Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.” (Colossians 2:18, NIV)

Indulge me as I go off on a little rant here.

Those who know me well know that I have little tolerance for any teaching or movement that is not centered on Christ and Him crucified. Any time the object of faith is shifted off of grace, the movement and followers begin to bear bad fruit. I guess that’s why extreme or bad teaching is often accompanied by an arrogant, elitist spirit. It builds a Christian “aristocracy” that the Scriptures do not contain.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of people getting wrapped up in different movements that have exalted themselves as the pinnacle of Christianity, boasting in secret knowledge that makes them superior to the rest of the ignorant saints. And yet, their “knowledge” focuses more on eschatology (end-time prophecy), Israel, the gifts of the Spirit, or prophetic impressions. Brothers and sisters, this is just pharisaism dressed up in modern garb. Any time a teacher or movement shifts your focus away from being cross-centered, beware that you tread on dangerous ground!

Flee from any teaching, or teacher, that presents to you a Christianity that is not Christ-centered, making the faith elitist or complicated. Jesus doesn’t make it complicated! Man does. The devil does. Didn’t Jesus say, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3, NIV). Of course He did.

Paul wrote, “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3, NASB).

Simplicity and purity. Rest in the finished work of Christ. There are many who would make you afraid, telling you what works you must do to gain God’s approval, or what strange thing you must believe in order to be complete. You are complete in Christ!

I have a friend named Mike that recently attended a meeting where the guest evangelist was telling everyone that they must come up to the front and receive their “impartation” from him, suggesting that if they didn’t, they would be incomplete. Almost everyone in the room went forward to the altar to get their special “impartation”…except Mike. Mike had come with a friend, who felt compelled to go forward, but seeing Mike not moving, was confused. “Aren’t you going to go up?” Mike’s friend asked him.

“No,” Mike answered.

“Why not?”

Mike smiled gently and explained, “Because I’m already complete in Christ. I don’t need this ‘impartation’ to complete me.”

Mike’s confidence ministered to his friend that night more than anything this evangelist had said.

Any time you add anything to the cross of Christ for you to feel loved by God, approved by God, or completed spiritually, you are in essence saying, “The cross wasn’t enough for me. I need to add to it.”

His grace is enough, my brothers and sisters. Rest in Christ today and rejoice in the fall of the Christian aristocracy!

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