Friday, August 28, 2015

COLOSSIANS—Antidote for the Beguiling

I've been deceived!
What can I do?!?
If you were deceived by a magician, applaud his dexterity and enjoy the show.
If you were deceived out of your money, you may try to get it back; but make sure you learn the lesson contained within the experience.

If you have been deceived out of your reward (Col. 2:18), your place in the kingdom (Rom. 14:17), your birthright (John 1:12), there is an antidote for the poison which you have swallowed.

As mentioned in the last article, the absolute best source for healing is found in the Word of God, the Bible (Heb. 4:12). The more time you spend in that book, the more clear you will become on the depth of your deception (John 8:31-32).

Paul writes that ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. (Col. 2:3) Therefore, why bother with anything or anyone else?

Personal Anecdote
While I was writing the previous article, and planning ahead to this one, I stopped over on my Facebook page. There, posted by someone I know personally, who was brought up in the things of God, I saw a graphic (are they called memes now?) with a quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer. 
QUOTE: When you become certain that nothing is impossible to you, you'll attain everything you desire.
 I thought, "Here's a perfect example of what I am trying to say."
QUESTION: Why do we, as believers, prefer to quote people who have distanced themselves from the God of heaven, rather than quote the same truth from the Bible?

What is wrong with that, you ask?
Basically nothing—on the surface.

However, now that I have come through so much deception and am on my way out, I have become quite sensitive to the subtleties of subterfuge surfacing among the saints.

DISCLAIMER: I was a fan of Dr. Dyer for years. I never made it all the way through his breakout book, "Your Erroneous Zones," but I have most of his other works including cd, dvd and tape sets from his PBS days.

I essentially agree with the statement that "all truth is God's truth." This is our answer for when we find things to be true for which we can find no biblical support. However, I am somewhat of the opinion that even this concession may be a potential detour into the dangerous districts of distraction from the truth that is in Jesus (Eph. 4:21).

Look at the quote from Dr. Dyer again. Do you see the subtle shift from the way it is stated in the Bible?
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (Mk. 9:23)
According to Dr. Dyer, you can have everything you desire.
According to the Bible, all things are possible to the one who believes.

Would a "desire" come under the heading of "all things are possible?" Yes.

Lifting a verse completely out of its context in order to present a broad application of its truth can be misleading.
  1. The man was asking for something for his son—not himself
  2. Jesus explained to the disciples that there is more than just a belief necessary to accomplish some things (Mk. 9:28-29)
But the shift that puts the emphasis on oneself is part of the problem in the world of today (2 Tim. 3:2). This is the focus of all New Age humanism—the self.

Yes, these ideas I am putting forth here are open to all sorts of ridicule and loss of readership; but I have walked the path and I know where it leads.

Thankfully, the grace of God has brought me out and set me in an open place of light and clean air.

When the yogi at our ashram told me to quit reading the Bible—which I had not cracked open in more than 8 years at the time—my turn-around began. There have been many different events that have brought me to where I am, including some devastating experiences within a church, which removed the last of the scales from my eyes.

I feel it has all been for my good to make me aware and sensitive to the dangers that lie ahead for all of us who desire to "press on for the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14)

Paul presents both a protection from and an antidote against the deception that masquerades as wisdom. It is a protection if you have not been there, and an antidote if you have.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Col. 2:6-7)
We will begin looking into this in our next visit.

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