TAKEN CAPTIVE BY “ISM’S

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Colossians 2:8 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.

Jesus defeated everything the devil could use to deceive mankind and He ALONE is the Sole Possessor of Absolute Truth. He is the ONLY Infallible Leader we’re to follow. The silence of many preachers today to speak the truth of God’s Word as it relates to the culture war going on in America creates a vacuum that is filled with the spirit of error, the spirit of antichrist, (1 John 4:3, 6) and the spirit of the world (1 Corinthians 2:12). The mass media is filled with the ideologies of the day from the philosophies of men, political parties, education, the entertainment industry, and a fallen culture.

The Spirit of God through the Apostle Paul instructed us in Colossians 2:8 to beware of these ideologies as they will lead us away from the faith as captives. “Beware (take heed; the root word denotes “the ability to see,” as distinct from blindness; scrutinize; perceive) lest any man spoil you (lead you away captive) through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (elements) of the world, and not after Christ (Col. 2:8).” We are being seduced, lead away, and controlled like captive prisoners by the philosophies of men and wisdom of this fallen world. We need discernment to not just resist obvious demonic manifestations but also these philosophies or “ism’s.”

America is flooded with ideological “ism’s” that are destroying our founding principles as a nation and corrupting the Christian faith (relativism, humanism, liberalism, positivism, secularism, progressivism, socialism, multiculturalism, globalism, consequentialism, contextualism, pragmatism, Marxism, antinomianism …). Instead of earnestly contending for the faith and challenging the accepted thought of the day many preachers only talk about what makes people comfortable and happy. Sad to say many are reluctant to share God’s truth addressing the issues of our day.

We as a nation are reaping the consequences of that approach especially in our younger generations who are uninformed about the choices put before them. We can no longer just remain neutral because those that oppose truth are not content to let us believe what we believe and they believe what they believe. They are on the attack and are assaulting the truth. The Old Testament believers fought the “ites” (Exodus 3:8) but our war is with the “isms” (Colossians 2:8) and we are not taking much ground. Our voice needs to be heard in the mainstream and outside of our Christian bubble. How can we remain silent?

WHAT IS NOT BEING SAID IS HURTING US

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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