Wednesday night we looked at a passage of scripture that was penned by the apostle Paul, whose discernment and experience, not to mention the inspiration of the Spirit, led him to caution committed believers regarding the very real possibility of being "led astray" from the simplicity of following Christ. “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough" (2 Corinthians 11:2-4 NIV). The apostle speaks as our spiritual father, one who has promised us to the Bridegroom, thus he has a very serious responsibility. When he says, "you put up with it," he means to say that the church has lost discernment and must return to the simplicity of Christ. The simplicity of following Christ means keeping our devotion pure by remaining focused on Jesus above all else. To the degree that we don't do this is the degree to which we accept another Jesus (does the narrative of my life reflect the life and ministry of the son of God?), another spirit (do I maintain a disposition and attitude of love from the Spirit?), another gospel (does my life align with the message of Christ and him crucified, and the resurrection that brings freedom and healing?). Yes Jesus, we believe, but please Lord, keep our devotion pure and our focus on you.
-- Pastor Roy