ANOTHER JESUS

By now 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.

We have 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.”

Of 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.

The 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.

What would this be?

First, 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).

Now 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.

Paul, 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.

When one 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.

When fully understood, those who believe that God is three-in-one—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—are worshipping another Jesus inside the trinity!

This is 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?

Which Savior?

One of 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 master counterfeiter (Satan 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!

Who is 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 you?

History 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.

Does the Bible mention Easter?

Easter—Condemned in the Bible!

It will 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.

Before 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.

So then, who or what is Easter? From where does this term derive?

The 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).

Notice 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!

Easter, Baal and Israel

Now that 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.

http://www.thercg.org/images/lit/ttigtio-nimrod_small.gifNimrod

This 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…”

Now read 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…” (emphasis ours).

Baal was 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.

Merging 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 Kgs. 18:21).

Now 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).

The 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.

Baal and 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 and again!

Let’s 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.

His mistake?

He 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.

God considered worship of this goddess as outright “evil.” This was even though Solomon was only “not fully” seeking the true God.

It has 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.”

This 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.)

What History Reveals

We are 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!

First, 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, p. 395).

And then 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).

The 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).

While 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).

We can 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 Jesus.

While 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.

The Mother and the Savior

Semiramis (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.)

http://www.thercg.org/images/lit/ttigtio-horus_small.gifHorus, the Egyptian version of Nimrod’s son.

Now 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…”

Here are 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 abomination.)

It can 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.

Bible “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).

The modern mother/child “Mary/Jesus” emphasis, including the worshipful adoration of Mary by millions, is a parallel with Semiramis and Nimrod that cannot be missed.

People 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.

The 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).

But the problem is actually even worse than this.

Paul 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?

We will also tie all of this to which spirit has been guiding the religions and churches of the world!

“Another Gospel”

First 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.

It is 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.”

While 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 it?

Only the Kingdom of God!

The New 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.”

Notice 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” (1:14-15). Which 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 different one!

The 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.

Strong Warning Not to Pervert It

This 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).

This is 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!

Although 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.

What a powerful scripture—and WARNING!

What Paul Preached

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.”

This is 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 on himself!

Paul was 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.

Next, 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.

Now 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.

Do not lose sight of this! The role of Jesus Christ is separate—distinctly different—from the gospel!

Some get 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.

Since 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 his sins.

“Another Jesus”—Brought by “Another Spirit”

Now 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 soon-coming world government.

The 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.”

The 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.

Recognize the extreme gravity here. Understand why it is absolutely vital to get this point clear in your mind!

Extreme Danger!

Another 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.

In 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 many groups.

Here is 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) “spirit” that 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” shortly.

The Protestants Go Further

The 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!

Let’s 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 Cor. 12:13-14).

The 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.

Of 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!

Grasp this. The alien spirit that both John and Paul spoke of is the false counterfeit spiritSatan’s spirit—behind the trinity doctrine, the wrong “Jesus” with his counterfeit “body,” and the wrong “gospel” of the entire professing Christian world.

Spirit of Disobedience

Let’s 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).

Disobedience 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!

Almost 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.”

Millions believe them!

Had 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.

The true 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.

By now 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.

He has hidden his true identity under the guise of the triune god.

This 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.

Therefore, 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” is identified.

The “Voice of Christ”

Let’s 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 Christianity.

The true 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!

I have 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.

Read and 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 it—and only it!

As 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.

The 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).

The Purpose of the Ministry

Before 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.

Let’s 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.

The 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.”

Notice carefully this extensive description of the duty and work of faithful ministers:

“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).

Consider 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.”

Learning to Defend in Unity

Paul 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. 27).

These 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.”

When the Church Began

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.

This 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 well.

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.”

Next, 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. 42).

Two 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 the apostle’s doctrine”—and they did this “steadfastly.”

But 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)!

Addressing Division in Corinth

The 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.

Recall 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).

In just 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 and groups!)

Only One Body—And What This Means

Remember 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.

How many 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 the body.

Next 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!

The New 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.)

So then, 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!

While 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.

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