Guest Post By: Dr. Kurt Lancaster
The premise of this book focuses on the wide disparity of social and cultural views inside the walls of the church. We have Christians that claim allegiance to Jesus Christ but are reaching completely opposite conclusions on the hot button topics of the day. Why, if we both believe the Bible to be true, do we not reach the same verdict when discussing the front page of the newspaper? If I say an action is immoral and someone else claims it to be moral, then by definition one of us has to be wrong. But we are now faced with, in America, whole churches and denominations disagreeing on the morality of current events. That means that one of us has to be wrong on a mass scale, not just individually.
How do we solve this dilemma? In medicine you treat the illness, not the symptoms. Mass confusion about right and wrong is the symptom. The source of the illness is the Father of Lies. The first lie ever told was in the Garden of Eden. Satan tells Eve that if she bites the fruit she will become like God, knowing good from evil. In becoming like God, Adam and Eve now decide for themselves what is right and wrong. Hence, the knowledge of good and evil. By deciding for themselves, they no longer place themselves under God’s authority.
But as Christians we claim God to be our authority. So I take the reader on a journey that places the authority back where it belongs: with God and not ourselves.
Chapter 1: Truth
Jesus said to them I am the way, the truth and the life. ~ John 14:6.
If Jesus is truth, then he decides what is right and wrong, not us. This targets the feel good Christianity. By understanding what is truth, we are then able to target the areas that the enemy attempts to pervert that truth. We also learn about the battle tactics that makes Satan so successful.
Chapter 2: Scripture
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. ~ Hebrews 4:12.
If we call ourselves Christians, then we must place ourselves under the authority of the Bible. The Bible decides what is right and wrong: not us. Here I go into detail about the reliability of the Bible. Is the Bible fact or fiction? Is it reliable or unreliable? If we are staking our eternity on Christianity, then we must be certain on this. Once we are made certain, then it becomes authoritative for our lives.
Chapter 3: Jesus
At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:10-11.
If we call ourselves Christians, our allegiance must be to Jesus Christ. If he is who he said he is, then all of us must decide what role he is going to play in our lives. If he conquered death, then he alone is worthy of our worship. This chapter focuses on the Jesus of history. By proving there is no other explanation for the empty tomb, the Christian is forced to submit to his lordship.
Chapter 4: Eternity
No one comes to the Father except through me. ~ John 14:6.
Jesus makes an exclusive statement here. If he is the only way, what are we to make of all other religious claims outside Christianity? The problem here is the majority of Christians think being a good person will get them into heaven or there are multiple ways into heaven. If Jesus was God, then his claims to authoritatively say who gets in and who doesn’t are absolute. If we call ourselves a Christian we must submit to these claims, otherwise we are becoming like God in deciding who gets in and who doesn’t.
Chapter 5: Man
So God created man in his own image. ~ Genesis 1:21.
What does it mean to be made in God’s image? The short answer is we were made for a relationship to God. We are made for his glory. In becoming like God, man seeks to live for his own glory. We expect a lost world to live this way. The problem is this lie has pervaded the church and thus reaped it’s destructive result. It’s only when we understand how Satan has convinced us that the illness is not as bad as it seems is he able to keep us from effective treatment.
Chapter 6: Church
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. ~ Timothy 4:3-4.
If much of the New Testament is devoted to the recognition of false teaching, why then has the enemy taken up refuge inside the walls of Christian churches all across America? Here I bridge chapter 5 with man idolizing himself and show how that has led to many of today’s mega churches proclaiming the gospel of man. I also take a look at how Satan has simultaneously eradicated many churches. Big churches. Little churches. As long as he dictates the message, he wins either way.
Chapter 7: Like God
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ~ Genesis 3:4-5.
The first lie ever told was Satan telling Eve she could decide for herself what is right and what is wrong. The bottom line here is: who decides what is right and wrong in your life? If you say anything other than God himself as revealed through Jesus Christ in his Word, then you have become like God. Of course we expect a lost world to be confused on this topic. The problem is Christians are confused. We have bought the lie. The chapter is the crescendo of the book. I take a look at all the hot button topics of the day and show how the enemy has worked his master craft at deceiving Christians.
The issues I focus on are:
- Legalized marijuana
- Gender Identity
Chapter 8: Holy
You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine. ~ Leviticus 20:26.
If God has commanded us to be holy, what does that look like for a Christian who lives in 2018? How is one to be separated from the peoples around us? What does it mean to be holy in the first place? Once we understand that, we then are able to see how the enemy seeks to make us just like the world around us. Whole churches and denominations have been successfully molded to look just like the world with eternal consequences for those that have bought the lie.
‘Like God: Exposing How the First Lie Ever Told Continues Even Today’ is scheduled for publication in late 2018