“Another Jesus” Deception? Are You Being Led Astray?
Really? Is there such a thing? Yes, there is such a thing as “another Jesus.” Are you being led astray by “another Jesus” deception? Not a deception from the Jesus of the Bible, as the honest biblical Jesus never deceives anyone. But what Paul the apostle called “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:1-4).
Another Jesus, Another Spirit, and Another Gospel
The Bible warns about “another Jesus, another spirit, and another gospel.” This warning pertains to false ideas about Jesus, counterfeit christs, and false gospels. These erroneous ideas and false gospels are qualitatively different. They are not part of the true gospel. These “another Jesus” deceptions are false Christ deceptions. Few things can be as harmful as “another Jesus” type deceptions. Believing in another Jesus other than the one in the Bible will, in the end, lead to eternal ruin.
Our SpiritJournaling.com website aims to examine and expose various personal claims and documents that pertain to these things. We examine materials created by people who believe they are in direct revelational communication with the Jesus of the Bible. These authors claim to receive “messages from Jesus.” They claim that Jesus is calling, as in the Jesus Calling book series by author Sarah Young.
Furthermore, many people claim to receive “love letters from Jesus.” These can be found on the Internet. Years ago, two anonymous ladies allegedly channeled “God calling.” This is seen in the famous devotional book titled God Calling. Many people think this is a Christian book. It is clearly not! It is purely occult-channeled literature under the guise of being a Christian devotional book.
Massive advancement of spiritual deception
It is very clear that there is a massive advancement of spiritual deception in our day. Therefore we must ask, “Which Jesus is calling and communicating to humans?” We must also ask, “Is my church’s bookstore a safe place to buy books?” Sadly, most Christian bookstores are not safe places to purchase Christian books. In many Christian bookstores, bookshelves are stocked with aberrant and heretical materials. And this is simply for profit. Therefore, we must be very careful about what is purchased and read or given as a gift to others.
The Bible warns that people can have ideas about Jesus that are not only not biblical but dangerous. However, most believers today seem clueless about the warnings in Scripture. And what it means to be biblically discerning. Paul, the apostle, warned the Christian believers at Corinth about spiritual deception in a Christian context. Christians must know what the Word of God says and take heed so as not to be deceived.
Warning About Spiritual Deception
Paul the apostle warned the church at Corinth with deep conviction and heartfelt admonitions because he loved them. Unlike many pastors and church leaders today, Paul told people the truth about the honest, risen Jesus of Nazareth. And he also warned them about spiritual deception.
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.—2 Corinthians 11:1-4 Tweet
And Jesus Christ our Lord—the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth—warned about this deception.
And as he [He] sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.—Matthew 24:3-5 Tweet
We Must Tell The Truth And Love One Another
There is only one true and faithful resurrected Jesus of Nazareth, and He is recognized by how the Bible defines Him and what the Bible reveals about Him. Any other ideas about this faithful Jesus in conflict with the Scriptures must be recognized for what they are and denounced as error and falsehood.
If a person believes the right thing in every area of their theology but is wrong about the person, nature, and deity of Jesus Christ, they are wrong enough to lose their soul for all eternity. It is far better to believe what the Bible says than follow the latest fads and popular books created by well-meaning but severely misled humans.
Instead of writing off undiscerning Christians, we must love one another as Jesus said we must love one another. We must tell the truth to others so that they are not led away into grave error.
Another name for Jesus is not whatever pagan, occult, or mystical name we can come up with, but what and how the Bible defines Him. His names, titles, and ascriptions of His deity are in the Bible, and the Bible independently has the first and last say. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Not “another Jesus” and false ideas about Jesus, masquerading as the real one.
In conclusion, the Bible is clear on the matter. The same Jesus of Nazareth that died for our sins is the same one, bodily and spiritually, that rose from the dead. If we do not trust in Him alone for our salvation, His person, and His work on the cross, and rising from the dead, we will spend eternity separated from God. That is separated from God in a very sad place of torment, burning, woe, weeping, and gnashing of teeth. That place, according to Jesus Christ our Lord, is called hell.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.—1 Corinthians 15:1-7 Tweet
It’s critical to trust in the honest, faithful, and true Jesus. Not “another Jesus,” who cannot save from sin, death, and the coming judgment of this world and its inhabitants—past, present, and future.
Article revised May 26, 2023