Our theme for this month: “The Gift of Being Yourself”
Our Bible verse for today: “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Don’t be fooled.”
One of the greatest dangers faced by Christians today is the danger of counterfeit Christianity. There’s a lot of false teaching in our society today, a lot of dangerous philosophies and unbiblical worldviews which lead people into all sorts of ungodly behaviors. And, worse, such things are promoted and celebrated as being normal and even good.
But the problem isn’t just in society at-large, the problem is also in the church. Christians in large numbers are buying into the unbiblical worldviews, incorporating them into their Christian worldview, and ending up with a form of counterfeit Christianity. In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 the Apostle Paul warned us: “For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.”
Yes, false teachers and preachers disguise themselves as Christians so they can infiltrate the ranks of Christianity and spread false teaching. They try to convince the faithful to give-in to the cultural pressures, and to combine popular worldly beliefs with traditional Christian doctrine. That creates a counterfeit Christianity and leads Christians astray. I preached two sermons on this subject recently at our church. You can listen to them on our website at www.oakhillbaptist.net. Just click on “listen”, then select the sermons and PowerPoint for July 7, and 14, 2019. I encourage you to do that.
What does that have to do with “The Gift of Being Yourself”? Just that when you accept the lies of Satan you are being led away from being the person God intends for you to be. This is why it’s so important for Christians to be active in a good Bible-believing church, and it is why we must be diligent students of the Bible. We have to develop a solid Biblical worldview, and then we must be strong enough to stand against the lies of the age.
If you are out of church, and if you are not a diligent student of Scripture, you are in an extremely vulnerable position and you are a ripe target for Satan. You can easily be led astray. I encourage you not to let that happen. You will only be your true self, and your best self, when you are in a strong and healthy relationship with God, based upon sound Biblical doctrine. Don’t let yourself be fooled into believing the lies of Satan.