In contradiction to the Gospel of Christ, the Gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works. It includes justification before God on the grounds of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is “Be good and do good;” but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwelleth no good thing. It announces salvation by character, which reverses the order of God’s word–character by, as the fruit of, salvation. Its various ramifications and organizations are manifold. Temperance Reform movements, “Christian Socialists Leagues,” ethical culture societies, “Peace Congresses,” are all employed, perhaps unconsciously, in proclaiming this Gospel of Satan–salvation by works. The pledge card is substituted for Christ; social purity for individual regeneration, and politics and philosophy, for doctrine and prophecy. The cultivation of the old man is considered more practical than the creation of the new man in Christ Jesus; whilst universal peace is looked for apart from the interposition and return of the Prince of Peace.
The latest evidences that our Gospel Signal must rise above the noise of America’s baneful culture:
Brynn Jones: Should Christians Be Excited About The Last Jedi?
Peter M. Burfeind’s Gnostic America: The First Three Chapters (PDF)
The Nathans: “Christian” Romanticism, Mythology, and The Inklings
For those Christians who insist on promoting and celebrating the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien as a rich tapestry of Christian allegory and symbolism that powerfully informs their faith, some sobering facts need to be seriously considered. The sad truth is, that Tolkien, despite his personal Christian-based sensibilities, allowed his deep love of pagan Norse mythology to blind him to the fatal spiritual consequences of his creative endeavors and the flawed philosophy behind them. This point is not to bring into question the faith and salvation of Tolkien or of his devoted Christian followers, but simply to suggest that in his creative practice, Tolkien, figuratively speaking, “dropped the ball” and brought aid and comfort to the opposition of our faith.
The evidence is shocking: Neo-Pagans, Gnostics and other occult-based religionists absolutely adore Tolkien’s works, but are not turning to Christianity for spiritual understanding. Instead, they are extracting new beliefs out of his writings that support and bolster their own alternative religions. Why?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Please read those words carefully and take them to heart. This is the loving message of Jesus Christ who asks those who are burdened by sin to come to Him in faith with a promise of forgiveness and rest.
Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is both fully God and fully man, born in human flesh to walk among us and show the world His righteousness, His obedience to the Father, and His amazing love. More importantly, this flawless, sinless Son of God came to give His righteousness to those who seek a perfect standing before God. In order to accomplish this, Jesus went to a cross and was there lifted up to die in the sinner’s place. There upon that cross, the sins of everyone who would believe in Him were transferred to Him so that he would take upon Himself the wrath of God. This was the great exchange of the cross—the sins of many laid upon Him, and His righteousness laid upon sinners as He shed His blood upon that cross.
You’ve probably heard of the famous “Invisible Gorilla” study, conducted by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris several years ago. It was a work that won the Ig Nobel Prize for Psychology in 2004. In the study, Simons and Chabris asked volunteers to watch a one-minute long video of two teams (one group in white shirts; one in black shirts) passing around a basketball. The volunteers were specifically tasked with keeping count of how many times the ball is passed by a member of the white-shirted team. Halfway through the video, a person wearing a full-body gorilla suit walks through the scene, pounds the chest, then leaves. After watching the video, the volunteers were asked to give their official counts, but were also asked if they saw anything else in the video. Amazingly, only around 50% of the volunteers saw the gorilla.
The experiment clearly demonstrated what is known as “Inattentional Blindness,” a common mental phenomenon defined by a lack of expectation for an unattended stimulus. Test subjects didn’t expect to see a gorilla while they were focusing on their counting task, so quite often they didn’t even notice the ape in plain view.
“If you deviate from the gospel in what you say about the gospel, or if you deviate from the gospel in how you act, you’re in violation of the purity of the gospel. It’s hard; I understand. It’s hard to be bold for the gospel when you’re with people who compromise the gospel but also talk about Christ. It’s hard to talk to someone in a form of Christianity that is apostate, heretical, outside the bounds of the true gospel. It’s hard to talk to a Roman Catholic or somebody in some cult or some fringe group, or any kind of ‘Christian’ organization that has a review of the gospel that’s in error.
“It’s hard to be bold, because you want to be accepted by them. And maybe you say, “Well, you know, they’re not going to listen to what I have to say if they don’t” – it’s hard. And the fear of men brings a snare, doesn’t it? Even Peter had to be confronted to the face.