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TBC Notes - Christ Supplemented Is Christ Supplanted

McMahon, T.A.

Christ Supplemented Is Christ Supplanted

I admit I have a penchant for concise sayings that are both thought provoking and worthy of being incorporated into my life. My latest favorite spiritual "bumper sticker" (above) is a terse warning that identifies what I believe is a major reason why "the world" is in the church in such a big way, in opposition to 1 John:2:15: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." That consequence has made the church ripe for apostasy, which is increasing at an exponential rate.

"Christ supplemented" is the foolish (and worse!) attempt by finite, fallen man to add his own wisdom to that of our omniscient Lord and God. Among other grievous delusions, this attempt denies the sufficiency of God's provision for believers in His Word and through His Holy Spirit. To the degree that a true believer in Christ turns to the so-called wisdom of the world--whether for oneself, one's church, or for drawing others to Jesus--it is to that degree that a believer has displaced Christ and rejected His Word. He or she has forsaken the biblical truth: that Jesus has given to us "all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Peter:1:3).

T. A. McMahon
Executive Director