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Are You Worshiping a False Jesus?

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Evangelicals want everyone to believe that they worship Jesus; not just any Jesus, either. Their Jesus is the one and only Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Their Jesus is special and unique, unlike the Jesus worshiped by Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roman Catholics, or revered by Muslims and other non-Evangelical sects.

Take the Sovereign Grace Music song, Jesus, There’s No One Like You:

There is no song we could sing
To honor the weight of Your glory
There are no words we could speak
To capture the depth of Your beauty

CHORUS
Jesus, there’s no one like You
Jesus, we love You, ever adore You
There’s no one like You
Jesus, we love You, ever adore You, Lord

VERSE 2
There is no sinner beyond
The infinite stretch of Your mercy
How can we thank You enough
For how You have loved us completely?

BRIDGE
All we have
All we need
All we want is You

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It’s evident Sovereign Grace has a particular Jesus in mind. More on that below.

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Years ago, Evangelical musicians Bill and Gloria Gaither released a song titled, There’s Something About That Name:

There’s just something about the name of Jesus

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There’s just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all Heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away
But there’s something about that name

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There’s just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all Heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away
But there’s something about that name (that name)

Something about that name.

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Both songs reference Jesus, yet the Jesus of Sovereign Grace Music, and that of Bill and Gloria Gaither are very different from one another. Sovereign Grace is Calvinistic, whereas the Gaithers belong to an Arminian sect. The Jesus of the Calvinists and the Jesus of the Arminians are two very different Sons of God. Oh, outwardly they appear the same, but doctrinally they are very different. Mere semantics? I think not. Evangelical sects build complex systems of theology around their peculiar versions of Jesus. These beliefs can’t help but color how believers view the Savior of the world (to the Gaithers) or the Savior of the elect (to the Calvinists). And it’s not just Evangelicals who do this. Liberal/progressive Christians have a very different Jesus from Independent Fundamentalist Baptists (IFB). Which Jesus is the right one? How could we possibly know who possesses the Jesus who alone can save us from our sins?

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Worse yet, individual churches, pastors, and congregants shape and mold Jesus into their own version of the Son of God. Instead of there being one Jesus for all, there are countless Jesuses, each eerily looking like their creators.

The next time you have a discussion with an Evangelical who is preaching “Jesus” to you, perhaps it would be interesting for you to ask them “which” Jesus? Ask them how their Jesus compares to the one found within the pages of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Any cursory reading of the Bible reveals that whomever and whatever the Jesus of the gospels might have been, he bears little resemblance to the Jesuses of today. And that’s okay. Is that not the power of religion; its ability to adapt, change, and transform over time? All I want is for Evangelicals to admit, in particular, that Jesus is NOT the same yesterday, today, and forever; that he is a chameleon of sorts.

I find it amusing when Evangelicals attempt to assert that their Jesus alone is the “right” Jesus, and that all other Jesuses are false. Take our Fundamentalist friend Spaniard VIII. In a post titled, Satan Is After You To Destroy You, Sp8 gives “examples of a false Jesus Christ that comes from the teachings of demons through false religions.”

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Sp8 believes that he worships the one true Jesus. He even gives a checklist for readers to follow to determine if they are worshiping a demonic Jesus, Do you believe that (my answers in parentheses):

  • Jesus is not God (yes)
  • Jesus didn’t die on the cross (no)
  • Jesus didn’t rise from the dead (yes)
  • Jesus wasn’t perfect (yes)
  • Jesus was not born from a virgin (yes)
  • Jesus was not the Son of God (yes)
  • Jesus is not the only way to heaven (yes)
  • Jesus is another god apart from the Father (yes)
  • A denial of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all three being Yahweh (yes)

Oh my God! I just learned that I believe in a false Jesus! I have been deceived by Satanic forces out to send me to the Lake of Fire for eternity. Hey, I did answer the question “Jesus didn’t die on the cross” correctly. I am of the opinion that we have sufficient historical evidence for the execution of Jesus on a Roman cross (and, no, I don’t want to debate this issue). This claim makes rational sense to me. However, the rest of Sp8’s assertions are faith claims. Sp8 just wants us to take his word for it that he worships the right Jesus. Doubt this naked assertion of his? Burn in Hell!

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There’s no such thing as a monolithic Jesus. Two thousand years of Christian church history, along with the establishment and proliferation of thousands of contradictory Christian sects, have birthed countless Westworld-like Jesuses, each programmed to look, believe, and act like their creators.

Which Jesus, if any, do you worship?

Bruce Gerencser, 63, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 42 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen awesome grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read the About page.

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    ObstacleChick

    That Gaither song brings back memories of my grandma playing piano and singing it – she loved that song.

    You found straight white American Jesus!

    It’s funny, I have a couple of friends from childhood who are still evangelicals but are part of the 20% of white evangelicals who don’t support Trump and support just about everything Trump opposes. Their Jesus believes in equality, in helping those in need, in compassion and caring. They are having a hard time reconciling how for most of their church friends, Jesus wants LBGTQ people, people of color, people of other religions, immigrants, and women to be lesser than straight white Christian men. Their Jesus wants Democrats to burn in hell, and he wants them to spread conspiracy theories and lies to protect his anointed p-grabber Trump. I feel bad for these friends, but they choose to stay there.

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    Dave

    I don’t worship Jesus at all now but when I did I was convinced that I and my tribe were the only ones who got it right. Most Protestants and certainly all Catholics were misled and bound for hell. It’s embarrassing to admit how arrogant I was

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    John Arthur

    Hi Bruce,

    Spaniard 8 continues his war against the unseen forces of “demons”. Of the over 40,000 different views of Jesus, he thinks that he, and those who agree with him, have the only true Jesus. Only he, and those who agree with him, are listening to his imaginary holy spirit. Methinks, he’s been on the whisky all night. He even claims to have seen literal demons. I think that he needs to visit a professional psychiatrist to have his mental well-being assessed.

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      SpaniardVIII

      [John Arthur said] “Spaniard 8 continues his war against the unseen forces of “demons”.

      All I can say is, Amen to that. I will continue to preach the true Jesus of Holy Scripture. I pray that you, John, Bruce (I hope that you and your wife are doing well), and the rest of his readers repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for their sins, and rose from the grave on the third day. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.

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        John Arthur

        Hi Spaniard,

        If so-called “demons” are invisible, then how do you claim to have seen “demons” when you were young? Are you lying to us on your website or have were you suffering from a mental illness?

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        Astreja

        S8, I find it utterly fascinating that you think that Jesus came back from the dead. It’s a rather overdone literary trope, though. Inanna’s descent to the underworld has more style and panache, and Athena busting out of Zeus’s head is more spectacular.

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    SpaniardVIII

    Nope, not lying and I’m not ill. My family, is into Santeria. It is a form of voodoo that the Cubans mixed with Catholicism. It is an occultic practice where they tap into the spiritual realm and contact demonic forces. I have personally seen demons walking in the house I grow up in since it is where they did their practices. Only a fool denies the existence of Satan and his fallen angels. They are very real. I can prove it to you. Go read everything you wrote against God and it shows how the devil has already deceived you. Jesus said, I’m the way, the truth, and the life, no one can come to the Father except through me. Why do you folks, attack Jesus and His followers? Because Jesus is real and the devil is using you to do so, for he is your father and you are doing his will.

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      Astreja

      Jesus can’t be much of a saviour if mere mortals can attack him.

      In the dog’s breakfast of mythology called Christianity, smart money’s on Satan — he only killed 10 people (the children of Job), and only with Biblegod’s authorization. The Bible reads as if the good guy and bad guy roles are reversed, and this should be obvious to anyone over the age of seven.

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      Brian Vanderlip

      SpaniardVIII, You have seen things? And you believe this and than from the black book and relish in harm coming to others unless they obey your proofs.
      Go away.

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      GeoffT

      You post a comment saying that you’re into voodoo, that you invoke Satan and demons, and that they walk around your living room, then accuse others of being a ‘joke’! For real? You might just have retained some credibility if you’d stuck with Jesus, though there’s pretty little evidence any such person even existed, but your description of superstitious prancing round the fire, whilst praying for rain or sticking pins in dolls, takes you into the realm of super delusional.

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      John Arthur

      According to your website, your Christ is Christ the eternal torturer. You are delusional and a sadist as well. Your picture of Jesus is pretty gruesome. Your god is not a god of compassion and kindness but a barbaric, violent, bloodthirsty and ignorant butcher who burns most people in the flames of a so-called hell forever. This is the god that your give supreme worth to, Spaniard. What an ugly monster, you have made him out to be, if he exists (which neither you, not anyone else, can show).

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    TW

    Everyone makes up their own “Jesus”. [That version of]”Jesus” [held by the individual] is a Rorschach test.

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