it is understood that there are several different kinds of spirit. We have seen
that there is the Spirit of God, the spirit in man, the spirit of which angels
are composed—and this same kind of spirit, which exists in fallen angels,
described in the Bible as the devil and his demons.
also seen that there are many gods worshipped around the world within the
literally thousands of religions and variations of them invented by men. Many
of these gods are seen to be, and worshipped as, the “father of creation” and
the “father of mankind.”
course, by now it is also thoroughly understood that two of the beings in the
supposed biblical triune godhead are thought to be the Father and the Holy
Spirit—two-thirds of the trinity. And we have seen that this teaching is a
counterfeit of the true God of the Bible, and that all of this is largely
hidden—concealed—from the world’s recognition. However, within this counterfeit
is anadditional counterfeit,
which must now be exposed. This other counterfeit
is perhaps the most dangerous and sinister part of all that is wrong with the
doctrine of the trinity! We will see that this second counterfeit within the
overall trinity god counterfeit is directly connected to a counterfeit spirit. Then we
will come to understand that it is this different spirit that
is, in fact, giving life to the idea that the trinity is biblical.
apostle Paul warned the Corinthian congregation of a special kind of danger,
which is connected to forgetting that there is “simplicity in Christ.” The
result is that they were allowing themselves to be “beguiled” by Satan who was
corrupting their minds into the worst kind of false understanding.
would this be?
read Paul’s entire introduction to the warning in order to set the stage to
understand it: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent [Satan] beguiled Eve
through his subtlety, so your
minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ”
(II Cor. 11:3).
let’s notice the actual warning that follows in the next verse: “For if he that
comes preaches another Jesus, whom
we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit,
which you have not received, or another gospel,
which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” The Corinthians
seemed to “bear with” this without resistance.
who is being inspired by the true Jesus
Christ of the Bible, was moved to record the peril of unwittingly following “another Jesus.”
Consider. Whomever you may think this false Jesus to be—and most have probably
never remotely considered the idea for even a moment—there is such
a thing as a wrong, different and false Jesus—called “another Jesus.” This
“Jesus” can even corrupt the thinking of true Christians. This much is plain.
But the “subtilty” of how this
can occur, and how it has occurred in history, is so deceptive—so
seductive—that even true Christians can unknowingly slip into worshipping this
so-called Jesus. This is what was happening to the Corinthians.
examines the facts of history, it becomes evident that Christianity brought in
a different Jesus, and with it
came a different gospel born
of a different spirit, which
introduced a different god—and
this god took the form of the trinity.
fully understood, those who believe that God is three-in-one—Father, Son and
Holy Spirit—are worshipping another
a very serious charge, and it requires serious proof, which this paper will now
offer. We have seen that the trinity does not come from the Bible—but what
about the “Jesus” worshipped by billions today?
the central themes of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ came as Savior to
die for mankind’s sins and to offer redemption to a world cut off from God.
the devil, who we have seen is called the “god of this world” in II Cor. 4:4) seeks to counterfeit every aspect
of God’s plan. We have seen that he “deceives thewhole world” (Rev. 12:9). As the arch-deceiver, he
would not be content to counterfeit all otheraspects of
Christianity but not the identity and worship of the true Savior!
the real “savior”
central to modern Christendom? Is it the Jesus Christ of the Bible? If you say
“yes,” are you sure? What proof have
answers this question plainly. A series of powerful quotes will momentarily
introduce virtually all of the elements central to the belief of the Jesus of
the Bible—but they will be seen to be unconnected to the Jesus of the Bible. As
you read later, notice the astonishing parallel between the “saviors” found
throughout ancient religion and the popular “savior” worshipped today. It is
also a fact that these ancient counterfeit saviors were always worshipped in
conjunction with springtime festivals of renewal. The modern face of these
festivals is the pagan Easter celebration.
Bible mention Easter?
in the Bible!
come as a surprise to most that Easter is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible—but
never in a good context. In fact, God condemns it in the strongest possible terms.
We will see that Easter is interwoven with the worship of Baal and sun worship.
concluding that this cannot be, force yourself to consider the facts of
history. It is vital to understand the origin of
Easter, and its connection to the Jesus worshipped by millions, because this
spring celebration is considered the holiest in the Christian calendar.
who or what is Easter? From where does this term derive?
following sources answer the question: “What means the term Easter itself? It is
not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is
nothing else thanAstarte,
one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven…Now,
the Assyrian goddess, or Astarte, is identified with Semiramis by Athenagoras (Legatio, vol. ii.
p. 179), and by Lucian (De
Dea Syria, vol. iii. p. 382)…Now, no name could more exactly
picture forth the character of Semiramis, as queen of Babylon, than the name of
‘Asht-tart,’ for that just means ‘The woman that made towers’…Ashturit, then…is
obviously the same as the Hebrew ‘Ashtoreth’”
(Alexander Hislop, The
Two Babylons, pp. 103, 307-308, emphasis ours).
this conclusive quote from Microsoft Encarta Multimedia
Encyclopedia: “Ishtar was the Great Mother, the goddess of
fertility and the queen
of heaven.” In Jeremiah 7:18, God
condemned baking cakes (hot cross buns) to the “queen of heaven.” So, in
actuality, Ashtaroth (Ishtar) was Nimrod’s (Gen.
10:8-10) harlotrous, mother/wife widow, Semiramis, as many other ancient
historians attest! Easter is now established as none other than the Ashtaroth
of the Bible! More proof will follow, but we can now examine the scriptures
that show how God views the worship of this pagan goddess—by any name!
Baal and Israel
we know that Easter is the goddess Ashtaroth, we need
to look into the Bible and see what God thinks of her, and notice her
connection to Baal.
first of two sources about Baal comes from Encyclopedia Britannica,
and it begins to connect Baal to Ashtaroth: “The Semitic word baal, meaning
owner or master, was also used in ancient religions for lord or god, and it is
still defined as a Canaanite or Phoenician deity. Among the greatest of the
Semitic peoples’ deities were Baal and Astarte—both symbols of fertility. Baal,
the god of the sun, was supposed to make crops grow and flocks increase.
Astarte [was] the goddess of the moon…”
this quote from The Columbia Electronic
Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: “Baal had become the ruler of the
universe. The Ugarit tablets make him chief of the Canaanite pantheon. He is
the source of life and fertility, the mightiest hero, the lord of war, and the
defeater of the god Yam. There were many temples of Baal in Canaan, and the
name Baal was often added to that of a locality, e.g., Baal-peor, Baal-hazor,
Baal-hermon. The Baal cult penetrated Israel and at times led to syncretism…The
practice of sacred prostitution seems to have been associated with the worship
of Baal in Palestine and the cult was vehemently denounced by the prophets…”
the most popular and powerful god of his time, considered to be “ruler of the
universe” and Israel wanted to be associated with—to worship—both Baal and the
true God. Hence, the above reference to “syncretism,” which is the mixing of
true and false religion—the worship of the true God mixed with customs,
practices and worship of other gods.
worship of the true God with Baal worship was Israel’s problem. Remember, it
led Elijah to indict all Israel: “How long halt you between two opinions? If
the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people
answered him not a word” (I
let’s examine Israel’s involvement with Baal and Ashtaroth: “And the children
of Israel didevil in
the sight of the Lord…And they
forsook the Lord, and
served Baal and Ashtaroth [Easter]”
(Judges 2:11, 13).
context of the passage shows that God allowed His people to be taken from their
land into foreign captivity as a result of this sin! It
continues, explaining how God delivered His people over and over again through
a series of judges. After each deliverance, Israel returned to the same false
gods, which in turn brought another captivity,
via conquest by the nations around them. They never seemed to learn, as verse 19 makes clear: “And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that
they returned, and corrupted themselves…in
following other gods…and…they ceased not from their own doings,
nor from their stubborn way.” In
chapter 10, verse 6, Israel repeats this pattern
of rebellion and stubbornness. And God, just as insistently, called it evil—as
He still does today.
Ashtaroth worship reappeared during the prophet Samuel’s time. Samuel told
Israel, “…put away the
strange gods and Ashtaroth from
among you, and prepare your hearts unto theLord, and serve Him only…Then
the children of Israel did put
away Baalim and Ashtaroth, andserved
the Lord only” (I Sam. 7:3-4). Later, in I Samuel 12:10-11, Samuel
publicly recounted Israel’s history to them. He reminded them that they
continually returned to obeying God, only to fall backwards into idolatry again
read one final example. The Bible states that King Solomon was the wisest man
who ever lived. Yet, he made a mistake that God considered so great that, after
his death, He punished Solomon by removing the kingdom from his son.
married a woman who led him into the worship of Easter (Ashtaroth). Notice I Kings 11:4-6: “For
it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart
after other gods…For Solomon went after Ashtaroth the
goddess of the Zidonians…And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and
went not fully after
the Lord, as did
David his father.” Verses
11-12 demonstrate that the kingdom was, in fact, taken
from his son.
considered worship of this goddess as outright “evil.” This was even though
Solomon was only “not fully”
seeking the true God.
been said that “The only thing man has learned from history is that no one
learns from history.” George Santyana took it further, stating, as we saw,
“Those who do not learn the lesson of history are doomed to repeat it.”
lesson describes ancient Israel—but it also describes today’s modern world.
Because Israel could not stay on track, they were eventually taken into
captivity, eventually becoming lost to history! (After one more captivity and
punishment, prophecy reveals that God will gather them from captivity for the
last time just before Christ’s Return.)
now prepared to examine the astonishing record from history, and allow it to
expose the popular “Jesus” worshipped today for who he really is.
Prepare to be stunned—and, hopefully, even more deeply motivated to take action
about all that you are learning!
there is this: “…the conception of a Saviour-God was quite normal in the
ancient pagan world…a conception of salvation underlies the notion of such Gods
as Osiris, Attis, and Adonis…” (John M. Robertson, Christianity and Mythology,
this incredible admission: “It has often been urged that this belief in the
Resurrection of Jesus is due to ideas of divine resurrection current in the
contemporary world…stories of Attis, Adonis, and Osiris…In the pagan stories
the rising again is a joyous reversal of defeat; in the Christian story it is
the complement of victorious death. It may be said that Attis and Osiris saved
by rising again, Jesus by dying…the Easter observance did not arise at once out
of belief in the Resurrection, but developed later by gradual stages out of the
Jewish Pasch. The notion implied in the Easter greeting Christ is risen is
a secondary development; the idea comes from this festival and from its
occurrence in spring; the festival does not come from the idea. The idea of
Christ’s resurrection was injected into the old practice of Easter observance
and not the other way around” (A. Nock, Early Gentile Christianity and
its Hellenistic Background, pp. 105-107, emphasis ours throughout).
powerful theme of this oft-repeated counterfeit is made absolutely clear by the
famous historian, James George Frazer: “Now the death and resurrection of Attis
were officially celebrated at Rome on the 24th and 25th of March, the latter
being regarded as the spring equinox, and…according to an ancient and
widespread tradition Christ suffered on the 25th of March…the tradition which
placed the death of Christ on the 25th of March…is all the more remarkable
because astronomical considerations prove that it can have had no historical foundation…When
we remember that the festival of St. George in April has replaced the ancient
pagan festival of the Parilia; that the festival of St. John the Baptist in
June has succeeded to a heathen Midsummer festival of water; that the festival
of the Assumption of the Virgin in August has ousted the festival of Diana;
that the feast of All Souls [Halloween] in November is a continuation of an old
heathen feast of the dead; and that the Nativity of Christ himself was assigned
to the winter solstice in December because that day was deemed the Nativity of
the Sun; we can hardly be thought to be rash or unreasonable in conjecturing
that the other cardinal festival of the Christian church—the solemnization of
Easter—may have been in like manner, and from like motives of edification,
adapted to a similar celebration of the Phyrigian god Attis at the vernal
equinox…It is a remarkable coincidence…that
the Christian and the heathen festivals of the divine death and resurrection
should have been solemnized at the same season…It is difficult to regard the coincidence as purely accidental”
(The Golden Bough,
Vol. I, pp. 306-309, emphasis ours).
very extensive, this next and final source is perhaps the most powerful—and the
most fascinating to understand. Let its message crash on your ears: “The
similarity of ancient pagan legends and beliefs with Christian traditions was
so great that they excited the attention and undisquised [sic] wrath of the
early Christian…not knowing how to explain it. Tertulian said, ‘The Devil, by
the mysteries of his idols, imitates even the main part of the divine
mysteries.’ Furthermore Cortez, too, complained that the Devil had possibly
taught the Mexicans that same thing that God taught Christendom. The common
idea is that pagan gods fled away at Christ’s coming, yet it is well known to
every Bible student [that] this is contrary to fact. At the time of the
recorded appearance of Jesus, and for some centuries before, there were temples
without dedicated to Apollo or Dionysius among the Greeks, or Hercules among
the Romans, Mithra among the Persians, Baal and Astarte among the Babylonians,
and temples dedicated to other gods. An outstanding phenomenon is apparent:
notwithstanding great geographic distance, racial difference between cults and
in detail of services, the general outline of creeds and
ceremonies were—if not identical—markedly
similar. A fact that cannot be considered coincidental is, that of
11 main deities from the seven countries, it was believed of all or nearly all
that these deities’ births were on or near Christmas, of a virgin mother, in a
cave underground, that they led a life of toil for man. They were thought to
have been light bringers, healers, mediators, and into saviors. They were
vanguished [sic] by the power of darkness, descended into hell or the
underworld, to have arisen to become pioneers of mankind to a heavenly
world…Krishna [part of the Hindu trinity], the god of India is an outstanding
example of a parallel with the life of Christ. The idea of God sacrificing his
son for the salvation of the world is so remote and remarkable—yet it ranges through all
ancient religion and back to the earliest times and is embodied in their
rituals” (Edward Carpenter, Pagan and Christian Creeds).
summarize the last two sources. The universal church at Rome had a practice of
incorporating pagan festivals—of pasting “Christian” names over them and
calling them “Christian.” This was done to make Christianity more palatable and
familiar to heathen worshippers, whom the Church was trying to attract. It
became easy—natural—that, as the masses accepted Christianity, they be
permitted to bring the familiar customs, traditions and beliefs about their own
“savior” into worship of the new “savior,” from then on to be referred to as
there is not space in this paper to thoroughly cover the entire history and
origin of this different “Jesus,” a brief summary, followed by one more
revealing statement from history, is helpful.
Mother and the Savior
(Easter) was both the mother and wife of Nimrod, described in Genesis 10:8-10, who
was the great-grandson of Noah and the original Baal. In a blatant attempt to
rebel against God shortly after the Flood—and the Tower of Babel was built so
that civilization would be impervious to “any other flood that God might
bring”—history shows that this mother/son duo appointed themselves as gods to
be worshipped. History also records that Noah’s son, Shem (Nimrod’s
great-uncle), eventually tracked down and killed Nimrod, and sent his body
parts throughout his kingdom. (This is also what happened to Osiris, the
“father” in the Egyptian trinity with Horus and Isis.) Semiramis fled for her
life, only to return 30 years later with her younger son, Horus (the son in the
Egyptian trinity), whom she said was born supernaturally and was the
reincarnation of Nimrod—the resurrected savior! Nimrod was Horus’ supposed
father, and Semiramis claimed that she had immaculately conceived him. She also
claimed that she came from the moon in a giant egg that fell into the Euphrates
river and that this occurred after the spring equinox on the first full moon.
This moon egg was known as Ishtar’s (pronounced Easter’s) Egg. She reinstituted
worship of herself and Nimrod, calling herself the mother of god and queen of
heaven, among other things by saying that Nimrod symbolized the sun as it
“died” during the long cold winter. She also taught that Nimrod was
resurrected, and that his son Horus was resurrected to join him in heaven, and
Nimrod’s resurrection was represented by the sun returning each spring to warm
the earth and renew life. While there is much more to the story than can be
included here, Semiramis’ new “mystery system” eventually spread to all the
peoples of the earth, as the earlier sources reveal. (The reader should
consider reading our two booklets The True Origin of Easter and The True Origin of Christmas to
understand much, much more.)
Egyptian version of Nimrod’s son.
notice this quote from the Creation Epic,
speaking of Nimrod, the original “savior” of the world: “As for us, by however
many names we call him, he is our god! Let us proclaim his 50 names…”
a few of them from history, many of which God condemned Israel for having
followed: Nimrod, Molech, Chemosh, Baal, Milcom, Bacchus, Dagon, Osiris,
Saturn, Adonis, Cupid, Apis, Volcon, Attis, Kronos and Tammuz, the son in the
Babylonian trinity with Ninas (Nimrod) and Ishtar (Easter). (Ezekiel 8:14-16 directly connects Tammuz—the resurrected son of, and reincarnation
of, Nimrod—to sunrise services and sun worship, which God calls there an
now be better understood why the
apostle Paul wrote the Corinthians to beware of the subtle deceit of “another
Jesus whom we have not preached.”
The original apostles understood that “another” very different “Jesus” whom
they had “not preached” had existed for millennia.
“believers” today can think that
they are worshipping the true Savior when they are really worshipping a false savior—another
Jesus! The entirety of traditional Christianity is actually worshipping Baal,
the mediator and sun god, who was named after his “wife” Ishtar (who we have
seen was really his mother Semiramis).
modern mother/child “Mary/Jesus” emphasis, including the worshipful adoration
of Mary by millions, is a parallel with Semiramis and Nimrod that cannot be
can worship in ways that represent things that are far different than what they
sincerely believe or intend. Grasp what is at stake with another Jesus. With a
different savior and “Jesus,” ultimately comes a different “mediator, high
priest, shepherd, bishop of our souls, apostle, king of kings, lord of lords,”
and all of the other of Christ’s titles and functions.
problem is that when one leaves “simplicity in Christ” (II Cor. 11:3), the inevitable result
is to soon be unwittingly following a very different Christ (vs. 4).
problem is actually even worse than this.
spoke of “another gospel” and “another spirit,” appearing in conjunction with
this other “Jesus.” Therefore, we must next examine a combination of several
related questions, including: What is the gospel? Is Jesus part of it? And what
is the Body of Christ?
also tie all of this to which spirit has been guiding the religions and
churches of the world!
let’s address the question of what is the
gospel. Almost everyone believes that the gospel is about the Person of Jesus
Christ. Preachers speak incessantly of “Jesus,” His “blood” and His “sacrifice.”
Certainly, the true Jesus Christ plays an extremely important and central role
to Christianity, but He is not the
gospel. The Bible shows that Jesus is preached in conjunction with the gospel.
Again, His role is enormous. But He is not the gospel.
important to take some extra time at this point to make very plain the clear
distinction between the role of Christ and what is the true gospel. Much more
is at stake here than meets the eye—and virtually all professing Christians
have been badly fooled on what is the very centerpiece of the entire Bible! It is critical that the reader understand how
all of this is connected to both another “Jesus” and another “spirit.”
there are a variety of gospels invented and taught by men, far and away the
most popular is the one that centers on the person of Jesus. But if the gospel
is not Christ Himself, what is
Kingdom of God!
Testament is most plain on the subject of the true gospel. The word gospel is
found 101 times in the Bible. In scores of verses, the gospel is
referenced—defined!—as “the kingdom of
God, the kingdom, the kingdom of
Christ and of God” or “the kingdom of
[not in] heaven.”
Sometimes the word is found alone, and sometimes “of the kingdom” follows it.
Other times, it includes “of the kingdom of God,” or the
equivalent phrase “of the kingdom of heaven.” It is
never seen to be or to include the person of Jesus Christ. I repeat: Nowhere in
the Bible—in even a single passage—is the gospel described as “Jesus, Christ”
or “Jesus Christ.”
Mark’s account: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into
Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of god.” This is
the gospel that Jesus preached. It was in this same context
that He said, “repent you, and believe the gospel”
gospel?…of the “kingdom of God!”
Verse 1 in Mark refers to this message, when it states, “The beginning of
the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The gospel of Jesus Christ was about the kingdom
of god—not something else! One must believe that gospel—not
a humanly-devised counterfeit or substitute. The second question—that of which is
the true gospel—stands on top of, and is separate from, the question of which Jesus orthodox
Christianity places at the center of its gospel about “Christ.” It is always a
Bible is absolutely emphatic on the monumental difference between the Messenger—Jesus
Christ—and the Message that
He brought—the kingdom of God (His coming, world-ruling super government). Many
have tried to say that the term “the gospel of Christ”
is a gospel about Christ. This
is simply false—because
the preposition “of” merely connotes possession. The
message about the kingdom of God is Christ’s gospel—meaning, it is His—and this is all
very basic understanding from God’s Word.
Warning Not to Pervert It
subject is so important that God inspired Paul to warn the Galatians then and
all others thereafter: “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that
called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another;
but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But
though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we
said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you
than that you have received, let him be accursed” (1:6-9).
a very blunt statement—and a strong warning to all who will heed it! Note that
one chapter later, Paul stressed his hope that the “truth of the [only
one] gospel might continue with you” (2:5). So
there is one true gospel—with all others false!
some assert that Paul taught a different or additional gospel, it is plain that
he never did. Ironically, God used Paul himself to warn against ever allowing
such false teaching by pronouncing a double curse on
any man, angel or even any apostle—“But though we [apostles]…preach
any other gospel…let him be accursed” (1:8)—who
violates this command.
powerful scripture—and WARNING!
In I Thessalonians 2:4, Paul
explained that the apostles were entrusted by God to preserve the true gospel.
Notice: “But as we [apostles] were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel,
even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.”
a responsibility not to be taken lightly. True ministers
must always teach what God
commands—not what pleases men (including
Bible “scholars” and “theologians”). Any claim that Paul taught a different or
“second” gospel (usually thought to be either about Christ or of “peace”) is
impossible. Had he done this, he would literally have been pronouncing a curse
commissioned to preach to the Gentiles. First, Acts 19:8 establishes which gospel he preached: “And he went into the
synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and
persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.” In
many of his epistles, he taught the kingdom to Gentile congregations. His
message was always the same. He continually preached, taught and referred to
the kingdom of God.
Paul states in Acts 20:25, 21, “I have gone preaching the kingdom of God…repentance
toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” He
preached the same gospel to both Jew and Gentile, but preached the truth about
Christ’s role in addition to
the gospel of the kingdom.
notice Acts 28:30-31: “And
Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came
in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord
Jesus Christ.” Of course, Jesus is foretold to rule the entire earth when He
returns and establishes His kingdom. But He stands alongside the
true gospel about that kingdom.
lose sight of this! The role of Jesus Christ is separate—distinctly
different—from the gospel!
confused when they read I Corinthians 15:1-4,
thinking that Paul contradicts himself from other passages we have seen by
appearing to state that “the gospel” (vs.
1) is “how that Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day” (vs. 3-4). Simply note that “the
gospel” reference in verse
1 is not
connected to Christ’s death and burial in verses 3 and 4.
Careful reading reveals this.
Jesus preached “repent and believe
the gospel,” it should now be clear why both
highlighted elements in this passage are in His instruction. His role must
always be preached in conjunction with the kingdom of God,
because one cannot enter the kingdom unless he understands and accepts that
“Christ died for our sins,” and has repented of
Jesus”—Brought by “Another Spirit”
pause and grasp the additional seriousness of what else bringing
another “gospel” means—the grave danger of what is actually being brought for
worship with this revised “gospel.” The reader must understand why God places a curse on those who pervert the gospel—those who blur
or confuse His literally “Genesis-to-Revelation” announcement about His
attempt to bring Jesus into the gospel is not only wrong in itself, but it
derives from a much greater danger, not only that of “another Jesus,” but one
born of “another spirit.”
The Corinthians were falling into belief in “another gospel” and “another
Jesus,” and did not recognize that these were connected to a third problem—that
of following “another SPIRIT.”
apostle John labels this alien spirit the “spirit of
error,” and contrasts it to the “Spirit of
truth” (I John 4:6). Take
a moment to read this verse, remembering that Christians have been “begotten”
with the Spirit of truth, which the apostle James explained is the same as the
“Word of truth” (Jms. 1:18). It is
this spirit of
error that is
guiding the churches of professing Christianity in its many denominations and
branches—which spirit we will learn is connected to a counterfeit “body of
Christ.” This is
why deceived theologians have devised the false triune god.
the extreme gravity here. Understand why it is absolutely vital to get this point clear in your mind!
critically important element ties in here, and is connected directly to the
Church that Christ has built (Matt.
16:18)—the only Church where the true Christ is leading His true Work,
and the true gospel is being preached. The living Jesus Christ has always
worked exclusively leading only one,
unified, organized, uncompromising Church—the biblical Body of Christ.
summary, the “Christian” world teaches that the Body of Christ—Jesus’
Church—consists of many denominations,
fellowships or “communities of believers,” said to all be connected by the
“Holy Spirit” working in believers wherever they are affiliated. (Many, many
sources attest to this thinking.) But this is totally contrary to I Corinthians 1:10 and 13, and 12:1-31, Ephesians 4:2-16, John 15, Matthew 12:25-30—and to
all of what the Bible teaches about the Body of Christ. This
substitute—counterfeit—idea asserts, in effect, that Christ and His Body are divided among
what the reader must be able to recognize: The entire professing Christian
world believes in a different (counterfeit)
“body” of a different (counterfeit)
“Christ,” emanating from an entirely different (counterfeit)
is not the
Spirit of God. All of these confused, competing churches are led by the “spirit of
disobedience” that is identified in Ephesians 2:2—and
shown to be sent from the “god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4)! Then recognize that
this is the god behind the trinity! We will discuss this “disobedient spirit”
Protestants Go Further
universal church, centered at Rome, and teaching the false doctrine of the
trinity, taught that the Body of Christ was solely composed of those within
that church. Even though the Roman church had the wrong doctrines, the wrong
gospel, the wrong Jesus, the wrong spirit—and the wrong god—their understanding
that Christ had an undivided spiritual Body, identified in a single church, was
largely correct. Their error was connecting this key doctrine to themselves
instead of to the true Church
of God—built by the true Jesus
Christ, who was sent by the true God,
who is working through the true Holy
Spirit. This latter Church is one that also understands the many other
truths of God!
understand this by tying together several critical elements that clarify the
thinking of the Protestants. When the Protestants rebelled against Rome, they
were obviously no longer part of that church, and thus had departed from what
they previously believed to have been the Body of Christ. They recognized that
Paul taught, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” and “For the
body is not one member, but many” (I
entire world of Christendom is able to read these passages, and others, about
the Body of Christ. All of these had to be reconciled with the fact that they
had now left the Roman church and its authority. But here was their problem:
They had to come up with a teaching compatible with converts and believers
supposedly being truly baptized, but into a divided, competing and multiplying
picture of denominations that is the Protestant world. They had to reconcile
the idea of one “Body
of Christ” with the reality of hundreds of
Protestant denominations, and more appearing all the time. They were forced to
conclude that the Body of Christ is composed of many groups,
denominations, fellowships and “communities of believers.” Within this overall
understanding must come the reminder that the professing Christian world,
serving the false trinity god, is led by the spirit of
the “god of this world.” When understood, Christendom would conclude in the end
whatever its god led it to conclude—and that would not be
what the Bible teaches.
course—and this is what the reader must get straight—when the Protestants
reinvented the “Body of Christ” doctrine, it was about the “body” of their “Jesus.”
Although they defined His “body” differently, this was the same Jesus, who was
part of the same gospel, both
of which were brought by the same spirit that
the counterfeit church from Rome had included within its trinity!
this. The alien spirit that both John and Paul spoke of is the false counterfeit spirit—Satan’s
spirit—behind the trinity doctrine, the wrong “Jesus” with his
counterfeit “body,” and the wrong “gospel” of the entire professing Christian
now revisit the central “earmark” that will always reveal to the discerning
observer where the “spirit of disobedience” is at work. This phrase is in the
context of Paul reminding the Ephesian congregation how they had come out of a
different way of life—described as the “course of this world”—in which they had
been under the sway of the “prince of the power of the air.” Now notice:
“Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (2:2).
is the opposite of obedience,
and obedience is something that one either displays toward God, or does not.
One either obeys God’s Law—the Ten Commandments, of which the first four are a
part—or, no matter what reasons he may have or theology he may have accepted
about it, he disobeys it!
all of the professing Christian world teaches that God’s Law—His
Commandments—were “nailed to the cross” by Jesus (now seen to be another one)
through His sacrifice. Thousands of preachers tell millions of parishioners
every Sunday that “that Old Testament Law” has been “done away” by Christ. They
are routinely told, “You do not need to keep it. It was kept for you by Jesus.”
Israel obeyed the first four commandments—no other gods, no idols or graven
images, proper reverence of God’s name and observance of the seventh day instead
of the first day(Sunday)—she
would have remained an example to all nations of how obedience to the true God brought all the good things in life. How many
other nations might have followed and copied Israel’s example? How many
supposed gods would have never come into existence? Think about how much
confusion and false religion could have been avoided!
But Romans 8:7 has explained to the reader that human beings are naturally
hostile to God and His Law. The terrible fruits of that disobedience are the
tragic record of humanity’s last six millennia.
Jesus Christ taught His disciples, “If you will enter into life, keep the commandments”
(Matt. 19:17). It is
these very commandments that define the love of God, and
this is made plain by Romans
13:10 and I John 5:3. Turn and read them, and
notice how Paul and John speak of God’s Law. While the world also speaks
endlessly of “love” with its “Jesus,” it is not the real love of God that the Bible describes. The “Jesus” of this world
brings a very different message about the importance of law-keeping than that
of Matthew 19:17, Romans 13:10, I John 5:3 and many more passages in the New Testament that
could be cited.
it should be understood that the “prince of the power of the air” is the same
as the “god of this world,” the “spirit of error” and the “spirit of
disobedience.” Obviously, this “god”—and spirit—is Satan the devil. Of course,
Satan would never actually reveal himself as the devil, or by
any of Paul’s inspired descriptions of him referenced here. Almost none would
follow him if he did.
hidden his true identity under the guise of the triune
very different spirit drives the thinking of all modern theology. Under the
“power” of this spirit—and
Paul shows that this god does have real
power—theologians have devised the concept of the trinity. These have
cast off the commandments of God, the first four of which would have insulated
and protected them—and all humanity—from all false gods and the resultant
error—and endless troubles—that come from following them.
it is absolutely imperative to the “god of this world” who stands behind the
trinity (and the “Jesus” within it) that its adherents not return to
commandment-keeping! He must, at all costs, try to prevent people from
returning to the only Law that will lead them away from him to the true God!
Recognize that this—disobedience!—is the central feature in how Satan’s “voice”
“Voice of Christ”
further understand. The true Jesus Christ of the Bible taught that His sheep
“know His voice” (John 10:4). Later in John, Jesus
stated, “Everyone that is of the truth hears
My voice” (18:37).
The true Christ’s
sheep know—can discern—the true Christ’s
voice, and can distinguish it from the “voice of a stranger” which is
the voice of “another Jesus.” Get this straight! The spirit of the true Christ,
who taught the only true gospel, does not direct the “churches” and “works” of
those worshipping another Jesus
inside the trinity, who, again, is part of another gospel,
derived from another spirit,
all of which appears with another counterfeit “body
of Christ”—the divided, disagreeing, competing confusion that is supposed to be
Christ’s voice is in part directly identified with its emphasis on commandment-keeping, and this
must never be forgotten in light of all that you have come to understand
throughout this paper!
tried to repeat all of this over and over in different ways for emphasis. This
is so the reader can see the clear connection between several fundamental
elements of true Christianity, in contrast to the counterfeits of each.
reread all that you have seen here until it becomes crystal clear in your
mind—until it is impossible to misunderstand what is at stake in which church
you attend. Remember, the true Christ is not
divided (I Cor. 10:13)—meaning
there is only one true Church of God! Until you findthat Church—the
one, unified Body of Christ—you cannot have contact with the living Christ who heads
Corinth attests, this wrong but subtle teaching about Christ’s counterfeit Body
is so clever, so seductive, so elusive to those who do not examine it closely,
that it has fooled even many of God’s people—those of Christ’s true Church—down
through the ages.
problem in Corinth was traced to the fact that the brethren there were
listening to false ministers. Almost immediately after warning of a false
Jesus, gospel and spirit, Paul identified this problem, explaining how they had
been fooled: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan
himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according
to their works” (II Cor. 11:13-15).
Purpose of the Ministry
leaving this chapter, we must briefly discuss what the true Church of God looks
like, how it began and how it functions. As you read, compare it to the church
or churches that you have attended.
begin in Ephesians 4, which describes the
Body of Christ and His faithful ministry, and how their role and responsibility
is to help keep Christ’s Body unified in truth.
chapter opens with Paul “beseeching” the brethren in Ephesus to “endeavor to
keep the unity of the
Spirit…” (vs. 3) with
the reminder that there is only “one body, and one Spirit” (vs. 4). The
purpose of the ministry is introduced in verse 11, where the offices of
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and other teachers are mentioned.
Verse 12 begins to describe their function—what these offices are supposed
to do. For several verses, the continual theme is unity within
the Body of Christ, and therefore the need to avoid thewrong kinds
of doctrine brought by the “sleight of men.”
carefully this extensive description of the duty and work of faithful
“For the perfecting of the saints,
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ: till we all come in the unity of
the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto
the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine,
by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in
love, may grow up into
Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ. From whom the whole
bodyfitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual
working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (vs. 12-16).
all the elements in this passage, including the need to “speak the truth,” and
to do this “in love”—obedience to the commandments. That is the only way that
God’s people—“the saints”—can be “perfected,” as they are “fitly joined
together and compacted.” Look again at what could only be called
“churchianity.” There is no room for thousands of differing groups to comprise
Christ’s Body and to fit this description with all of the rest of what we have
read. True Christians are to “grow up” and to hold to the truth in
the face of those called “cunning, crafty” deceivers, who are usually easily
able to toss unwitting people “to and fro…with every wind of doctrine.”
to Defend in Unity
exhorted the Philippian brethren about unity in the faith. In chapter 1,
beginning in verse 15, he warned of “some” who
would “preach Christ even of envy and strife” and “of contention” (vs. 16), for the purpose of troubling
and “adding affliction” to Paul. (These were obviously preaching another
Christ—another Jesus—and it was confusing the congregation.) Paul’s response
was “I am set for the defense of
the gospel” (vs. 17),
followed by an admonishment to the brethren to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for
the faith of the gospel” (vs.
are powerful words for those living in the atmosphere of today’s world. Like
the Philippians, we are determined to practice what Paul admonished,
recognizing that we are to be “in nothing terrified by [our] adversaries” (vs. 28). Take a moment to read the
rest of verse 28 to see what is in store for those who were said to preach a
“Christ,” but who become adversaries of all the faithful who were—and still
are!—“striving together for
the faith of the gospel.”
Acts 2 records Christ fulfilling His promise to build His Church. This
happened when the Holy Spirit was poured out in A.D. 31 on all those present at
Pentecost. It is important to understand exactly from whom the new disciples
were to get their teachings—doctrine.
first glimpse of the Church, after its birth, offers an extraordinary insight
into what it was supposed to look like for the next 2,000 years. Consider this
Verse 1 records that everything following in the account, including the
receiving of God’s Spirit, was only possible because “they were all with one
accord in one place.”
notice the very first thing recorded to have happened immediately after 3,000
people were baptized the same day: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’
doctrine and fellowship, and in
breaking of bread, and in prayers” (vs.
points emerge. People held to—“continued in”—the “apostles’ doctrine,” not anybody else’s. (Also see Ephesians 2:20.) This
is a huge statement, completely contradicting trinitarian belief that the
Church was only able to learn the nature of the God it served centuries after
the apostles had died. One of the greatest teachings of the New Testament is
that the highest office in the ministry, that of apostle, is how Christ brings
truth into His Church. The brethren in the first century understood this, and
that is why they “continued in
doctrine”—and they did this “steadfastly.”
there is another critical point that is to be introduced here—God’s people also
“continued in…fellowship” together. Verse 44 further makes this clear: “And all that believed were together…” This is
the only way that the rest of the verse could state that they “had all things
common.” To do this, they had to be together, walking in one Church—one organization.
Verse 46 firmly ties the knot. Notice: “And they, continuing daily with one
accord in the
temple, and breaking bread from house to house,
did eat their meat with gladness and singleness
of heart.” Once again, all were together, of “one accord” and with
“singleness of heart.” As God declares, even in the Old Testament, “how good
and how pleasant it
is for the brethren to dwell
together in unity” (Psa. 133:1)!
Division in Corinth
Corinthian congregation had nearly every conceivable spiritual problem. By now
you understand why. The first, and perhaps greatest, was that they were plagued
by division. After nine verses of introduction in his first epistle to them,
Paul immediately moves to the difficulty, revealing the only way that the
Church of God, wherever it is found, is supposed to function.
again what we have already discussed, but can now better understand because of
the context here: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all speak
the same thing, and that there be no divisions among
you; but that you be perfectly
joined together in the same mind and
in the same judgment” (I Cor. 1:10).
this one verse, in five separate ways, Paul makes abundantly clear that the
Church Christ is leading enjoys complete unity. No
honest mind can possibly draw any other conclusion from this passage. Carefully
reread the phrases in italics.
Verse 13 begins with the rhetorical question: “Is Christ divided?” The only
reason it is not followed with the word “no” or something similar is because
the answer is so obvious. Considering what he had just written, Paul knew that
the thrust of his question was equivalent to asking, “Is grass green?” or “Is
the sky blue?” When people ask rhetorical questions, no one actually responds,
because the answer is so obvious. In Amos 3:3, even the question “Can
two walk together, except they be agreed?” is left unanswered for the same
reason. (And, in this light, no wonder professing Christianity walks divided in
hundreds of disagreeing organizations
Body—And What This Means
also that it was in this same letter to the Corinthians that Paul had to write,
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of
peace, as in all churches of the saints” (14:33),
followed by “Let all things be done decently and in order” (vs. 40). True “decency” and “order”
are impossibleif God’s
Church is divided into many organizations, let alone hundreds or thousands.
have been taught about I
Corinthians 12, and that it is basically a thirty-one-verse analogy comparing
the physical human
body—and all of its connected parts
(eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, etc.)—to the Body of Christ? Paul’s plain
meaning is that any part
of the body will die
if it is severed away—and it is no longer connected to
notice Ephesians 1:22-23. This
scripture plainly states that (the true) Christ is “the Head over all things to the Church, which
is His body.” Also
notice Colossians 1:18, which
repeats the same thing in the opposite order for emphasis—that Christ is the
“Head of the body, the Church.” These
verses prove that Christ’s Body and Church are one and the same—and that He
Heads both in one, and
both “Church” and “Body” are qualified by the entirety of I Corinthians 12. In
other words, Christ’s Body reflects the unified integration of the human body,
making clear thatall
parts of it work as one within His one Church!
Testament presents one other defining statement about the nature of the true
Church. That Church is also described as “the Temple of the Holy Spirit.” The
Corinthians were reminded of this: “Know ye [King
James for the plural form of you, meaning the
whole Church collectively] not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit
which is in you, which you have of God…” (I
Cor. 6:19). (Also take time to carefully read II Corinthians 6:16-18.)
the true Church—which equals the Body of Christ—is also the New Testament
Temple of God. All of this makes clear the colossal importance of being
absolutely sure that one is connected to the true Jesus Christ and to the power
of the true Holy Spirit. This means finding and being part of His Body, the place—the organization—where
He is the Vine (John 15:1-6). As
the Bible teaches, only the branches there are
connected to Him!
you may think that you have heard the whole story, there is more to why Satan
chose the trinity as the face of his counterfeit god. Coupled with all that you
have learned in this chapter and the previous ones, we are now prepared to open
the door to wonderful, exciting knowledge about the real God of Creation and to
follow that with His Plan for you.