Did you know – their is a major difference between a believer in Christ, and a “true” believer in Christ? Did you also know the Bible tells us this difference; explains it, and warns us about it? Did you know that one type of believer worships Christ and the “other” worships antichrist?
1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
It’s very clear from these verses (and others) that the believers who believe Christ came “in the flesh” are “true” and the ones who don’t are false. Please notice also that Antichrist is already in the world at the time John wrote this. Today’s Christians, looking to the future for the Antichrist, are simply deceived.
Now, just what does; “has come in the flesh” mean? Yes, the Bible tells us that also;
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Hebrews 2:15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Hebrews 2:16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 2:18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Folks, it’s very clear that Jesus Christ was born into our smelly, evil, sinful, fallen nature; yet lived a sinless life - so He would qualify as our sacrifice for sins and serve as our personal High Priest. (see also; Romans 7:18, Romans 8:3, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 7:26)
Because He is our High Priest we may approach Him ourselves, individually; without a need for a priest or pastor. We have direct access to the Most High! This is basic Christianity here, folks – no question about it!
Now we know what “has come in the flesh means”. Although He shared our sinful nature and polluted flesh, He prevailed!
H A L L E L U J A H ! ! !
Who, in their right mind would disagree with all this but still claim to be a Christian?
- The Immaculate Conception of Mary -
The official dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, concerning Mary, the mother of Jesus is as follows (proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854:
“The most blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin”
The famous Catholic Cardinal Gibbons explains:
“In other words we affirm that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity … by being born of the Virgin, [took] to Himself, from her maternal womb, a human nature of the same substance as hers … a true human nature of the same substance with her own.”
Folks, the RCC teaches that Jesus was born sinless and “preserved from stain of original sin” by inheriting it from the sinless nature of His mother. In other words, the RCC teaches that Jesus was not born “of the flesh”!
From this single doctrine, many beliefs have sprang forth from the Roman system. The belief that the adoration and worship of Mary as a “saving office” for sinners has arisen. The belief that man must go through man (a priest, saint, popes, etc.) in order to reach Jesus, has been promoted and taught. From the churches own words come; “Through Mary’s “manifold intercession”, she is now our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix” who can “bring us the gifts of eternal salvation” and “deliver our souls from death.”
My dear friends, we all know their are many true believers within the Catholic ranks who are ignorant of their church’s folly. The Bible is very clear on this subject. We Christians have only one Advocate:
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
1 John 2:3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
As an institution, the Roman Catholic Church denies that Jesus came in the flesh and as such, is a self-described Antichrist.