The “Jesus Only” Heresy

“Jesus Only” is a cult movement, which seeks to infiltrate all sects of Christendom, in order to spread heresy (a.k.a. false teaching). Their main message is that those who have been baptized in the Name of the Trinity must undergo rebaptism in Jesus’ name only. They build their illogical dogma on Acts 2:38.

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The above verse seems “water tight” for their argument, until one remembers the words of Jesus Himself, found in Matthew 28:18-20.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Using basic logic, one can see that Peter’s command to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ is fulfilled when one is baptized according to Jesus’ prescription in the Name of the Trinity—Father, Son & Holy Spirit. The particular is contained in the whole. If at one time I say, “My name is Samuel Nathan Kean,” and in the next breath I turn to another and say, “My name is Sam Kean,” have I contradicted myself in any way? No, obviously not. My first statement is fuller than the second, but the second statement is clearly contained in the first. But, instead of recognizing this most basic & simple logic, the Jesus Only cult would rather deny the Trinity altogether. They throw out the baby with the bath water.

Not only is the message of the Jesus Only cult a demonically empowered deception, it is an outright departure from the Apostles’ teachings found in the New Testament. The Personhood (full humanity) & full Deity of Jesus have been attacked ever since the first Century A.D. Throughout history, many have asserted that either Jesus is less than eternal and co-equal to the Father and Spirit; or, He is not in some form or fashion a man. Yet others have diminished Jesus—as well as the Spirit—by believing there is no Trinity (Three Divine Persons in one Triune Godhead). That group of staunch monotheists think there is no distinction of Divine Persons (Trinity), but that, the Father, Son & Spirit are mere manifestations of God. Yet, many passages in the Bible reveal the Father talking to the Son and vice versa, or the Spirit directing, compelling and/or resting upon Jesus. That which shows distinction and difference at the same time cannot possibly be the same thing without distinction.

Bible Verses which Defeat Non-Trinitarian Errors:

Titus 2:13 “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (notice title ‘God & Savior’)

John 20:28 “Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

Hebrews 1:2, 8 “in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world…. But unto the Son [the Father] says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of your kingdom.”

John 17:5 “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

John 5:26 “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;”

Messiah is Divine and Eternal – Ps. 2:12; Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Mic. 5:2; Zechariah 12:10

God is the Son (pre-existent, Jesus Christ, The Messiah) — Prov. 30:4; John 1:1, 18; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20

The Father, Son, and Spirit are not the same Person but are distinct — Matt. 3:13-17; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18

The Father, Son, and Spirit are the same Essence (ousia) – John 10:30; John 14:16

The Father, Son, and Spirit are coequal in glory — Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Heb. 1:3; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:4-6

Tongues Equated to Receiving the Holy Ghost

Also, the Jesus Only cult assert that one must speak in tongues after said re-baptism, in order to prove one has “received the holy ghost.” The overt pressure which they place on an individual concerning this can only be described as ‘cult-like.’ However, in the Scriptures, one reads that receiving the Holy Spirit is a gift, which does not always manifest in tongues: a sign granted by the Spirit when there are those present who need to hear the Good News of Jesus in their own language. Rather than treating tongues as “proof” to others that one has been saved, THE test of one’s having received the gift of the (indwelling) Spirit [a.k.a. Baptism into the Body of Christ Jesus by the Spirit] is the witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16) and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5), which—even more than tongues—shows itself by unashamed proclamation of “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” This is called boldness. It is what all the Apostles displayed when “filled with the Spirit.” 

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Moreover, Paul writes in Romans 10:9

if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

 

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OTHER RESOURCES:

Yes. The Trinity

Jesus DID Claim to be God 

The Emaciated & Very Bony Fish: #GLS16 — Day 1

Eat the fish; spit out the bones,” forever rings in my ears, as a result of those who taught me how to navigate a world filled with errors that masquerade the Truth of Jesus.

Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit is, well, globalist and widely ecumenical (a.k.a. apostate; compromised) in nature. And all that ecumenical “warm & fuzziness” cannot possibly withstand the lure of compromising truth with error. I expected some; I hoped the meat might outweigh the skeleton. My theological spitune sat at the ready. However, what I encountered was nothing short of appalling to this essentialist, conservative evangelical, non-denominational Christian.

Please don’t misunderstand. There were some really biblically rich, Spirit-filled and powerful statements by a scarce few speakers; and their practical points of leading people (at least in a corporate world) were insightful. Also, despite my tough tweeting—the #GLSatGrace gave me last years (2015) conference DVD, Team Edition. Perhaps it was their way of overcoming with good what they may perceive as evil. Or, maybe my GLS16 satellite location admin merely counted the number of my tweet hashtags & didn’t read my tweets’ meaning. Benefit of the doubt, right? Right. I did receive it with saying thanks, by the way. I figured.

if they want to bring high visibility and attention to my tough questions & constructive criticism, that’s their choice.’

 

Still, the fish was emaciated and very bony. Between many bouts of inner hacking & gagging, I repeatedly cried out in my spirit, “What are you doing to my Jesus?”

At the start, I set aside that Bill Hybels began by praying to “God” with an aire of ambiguity and ended without “in Jesus’ Name,” even more ambiguous and politically correct. How’s that for rising up in the global context? It got worse from there.

Immediately, Bill Hybels challenged the audience to be “humble,” and so, learn. My cult radar went on red alert. Why? Rhetoric training teaches this was GLS16’s strategicaly and promptly setting the conference ethos that ‘anyone who disagrees with the subject matter presented is proud.’

Hybels’ rhetorical appeal was an emotional one ‘straight out of the gates’ to ostracize critical thinking and invoke the audience to fall into something just short of a zombie trance, roused and hungered only by the voice of objection. It’s a cult tactic. No thinking; just embibe, memorize & spread the brand.

The globalist heresies were thick and deep, hidden in plain sight.

Let’s address those in turn.

No Jesus’ Name Policy

After speaking, Mr. Hybels introduced a video featuring leadership personnell within the United States Air Force. At a conspicuous point, the highlighted officer states something to the effect that he’s ok with the Air Force’s policy of not talking about his Christian faith. His Reason? He prefers to quit talking so much about faith and just “live it out.” Result? The audience erupts in applause and agreement to my horror, because:

Besides this, refusing to speak Jesus’ Name or agreeing to not speak His Name is to deny Jesus. Here’s what He has to say about that:

…but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. –Jesus (Matthew 10:33)


The True Legacy of Christian Leaders & the Difference Between Church and Business

Apparently, it is possible for GLS16 and the above-mentiond Airman to fulfill the Great Commission wihout “preach[ing] the Gospel to all creation,” or “warning every man and teaching every man…” like Jesus and Apostle Paul commanded/exemplified (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Colossians 1:28). How that can be a proper legacy for a Christian leader is mysterious indeed. But, then again, Mr. Hybels taught that we can change our “energy chart” and ask God to correct our life’s narrative. Perhaps Mr. Hybels will take his own advice. I pray so.

Contrary to what Mr. Hybels and the USAF believe, Jesus & The Apostles assert that people can & must remember both what you teach them AND how they feel around you. At times Jesus & The Apostles were lions in the face of religious counterfeits, and they suffered or died for it. But also, they were gentle as new mothers among those who had heard, considered and believed their Good News, which is the Church’s main objective and only legacy.


Melinda Gates: Christianity’s Frenemy

Next, Melinda Gates was interviewed by Bill Hybels. The only trouble is Melinda was loosely presented as a Catholic Christian leader with several opaque references to her background, “conservative” morals & principles and beliefs. Leaving aside the apostacy and aggressive ecumenism (acquisition) of Roman Catholicism, there is sufficient evidence showing Mrs. Gates and the Gates Foundation are anything but friendly to the principles and people of genuine Christianity. Warren Buffett—whom Mrs. Gates referenced and quoted more than a few times—is certainly no poster child for Christian stalwarts either.


Bill Hybels’ New Brand of Leadership: World Vision & Hamas?

For what seemed like an eternity, Bill Hybels put in an unashamed plug for World Vision. I was hoping for expression of shame for the following reason:


Conclusion

Does GLS16 bring in big names? Yes. Are their team/management coaching talks valuable to a business leader? Absolutley. Is the Church a business? No. THE Leader, the Great Commission, operation & legacy of the Church are actually far different from the principles & practices of globalist (religious, corporate / political) elites. Their definition of humility is “no distinction; no dissent.” Their type of ‘rising up’ in today’s global context makes sure Jesus is minimized, diluted, redefined and denied until it’s ok to live out a “Christianity” that has no message. Just do good works in the name of good, and lose your soul by denying Him that way. By no means suffer for Him in this. In fact, “follow the money,” especially if it leads to advertisements, obligations to & entanglements with frenemies of genuine Christians everywhere; or better yet… just shamelessly and unaccountably solicit & use the money of Christians—who wish to bless the wartorn, poor and needy—to fund a known Islamic terrorist organization.

Sorry GLS16, I won’t be returning for Day 2. You understand… right?

The Fragrance of Christ to God

Perhaps the greatest travesty in the history of Protestant, biblicist, conservative evangelical churches is our confusion in giving off “an aroma of death unto death” when thinking we give off “the aroma of life into Life.” What is the litmus test against this confusion?
A. To realize YOU (old self) are not sufficient to give off the proper fragrance. (V. 16)
B. To note the proper fragrance is defined as “KNOWLEDGE OF HIM” and it is “the aroma of Christ [reconciling us] to God” (vv. 14-15)
That is, we cannot be scented with the fragrance which attracts people to Christ, unless we are exuding relational knowledge of Jesus at every turn. In application: If we are not exalting Christ in order to favor of our non-essential, denominational pet doctrines and particular brand of ‘Churchianity,’ then we are merely “peddlers of God’s Word,” and we stink like rotting corpses.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-17)

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 4

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 1

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 2

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 3

Walking through the biblical Letter to the Colossians, one discovers God has provided Christian believers true and powerful defenses of the Christian faith against Gnosticism. What is Gnosticism, and why does it matter today? Gnosticism is the ancient name for the “Special Knowledge” that began to pervert pure Christian beliefs within the first 50 years after Christ ascended to Heaven. The two largest threats to early Christianity came from:

  • “Judaizers” or “Hebrew legalist”
  • “Gnostics” or “Greek pagan influencers”

Whereas the Apostles Peter and James were commissioned by God to serve the Jewish race with the New Testament Gospel of Jesus, the Apostle Paul was commissioned by God to serve the Gentile (non-Jew) ethnicities (ex. Greek, Roman, Scythian, etc.). And, whereas Judaizers pertained to Hebrews, Gnosticism pertained to Greeks. So, it is no surprise to see the Apostle Paul writing defenses of the Christian faith against Gnosticism to Gentile believers.

The aim of both Judaizers and Gnostics was to meld Christians into the same belief system (either Judaism or Paganism) which those Christians had rejected in order to become Christian. Both Judaizers and Gnostics did not demand that Christians should reject Jesus Christ altogether, but rather, these systems sought to pervert Christian belief by:

  • Adding to faith in Christ alone (ex. laws or rites/sacraments must be kept in order to be made right with God)
  • Taking away from faith in Christ alone (ex. one can believe in other gods along with Christ; many ways or paths or beliefs to God)
  • Changing the identity of Christ as fully God AND fully Man (ex. Jesus was just an emanation, or just a good man, or just a prophet but not Messiah, or not fully God; the true “Source of All” cannot be known, etc.)
  • Changing the nature of Christ’s sacrifice and/or resurrection (ex. He suffered only in the body, not the spirit; it was not really his body that was put to death; he did not really die; he did not really rise from the dead)
  • Changing the nature of sin and evil (ex. Only light vs. dark in the Universe… no being is God, per se; all things material are evil, all things spirit are good… instead of sin being any offense made against God, as God describes what offends Him in the Tanakh—Old Testament)

 

Yet, as one can read in Parts 1-2 of this study, to do any of these things to Christian faith is to waver from the faith. The Apostle Paul gives warning that to move off of Christ in any of these ways is to lose one’s soul.

EVEN TODAY, believers are tempted to “water down” or “alter” the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the ways mentioned above in order to ‘fit in’ with the heathen, pluralistic and humanistic beliefs around them. Strikingly, ALL of the humanistic and pluralistic beliefs pulling and twisting Christianity today show hatred for the exclusivity and the supremacy of Jesus Christ. Yet, they accuse the Christians who hold these historic essentials of Christianity as being intolerant. Their problem is with Jesus Christ, as defined in the Holy Scriptures by His Apostles… not with the Christians who hold fast to that faith.

MOREOVER, the tactics of the heathen, pluralistic and humanistic systems of our day mimic those of the ancient world in their efforts to get Christianity to meld with them. Esoteric belief—special knowledge for a few elite—is Gnosticism reborn. Theosophic study—finding “God” through the common wisdom of all religions—is pantheism repackaged.

Just like Christians in the ancient world, Christians today are being led astray—mostly through ignorance—and losing their souls by following the kinds of groups which claim to be the cousin of or “the same as” Christianity. These are called cults. For example:

  • ‘Christianity’ which demands Christians must return to Jewish law and ceremony, if they are to be “right with God.”
  • ‘Christianity’ which befriends evolutionary theory, denying direct Creationism
  • ‘Christianity’ which befriends Deist belief that God made and supervises the world at “a distance” allowing evolution to take its course.
  • ‘Christianity’ which bows to naturalist worldview vs. supernaturalist worldview.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Mormonism (a.k.a. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
  • Moonies (a.k.a. Unification Church)
  • World Council of Churches (a.k.a. National Council of Churches in USA)
    • Catholicism (Roman, Irish, etc.)
    • Non-Essentialist (Christian) Orthodoxy
    • Non-Essentialist Protestantism
    • Non-Essentialist Evangelicalism
  • Freemasonry (a.k.a. Masonic Lodge / Temple)
    • Eastern Star
    • Job’s Daughters
    • Rainbow Girls
    • Shriners
    • Royal Order of Jesters
  • Unitarian Universalist
  • Secret (invitation only, sworn in, elitist) fraternal brotherhoods or sororities: Elks, Lions, Kiwanis
  • Globalist (International) groups/clubs, unions: Rotary International [UN / UNESCO], Teamsters International Brotherhood
  • Seventh-Day Adventist
  • World Wide Church of God (a.k.a. Grace Communion International)

For a fuller list of cults, please see Walter Martin’s Kingdom of the Cults. Thankfully, since the time of the Apostle Paul, there has been and IS today a counter-cult movement.

16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  (Matthew 16:16-18)