by Keith Walsworth, director of Bancroft Gospel Ministry and CAPS
On one of my recent prolonged times driving the car, I was listening to a preacher ask the question, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand up?” He went on to illustrate how we have individuals presenting Jesus in many forms:
- We have the environmentally concerned Jesus.
- We have the loving Jesus who is to loving to be concerned about a person’s sin, and would certainly not hold their sin against them.
- We have the “coexist” Jesus that accepts all forms of faith, and isn’t concerned if we find the “Christian way”.
It seems theologically correct to define Jesus by what each of us imagines Jesus to be. It would not be unusual, in a typical Bible study, to ask the question, “Who is Jesus to you?” and believe we are all correct! Your description of Jesus may be completely different than my description of Jesus. And everyone is okay with this?
Wait just a cotton-picking minute. I’m not okay with this this! The Biblical Jesus is being pushed out of sight for all these counterfeit Jesuses. Is the Bible no longer our final authority? Do we no longer have a standard whereby we measure our beliefs?
BGM (Bancroft Gospel Ministry) does have a standard, and we believe the Bible is the final authority, and it is the Word of God. We will be living this out this summer with our camp theme which is “Kingdom Chronicles, Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth”. There will be dragons and castles and knights but the all-encompassing theme will be that God’s Word is Truth.
I am concerned that there are a number of sincere, honest, and devoted individuals who truly believe they are “Christians”, but have placed their faith in another Jesus, by believing another gospel—which is not a Gospel at all. God said it best when He inspired the Apostle Paul to write these words:
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
BGM believes that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (John 1:1-14) and that He was 100% God and 100% man—He is the God/Man. We believe that no one can come to the Father for salvation, but through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). We believe that while Jesus is love, He is also our Judge (Acts 17:31) and therefore we are to bring our bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) and do all things for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).
It may not be politically correct to talk about a bloody death on a cruel cross, or that every man has fallen short of God’s expectations and is on their way to an eternal Hell. But let me go on record here and say that the Bible is clear, unless we repent of our sins and confess that there is salvation in none other than the Crucified Savior, Jesus Christ alone, no one has the hope of Heaven. We must approach God by His terms!
Jesus Christ, the second member of the Trinity, became man. He dwelt among us and we beheld His glory (John 1:14). He was crucified, rose from the dead physically on the third day, and is coming again!
Are you ready my dear reader? My hope and prayer is that, each of you know the real Jesus. If you have any questions, I would personally love the opportunity to help you know for sure where you will spend eternity. Please feel free to contact me.