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God considers false doctrines to be "damnable". Damnable = perdition,
pernicious. Actually, heresies are an abomination to Almighty God! Abomination = a detestation, idolatry. God HATES false doctrines and false teachers and false prophets who spout them shall be punished! Psalm 7:11; 78:58; Pro.19:27-28; Isa.1:4; 32:6; Jer.7:18; 23:16,32, 25:7; Mat.15:9; Mark 8:15; Acts 20:30; 2 Cor.11:4,13; Gal.5:9; Eph.5:6; Col.2:8; Tit.2:8; Heb.13:9; 2 John 1:10; Rev.2:14; 18:3,6; 20:15.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
Is there such a thing as Christian Gnosticism?
NO! There is NO such thing as "Christian" Gnosticism, because they are mutually exclusive systems of belief. A TRUE Christian is NOT a Gnostic and a Gnostic most certainly is NOT a TRUE Christian. Today's 'modern' Gnosticism is consistent with first century Gnosticism.
Gnosticism was probably the most dangerous heresy that threatened the early church. It was influenced by philosophers such as Plato. Gnosticism is based on two FALSE ideas.
- #1. . . . It promotes a dualism regarding spirit and matter. Gnostics state that matter is essentially evil and spirit is good. As a result of this presupposition, Gnostics believe anything done in the body, even the most horrendous sin, has no meaning because real life exists in the spirit realm only.
- #2. . . . Gnostics CLAIM to possess an elevated knowledge, a “higher truth” known only to a certain few. Gnosticism comes from the Greek word gnosis which means “to know” because Gnostics claim a higher knowledge, not from the Bible, but acquired on some mystical higher plain of existence. Gnostics see themselves as a privileged class elevated above everybody else by their higher, deeper knowledge of God.
To see the error between Christianity and Gnosticism, you just have to compare the teachings of the two on the main doctrines of the faith.
On the matter of salvation, Gnosticism teaches that salvation is gained through the acquisition of divine knowledge which frees one from the illusions of darkness. Even though they CLAIM to follow Jesus Christ and His original teachings, they always contradict Him. Jesus said NOTHING about salvation through knowledge! He taught that salvation was by faith in Him as Saviour from sin.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV) . . . Jesus' words.
Salvation is a GIFT (Eph.2:8; Rom.6:23), free of charge to ANYONE who believes in faith! It is available to readily EVERYONE . . . NOT just a select few who have acquired a special revelation (?).
Christianity states that there is ONE Source of Truth and that is the Bible . . . the Holy and inspired, inerrant Word of the living God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice (John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb.4:12). It is God’s written revelation to ALL mankind and is never superseded by ANY man’s thoughts, ideas, writings, or visions.
The Gnostics use a variety of early heretical writings known as the Gnostic gospels (another gospel 2 Cor.11:4), a collection of forgeries claiming to be the “lost books of the Bible.” BELIEVE GOD! Man will lead you to Hell!
Thankfully, the early church fathers were nearly unanimous in recognizing these Gnostic scrolls as fraudulent forgeries that espouse false doctrines about Jesus Christ, salvation, God, and every other crucial Christian truth. There are countless contradictions between the Gnostic gospels and the Bible. Even when the so-called Christian Gnostics quote from the Bible, they rewrite verses and parts of verses to harmonize with their philosophy, a practice that is absolutely FORBIDDEN and CLEARLY warned against by Scripture (Deut. 4:2, 12:32; Pro. 30:6; Rev. 22:18-19).
The Person of Jesus Christ is another area where Christianity and Gnosticism drastically differ. The Gnostics falsely believe and teach that Jesus’ physical body was NOT real, but only “seemed” to be physical and that the Spirit descended upon Him at His baptism, BUT, left Him again just before His crucifixion. What utter blasphemy! There is absolutely NO such nonsense in the Bible such as this damnable heresy!!!! Such teaching destroys not only the true humanity of Jesus, but also the atonement . . . for Jesus HAD to be truly God, but also the truly human (physically real) Man who actually suffered and died upon the cross in order to be the acceptable substitutionary sacrifice for sin (Heb. 2:14–17). The Biblical view of Jesus affirms His complete humanity as well as His full deity.
Gnosticism is linked to much New Age heresy. It is based on a mystical, intuitive, subjective, inward, emotional approach to truth which isn’t new at all. It’s very old, going back in some form to the Garden of Eden, where Satan brought into question God and the words He spoke and convinced Adam and Eve to reject them and buy into a lie. He does the same thing today.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV) . . . Satan is still at it! He calls God and the Bible into question and catches in his web all who are either naive and scripturally uninformed or who are seeking some personal revelation to make them feel special and superior to others. ALL extra-biblical revelations always lead to error. IF we are wise, we will follow the Apostle Paul's advice!
1 Thes. 5:21-22 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil. (KJV)
The Deity of Jesus Christ has always been a strong belief of true Christianity. ANY churches, groups, or organizations who do not recognize the Deity of Jesus Christ are NOT true Christians but rather false religions . . . CULTS!!! The conflict regarding the Deity of Christ is nothing new. Ever since the days of Jesus there has been great disagreement as to whether Jesus was God or not. Many times the Pharisees took up stones to stone Him because He made the claim that He was God (John 10: 24-33). The Pharisees of Jesus' day rejected His claim of Deity, and so it has continued throughout history, up to our present day.
Gnosticism, a pre-Christian pagan religion, is one such group that denies the Deity of Jesus. After the death of Christ, however, Gnosticism began to infiltrate the church (around 85 to 90 AD). Gnostics believe in the dual nature of all things. They claim that whatever is spiritual is good, and what is physical is evil. Since God is a Spirit, He is good and could NOT have created the physical universe, for they considered it evil. They also believed God created other gods (called "aeons") who created the physical universe.
Cerinthus, a Gnostic, took the teachings of pagan Gnosticism and mixed them together with Christianity. He taught that Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary . . . NO virgin birth, and became the "Christ" 30 years later at the time that he was baptized. So, according to this form of Gnosticism, Christ Jesus had a dual nature. He was both Jesus (physical) and the "Christ" (spiritual). Cerinthus taught that at the crucifixion, the God "Christ" departed leaving only the human Jesus to die. His teaching was that there was NO resurrection of the physical body of Jesus. Cerinthus also proclaimed that "Christ" was the aeon (a lesser god) who made the Earth.
Much of Cerinthus’ false doctrine . . . damnable heresy . . . is still extensively widespread . . . as seen in the modern teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Most TRUE Christians KNOW that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a false religion, a CULT!
The New World Translation (NWT), the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ bible, is a corrupt, Satanic work. Since the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Deity of Christ and have altered their 'bible' to correspond with their belief . . . they are considered a CULT!
How "Christian" (?) Gnostics explain the phenomenon of Jesus Christ:
The "christ spirit" simply inhabited the body of the man Jesus. The christ spirit had come to teach man the gnosis whereby he could free himself from bondage to the evil material world. Some even taught that Jesus did not actually have a body of flesh, but was pure spirit. That is why the ideas of physical death and resurrection were denied by the gnostics.
How did so-called "Christian" Gnostics deal with Scripture, and the reality of God Almighty?
- Gnostics rejected the literal and traditional interpretations of the Gospels.
- Gnostics rejected the God of the Old Testament as a dictator trying to keep us in bondage to this world.
- The Creator God, to the Gnostics, was not the Supreme Being, but a secondary being who had fallen from the pure spiritual realm of the Supreme Being. This creator god (or craftsman) was the architect of the universe but his mistake was to imprison men in earth-bound bodies and apply to them the bondage of Law (Similar to Word-faith teachings).
Gnostics sought to escape the rule of this god, and rise to spiritual intimacy with the Supreme Being, the center of all being. SO, they did NOT accept the Law of God.
Modern day gnostics in the Church would be people like Rick Joyner and the Word-Faith movement. Rick Joyner is the most obvious Gnostic in the church today. Many go along with him, but he alone epitomizes a pure Christian Gnostic mentality. Joyner was allegedly converted in 1971. He says that from this time, he has had an "ability to foresee future events and occasionally could look at people and know details about them."
Joyner's Final Quest is a ridiculous attempt at Gnostic writing, leaving no doubt that he is thoroughly Gnostic. The Word-Faith movement is very Gnostic in many ways, and it comes out of the New Thought Movement. BEWARE!!!
Consider these solemn words:
In today's world of utter apostasy, MANY are the opponents
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Heretics . . . wolves in sheep's clothing (Mat.7:15) . . . are preaching and teaching their damnable heresies (2 Pet.2:1), and are almost in complete control of our
churches. IF you avoid defending the TRUE Gospel (Gal.1:6-7), and the TRUE Jesus (2 Cor.11:4) . . . you are being unfaithful to the Lord. BEWARE my friend!
BEWARE! . . . Rampant in today's world! . . .BEWARE!
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