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Today's Gnosticism


If Joel Richardson's statistics, in his book entitled "The Islamic Anti-Christ", are accurate, since 911 there has been a move among American youth towards Islam, the very religion that inspired the 911 attackers.  If Richardson is correct when he says that 80% of these recent Islamic converts in America are youth from that which we call church, then America has a disturbing problem. 


More than any other generation in history, Christians living in the western world today have the capability of becoming the most Biblically literate generation ever.  My life as a Bible college student in the mid 1970's would have been dramatically enhanced and made much easier if I would have had access to a computer and the internet, as I do today.  The sad fact of the matter is that Biblical illiteracy is an epidemic among western Christians today.  We'd rather surf the net for the latest sensational story than seriously surf the Bible in pursuit of the knowledge of the God we claim to serve.    


As Christians, we have been replacing solid Biblical instruction with flimsy inspirational sermons that differs little from humanistic motivational messages.  This has produced what I call a generation of the "inspired ignorant".  I'm constantly amazed how little Christians know, or even care to know, about the Bible.  The loss of Biblical knowledge and understanding is destroying God's people as the prophet Hosea said it would. (Hosea 4:6) 


There's a natural law at work in the western Christian community today.  When something is removed from its place, something else fills the vacuum within the voided space.  When Biblical knowledge is removed from our lives, the resulting emptiness is filled by deceptive religious, humanistic, and secular philosophies.  This accounts for the recent move away from Christianity to Islam among American youth.     


Something similar afflicted the predominantly Gentile community of believers in the apostle Paul's day.  Certain false teachers were mixing a Greek philosophy called Gnosticism with Christian truth.  One thing Gnostics taught that all things spiritual were holy, while all things material were unholy.  For example, angels were holy; humans were not holy.  To the Biblically illiterate, this might not be a big deal.  To the Biblically literate, this would be disturbing, as it was to Paul.  If one believes that the holy cannot unite with the unholy, the basic premise of Biblical truth is compromised.  Gnostics did not believe Jesus was fully God and fully human as Paul taught in Colossians 2:9.  They couldn't, because in their thinking a holy God could never unite Himself with unholy humanity.  Gnostics therefore clearly believed in a different Jesus than the Jesus who Paul taught, and anyone believing in a different Jesus is eternally condemned according to Paul in Galatians 1:8.  To the Biblically literate, this is a serious matter.         


'If someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached Ö you put up with it easily enough". (2 Corinthians 11:4)  These Corinthians were easily putting up with false teaching that leads to eternal condemnation.  As these believers were being led astray, so are many in today's Biblically illiterate world.       


"I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ". (2 Corinthians 11:3)  Paul says that Eve was deceived by satan, and the Corinthians were in the process of being deceived by him as well.  Notice what Paul says here.  Satan attacks our minds.  He attacks the way we think.  If he can take our minds, he'll go for our heart felt devotion to Jesus next. 


If satan can drive out the knowledge of Biblical truth from our minds, he'll soon have our hearts, and the void that is left by the departure of Biblical truth will be replaced with deceptive philosophies that lead to eternal condemnation.  Thus the reason for the present trend towards Islam.    


The present day satanic deception that is filling the void left by the removal of Biblical truth is a mixture of Biblical truth with humanistic philosophy and other religious thinking.  As with the Corinthian believers, this mixture ultimately leads to the belief in a different Jesus, a different savior, a savior who can rescue no one from eternal condemnation.           


The apostle Paul was serious when he said, "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly Ö" (Colossians 3:16)  The pursuit of Biblical knowledge and understanding; the desire for the word of Christ to live within us in all of its richness, should outweigh everything else in our lives.  If we are to survive the days ahead, we have no other choice than to give ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ and the pursuit of Biblical truth that produces a heart felt conviction to live or die for.     


Why are American youth leaving Christianity for Islam?  Many of them have never been taught the Biblical truth that would alert them to the satanic attack they're being struck down by.  When there is no heart felt Biblical conviction, and the prevailing thinking is unity of  religions at any cost, why not give Islam a try. 


For those of us who desire to have the Word of Christ  dwell in us in all of its richness,  you can be assured, we'll stand out in the crowd.  The light of God's Word in our lives will shine its spotlight on a dark world, exposing sin and corruption that most donít want exposed.  John the Baptist lost his head over this very issue, but like John the Baptist, we won't dim the light.            


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