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Teach Me Your Ways, Lord

Young woman reading bible by stream in summerTeach me Lord Jesus
The way of righteousness
Help me to love God
With all my heart

Strengthen my faith
That I may trust You
In the good times
As well as the trials

Let me be confident
That all things work together
For my highest good
Because at all times God is in control

I want to follow
The true way of life
Not empty religion
Which leads to sadness & bondage

You are the Son of God
That sets me free
Salvation from sin,
Life eternal, happiness & peace

Teach me Your ways, Lord
Teach me your ways
Teach me Your ways, Lord
To glorify You in every way

– Poem by Luis Josephus, Real Jesus Ministries, http://www.RealJesus Life.com. (c) Copyright 2014 Luis Josephus


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Religious Syncretism

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

The following article was reprinted from www.GotQuestions.org

I believe it contains some very useful information that will expose new light on today’s current trend among the Protestant churches to introduce a “mixture” of foreign religious philosophies or pagan practices with Christianity.

Some examples of Syncretism might include “Christian Yoga”, “Christian Psychology”, “The Ecumenical Movement” (the false teaching that all religions lead to God), and the general incorporation of New Age occult teachings and practices into the church.

As the article states, “Religious Syncretism is not compatible with true Christianity… syncretism relies on the whim of man, not the standard of Scripture.”

Beware of so many Christian churches today that have fallen away from the true Christian faith by following the doctrines of men and demons. “Now the [Holy} Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” – 1 Timothy 4:1.

Please pray for spiritual discernment to know truth vs. error, and be courageous enough to “come out” from among them and be separate, says the LORD (2 Corinthians 2:17).

We speak the truth in love,

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
http://www.RealJesus.net
realjesusministries@gmail.com

Question: “What is religious syncretism?”

Answer: Syncretism, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is “the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.” This is most evident in the areas of philosophy and religion, and usually results in a new teaching or belief system. Obviously, this cannot be reconciled to biblical Christianity.

Religious syncretism often takes place when foreign beliefs are introduced to an indigenous belief system and the teachings are blended. The new, heterogeneous religion then takes a shape of its own. This has been seen most clearly in Roman Catholic missionary history. Take, for example, the Roman Catholic Church’s proselytizing of animistic South America. Threatened with the fear of death, natives were baptized into the church by the tens of thousands without any preaching of the Gospel whatsoever. Former temples were razed, with Catholic shrines and chapels built on the same spot. Natives were allowed to substitute praying to saints instead of gods of water, earth and air, and replaced their former idols with new images of the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, the animistic religion the natives had formerly practiced was never fully replaced—it was adapted into Catholic teachings, and this new belief system was allowed to flourish.

More recently, religious syncretism can be seen in such religious systems as the New Age, Hinduism, Unitarianism, and Christian Science. These religions are a blending of multiple different belief systems, and are continually evolving as the philosophies of mankind rise and fall in popularity.

Therein lies the problem, for syncretism relies on the whim of man, not the standard of Scripture. The Bible makes it very clear what true religion is. Think on just a few things stated in Scripture: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37); “Jesus replied, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'” (John 14:6); “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31-32); and “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Religious syncretism is simply not compatible with true Christianity. In fact, any modification to biblical law and principle for the sake of a “better” religion is heresy (Revelation 22:18-19).

Recommended Resource: Jesus Among Other gods by Ravi Zacharias.


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Are You Gathering or Scattering?

If you’re not gathering for Jesus you’re scattering for the Devil; there is no middle ground.

“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” – Matthew 12:30 (NIV)

The New Living Translation expresses this concept in the following manner:

“Anyone who isn’t with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me.” – Matthew 12:30 (NLT)

Wheat ripe for Harvesting

Wheat ripe for Harvesting

Many people say they believe in Jesus, or may even participate in a congregation, but that is no guarantee they are following Jesus. External religion can sometimes masquerade a person’s true allegiance. Jesus said that if anyone did not act with Him, they were against Him. If they did not “aid Him” by gathering with Him, they scattered, or opposed Him. This is taken from the practice of harvesting wheat.

Some religious people are even serving the Devil, instead of Jesus. Look at the example of the religious Pharisees who claimed to be followers of God but were actually furthering Satan’s agenda. They were full of jealousy and hatred of Jesus and tried to discredit and undermine His ministry in every way they could. Eventually their murderous hearts demanded that Pontius Pilate execute the Son of God. Jesus saw right through their religious façade and called them “white-washed tombs”, “blind leaders of the blind”, and sons of their father the devil.

If you’re not genuinely serving Jesus by obeying His will for your life then you are serving the Devil himself. There is no middle ground; you’re either following one or the other. There is no possibility of loving and serving God and Satan at the same time.

Examine yourself today and honestly evaluate your life: Do you really love Jesus and helping to “gather” by furthering His Kingdom in some way? Is your testimony and service for God producing spiritual fruit? Or, are you helping Satan to repel and scatter souls away from God by your poor testimony and ineffective labor?

God wants to use your life to it’s maximum potential.

You are called to salvation but also to become God’s chosen vessel to help harvest souls for eternity. Jesus said the wheat is ready for harvesting right now, but the laborers are always few. Pray and make yourself available to God in whatever capacity He needs to use you. There is much work to be done for Jesus and His Kingdom.

Whether your gift is preaching, teaching, service, giving, counseling, praying, or simply telling others about Jesus, make sure you’re using your gifts and talents actively and effectively – in a way that helps to gather and not scatter.

–         Luis Yosefus

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