“8 This people draw near unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. 9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9
Seeing they see not; hearing they hear not…and neither do they understand (Matthew 3:13). They do no receive the things of the Spirit of God because they are not spiritually discerned. That which they do receive is not of God but commandments of men from the vanities of their own mind. The preaching of the Cross of Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for the sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint, is foolishness to those whose heart is far from God.
“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
The preaching and teaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified is rudimentary to those who are not spiritually discerned. Regarding themselves as “super spiritual”, they believe the Cross of Christ is for the lost alone. Yes, they lift up Jesus to the congregation but it is another Jesus and another gospel; a Jesus without His Cross (2 Cor. 11:4).
They lift up the miracle working Jesus, the philosophical Jesus, intellectual Jesus, water baptism Jesus, religious Jesus, well mannered Jesus, the good Jesus…all of these various attributes the religious prescribe to the Jesus they choose to preach on any given day in order to exalt the commandment of man they are declaring as doctrine. To be clear, if it is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, the Cross of Christ…a Jesus without His Work on the Cross; it is not the Gospel which delivers the bound, sets the captives free and breaks the power of sin in the Believers life.
You see friend, this Gospel which brought us in to the Kingdom of God is the same Gospel which gives us victory in our daily living for Christ. Attaching the name of Jesus to humanistic psychology does not make humanistic psychology correct but deems Jesus as another Jesus and the Cross of Christ as insufficient. This is the leaven which leavens the whole lump that many with zero discernment willingly choose to overlook in order to keep from rocking their religious boat. Humanistic psychology appeals to the lusts of the flesh and is in direct contradiction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified which requires faith in the Cross of Christ in order for the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in our hearts. Old things pass away and all things become new to those who choose to believe. We are a new creature in Christ Jesus because of this work the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do when our faith is place completely in the Cross of Christ to give us that which He has promised…a new heart.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26.
The various Jesus’ in which those whose hearts are far from Jesus teach are examples of that which they must perform. They are not spiritually discerned and receive not the things of the Spirit of God because their focus is on self as the source and their intellect, religious practices, abilities, etc. as the means by which they gain the various attributes of the Jesus’ which they were previously given as examples…the commandments of men given as doctrine.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
If the Jesus being lifted up on Sunday mornings is not Jesus Christ and Him crucified, it is another Jesus and another gospel which is accursed. The worship may be emotional but is indeed in vain.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:17-18
Commandments of men being preached as doctrines is cloaked with wisdom of words and make the Cross of Christ of no effect because they point the Believer to another way other than the Cross of Christ to receive from God.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2
-Donna Clark Warren