If you are one to keep your eye on trends that go on in the world of Christianity, you will notice that there are plenty of inconsistencies. On the one hand, there are plenty of churches who are faithful to God’s word and the gospel and take great measures to ensure their reputation as Christians is held to high standards. They even practice what they preach in the various ministries they carry out in their communities.
Then on the other hand, you have ministries that bend over backwards to get more people to follow them. They will re-interpret God’s word to make it favorable to worldly interests. They embrace ungodly practices and will falsely claim that the Bible doesn’t really speak against those practices or will falsely claim that what the Old Testament spoke against no longer applies to the church today.
I truly praise God for the former type of church and not the latter. So how is it that ministries get to the point where they don’t even resemble the true Christ of real Biblical Christianity and preach a reinvented Christ? The Bible tells us in several places how such things happen. Here’s one of those passages:
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. Malachi 3
Reinventing the God of the Bible and reinventing Christ to form false gods and false christs begins with selfish ambitions. It starts when people in Christian settings tell themselves, “You know what? I’m out here busting my hump trying to do what’s right, trying to follow what the Bible says and shedding tears over wrong things and bad things I do or others do. But what good has it done me? It hasn’t brought in any more money. It hasn’t made me famous. It hasn’t given me more power over people. In fact, it’s just made my life more boring. My spouse is boring, my kids are boring, my job is boring, my church is boring, and God, you’re boring.” [Malachi 3:14]
This mentality is followed by a dismissive, questioning, and doubtful view of what the Bible actually teaches. That type of individual then speaks against true doctrine and conjures up false doctrine to replace the true [Malachi 3:13]. Before you know it, they have turned things backward. If a person is strutting around like a proud peacock bragging about themselves and how special they are and how God constantly gives them life’s luxuries like jet planes or yachts and supernatural visitations, then they are considered happy by those who reinvent the Bible and God. [Malachi 3:15a]
If a person is materially prosperous and gives beaucoup dollars to a ministry, yet commits adultery or is a pedophile in the children or youth ministry or is in a same sex relationship or is shacking up with someone, then their wicked works are overlooked and they are considered “set up,” or built up and exalted by God in the eyes of the compromising individual. [Malachi 3:15b]
And, finally, those prosperous people who test God with their sinful behavior and presume God won’t do anything about their sin, thus encouraging themselves in sin and unrepentance, are then viewed as being “delivered” or saved and sanctified by the individual who has conjured up a new christ. [Malachi 3:15c]
That, friends, is how the prosperity gospel, the Word Faith movement, the Emergent church or Emergence Christianity, the Signs & Wonders movement, the “gay Christian” movement, and other similar movements got their start and rose to prominence in Christendom.
Harry A. Gaylord