By Popular Commentator Metu Nyetu
A Challenge To Femi Kusa’s Deceptive Easter Reflection.
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ONE REASON WHY IT IS highly necessary for a Christians to know the truth and be able to defend that truth is because of occasions like this. Waves of strange teachings are bound to come like gales and sweep a shallow-footed Christian away.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS WHO FLY from one pastor to another, from one church to another, would be able to engage this writer with reasonable talks. Christians are more concerned about miracles than knowing the truth, forgetting that Jesus said that “the truth(not miracles or signs) shall set you free”.
A particular pastor based in Port Harcourt keeps saying that if your church does not change you, then change church. My grouse with this statement is that the change spoken about is strictly materialistic, not having anything to do with one’s salvation. And as I ween, no pastor should be bold enough to speak of that kind of change as his prime message when Jesus had said we should make the kingdom of God our primary concern and all other things shall be added unto us. I am just speaking my mind.
AS FOR THIS WRITE-UP, I THANK God I am not deceived by it. The writer can only deceive “Floating Christians”, not “Rooted Christians”.
To start with, he claims that Jesus is not coming back again, forgetting(or unaware of) the account in the gospel of where Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.(John 14: 1-4, KJV). Coupling this up is the book of Acts when the disciples of Jesus were gazing intently at Him as He disappeared in to the skies. Suddenly, two angels stood by them and asked, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will RETURN from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”(ACTS 1:11, New Living Translation). This proves that this writer is on a mission to deceive.
GOING FURTHER, THIS WRITER ALSO CLAIMS that the death of Jesus on the cross could not bring redemption and salvation to man, but the Truth He brought could. And I ask, what is even that truth? It now dawns on me that this writer does not even know the truth. In the old testament times, God once unleashed snakes against the Israelites on account of their stubbornness. Those who were bitten by the serpents died. But God later showed them mercy and commanded Moses to mould a bronze serpent set on a pole. And every Israelite who was able to look at that snake curled round the pole was saved from death.(Numbers 21)
LONG BEFORE JESUS WAS crucified, God kept using several means to pass this message to mankind, that Jesus was going to be crucified. That is why Jesus said that just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes(looks at him on the cross) may have eternal life in him (John 3:14-15). This goes to show that it was through this death on the cross that man is saved, not by knowing whatever truth I can’t tell, which the writer is talking about.
THIS IS why Christians regard the death of Jesus as victory over death. It takes the Holy Spirit to reveal this truth, and I know that this writer does not possesses the Holy Spirit, or he would have not been here suggesting that Jesus failed His mission.
Time would not permit me to touch every issue raised here, but if this writer wishes, he could engage me one-on-one using my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and perhaps, we would finally see things how they truly are.