February 2016 “Book” of the Month

Hello fellow readers, this month I am going to submit something different than a book. I am going to introduce a heresy denying the divinity of Christ, give you some online sources that everyone connected can read, and pray you see the heresy of Arianism for what it is, the reduction of Jesus from his position as God in the Trinity to that of a created and adopted Son. One of the devil’s greatest efforts is to remove the divinity of Jesus, because without the divine Jesus, there is no salvation.

You will notice in many non-Christian “religions” there is a denial of the divinity of Jesus. I will mention just two here, but once you know what to look for, you can look on your own at the world’s religions and see which hold Jesus as divine and which do not. As we look at the claims of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their denial of the Trinity and deity of Christ, we see one such denomination that rejects Jesus as Lord and Savior.They even uphold Arias as a forerunner of C.T. Russell, the founder of their faith.

Next we look at the Mormon Church that does not believe in the Jesus of the Bible as quoted by Mormon prophet Gordon B. Hinckley in 1998. I know Fox News and the media wanted everyone to believe Mormonism was a “Christian” faith during Romney’s presidential run, but even their own deny this propaganda, why should we believe it?

Mormons believe in a different Jesus than the “traditional Christ,” which should give pause to anyone. Their version of Jesus is the offspring of a Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother union, producing spirit children living in the First Estate, where they reside prior to birth as humans on earth. In this capacity two of the Heavenly Father’s sons desired to be savior, Jesus and his brother Lucifer. It goes on much further than that, but that is enough to support Hinckley’s point, as you can see, this is certainly not the Jesus of the Bible. He was not kidding and they cannot be labeled a Christian religion. Even if some of the best people are Mormons, and in many communities they are, that does not make them Christian.

This is something we all need to remember, Jesus is both the Son of God and man. He had a dual nature during His earthly existence, but he is certainly not a created or adopted son, as John wrote in the opening of his gospel. John 1: 1-2, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”

I just got off the phone with another telemarketer (man I love the opportunity to share with them) and when I asked him if he has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His response was, “I believe in all the prophets.” As you can see that is a reduction of Jesus from God to holy man and instrument of God, but not God. This is the work of the devil to deceive people and why all people must be armed and equipped to recognize the heresy of Arianism in all its forms as it seeks the reduction of Jesus to created and/or adopted son.

Some things to remember, all authority in heaven and on earth was given to Jesus by the Father. In response we are to make disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28: 18-19).

Jesus was both man and God in the same body, which is very clear in Luke 2: 40-52 as He in found in the Jerusalem temple.

We see Paul write in his letter to the Philippians in 2: 5-8 the clear identification of Jesus as both God and man in one, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Some definitions:

  1. Heresy: a concept grounded in the conviction that there exists one revealed truth and that other opinions are intentional distortions or denials of truth. A heresy is a false teaching leading people away from God’s revelation.
  2. Revelation: The disclosure of what was previously unknown.

Here are some links with a nice overview of Arianism.

http://historymedren.about.com/od/aterms/g/Arianism.htm

http://www.theopedia.com/arianism

http://www.earlychristianhistory.info/arius.html

We have to learn our Christian history, stay in the Bible daily, and fully arm and equip ourselves with Truth. Otherwise we risk being deceived by charismatic people and false religions that sound good, but do not offer salvation through the redemption of Jesus. When we give up Jesus, we give up everything.