Look at 2 Corinthians 11 starting in verses 2-4.
For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.”
Stop there for a moment. What is Paul saying? He is saying that there were (and are) Christians who hear about something different from biblical truth, but “put up with it readily enough”. In a sense, there are people who will call themselves Christians, but put forth messages of Jesus not being God, Mary not being a virgin, and Jesus wanting you to have much monetary gain here on earth. This is nothing but feel good-Satanistic teaching, and it must be destroyed. There can be no room for us to “put up with it readily enough” as if to say “that’s ok, these aren’t big deals anyway, I thought that we were supposed to keep reforming the way Christian faith is defined, lived and explained?
It is true that we are to be culturally relevant, but we are also supposed to be Biblically strict. If the Bible lays out a theological guideline, we cannot stray, for we then risk not being believers at all, and we should never try to make people like us by changing what truth is to accept everything, and by this, not keeping to God’s Word.
Let’s keep on, verses 5, 6, 10 and 11:
Indeed I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things…. As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced… And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
Basically, the truth must be spoken, even if it is not eloquent. There are preachers who are simply good motivational speakers telling you how to have your best life now
…. (no thanks, I think I will wait until I get to heaven to have my best life). But we speak TRUTH in love to all. That is how the word of God is spread. Not by flattery, but by truth because of our love in Christ.
And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Simply this: those who supplant the truth of God with a lie about a “new Jesus” are servants of Satan… they are just wearing angels’ robes, and have big shiny smiles… There are many in this world. Beware of false apostles, and accept only what you know Christ puts out as truth.
“keep reforming the way Christian faith is defined, lived and explained”
-Rob Bell, from his book, Velvet Elvis
“have your best life now”
-Joel Osteen, from the title of one of his “Christian living” books