I like cheesecake. It’s delicious. Do you know what I do every time I order it? I eat it! Makes sense, right?
Do you know what I don’t do when I order cheesecake? Try to make it better.
I have never in my life, nor will I ever, taken a perfectly made cheesecake home and try to make it better by adding paprika, cauliflower, or quinoa. That would be ridiculous. I mean, what’s next, sugarless cheesecake?
As crazy as it seems that someone would try to add ingredients to an already perfect dessert, people do it to Christianity by adding other religions, political perspectives, and worldly philosophies.
Colossians 2:8 warns us against this when it says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
The Bible doesn’t pull any punches when it tells us not to listen to or be deceived by teaching that would deny Jesus Christ as our only savior or add to what is required for salvation, faith.
These types of teachings and the people who follow them were foretold to us in the scriptures when it said, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
It also says that a “time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Sadly, that time is now.
We MUST watch our “life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
So, what is it we should believe?
Here are four essentials from God that you must believe and the verses that support them.
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and has complete authority over your life.
Above all, you must understandthat no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from Godas they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,thatthe man of Godmay be complete,equippedfor every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God is the creator of the heavens, the earth, and everything in them.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 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. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-3,14
Sin is the world’s greatest problem and Jesus is the ONLY answer.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
If we claim to be without sin,we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsand purify us from all unrighteousness.If we claim we have not sinned,we make him out to be a liarand his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10
Jesus is coming soon for his glorious church to judge the righteous and the wicked.
Look, I am coming soon!My reward is with me,and I will give to each person according to what they have done.I am the Alpha and the Omega,the First and the Last,the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes,that they may have the right to the tree of lifeand may go through the gatesinto the city. Outsideare the dogs,those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. Revelation 22:12-15
Click Here to listen to our recent Podcast on “Listening to God over Satan.“
Click Here to watch our latest message on “Listening to God over Satan.”