Devotion to Christ. (Period.)

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”.

or

“…. 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.

(Alone.)

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

**to Christ**.

The vid that inspired this post: http://vimeo.com/40052094

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3 thoughts on “Devotion to Christ. (Period.)

  1. Pingback: Devotion to Christ. (Period.) « Witnessing Encouragement | Christian Dailys

  2. Sister Loretta..Blessed to see you posting again, Very good and point you make and of a truth, and a good way of expressing it…This is also very consistent with Paul’s teachings. Peter said they would take Paul’s teaching’s of which they would wrestle with, do not understand, then twist them o their own destruction…They truly have perverted Paul’s teachings about establishing churches…The sad thing is we need called out spiritual eldership, godly and sober minded pastors watching out over the flock, with an orderly function of good churches, not necessarily by calender dates and sabbath days, with godly ministers, priests and teachers who’s end means is the simplicity of Jesus Christ. . But man has perverted this into his own churches, for his own means, for his own gains…The focus of love thy neighbor left the churches long ago…….There were I suppose some good ones in days past.

    keep the faith
    bill

  3. There are over 100 times in modern bibles that Ekklesia is translated “church.”
    Here is a link…

    http://174.120.72.66/search?entqr=0&access=p&as_dt=i&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&as_filetype=&lr=&btnG=Search&as_sitesearch=&as_lq=&client=default_frontend&as_epq=&as_eq=&as_oq=&num=100&ud=1&site=biblecc&oe=UTF-8&as_q=church+&proxystylesheet=custom32&as_occt=any&ip=24.166.33.240&as_ft=i&filter=0

    Now, the process is quite simple, such that an 8 year old could do this easily!

    Simply look at each verse, then substitute each of these phrases for the word “church” in each scripture.

    “Physical Building”
    “Congregation of the Saints”

    It will quickly clear up the many misconceptions that have, “elevated the traditions of men above the Word of God, such that the Word is made of no effect,” with regards to this stronghold of the Devil/flesh.
    (see Matthew 14 and Mark 7.)

    Then consider these verses and quotes…

    2 Tim. 3:16
    16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
    for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be
    adequate, equipped for every good work.

    Ephesians 6:17, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
    In 2 Corinthians, we are told that our spiritual weaponry is designed to tear
    down strongholds:
    2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after
    the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through
    God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every
    high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
    captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

    Psalm 135:
    15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 16
    They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; 17 they have
    ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make
    them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.

    “An honest man, when presented with the truth, either conforms himself to that
    truth, or ceases to be honest!” Anonymous

    “Today, we don’t so much as make idols with our hands anymore as we do make
    them… including many false christs, in our minds. Yet none the less, when we see
    the many splendid buildings, “christian edifaces” if you will, in the midst of
    so many paganized cities and countries today, and each of them abandoning the
    christian faith for modern paganism, we see that we still can make idols with
    our hearts, hands, and minds!”

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