TW Cen MT – I truely believe that it won’t matter what church we associated ourselves with on earth because in Heaven, it’s all one and the same led by Christ Jesus, be it Baptist, Non-Denomonational, and all of the other nearly a hundred denominations of Christianity. I also believe that churches that managed to believe things that aren’t in the Bible will suffer consequences because they are not connected to their Head.
In the New Testament times, there was a system of belief based upon knowledge called Gnosticism. Wikipedia says that they had: “various belief systems generally united in the teaching that humans are divine souls trapped in a material world created by an imperfect god, the demiurge, who is frequently identified with the Abrahamic God. The demiurge may be depicted as an embodiment of evil, or in other instances as merely imperfect and as benevolent as its inadequacy permits. This demiurge exists alongside another remote and unknowable Supreme Being that embodies good. In order to free oneself from the inferior material world, one needs gnosis, or esoteric spiritual knowledge available through direct experience or knowledge (gnosis) of (this unknowable) God.”
Gnosticism survives today. Jewish Gnosticism is known as Kabbalah. To be saved in Gnosticism, you must simply know the divine personally whereas Christianity demands a personal belief in Christ Jesus as your risen Savior, a perfect sacrifice without blemish, to wash away all your sins through His blood. In this academic world, head knowledge is an easy path to take, but heart belief demands the tougher road where you learn to remove yourself from the driver’s seat. I can’t imagine my God being anything less than perfect. I can’t imagine Him changing. It scares me that books that are topping the charts such as The DaVinci Code, The Shack, and The Secret all introduce dangerous elements of belief that not only disagrees with the Bible, but makes it appear all who believe in the Bible are foolish. They probably haven’t read 2 Peter 3.
2 Peter 3:3, “3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.”
2 Peter 3:8-9, ” 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. “
2 Peter 3:15-16, “15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.”