Fact Check: Disinformation
The news media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decades. Through digital sources, there has been a tremendous increase in the reach of journalism, social media, and public engagement.
Fake news and disinformation is generated by outlets that masquerade as actual media sites, but promulgate false or misleading information designed to deceive the public.
Nowadays, fact checking is widely used to verify the truthfulness of disseminated information.
Disinformation is shared deliberately with the intent to deceive. Society has witnessed unparalleled levels of rampant disinformation.
Were you aware that an institution called "the church" is held responsible to God for truthful dissemination yet, is guilty
of masquerading as an agent of truth.
You may be thinking how can this be? It is done in the same manner mentioned above--by promulgating false disinformation.
But what teaching could this consist of?
Answer: Many Christian universities, theologians, professors, pastors, and churches distort and thus obscure the Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of Christ.
Allow me to explain:
In 1 Corinthians 1:9 we’re told, “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” I would like you to notice, in that verse, that Paul did not teach, nor did he ever teach of "God the Son.” But rather, he spoke of Jesus, being the “Son of God.” Even though Jesus is as fully God/divine/deity as is His Father, one cannot find the phrase, “God the Son” anywhere in the entire New Testament. Does that surprise you? Frankly, while Scripture affirms Jesus’ divinity, its teaching emphasis regarding Jesus is primarily on His being the divine Son of God, and the critical role He has in our redemption. And that relationship is how His Father acknowledged Him: When He said, “This is my beloved Son” (Luke 9:35). Changing the interpretive emphasis to “God the Son”—i.e., His divinity—changes the gospel to “another gospel” (2Cor.11:4). That is because it is now taught that Jesus cannot be both God and Son, so Jesus’ true Sonship is now denied; and is only metaphorical. It is very important in helping us to contrast what God is teaching us versus what man is teaching us, so that God's church can be “the restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12). In application, we are to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3).
Would you agree that the Bible is a safe guide, “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path”? Then let us delve into the next Scripture, which is 1 Corinthians 8:6:“ But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
In that explicit biblical statement, Paul identifies only the Father as the “one God.” And He has a Son whom we know as our Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, the Son is not the preeminent God of the Bible; He is the Son of the God of the Bible. Paul explained the reason for the difference: “all things” are “of” the Father and “by” the Son. We’ll come back to this shortly.
John recorded these words of Jesus: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Jesus called the Father the only true God; whereas Paul, in the above verses, affirmed there is “but one God the Father, of whom are all things.” The important points to be gleaned here from both Scripture verses are that the Father is the only true God, according to Jesus, and that He is the source of all that there is, according to the apostle Paul. Jesus thus recognizes the Father as being pre-eminent.
The next Scripture is very important to our understanding of the relationship of the Father and the Son. This will help us know the true Jesus, so we can avoid the “other Jesus" (2Cor.11:4). Paul wrote, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Cor. 11:3). Once again, the Father is the pre-eminent One. Jesus’ full divinity is upheld, as is His Sonship.
We also read, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). There are certainly plenty of Scriptures that establish God as the Father of Jesus. In the New Testament, Christ is referred to as ‘the Son of God’ over forty times, and Jesus consistently referred to the one sovereign God as His Father sixty-five times.
Now, there are many today who say that Jesus did not become the begotten Son of God until His incarnation or until His resurrection, while many others say He was begotten by the Father way back in eternity past. Who is right? The answer will become obvious as we continue. Right now, let us read carefully John 3:16-18. Jesus was talking to Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Nicodemus was told by Jesus that it was God who was doing the giving of His Son and the sending of His Son. When speaking of God, Jesus was obviously referring to His Father, and when speaking of the Son, he was speaking of Himself in the third person. Again in that passage, we see the Father as having the preeminence; the context also reveals a father in a true father-son relationship. It also shows the love of the Father for us in His incredible sacrifice of giving His only begotten Son for a sinful race. John 3:16 does not say He gave His Son to be begotten. The Son of God who was sent, was a very unique Son—the only One that was begotten—whom He sent to earth to be begotten “in a new sense” that is in His incarnation.
The Father had other sons who were created or adopted, but only one special Begotten Son, “brought forth” from His own substance and nature (Prov. 8:22-30; John 1:18; 8:42). Only to that Son could He entrust the work of being our Redeemer-Kinsman. Only that particular Son could accomplish the atonement for the divine broken law; None of His created sons could—not even an angel could. Jesus is the Father’s “fellow:” “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zech 13:7). Strong’s Concordance defines “fellow” as a comrade or kindred man.
Despite these explicit verses regarding the identities of God and the Son of God, many have come to believe in an intellectual philosophy that says that Jesus and the Father are but two of three gods in eternity that have chosen to play roles in the history of man. One acts out the role of divine Father, and the other plays the Son. They are claimed and taught to be co-eternal; neither one preceding the other nor coming after the other. If Jesus had always existed alongside the Father as the Trinity doctrine claims, then God could not have given life to His Son as He would have always had life. Those who ally with Satan to obscure that Christ is the literal begotten Son of God, and maintain that Christ is of the same co-eternal age with His Father, think that Christ on earth spoke of God as His symbolic Father, not as His literal Father. Even being more unscriptural, such believe that God sent Himself to die for our sins and NOT His literal only Begotten Son. If that claim and teaching is true, then the relationship between the roles of “Father” and “Son” definitely cannot be a true Father-Son relationship. However, the Apostles and early church believed none of this role-playing philosophy, for you see, it is only a philosophical theory—a speculation, if you will. There is no evidence of such role assumption in the Scriptures. And yet, despite that lack of proof, the new “intellectual philosophy” interpretation is proclaimed and believed by many today as if it were gospel truth. Truly, it is “another gospel,” presenting “another Jesus,” but not the Jesus of the Bible (2Corinthians 11:4).
In truth, this Trinitarian concept of multiple, coeternal gods, temporarily assuming roles in order to deal with sin is nothing more than human speculation; nothing even suggestive of that concept is revealed in Scripture.
John 3:17 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved,” but common sense dictates that in order for God to send His Son into the world, He had to have a Son to send. (That Son would be the begotten Son of verse sixteen). He did not send a fictitious, role-playing being. This one thing about verse 16, I must repeat, which says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, …” Please notice, it does not say, For God so loved the world, that He sent His Son “to be begotten.” He already had been begotten. You have read verse 16 above; now consider the point just made.
What more do we know about the true Son of God, so we may distinguish between Him and “another Jesus”? We know that Jesus was God in human flesh. Among the last words to His disciples after the last supper, and only hours before the crucifixion, Jesus said that He was going away to prepare a place for them. This place, of course, was in His “Father’s house” (John 14:1-3). In response to when He said, “And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know” (verse 4), Thomas asked “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5). The reply of Jesus was “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Then He added, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:7)
Philip responded to these words by asking, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us” (John 14:8). It is evident that up to now, at least one of the disciples had not really understood the relation of Christ to the Father. He did not understand the oneness of the two divine Beings, the One having “come forth” from the Other identical in nature and character and purpose, but not in personality. Jesus, though a separate being, was the “express image” of the Father, the “outshining of His glory.” The reply of Jesus therefore probably surprised the disciples.
Jesus said to Philip: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake” (John 14:9-11). Jesus was describing to Philip the “oneness” of the Father and Himself; An inspired writer wrote, “they were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet one in spirit, and heart, and character” (YI-Dec.16, 1897).
A short time later Jesus also said, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” (John 14:19-20).
What follows is key to our understanding. God the Father and Christ dwell within us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 14:18: “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” And in verse 23 Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.” Since Jesus ascended to heaven physically, He's still in a physical form—“a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Heb. 8:2). The Father physically is on His throne. The only way that Jesus and the Father could come and make their abode in the disciples, or even in us, is through the power and presence of Their omnipresent Spirit. Note the following verse:
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Romans 8:9).
The Scriptures are so plain in language and meaning. What need is there of human speculation that can result only in departure from what is so plainly revealed, and the consequent promotion of “another Jesus,” “another spirit,” and “another gospel? Why are we not satisfied with what God has revealed to us?
We have spoken of the begotten Son of the Father, the biblical Jesus. But we have also discussed a little about "another Jesus” that is embraced by many professing Christians today. As was noted concerning that “other Jesus,” many are taught that He is a role-playing god, co-eternal with the Father, who did not become a son until the incarnation, and then only in a metaphorical sense, (since two inherently, self-existent gods cannot have a true Father–Son relationship). In stark contrast, the Apostles and early church accepted God’s Word as it reads, and believed only in the biblical Jesus, the actual Son of God. In their minds, there was no need for a new teaching by which to interpret the plain language found in God’s Word! It is impossible to reconcile the two divergent views. Simply put, one is correct; the other, error. And God's Word has told us which is which. And we are to “take the Bible as it reads.”
Dear Reader--at this very moment, it's of eternal importance that you make a decision based on the following Scriptures
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ IS IN YOU, except ye be reprobates? (2 Cor. 13:5). Strongs: reprobate=castaway rejected
“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is ANTICHRIST, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also" (1John 2:22-23). HE WHO DENIES THE PERSONALITY OF GOD AND OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, IS DENYING GOD AND CHRIST.”
This class which denies the Father and the Son is rapidly increasing in the world, and the name given to this class by the Bible is antichrist. There are many who have their names upon the church records, who claim to possess superior piety, and yet when Christ appears, they will be lost. There are men who profess to be ministers of the Gospel who are teaching heresy, and deceiving many, and leading thousands in the way of apostasy.
Elijah came near to all the people and said, “ How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal [false god], follow him”
(1 Kings 18:21 NASB).
Which class will you choose to follow?
A certain class who deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ, can be no other than those who spiritualize away the true existence of the Father and the Son.
"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name" (John 20:31).