DID JESUS TEACH MEN TO LOVE THEMSELVES? Part 2 of 6<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The motto and pride anthem of Satan is I, I, I, I, I and anyone who is not in the love of God. The self-love message is clearly Luciferian. As with Lucifer who became Satan and the devil in his state of eternal condemnation, hell will be the result of all who teach and buy into the self-love message that is being taught in "Christian" books, pulpits and media.
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (selfish thinking) of the world, and not after Christ...And ye are complete in him (Jesus Christ)..." Colossians 2:8-9
The age-old and classic message of the pied piper solicits saints to forsake the Savior for temporary, self-serving comforts and earthly gain. Concerning this prevalent love of self message, Oswald Chambers said:
"Self-realization is anti-Christian. All this is vigorous paganism, it is not Christianity. Jesus Christ's attitude is always that of anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of man at all; His purpose is to make man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is not self-realization but self-expenditure."
Self-love is sinful pride. Self-love has caused every sin ever committed against a holy God in 6,000 years of history. This teaching is now being taught on an epidemic level within the church world by men who are deceived and claim that this diabolical message is a Bible doctrine. Astounding!
Conformed to His Holy Image
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:29
This is an important verse to memorize. We are informed here of the very reason for which He as predestined us - "to be conformed to the image of His Son" who came to give His life - to be a giver and not a taker. Those who are born again are no longer their own. They are Christ's - bought by His precious blood and called to serve Him not self.
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price " 1 Corinthians 6:19
There is no freedom or blessing in learning to love ourselves more. Such is blatant disobedience to the whole Word of God. We are finite, sinful, "desperately wicked", and in utter need of God and His divine mercy, not more knowledge of ourselves (Jer. 17:9). The Almighty is infinite. The finite must seek the infinite not the finite (itself). The fallen creation must seek His perfect Creator who bled to give him reconciliation and restoration and set the example of serving others not self.
"Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah." Psalms 39:5
"Vain is the help of man." Psalms 60:11"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man (including self), and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." Jeremiah 17:5
According to the words of our God in Jeremiah 17:5, all those who "trusteth in man (self)...depart from the LORD."
Christ taught those who would follow Him to "DENY...SELF, and take up his cross (implement of death) daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23-24) Following Jesus means doing what He did - serve others not Himself.The false gospel of self-love, peddled by so many leaders today, is the antithesis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who called us to lay down our lives. The Gospel of our LORD is to learn to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment" and to "esteem others BETTER than ourselves. Look NOT every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...(who) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant...he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:3-8)Friend, what reconciliation does this text (above) have with the satanic, self-love message? Obviously, the two messages are completely opposite
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