December 2006 Newsletter
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused
to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then
Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was
minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel
of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to
take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And
she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his
people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken
of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
I think the Christmas season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Friends and
family get together. There’s a little cold in the air down here in Atlanta. Time off from
work is always nice, and it’s always a joy to witness to all the lost people in the malls.
And just in case we forget, this is the time of the year when many Christians celebrate the
birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. But as you just read, I didn’t begin the newsletter with that
last sentence. It seems amongst the gift buying and giving, and football games, the Son of
the Most High God can just get kicked to the curb as we are busy doing other things.
Not only that, there is one other problem at this time of year. When people do think about
Jesus, who is that Jesus really? Is it this little cuddly Jesus that we would want to hug
and put back in the manger, or is it the Jesus that died on the cross? One of the real
tricks happening in our world today is the redefinition of who Jesus is. The same word,
Jesus, is used, but it is being defined in a different way. That is what you find much more
often in supposed Christianity- the same words, but a different definition. You may think
you are talking to a solid Biblical believer in Jesus, but in reality, if you knew their
definition for the words they use, you would realize they are not. That is why a great
question to ask people is, What Do You Mean By That? By getting them to define terms, when
you talk with them, you are on the same page.
Ron Carlson and Ed Decker wrote in their great book, Fast Facts on False Teachings:
“There is a veritable smorgasbord of Jesus Christs being served up to the public. Jesus
warned of this and so did Paul, and we’ve got them by the hundreds today (By the millions
if you believe Shirley MacLaine’s pronouncement that we are all Jesus Christs!)!
Who is the Jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses? He is the archangel Michael. He was the first
creation of God, he came to earth as a man, he died on a stake, and he rose invisibly as
The Mormons say that Jesus was simply one god in a pantheon of gods. He is the brother of
Satan, and the cross and blood of Jesus Christ are foolishness.
Mary Baker Eddy taught in Christian Science that Jesus was just a pleasant divine idea.
Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church say that Jesus was a man who failed, and that Sun
Myung Moon is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The Bahais say that Jesus is one of nine great world manifestations. They say it does not
matter what religion you believe, since all religions are basically the same.
The Bahai Temple in Evanston, Illinois, is nine-sided, with each side representing one of the
world’s religions. They say it doesn’t matter which door you come in, since all religions
are basically the same. Big signs on the walls read, “All religions teach the same thing about God”.
The Unitarians say that Jesus was a good man but his followers mistakenly deified him (p. 143).”
When you add to that the Jesus of Islam, whom they call Isa, the trend continues. Muslims
do not believe that Jesus is divine. They do not believe in the Trinity. They do not
believe that He is the Son of God. They do not believe that Jesus died on the cross.
Actually, what is interesting is that many Muslims I have talked to actually believe it was
Judas who was crucified on the cross. So of course they do not believe that He physically,
bodily rose from the grave.
So you can see how Ron and Ed can write on page 144 of the same book,
“The Jesus of the cults is not the Jesus of the Bible. They have another Jesus, a counterfeit, a false Christ who
can save no one.”
There will be many false Christs and false prophets that will be in the world before the
Lord Jesus returns. This is a big trick from Satan. Since he doesn’t want us to believe
in the real Jesus, why not give us a false Jesus to believe in that can’t help us when they
die? Since Satan is a great deceiver, this really makes sense.
So the question you must ask is do you know the real Jesus? You will find His beautiful
description on the pages of the Bible. It would be a great idea this Christmas season to
open up that book and devour its pages about the real Jesus. And once you know Him, will
you share with people the real Jesus of the Bible this Christmas? They are dying to hear
about Him. And oh yeah, they will be dying anyway. Make sure you have given them the choice
to choose the Biblical Jesus before they die.
Until the nets are full,
P.S. You can go to www.christianministriesintl.org
to look at the book Fast Facts on False Teachings and other products by Ron Carlson. He
is one of the soundest men of God I have run into in a while, and his material is right
in line with the Bible. I highly recommend his teachings and products.