But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:22

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Alternative religious systems (like Scientology) have been in the news lately, propagated by ‘high flyers’. It’s so confusing. What are we to believe?


There is nothing new under the sun! This has been a problem in the Church of Jesus Christ from the beginning and Paul writes to the Corinthian believers about the same thing:  “I am anxious for you with the deep concern of God Himself - anxious that your love should be for Christ alone, just as a pure maiden saves her love for one man only, for the one who will be her husband. But I am frightened, fearing that in some way you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to our Lord, just as Eve was deceived by satan in the Garden of Eden. You seem so gullible: you believe whatever anyone tells you even if he is preaching about another Jesus than the One we preach, or a different spirit than the Holy Spirit you received, or shows you a different way to be saved. You swallow it all. God never sent those men at all; they are ‘phonies’ who have fooled you into thinking they are Christ’s apostles. Yet I am not surprised! Satan can change himself into an angel of light, so it is no wonder his servants can do it too, and seem like godly ministers. In the end they will get every bit of punishment their wicked deeds deserve.” 2 Cor 11:2-4, 13-15.

The lesson here is not to swallow everything people say, but test everything against the pure and simple teaching of the Word! The Lord Himself will deal with those who pervert and twist His Word to their own destruction. See 1 John 2:15-18 in this connection.


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