Each generation faces its own set of imposters. If we imagine them as pageant contestants parading their ideas before us with the goal of attracting us to their way of thinking, we can see how some of the competitors are vying for attention and affection today. Here are a few examples from my book Speak the Truth:
Miss Nomer: She knows God has a name, but she finds pleasure in name-calling that reduces God to something less mysterious, less majestic, and less holy than He really is. She likes to nickname God with functions, attributes, metaphors, or names that leave open the possibility that God is a mere metaphor.
Miss Characterization: She presents Christ as something other than He is and contrary to what the Bible reveals Him to be. She doesn’t like that Jesus is revealed to be the eternally co-existent second member of the Trinity because she doesn’t like the God revealed in the Old Testament. So, she presents Jesus as distinct and disconnected from the Father.
Miss Understood: She’s more victim than villain. She’s a member of a church and reads Christian bloggers and she sees nothing wrong with participating in Mardi Gras, Sunday morning soccer leagues, or supplementing her faith experiences with alternative approaches to spirituality.
Those half-truths and outright lies lead people to believe things which are not true about God and they become captive to the father of lies. They mistrust who God is, what He has done, what He wants, and why He matters. The role of the Christian then is to confront and unmask the caricatures of God masquerading in the culture. And to replace them with living demonstrations of the fullness of the Gospel so the world may know who God really is.
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