Push the pure gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and You would be called a heretic by the Bible scholars of your day.
Those who resisted Jesus in his days were the Bible scholars (experts in the law) and the Pharisees and the rest in the staunch religious community.
No sorcerer, no witch or wizard resisted Him.
They called him the head of Beelzebub. They called him a glutton and a wine biber. They will call you names and they will resist you too.
Some will know what is called persecution for the first time in their lives, when they begin to take a stand for Christ alone. Get ready because they will throw you out of their meeting places.
Sadly they would think they are doing God a favor. Jesus Said:
“For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.”
John 16:2 NLT
The Bible scholars of Jesus’ days knew a lot of scriptures, but when the “Message” of the scriptures appear in person to them, they resisted him.
Jesus said to them:
“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. THESE SCRIPTURES ARE ALL ABOUT ME ! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want”.
John 5:39-40 MSG
Believe me, there are too many bible scholars in our days who have missed the forest for the trees.
They believe more in the ordinances and rudiments of the law than in the full implications of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Many of them truly came to Christ but they didn’t continue in Christ. They veered off to the rudiments of the law, much like the Galatian church that was sharply rebuked by Paul. Gal. 3
They preach from the Bible in the name of Christ but they don’t preach the gospel of Christ. They have become false teachers that Jesus and the early apostles warned us about.
Many of them have arisen to prominence. They have built structures and monuments on people’s ignorance.
Peter saw them coming so he warned :
“In the past there were false prophets among God’s people. It is the same now. You will have some false teachers in your group. They will teach things that are wrong—ideas that will cause people to be lost. And they will teach in a way that will be hard for you to see that they are wrong. They will even refuse to follow the Master who bought their freedom. And so they will quickly destroy themselves.
“Many people will follow them in the morally wrong things they do. And because of them, others will say bad things about the way of truth we follow.”
2 Peter 2:1-2 ERV
How do you recognize false teachers in the church? Watch out for those who deny the Master who “bought their freedom”. And they teach others to do same, all in the name of “it is working for me”.
The church belongs to Christ and anyone who is not preaching and upholding the sufficiency of the sacrifice at Calvary in the church is a false teacher. It doesn’t matter if he is called an apostle or a Bishop or a “daddy”.
They reject the righteousness that comes from God and go about establishing their own righteousness by cherry-picking different parts of the law and import them to the church. They are quick to retort, “it is biblical”.
Jesus is the message of the entire scriptures. If you don’t have this insight yet, you may be a blind guide leading the blind
These people have all the sanctimonious demeanor and the religious cliché but they are false teachers who keep denying the master who paid their ransom and teaching others to do same.
And Peter said many(crowds) will follow their immoral wrong ways.
Friends, beware of crowds! Beware of what is popular. That something is popular doesn’t make it right. Narrow is the way that leads to life. it is not broad.
It has already been foretold that false teachers are going to get popular. They will become “role models” to unsuspecting young people.
They are the kettle calling the pot black. They are the heretics that will be quick to call you heretics.
Their proteges and foot soldiers are everywhere and they will attack you as you seek to enthrone Christ and the sufficiency of His sacrifice.
Ironically many of them could recount with some uncanny details the gruesome way some of the apostles were killed, as if they were there. But the reason they were killed is lost on them.
The early apostles of Jesus Christ weren’t loved by the religious system of their days. They died defending the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, not the rudiments of the law found in the Bible.
Those who killed them wanted to silence the gospel, and enthroned the rudiments of the law that Christ came to take away.
Friends, don’t be deceived by the “form of godliness” you see in them, the religious organization is the greatest resistance to the gospel of Christ.
It is my prayer that God will keep opening people’s eyes in droves and give them the courage to stand for the truth.
It is a new day!
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
~ NINYO OMIDIJI