The Religion of Man
We are witnessing Christianity being replaced with a religion that is being made up as its framers go along. It's a religion that doesn't need the Bible or Jesus or God. It's a religion that has jettisoned systematic theology and hermeneutics and homiletics. It is the religion of the apostasy. It is the religion of the absurd and the egregious. It is the religion of liars and deceivers and the greedy and pretenders. It is the religion of the false. It is the religion of man.
It's still called Christianity but it's Christian in name only (CINO).
The mantra of the CINO is “Don't tell me about Jesus. Tell me about me.”
A man who was very much into himself went on a date with an attractive young lady. Over lunch he regaled her with stories of himself and his accomplishments. After an agonizing hour of listening to him he finally stopped and said to his date, “Well, enough about me. What about you? What do you think of me?”
In CINO the world revolves around me and God is fawning after me and His plans to help me achieve what He designed me to achieve, and that is greatness.
CINO's follow the false teaching of Robert Shuler who said, “If it's going to be, it's up to me.” And now that of Joel Osteen who says “Your words prophesy your future.” And even more flagrant the false teachers of the Word of Faith Movement who pervert Romans 4:17 into saying that we can actually create just like God by “calling things that be not as though they were.” If we can do that we don't need God.
If the Christian is truly worshiping God in spirit and in truth he/she doesn't need to get “stoked” or “pumped up” in order to “feel” the presence of the Holy Spirit. Worshiping God in spirit and in truth according to the context of John 4:24 refers to daily life for the disciple of Christ. This is not the CINO. CINO's want to worship the way they want to worship. “I want my religion to rock 'n roll. I want church to be as exciting as a Justin Bieber concert and I want the message to tell me how I can live my best life now, how I can be greater. ”
The CINO takes the notion promoted by Billy Graham, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” and says that that plan is for health, wealth and heaven on earth. God's plan for you is to make you greater.
The CINO sees God longing to do our will rather than working in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).
The CINO wants God to do his/her will. “Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be my name, my kingdom come, my will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
The CINO reads into the Bible what he or she wants to see in it, not what's actually there. Exegesis is rightly dividing the word of truth.
Eisegesis is Burger King theology, I'll have it my way. Eisegesis is the CINO way.
CINO's love allegory and their preachers love to allegorize the Scripture. Rather than exegeting the passage to discover what it is truly saying they take it out of its context and make a false application to their dupes. CINO preachers set out to scratch itching ears and give them what they want to hear in order to increase their following (2 Tim. 4:1-4; 2 Pet. 2:1-3). To do this they take a verse or a passage of Scripture and “spiritualize” it. They deceptively insert the hearer into the Biblical event. The historical event found in the word of God in the minds of the CINO preacher may or may not have actually happened, it doesn't matter. What matters is the hearer believing what the false preacher is saying about how the event really is about me and God's efforts to make me into what He designed me to be. The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is about me.
The gospel of the CINO is another gospel which is not the gospel. The God and Jesus of the CINO are not the God and Jesus of the Bible.