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Sunday, December 2nd, '18

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EGOMANIAC

"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]: and shall deceive many" (Mark 13:6)

 

It is interesting that the Greek word for "I' in this case is "ego". The word "Christ" in that verse is italicized which means that it was added by the translators and not part of the original script. So the line could read that "many shall come in my name saying, Ego is". There can only be one I AM. From the flame of the burning bush God offered His name to Moses, saying, "I AM THAT IAM". The Pharisees' big argument with Jesus came when He announced, "before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). It is one thing for God or for Jesus to say "I am" but in the Last Days a host of unqualified egomaniacs will be claiming "I am" too.

 

How is it that they can come in Jesus' name claiming, "I am"? It is because we have created an egocentric gospel and a "me"-centered focus in our churches. The big question is "what's in it for me?" The ego is stroked, how "I" can think and grow rich, how "I" can follow ten steps that guarantee success. There is a fine line between knowing our authority or "reigning in life by Christ" and swerving into self-indulgence and worse yet, self-worship. The emphasis of this verse is that these egomaniacs would "come" (who invited them?) and that they would come "saying". That too is a fine line for our words have power and we should be trained to speak in harmony with biblical principles, what we call faith-talk, but that faith-talk is not faith in our own selves but faith in God. Jesus said such egoism would be used by the enemy to "deceive many".

 

How does it deceive? First it lures people away from the only proper focus of religious faith, Jesus. He alone can save and He alone is Lord. Paul determined "not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified". The human ego is to be exed-out and replaced with Jesus. How else could Paul say, "I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live..."? The one "I" had been exchanged for another. Jesus became Paul's ego. His self had been enveloped in another Self.

 

Also, the current religious egomania emphasizes the temporal over the eternal, the sweet here-and-now over the sweet bye-and-bye. Once again, there is a fine line. If we make the mistake of putting all our eggs in the basket of "when I get to heaven" or of "someday over yonder" we will fail to live the fruitful lives to which Christ has called us on this side of the veil. But typical ministry today has swung the pendulum so far to the "this life" side that heaven has become menial, secondary, a place we have to go to when we die because there is no better alternative. Another deception is that it blinds us to our need to rely on the Holy Spirit. "I can", said Paul (Philippians 4:13); what a great positive mental affirmation, but read the rest of the verse, "through Christ who strengthens me". It is the christos, the Anointed One and His anointing, that makes it to where "I can". Without Him I can do nothing (John 15:5). The human ego is not to be polished, "improved", self-helped, counseled and bettered, it is to be crucified with Christ and reckoned dead. If old Adam can be fixed by applying a few human potential principles, then the work of the cross was unnecessary and of none effect. The late-night psychology gurus that are preaching that (and selling tons of CDs) sound spiritual but they are not Christian. Don't swallow everything you here.


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