(Another Jesus)

In 2nd Corinthians 11:4, the Apostle Paul says, “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”. Notice that the apostle warns in this verse of, “another Jesus”, “another Spirit”, and “another gospel”. He warns us to “well bear” with a preacher that comes preaching another Jesus, etc. To “well bear” means to proceed with caution and beware that the truth may not be found here, hence the warning to “well bear”.

There is much false preaching in today’s pulpits, not so much in cults, as you might think, but in mainstream Churches that preach and declare a Jesus that is just not the Biblical version of the God of the Bible. There are several mainstream Churches or denominations that base their doctrine on a false concept of Jesus, or at least a false interpretation of the real and true Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. This watered-down version, or downright wrongly defined Jesus, is projected from modern pulpits as a weak and beggarly Jesus, who is begging for the souls of the lost person, who is ‘in charge’ of the destiny of their own souls. They project Him as asking, “won’t you accept me as your Savior and ‘let me’ be the Lord of your life”?

He is also falsely presented as the one who can not make any person do what that person does not want to do, based on the doctrine that man is a “free moral agent” and must be left alone by the Lord to “make up his own mind” and decide for Jesus without any coercion from the Holy One. The false doctrine of “man’s freewill not being violated by God’s will” has become the backbone of that mainstream doctrine. That false doctrine declares that God will not drag you kicking and screaming to the Throne of Grace, that it is entirely up to you. The trouble with that doctrinal statement is that it is just not Biblical, just as the rest of their false doctrine.

Consider this scripture from Psalms 110:3“Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power…” Notice that it says, “thy people”. It only applies to those whom God has chosen from before the foundation of the world, and I assure you, they have no complaints once they are brought into the household of Grace. I have never seen a true, born again believer say that they were angry at God for making them willing in the day of His power.

Also, that false doctrine further infers that by allowing Jesus to become your Savior, you are also guaranteeing that you will escape hell’s fire, thus precluding a hope of a “fire insurance policy” protecting you from any future prospects of landing in a burning hell, regardless of your unrighteous, unholy, godless lifestyle. In other words, you get your fire insurance policy by “making a decision for Jesus” and then you can live like you want without any regard of what the Lord says because “once saved, always saved” is an additional clause to that insurance policy.

The problem with that doctrine and line of thinking and preaching is that it is just not scriptural and thus finds itself squarely in the territory of what the apostle calls, “another Jesus”, “another Spirit”, and “another gospel”. But, what saith the LORD? Let us look at some scripture about the Lord Jesus Christ and see if He is begging for the lost souls of a sinful humanity.

Revelation 20:11-15 – “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”. This scripture reveals to us the Great White Throne judgment where the Lord Jesus Christ will sit in judgment of sinful men who are not born from above, those who are not “born again” or saved by the Precious Blood of Jesus. That too is an area of scripture that is downplayed; the power of the Blood of Christ to save and declare one sinless, based on the finished work of Christ on the Cross. It was the wrath of God against sin that made Him send His Son to the cross to die for sin. God hates sin. The religionists love to declare that God loves everybody, but the scripture paints a different picture of God and His attitude against sin. Psalm 11:5 declares – “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth”. Notice the difference in the attitude of God toward the righteous and the wicked. God does NOT love the wicked; His soul hateth the wicked and him that doeth violence. There are a lot of people out there today that are wicked and doing violent acts. To say that God loves them is doing God and the scripture an injustice, is it just not scriptural; God loves everybody is just not Biblical.

In the whole Word of God we do not see a beggarly, weak, long-haired Jesus pleading like a tin-cup beggar for the souls of men. What we do see is a God of wrath casting sinful men into the Lake of Fire; Jesus said there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth as they are cast into outer darkness! That does not sound like a weak-kneed, pleading Jesus, but a God of wrath casting lost souls into hell’s fiery lake. Make no mistake about it my friends, Jesus is not a begging, wimp who needs for mankind to “let Him be Lord”. He does not NEED anyone to make Him complete. The very definition of a Sovereign God is that He is self-sufficient, complete in Himself and needing nothing or no one to make Him complete. So, He does not need you or me.

Through the years the grandest and most glorious foundation has been slowly eroded by false teaching and preaching, with disastrous results. That foundation isthe absolute sovereignty of God. The truth is that there can be only one sovereign, one absolute, and one ultimate One and that One is the true and living God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The evidence that we have lost our grasp of this foundational doctrine is manifest in our actions as a nation, as a people, and as the Church. Our concept of God has a controlling influence on our character and our conduct. When we believe wrongly about God we will act wrongly about God. A man cannot act rightly unless he believes rightly. If a person’s doctrine has them convinced that they alone are the decider of the eternal condition of their soul; they will not believe that Jesus had anything to do with their salvation.

Consider the parable of Matthew 25:24 – 29 where the servant buried his talent. He shaped his conduct not by what his master was, but by what he conceived him to be. When we view God as weak, anemic, limited, and helpless, it causes us to be the same way. When we view God as the Sovereign, Omnipotent, and Omniscient Monarch that He is, then we will be bold, brave, and confident in our concept of Him. Our concept of God is important. It literally shapes the nation because it shapes each man’s concept of who God is. The sovereignty of God refers to the Supremacy of God, the Kingship of God, and the Godhood of God. When we confess that God is Sovereign, we are declaring that God is God. When the sinner sees God as high and lifted up and sees himself as low in sins and trespasses, then we will see ourselves as needing God. But if we have a wrong concept of God we will act accordingly, and it can and will shape the nation. Psalm 33:12“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Daniel records Nebuchadnezzar’s confession of God’s sovereignty in Daniel 4:35: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He doeth according to His will in the Army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?”

To say that God is Sovereign is to declare with Psalm 22:28 that “He is the governor among the nations.” To say that God is sovereign is to affirm with 1 Timothy 6:15 that He is “...the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” God’s sovereignty means that he does as He pleases, only as He pleases, and always as He pleases. None can stop Him, hinder Him, overthrow Him, or dethrone Him. He is God and besides Him is no other!

In closing, it is important that you understand that our concept of the Lord Jesus Christ is based on the Biblical report of who He is and not what some denomination perceives that He is. So, read your Bible and see what all it says about who is this man called Jesus. He is KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS! He is God and besides Him, there is no other.

Selah