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Since the very beginning, God's Truth has been under attack. Many have sought to modify the message of Christ and water down the Gospel to appeal to the masses.
The same attack against God's Truth continues today. Many of these lies are disguised in modern dress, but they are proclaiming old heresies—even in many evangelical churches. But despite how these lies are dressed, they all have one common source. And God is calling us as His church to stand against them.
While many seek to modify the true Gospel, we must preach Christ.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:4-5. In this passage, Paul tells us that "[t]he god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers." This god, this spirit of the age, sneakily permeates our culture and even our churches with its lies and deceptions. This spirit's intention is simple: to blind people's spiritual eyes to Christ—because if they cannot see Christ, they will miss the only way to salvation.
This is a crucial battle. And it is one that we, as God's church, must fight.
God has a strategy to combat the spirit of the age, and we are a part of it. In 2 Corinthians 4:5, Paul shares our role: "[W]hat we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake."
While many seek to modify the true Gospel, we must preach Christ, who loves us so much He chose to die a criminal's death on the cross in order to pay for our sin and set us free. Christ's payment for our sin is the only salvation. We must preach Christ, who healed the sick, raised the dead, made the lame to walk, and set the captives free. There is no higher knowledge that can help us connect with God—we come to God through Christ and Christ alone.
As believers, it is crucial for us to know the Truth, to be firmly grounded in it, and to stand for Christ in a world of compromise. The Truth is immovable, immutable, and unchangeable. And we are to build our lives on it.
Begin asking God to help you recognize when you encounter heresies that the god of this age has spread. God loves every person in the world, but He will not bend His Truth to make people more comfortable in their sin. No, He wants to rescue them from their sin! Ask God to impress His Truth in your heart and to help you lovingly proclaim it so we can stand with Paul and others throughout history and say, "We preach Christ!"
Prayer: God, strengthen me in Your Word, that I would not be fooled by the deceptions of this world. Give me the courage to boldly testify to Your Truth and all that You have done for me, that others may know the freedom You freely give through Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Corinthians 4:5).