But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
(2 Corinthians 11:3-4 ESV)
The average person in western culture has heard the message, that they need to repent of their sins. But few have heard that they must also repent of their own moral goodness, that they seek to obtain apart from Jesus Christ. Moral goodness that is genuine comes from God as a gift. True character change comes from the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We do not obtain sinless perfection in this life, but God calls us to pursue Christ-likeness. We grow spiritually by direct interaction with the Spirit of Christ – who makes us holy (which means to be set apart) not perfect.
Any spirituality that is sought after apart from Jesus is dangerous. Satan sends out angels of light that masquerade as agents of truth. This type of spirituality is evolved in things like, social justice, spiritual experiences, and environmentalism (which are good things,) but often neglects the moral teachings of Christ. Many in contempary society try to reinterpret the teachings of Jesus for their own political or social agendas. Some even teach that Jesus is one of many ways to God, but in fact, that is a Jesus of their own imaginations. They claim that everyone has the ‘divine life’ within them, but that is deception. While we are all made in the image of God, the fact is – we are all born into this fallen world alienated form him. The good news is that Jesus came to rescue those who will come to him, from Satan’s deceptive kingdom.
Make no mistake about it there are two kingdoms – God’s kingdom and Satan’s. Jesus came to bring a new government – an invisible kingdom that changes the hearts of people. Let us not be guilty of creating an imaginary Jesus, a ‘god’ of our own making that makes no moral demands on our lives.