But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2Cor11:3 nas
Devotion to Christ.
We are not supposed to add extra phrases onto the bible verses to change the meaning, to satisfy the desires of Christian idolatry.
So many times, phrases are slipped in, added onto verses such as this one:
2Cor11:3 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. (kjv) But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.(nas)
The verse here ends with “CHRIST”. It ends with “simplicity that is in Christ.” or “”purity of devotion to Christ.”
There is nothing after, “Christ.”
The verse does not read:
“….. in Christ AND————insert your idol (an additional thing besides Christ ) here”.
“…. to Christ AND ———–insert your idol (an additional thing besides Christ ) here”.
Churchianity commits idolatry by adding an additional thing or person or whatever, in addition to Christ, when our simplicity and
pure devotion is supposed to be TO CHRIST.
The serpent has indeed beguiled (decieved) “Eve” by his subtle craftiness…….. the minds of Christians are indeed corrupted and led astray from the simplicity and purity of devition TO CHRIST.
Do not be deceived.
Here is an example.
Devotion to Christ AND America.
Devotion to Christ AND Israel.
Devotion to Christ AND the government or your political party.
Devotion to Christ AND a supposedly favored ethnic group.
Devotion to Christ AND your group or organization.
Devotion to Christ AND your favorite pet idol (whatever it is).
Devotion to Christ AND The Church.
That last one, “Devotion to Christ AND The Church”, is a Roman Catholic belief and practice.
Disciples of Jesus Christ of course love the brethren; (the saints, the ekklesia). Of course we love one another! Of course we serve one another! Of course we minister to, and care for, and help one another in love, according to our gifts and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
But— we are not constrained to have “devotion” to anything or anyone else other than Christ. We love the saints but we are not obliged to have devotion to “The Church”…… that is unbiblical religious doctrine that finds its origin in the Roman Catholic Church. The Organized Church System is not to be put on the same level as Christ. They are not to be esteemed as equals.
The followers of Jesus Christ have simple and pure devotion
The vid that inspired this post: http://vimeo.com/40052094