SUBJECT: Colossians 2:8
Apostle Paul said, "Beware
lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition
of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians
The object of philosophy is
to ascertain facts or truth. Although there are several branches of philosophy,
Paul, talking to the Colossians, spoke of a philosophy which addresses God. It
is called Theology. In today’s jargon, Paul warned against people being deceived
and led astray by ‘fake news’ concerning the Lord and His teachings.
Today, Paul’s warning against
listening to those who teach false theology is extremely applicable and of
utmost urgency! Do not be conned by deceivers. "And this I say, lest any man
should beguile you with enticing words" (Colossians 2:4). Like it or not, people
do NOT like to hear truth. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve didn’t want to
hear the truth either. God gave instructions not to eat of the tree of knowledge
of good and evil, but Eve foolishly added to those instructions, and Satan (the
serpent) strongly denied God’s warning. (Genesis, Chapters 2-3). Because Adam
and Eve ignored God’s words and listened to Satan’s altered theology, sin
entered the world (Romans 5:12) due to their need to satisfy self. Sadly,
thousands of years later Satan is still effectively convincing and persuading
millions to swallow false religion theologies which alter biblical truth!
(I Peter 5:8)
Don’t be fooled by vain and
empty theology! Any theology that doesn’t require the need of Jesus as one’s
personal Savior is calling the Lord a liar. "Jesus saith… "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6) In
truth, any religious theology that presents different methods by which to
receive eternal salvation WITHOUT Jesus, such as works, baptism, obeying church
traditions, and being good and kind, is nothing more than a vain theology.
Furthermore, we must be very careful of any religious theology that lumps God
together with other deities and prophets! Jesus Christ is the SON of God (I John
5:20/John 3:16), and is the ONLY way to eternal life (John 3:15-18/ Romans
As earlier stated, the object
of philosophy is to ascertain facts and truth. With strong and absolute
certainty, nothing but the divinely inspired Word of God provides verifiable
facts and truths…THE TRUTH…while man-made religious theology is deadly! Deadly
because it is solely rooted in worldly principles which are totally contrary to
the Gospel! We must not follow any theology that ‘spoils’ (indulges) us,
allowing us to live as we want (I Corinthians 10:31). Destructive is any
theology that teaches the following: we have no need for the LORD (I John
5:13,15); denies the shed blood of Jesus Christ (I Peter 18-19); instructs
mandatory worship through rote and tradition (Matthew 15:1-20); teaches belief
in evolution (Genesis, Chapters 1 and 2; Psalm 33:6-7); believes the Bible is
not applicable for today (Hebrews 13:8); denies the existence of hell (Matthew
25:46/Matthew 5:29,30); and any theology that maintains that because God is
love, there will be no everlasting judgment. (Hebrew 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15).
We must reject ANY theology that has no foundation in the Scriptures (Romans
16:17-18). "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause division and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For
they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ,…" (Romans 16:17-18a)
"Ye shall not add unto the
word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it,… (Deuteronomy
4:2a) Simply stated, we are NOT to add to or take away from God’s unerring Word!
Many false theologies do both, therefore, we must be aware of any counterfeit
theology that attempts to alter true Christian biblical teachings for the sake
of pacifying the populace.
God’s Word is sacred! God’s Word Is The
Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth…and always will be!