I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. (1 John 2:21–22, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Jesus is the Christ.” This is the truth claim that John, the disciple that probably knew Christ the best, is making. Any claim that denies this is a lie. Elsewhere is his epistle John states that this is the spirit of the anti-Christ, which was present in John’s day but is increasing in influence in ours. As we knew and were forewarned that it would.
But what does this truth claim, “Jesus is the Christ” mean? The person best equipped to answer that question is Jesus Himself, who told Pontius Pilate at His trial (and facing death) that the reason He came into this world was to testify to the truth. That everyone on the side of truth listens to Him. (John 18:37). What truth? Jesus claimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984). Unambiguous and unvarnished.
So, anyone who denies this is a follower of the spirit of anti-Christ. Against Christ. Against His truth claim. Typically, those who deny this are easy to identify. But Satan is crafty. He knows his time is short. He has infiltrated many churches that used to believe (maybe they did) Jesus’ claim. It is called “progressive christianity ” (intentionally not capitalized). Sounds impressive, right? Sounds appealing, right? “Pleasing to the [ears]?” But let’s be very clear. It is not Christianity. It is another of Satan’s lies.
Why? Because it denies the central tenet of Christianity – that Jesus is the only path to God. Among other things, progressive “christians” affirm that “the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways (emphasis added) to experience ‘God,’ the Sacredness, Oneness and Unity of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom, including Earth, in our spiritual journey (https://progressivechristianity.org/the-8-points/). Note that this “truth” claim also puts God in quotes. There are seven other claims, but this one is all that is necessary to peal back the sheep’s clothing.
Bottom line: either Jesus was a liar (or crazy), or the truth claim of progressive christianity is a lie. There is absolutely no way to reconcile the two claims as both being true. So, as it has always it comes down to choice. What do you choose to believe?
My Advice – Don’t fall for the lie. Jesus is and always has been the only way to the Father.