In the Book of Second Corinthians, the Apostle Paul expresses his concern that some teachers were preaching "Another Jesus":
We are instructed, when approached by a false teacher to "bear with him". In the Greek manuscripts the word used for "bear with him" is "anechomi" (an-ekh'-om-ahee) which has been translated "to hold oneself up against". We should stand firm against false teachings.
What would be considered "another Jesus"?
The Greek word used in this scripture verse is "allos" meaning different. So what we are considering is a different Jesus; not the Jesus of the Bible, not the only begotten son of God the Father; but "another Jesus": an impostor.
It should be remembered that paganism dating back to the time of the "Tower of Babel", included the veneration of the pagan gods' son. Many times the son was considered to be a savior, mediator between god and man. He was one member of the pagan trinity: the father, the son and the mother. Down through history, pagan gods and goddesses, by what ever name, have simply been the renamed sun gods and goddesses of antiquity. Whether the Nimrod, Semiramis, and the son Tammuz of the Chaldean mysteries, or the Osiris, Isis and the son Horus of Egypt: they are all the same. Most importantly, they all oppose the Biblical Creator and His only begotten Son, the Biblical Jesus.
How would one differentiate between the Jesus of the Bible and "another Jesus"? The answer is that the purely Biblical attributes of the true when compared to the extra-Biblical attributes of "another Jesus" will reveal the impostor. There is no other way to discern. Today there are worldly wise philosophers, "vain in their imaginations" (Romans 1:21) who teach ways that oppose the ways of God: "Another Jesus".
Many pagan practices that have absolutely no scriptural basis are being taught as the worship of the true God and Christ. These practices have not only been accepted but have become commonplace in many organized churches. Those who refuse to participate in those practices are considered strange and narrow- minded. These practices, introduced gradually by false teachers, have been accepted through tradition and have absolutely no scriptural basis. We have no excuse for ignorance. We have been fairly warned.
We must search the scriptures to find out the truth. The truth that the ways of the LORD prescribed for His people have not changed, nor will they change. The truth that the only thing that has changed is that as believers we are no longer under the death penalty for disobedience if we come to the Father in the Name and Blood of the Son.
Activities that were unacceptable to the LORD 6000 years ago and unacceptable to His Son Jesus 2000 years ago are still unacceptable today. Christ said:
The prophesies of the Bible have come true: the time has come when sound doctrine is not endured. People receive teachers who tell them what they want to hear. Things that are wrong are justified, explained away: disregarding the warning:
Fables and the traditions of men are substituted for the truth. We were plainly told:
The Greek word translated "in vain" is (maten) meaning "to no end, fruitless, folly, a futile attempt".
"Christianized" pagan activities, traditional inventions of men, are not in honor of the Biblical Jesus. He does not accept them as worship. Are these practices in honor of "another Jesus"? What "Jesus" prefers the commandments of unrighteous man over those of the Father? Not the Jesus of the Bible! He said:
Heaven and earth have not passed away. His ways have not changed no matter what man's tradition teaches. Although believers are no longer under the death penalty resulting from the transgression of the law; there are penalties for rejecting it and blessings for adherence.
In order to worship in "spirit and in truth.." (John 4:24), the traditions of men and so called "Christianized" pagan practices that have no Biblical authority must be rejected. Believers must remember what the Bible teaches about blending pagan practices with worship that is pleasing to God.
Believers must "speak the word.." (Philippians 1:14):
COMPROMISE IS NOT LOVE
Today, intolerance of compromise is considered lack of love for one another. The truth being just the opposite. If one really cares about someone he should tell them the truth, whether it makes him popular or not.
When one receives a reproof it is not usually accepted as pleasing conversation. The question arises: should the truth be spoken even if it is not pleasing; or should truths be withheld because they are unpopular? The Bible gives the answer:
It is difficult to proclaim error in a way that is pleasing to those who, through the traditions of men, participate in activities never prescribed nor authorized by the Father, Jesus, His son the Messiah, or the believers that walked with Christ. Most people are not aware of the deception that has crept in. Many teachers, however, who have studied the Bible and secular history, are well aware of the origin of "Christianized" pagan practices yet they proclaim them to be accepted by the Biblical Jesus. The apostle Paul calls them
Those concealing the truth in order to uphold the traditions of men should be told, but not in a pleasing way: Pagan tradition was never authorized by the Jesus of the Bible - you are preaching "another Jesus". Some teachers who honestly do not know, those who love the truth, will not receive reproof as a personal attack, but will "receive the word with all readiness of mind" (Acts 17:11): and search the scriptures to find out the truth.
Do we really love the truth?
Those that do will not be satisfied to remain like those, who, "willingly are ignorant". (2Peter 3:5) They will study in order to search out the truth and then respond to it. The truth must be proclaimed:
This type of activity has been taking place throughout history. In the days of Solomon, he had to wisely proclaim:
Activities proclaimed by God to be abominations are now performed in the name of Jesus. Who authorized these things?
Not the Biblical Jesus, His disciples or first century believers. The Biblical Jesus stated:
Only "Another Jesus" could support such activity.
Blending of pagan practices with the prescribed worship of God was never accepted. A good example is when Aaron built the golden calf during the Exodus:
The proclamation of this pagan tradition to be in honor of the LORD did not make it acceptable. Christ said:
The proclamation of pagan traditions to be in honor of Christ, who is one with the Father, will not make them acceptable. Pagan practices by whatever name are still pagan practices. The Bible makes it clear
Should believers participate in ways that are opposed to Biblical instructions? no! absolutely not! The answer is unavoidable; so, many try to justify and make excuses. One common excuse: Although this activity is pagan in origin it has been "Christianized" and that is not what it means to me.
If we want to worship "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24), what it means to us makes no difference. What it means to our heavenly Father should be our concern. He does not change and he does not accept pagan tradition by whatever name. Remember, He said that such activity is in vain.
In accordance with Biblical instructions we must hold fast the faithful word of sound doctrine. A small amount of research using historical reference books or any good encyclopedia will reveal the pagan origin of many non-Biblical practices. This common type of reference material is available at public libraries. Those who have poor eyesight or difficulty in reading, for whatever reason, can simply ask. It is no secret; most theologians are well aware of the pagan origins of some activities now proclaimed to be "Christian". The secret is: why this is being accepted. Most importantly, a study of the Bible will reveal that there is no Biblical support for many of today's "Christian" activities.
Our Creator has plainly instructed us as to what is pleasing to Him and as to the type of worship He accepts. Activity in opposition to His instruction is sin. It is our responsibility to adhere to that instruction. King Solomon, a man of great wisdom stated:
Although salvation is
Practices in opposition to the acceptable ways of the Biblical Christ can only be in honor of "Another Jesus."