ERRONEOUS SPIRITUALITY

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:16-20

“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffing up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.” (Colossians 2:18,19)

It amazes me how undiscerning some believers can be when it comes to spiritual things. The basic problem is that they are not holding fast to Christ; they are not rooted and grounded in their faith. Those who are immature in their faith can be easily influenced by various forms of erroneous spirituality. This was the case with some of the believers in Colossae. Thus, Paul issued this warning to them — “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffing up without reason by his sensuous mind.”

There are many forms of erroneous spirituality today. There is the “health and wealth” gospel which claims that is you have enough faith God will make you healthy and wealthy. There is the shallow teaching, which is prevalent among us, that leaves out the doctrines of sin and judgment. There is a teaching that some have called “cheap grace,” which says if we believe in Jesus we don’t have to worry about holy living because we are saved. There is the teaching of liberal Christianity that leads to a universal view of salvation. We live in a day characterized by pluralism when we are told that we must accept everyone’s personal convictions regardless of the fact that they contradict the basic tenets of the historic Christian faith.

We are being influenced by the media and educational system that tell us we must accept everyone’s view of marriage, sexuality and other moral issues. It is easy for us to fall into the trap of compromise when our faith is shallow. Some of the proponents of these various forms of erroneous spirituality may make us feel out of step, old fashioned, bigoted, and close-minded. Don’t let them disqualify you from having a voice and witness to the truth of the gospel.

The key is to be founded in Christ who is our Head — “from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that if from God.” When we are intimately connected to Christ, God will cause us to grow and to be mature in our faith. We must spend time meditating upon the Scriptures, being in prayer and in fellowship with Christ and other believers.

Lord Jesus, let me never be disconnected from You. Keep me close to You and enable me to be rooted and grounded in my faith. Give me wisdom to identify erroneous forms of spirituality and the ability to stand firm in the truths of the gospel.

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