I’ve been told I use strong words herein. That may be true. But I really want us to consider that how we think, feel and respond directly affects our relationship with God. And when our thinking, feelings, and responses push us away from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, then we’re working from a place that is not ordained by God.
When events occur in your life, and your response to that event pushes you away from God rather drawing you closer God, then you are responding based upon a belief system that is incorrect.
That is what I call illegitimate Christianity: belief systems built upon doctrines of demons designed to damage your relationship with God, wound your soul, steal your peace and joy, and destroy your ability to function in your God-given purpose, thereby stealing the reward that would otherwise have been due to you at the judgment seat of Christ.
Our beliefs systems shape how we interact with everything in this life and in the life to come. When our interaction with God does not result in the fruit of the spirit, then we have believed, and consequently acted upon, a lie. The solution is to know the truth: and the truth will make you free (John 8:32)
Lies push us away from God, they inhibit our ability to pray, study God‘s word, fulfill His purpose for us, or choose the correct path. They cause us to perform works that do not result in the fruit of the spirit. It is those things that are founded upon doctrines of demons, which, unfortunately, we have many times learned them in church.
Awareness and Responding
Being aware of your state of mind is the first challenge. It’s so effortless to automatically respond to stimulus in our lives. We can arrive at the place where we merely run on auto-pilot: responding to one thing after another without giving any thought as to the why we said that thing, why we did that thing.
A Short List of Illegitimate Christianity
- Improper fear of God
- God the mighty smiter
- Anger when studying the Bible
- Avoiding bible study and prayer
- Ungodly responses to stimulus
- Being triggered into bad behaviors, feelings, actions