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James wrote in his book,

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.“ James 2:19

It seems the devils have a little better theology than most of the world. Our world has multiple gods. The first mention of more than one God was by Satan in his promise to Adam and Eve:

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5

The last mention of “gods” is by Paul:

“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.” Galatians 4:8

Paul addresses the situation negatively and honestly, “…which by nature are no gods.” They are worthless!

Every man has his “god.” Whether it is a physical idol or a mental one, all men worship something. Often it is simply themselves! Just because men believe and worship other gods does not mean they exist. Paul said there is only one God:

“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6

Men’s gods are whatever they choose. A.A.’s twelve steps speaks of “God as I understand him.” Actually, that is a misnomer. God is Who He is, regardless of how I understand him. I could understand Him as a cop, a judge, a doddering old man, an ethereal wisp, but that has nothing to do with Who He is.

With God, His Son and His Bible, it is either/or. Christ said:

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30

Notice that there is no middle ground; one or the other.

Paul said the same thing about gospel:

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: [7] Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. [8] 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. “ Galatians 1:6-8

Note especially verse 8:

“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.”

In this modern time we are trying to find what will placate the masses and then we give it to them. Carnal Christians even do religious demographic studies to see what lost and backslidden people want, instead of what God wants. It seems the “Emerging Church” group might recommend slot machines and Blackjack tables in the New Jerusalem. Bill Hybels (Willow Creek Church) spoke that one of his methods of evangelism was buying drinks for some homosexual people. He never mentioned whether they spoke of the Lord Jesus Christ or not and I don’t know if this was before or after they removed the crosses from his church. Some are trying to reach the people with diffused room lighting and atmosphere (similar to Eastern Mysticism.) Many churches are now entertainment centers, social circles and book reviewers. All are trying to improve upon God and His program. They have decided that God’s methods won’t work anymore; let me interject here that if you think they won’t work, they won’t work for you, because you are too lazy to work them. We just want so much to be contemporary. We just hate to be considered old-fashioned or an old fogey.

Could this be why new translations of the Bible keep surfacing? Wouldn’t you think that someone would finally get a correct Bible? You don’t suppose these fine people are just trying to sell Bibles for a profit, do you? Isn’t it logical that if a Bible has mistakes in it and someone corrects those mistakes, then that Bible would be mistake free? Some self-appointed genius will say that there is no translation that can be inspired. I wonder about Christ’s comments in Luke 4:21. Christ read from Isaiah (written in Hebrew) recorded by Luke who wrote in Greek. Was Luke’s account not inspired because he translated the Hebrew to Greek?

If Satan can get rid of the Bible or get people confused over it, they have no truth in which to turn. Every version and translation will contradict each other on major doctrine. Please don’t bring up the “originals.” They do not exist! They did not exist in Christ’s day! Every honest person knows that and when some guy tells you the “original Greek” or the “original Hebrew” says anything, he is either dumber than a rock or lying through his teeth. Time and space do not permit me to go into detail at this time, but some other terms you will begin to see deleted from our churches is the name “church.” The symbol of the cross will be removed from everything. The name Christ is becoming an antagonistic word, so He must go. We will talk about God or a Supreme Being or a Spiritual Being, etc. The blood of Calvary will be shunned. It is gruesome and unappealing. This is part of the reason for the change in song services. How gross it is to sing, “What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” How awful to mention sin and blood in the same song, let alone in the same verse. Why don’t we just sing “I will praise, I will praise” about nineteen times and make believe we are worshipping?

One day we will face Him.

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12

I have regretted my words many times, but God being my witness, this is not one of those times.

Keep Looking Up!

Leland Maples