took this personally, as Daniel did when he prayed, confessing Israel’s sins to God’s glory? (Daniel 9) “If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). What if we took Him at His Word, called on His Name, confessed the sins of our nation, seeking His mercy, love, and grace as we pled His forgiveness for the lost and the healing of our land? And presented our repentance for our own lukewarmness within the Church? For His glory. To God be the glory. We know He can do great things when His people seek His face for His glory. And our victory song, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done!” will be a powerful and good confession!

The Tale of Two Thieves

It was a grim and gruesome scene there on Golgotha. Two common thieves, caught in their crime and paying the price with their lives, were being crucified on either side of the sinless Son of God Who was also hanging on a cross. Blood dripped from their wounds into the dirt at the foot of the three crosses and groans came from nearer the top of these cruel instruments of death. Conversation swirled around the top of the hill and also between the men hanging there.

People standing around and passing by had cruel comments to make about the trio hanging on the crosses. Of course they had to be the worst of criminals to warrant being crucified; that would be a given in the minds of those at the scene. Then the Jewish leaders were there in all their pride and pomp. They had much to say against the Man on the middle cross. They accused Him of blasphemy: “If You are the Son of God, as You claim, come down from the cross!” “He saved others, but cannot save Himself. Come down now, and we will believe.” Let God save His Son, if, indeed, He is His Son, they scoffed. The thieves also repeated the things they heard from the throng at the foot of their crosses.

Suddenly evidence that the Holy Spirit was at work on that hill of desecration and death flashed out among those hanging there. Conviction lay hold on one of the thieves. Despite what he could hear the churchmen and priests and soldiers saying about Jesus, and the fact that Jesus was also being crucified, the thief rebuked his partner in crime for mocking the Man on the middle cross. “Hey, wait just a minute. We’re hanging here for crimes we committed. This is our just punishment. But this Man has done nothing wrong.” Recognizing and confessing his sin, he agreed with the sentence. In other words, he repented.

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Then came one of the most amazing professions of faith recorded in the Holy Bible. Despite the sacrilege flowing on that hilltop, the thief recognized something holy. Someone like no one he’d ever come into contact with was bleeding to death on that next cross. Faith took hold, and he believed in the Man hanging beside Him. “Remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” He believed and confessed Jesus. Salvation washed him white as snow. “This day you’ll be with Me in Paradise.”

Charles Colson observed that the two thieves who died on either side of Jesus represent you and me – all of mankind. We’re one or the other. “We either recognize our sinful selves, our sentence of death, and our deserving of that sentence, which leads us to repent and believe – or we curse God and die. What is your response?”

And make no mistake, a response is demanded of every human being. We each have a solemn spiritual choice to make that will determine the conduct of the rest of our lives and our eternal destination. The tale of two thieves is the tale of each of us. We’re either for Jesus, or we’re against Him, He told us. When we’ve believed in the saving power of the Man on the middle cross Who died to set us free, we are compelled to take the good news of the gospel to the lost among us. The answer we have to give is good news. Indeed, there is no other news or Name whereby we can be saved.

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

Spontaneous combustion. What else would have caused the bush to suddenly burst into flames in the middle of the desert? Well, perhaps the breath of the One Whose breath brought the stars into being. Alright, point well made. At any cause, the flames caught the shepherd’s eye. The Lord’s question, “May I have your attention, please?” was answered with a yes.

Duh, you say? Of course a bush burning in the middle of the desert would get him to look and explore. He must have been bored nearly to death out there herding sheep after his high life at the center of Egyptian government. Almost anything would have gotten his attention at that point.

The Lord saw that He had Moses’ attention. Wow. That statement in Exodus 3:4 caught my attention. God asked for Moses’ attention by starting a bush ablaze, and when He had it, He spoke to him of an approaching lifestyle change. God wanted to use Moses to get Pharaoh’s attention and then lead His people to freedom. I AM, within a burning bush, asking “may I have your attention, please?” Mission accomplished. 

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God tried to get Saul’s attention, but he wouldn’t heed. “May I have your attention, please?” God asked once more, and knocked him off his horse with a blinding light from heaven. It worked. Speak of an approaching lifestyle change. God used Paul to get the attention of the Gentiles across the then-known world, and ours, today.

God has had a plan in place to arrest the attention of the world since before its foundation. The basics of that plan are that Jesus is God, Jesus came to earth as a human born of a virgin, He lived a pure and sinless life, He died for our sins on the cross, He rose again to life, He returned to heaven, and He’s coming again to judge the earth. Believe with all your heart, and you’ll be saved.

May I have your attention, please?” He asks of those whose hearts are right with Him. He wants to use you and me to get the attention of the lost just as He once attracted us. No burning bush, most likely, and no blinding light from heaven. But the still, small Voice still whispers, “May I have your attention, please?” A yes response could be an approaching lifestyle change. What will the answer be?

To Believe or Not to Believe: That is the Question

It’s hard to believe in anyone today. Do you take the word of the used car salesman that the vehicle is in triple-A condition? The politician who only wants what’s best for the little guy? The company that’s only in business for your business success? The professor who pushes evolution though there’s no evidence? Or the preacher who says a Man named Jesus rose from the dead? Who do you trust? What do you trust? To believe or not to believe: that is the question.

Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Believe me, this was not an era of easy believism in Rome. Christians were dying like flies for acknowledging any competition to the mastery of Caesar who had elevated himself to deity. If they were going to confess and believe in Jesus as living and Lord, they knew they could very well be signing their own death warrant. But if He indeed died for them so they could be saved, would, should they not be willing to live and even die for Him? To believe, and confess that they believed, became the testing question.

Actually the “confess and believe” requirement Paul presented was a strong one, a life-or-death issue. When he wrote “confess”, these Roman Christians understood that he meant they were to declare publicly, speak out freely, of their allegiance to Christ as their Master and Lord. This same Jesus Who was the Jewish carpenter from Nazareth, no less, Who professed to be the Son of the Living God. The same One Who died to deliver everyone from their sins and give them eternal life – if they would but confess and believe. Their deep conviction of the facts of His life and death and return to life were to be a cause of celebration. Public celebration.

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And to believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Well, this is the part where the Athenians laughed and walked out on Paul at Mars Hill, right? Now, not only must I confess that the humble Judean is my Master and Lord, demoting Caesar, I must believe that the One Who hung on a Roman cross, crucified by Roman soldiers for competing with Caesar, was indeed the Son of God and shown to be so with great power, Almighty power, through His resurrection from the dead. To believe, and confess my belief, in a crucified, resurrected Jew from Nazareth, and so be saved from sin and eternal death, though the confession may cost me my life – to believe or not to believe: that is the question.

And the question hasn’t changed. We must still be willing to publicly confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead. To stake our eternal life, and maybe this life, on these truths. To so firmly believe that our daily celebration of life declares that Jesus is our living Lord. “Neither is there salvation in any other.” To believe or not to believe: that is the question. He IS Lord! He IS alive! Believe! And be saved.

Effectual Communication of the Gospel

How often do you read a statement that causes you to pause and do a double-take? You read it again, and it starts burrowing into your soul because the truth is that powerful. The demand for some kind of response stirs deep within. I came across such a phrase today: “…the effectual communication of the gospel, resulting in salvation.” Whoa. To coin a phrase from David—pause and think about that!

Does that mean if we, as obedient Christians, communicate the gospel actively and with energy (the Greek definition of the word effectual), we’ll see people come to a saving knowledge of grace? I think it does.

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When Peter spoke of the sincere milk of the Word by which we grow, he was portraying the pure, unadulterated teaching of the Word of God, without foreign mixture; no folds or wrinkles. Interesting word painting. Pure. No add-ins of man’s ideas, nothing dangerous or sneaky hidden in the folds of a covering agenda of our own. Nothing but the effectual communication of the gospel that results in salvation for those who hear us.

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – so help me, God! The pure, unadulterated teaching of the Word of God. Ours is not an “I-think” religion. We must teach according to the truth found in the Bible, or be wrong no matter how eloquent we are, AW Tozer wrote.

We commit grave error if we proclaim anything less than the true gospel to those who so desperately need to hear of God’s redeeming grace. We worship in vain if we hold forth the doctrine of God while we also hold dangerous philosophies in the folds and wrinkles of our declarations. A bit of truth stirred in with false doctrine is an effective trick of the enemy of human souls.

“Knowledge is essential to belief.” Our effectual communication of the gospel will result in the salvation of the lost. When we know the truth, God can use us to show others the freedom therein. Energized by the power of the Holy Spirit within, and active in obedience to His sending us out, we can be part of a growing kingdom of God. Pause and think of that!

Biblical Authority – What We Know Counts, Too

The person who reads on one subject one hour a day for one year is considered to be an expert on that subject. When that person has read on the one subject one hour a day for five years, he is considered to belong in the top five percent of experts in the world on that subject.* Academic authority is the right to speak on a subject based on superior knowledge.

As Christ’s ambassadors to a lost and confused world, should we not be experts in His Word? Would saying we should know the Bible better than we know any other book be expecting too much? I think not. Nor does He. “Study to show yourself approved and unashamed; a right-divider” is His standard. Who we know counts, yes, indeed. But what we know counts, too.

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Our foundation for witnessing of the Gospel is biblical authority. But what is our basis for making that statement? Why do we claim that the Bible has authority? The Bible presents itself as the unique and final Word of God; the ultimate authority of God Himself is clearly revealed in the Bible. It unequivocally reveals the mind and workings of God, speaking of Him and for Him to humanity throughout the ages.

To argue with the biblical scriptures is to argue with God Himself, for biblical authority is timeless, unconditional, and unusurpable. The Bible is the incontrovertible and final authority for truths regarding Christian doctrine, experience, ethics, culture, mankind and everything pertaining to our salvation and eternity. There are no continuing, completing, or competing revelations. In life’s decision-making process, the authority of the Bible is the highest appeal – “…the touchstone whereby Christians examine all…” stated John Wesley.

Don’t you love the word infallible? And inerrant? Plenary? Inspiration? Revelation? The Bible unfailingly and unerringly reveals the self-disclosure of God to humanity – infallible. It is inerrant in its clear explanation of all things necessary to the salvation of mankind, so clear, in fact, that any declaration of salvation not found in the Bible is fallacy. The word plenary informs us that, without fail, the Word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit in its entirety. And inspiration explains the energizing power of the Spirit of God by which men of God were enabled to receive and deliver biblical truths without error. Revelation is how God made known the truths He intends us to believe and live by. Biblical authority, indeed. Powerful words we can stand on and never be shaken. Don’t you love it?

The Bible is the authority for revealing Jesus. Within its pages we are told exactly Who Jesus is, what He did, and what He said. The Bible message reveals to us the divine intervention into and the meeting of human need – the plan of salvation in place from before the foundation of the world. And that there is no other way whereby mankind can be saved. Biblical authority is foundational in setting forth right and wrong. And the concepts and precepts of spiritual growth.

The authority of the Bible rests in its unity and wholeness. All parts of the Bible are vital to the completeness of divine revelation. Old Testament authority is ascribed by the New Testament writers. The Word of God substantiates itself and is never in conflict with itself. Fidelity to the original languages qualifies its authority and is found in all faithfully translated versions.

As ambassadors and right-dividers of the Word of God, we are to become experts in distinguishing the timeless from the temporary, the fulfilled from that awaiting fulfillment, and that universally binding until eternity from that which was for the time and the place of the writing. Biblical authority holds forth the ultimatum that no matter how contrary to the Word of God current culture stands, the Word of God is the standard for the Christian. Our occupation with the Bible is to bear the fruit of understanding, obedience, and the confident holding forth of its authoritative truths as the hope within us. What we know counts, especially when we’re speaking to those who don’t know and are desperate to hear the message contained in the Bible.

Jamie Lucero

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* quoted by Charlie Hedges in Getting the Right Things Right

Many points of the blog adapted from Biblical Authority and Christian Faith by Richard S Taylor

Keep Your Footing

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Have you ever been in such a press of people as you were simply swept along with the crowd? It’s a scary place to find yourself. At a Carman concert many years ago, we were at the front of the crowd when the doors of the venue were opened. The surge from behind us propelled us forward with such force as I was immediately concerned with keeping my footing. A dangerous situation during which keeping up with the crowd sweeping us along was the safest response. When we had to choose an aisle to continue forward, the pressure from those behind us lessened as everyone spread out, and we were able to change our direction without the previous concern of fighting to remain upright.

There is a path in life where the crowd is thick and rushing forward, pushing and shoving, without hesitation, toward a destination generally given little thought. Their hurry is announced by their harried faces and hectic pace. They struggle to keep their footing as the pressure from the surging crowd behind sweeps them along.

Alongside this place is another entrance through which the population is purposefully progressing, with a lower count of people, and at a steadier gait. These have a determined forward stride, yet are marked with a peaceful countenance. Their path is actually narrower than the first way, and the walkway is difficult. But the travelers here encourage each other and cheerfully make their way toward the destination as a flint-faced team.

You and I stand at the entrance to the broad gate. It is labeled Heaven, just as the narrow gate is. The devil has no intention of allowing those on this broad way to be awakened to their fate if he can do anything to keep them blind and being pushed forward at a hectic, mindless pace. But we are responsible to warn them of their future if they continue on the way they’re taking.

Just as the Titanic was warned, just as the warning of “bridge out ahead” must be signaled to those racing toward danger, we must swing the light of the gospel that those on the wrong road may turn and take the right way, the only way, into the kingdom of God. We must hold forth the truth of the two paths that travelers may come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and change direction toward safety. Carried along, pressed forward on the dangerous path, you and I may be their only hope. We must be prepared to share our hope – Christ within us, the hope of eternal security. The fate of those herded along the broad way toward eternal danger is at stake.

The Passion Behind Our Answer of Hope

My brothers are out there! Go testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment!” The rich man in hell was in full evangelism mode, wasn’t he? He knew first hand of the torments awaiting the lost, and his five brothers were lost. He was so passionate about them hearing of the way of escape that he wanted Lazarus to go back from the dead to warn them.

The answer of hope hadn’t meant anything to him while he was alive. He was unconcerned about his eternal life and that of his five brothers. Death made a stark change in his perspective. Suddenly he saw things as they were. And they were unspeakably and inescapably horrible.

The answer to his desperate cry for someone to go to his unsaved brothers was that the Word of God was proclaimed each Lord’s Day in the churches. And the Word of God is available for any who want to read it. Let those who need salvation, find it in the house of God. Sound a bit harsh?

Maybe, but it’s the truth. The plan of salvation is out there. But how shall they hear without a preacher? Or if we don’t carry the answer to them of the hope within us? Are we passionate, as passionate as a man in hell, about testifying to the lost that they may escape that place of torment?

Paul said that love constrains us to take the gospel message to the lost. So does love push us out to witness to the lost? Is that the passion behind our answer? Love doesn’t want anyone to be lost. Love is what brought the plan of salvation to mankind from before the foundation of the world. Love drove the man in hell to beg that his five brothers be warned about the eternal sufferings in order to avoid the place he found himself.

Hope. The hope that is within us.

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Hope of eternal bliss. Hope that we have obtained through believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the lost desperately need to hear. Hope that everyone in hell wants their living loved ones to be told. Hope that we must hold out to everyone who crosses our path. Because love is the passion behind our answer of hope.

A Simple Study of Why I’m a Christian and Not a Follower of Another Religion

People who want to know why we’re Christians don’t always phrase their question with the words “What is the reason of the hope within you?” However the approach is worded, we’re to be ready with a meek, love-in-truth answer.

Not always have I been ready with the reason for our hope. Now I am. Let’s look at this together.

According to Webster, a religion is any specific system of belief, worship, and conduct involving a code of ethics (morality) and philosophy (a worldview).

Christianity is a religion – a system of beliefs, worship, and conduct. We often hear the statement that Christianity isn’t about religion, it’s about relationship. Christianity is a religion, the foundation of which is a vibrant, authentic relationship with Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ. It is a worldview that speaks to every area of this life and the next.

Christianity is the religion of the New Testament Scriptures, a Judeo-Christian belief system based on the entire Word of God, the Bible.

There are different doctrines within Christianity represented mainly by denominations. Denominations hold to varying doctrines; they are not different religions. Denominations are generally doctrinally divided by their originators. Catholicism has its popes, Protestants who broke from Catholicism beginning with Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley, among others, and, in general, hold to the fundamental truths of the gospel.

Christianity has fundamental doctrines that all true Christian denominations attest, the majority of which are listed here:

  • The Creator God
  • Mankind created in the image of God
  • The fall of mankind resulting in the sin nature
  • The immortality of man
  • Salvation by grace through faith in the sinless sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God – virgin-born, fully God and fully Man
  • The Trinity
  • The inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God
  • Eternal reward or punishment for deeds done in this life following a final judgment

Teaching that differs from these fundamental truths is heresy and a falling away from the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3; Galatians 1:8&9).

The answer to why I am a Christian and not a follower of another religion or cult has two parts.

  1. Only in Christianity is God the God He says He is in His Word and,
  2. Only in Christianity does God do for me what He says in His Word He’ll do.

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  1. All non-Christian religions and cults have either a distorted view or an outright denial of the Trinity. All are marked in their confusion of the Persons of the Trinity and their deviation on the nature of God, altering Him, diminishing Him, or denying Him altogether.

Another characteristic common to cults and non-Christian religions is the false teachings regarding the deity, Person, work of atonement, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, distorting or denying the second Person of the Trinity and Savior of mankind.

All cults and non-Christian religions grossly and painfully misrepresent the Holy Spirit, blasphemously denying His distinct place and Person in the Trinity.

The Bible is retranslated to match the erroneous beliefs of cults and non-Christian religions or it’s disregarded altogether. Words are redefined to fit false doctrines, or there is a claim of new, additional revelations that contradict and cancel biblical Scriptures. Thus the Bible is deliberately undermined and deceptions are reinforced to adherents of cults and non-Christian religions.

The only hope of eternal life is diabolically misrepresented to people lost and in desperate need of knowing the Lord and Savior of mankind as He is. Too many have swallowed the lie that we all believe in the same God. Any belief system that twists, perverts, or diminishes God from Who and What He is as He presents Himself in His Word does not know and serve the true and living Jehovah Triune God.

And so I am a Christian because only in Christianity is God the God He says He is in His Word.

  1. One teaching totally missing from all cults and non-Christian religions is the hope offered in the Gospel – the Christian message.

None teach the blessed hope of eternal salvation through faith in the blood of the everlasting covenant, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the spotless Son of God.

None teach that Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

None teach that He was God in human flesh, the one Mediator between God and man.

None teach justification and adoption through faith in Jesus Christ.

None teach redemption from the power of sin.

None teach the “come alongside” comfort of the Holy Spirit.

None teach the hope of heaven for eternity though having nothing within myself to earn that reward but that Christ in me is my hope of glory for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Rather the teaching is that I must save myself by performing good works required by the group I’m in, or through many reincarnations, or mantras, meditations, or deprivations. And then heaven is represented as a state of mind, or an interplanetary confederation, or a sexually deviant paradise, or non-existent.

The only hope of eternal life is diabolically misrepresented to people lost and in desperate need of knowing the Lord and Savior of mankind as He is. Not one cult or non-Christian religion presents salvation to its adherents as it is offered to all who come in faith as presented in the true Gospel message.

And so I am a Christian because only in Christianity does God do for me what He says in His Word He’ll do for me.

The conjecture floats that cults are populated by people hurt or disappointed by Christians or the hypocrisy of church attenders. As Christians, let’s live holy lives, adorning the doctrine of God, that we not be stumblingblocks in the way of the lost coming to Christ, those who need our answer of hope. We must plead that God will open the eyes, ears, hearts, and minds of those blinded by the false teachings of cults and non-Christian religions, that they might turn to Jesus. Let’s pray and live true to our calling as Christians so others may come to know Him as He is, that He may do for them what He says in His Word He’ll do for them.

Jamie Lucero

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Many points taken from Josh McDowell and Don Stewart’s book, The Deceivers