I work with a man who claims to be a Christian. Not a "Sunday Christian", but someone who dedicates himself to spread God's Word.When I first moved to Richmond, he invited me to a get-together at his house. I went, thinking it would be great to meet new Christian friends..but when my friend Julie and I arrived, it was not exactly what we expected. First of all, everyone was drinking. And smoking. I was a new Christian, and was trying to quit an eight year pack a day habit, and they told me I should have "just one" if I really wanted to, which I did. Julie got pretty mad, and referenced Romans 14:21 that says you should not do anything to cause your brother to stumble (to me, privately). They were playing secular music, and God was not part of the equation. At all. Now, my coworker isn't just someone who says "yeah, I'm a Christian", he's a leader in his "church", which is actually a breakaway sect of "The Way International", as Julie and I found out later in the evening by asking a few subtle questions. Yes, a creepy cult. Clearly, they weren't following God by their actions.
I have been very wary of him ever since, and have become sensitive to his foul language, and just his worldliness in every aspect. Knowledge I gained from the website Julie and I read on "The Way" allowed me to confront him on his unbelief of the deity of Jesus Christ. He admitted that he does not believe that Jesus is God, and we didn't really talk for a while after that, though he bugs me. Alot. He is leading other people astray, misrepresenting Christ, and making a mockery of living for the Lord.
Last week I brought it up again, the differences in theological belief...if we are both reading the same Bible, where does the discrepancy lie? He said he'd never heard of the trinity, and that Jesus was born of a virgin, and had "perfect blood", but was not God, only the son of God.. a man. I couldn't think of any scripture to give him to contradict his statement, and when I said I didn't see the Lord in him, what with the foul language all the time, he said that we need to "shake religion up", and that nowhere does it say not to use bad language, we are only not permitted to use God's name in cursing. At this point I felt he was just twisting things around, so I just let it go, and felt very frustrated and mad. When I got home that night, I started my research. I went to work, googling the trinity and Christ's deity..at first I saw this verse..
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone.
And I got a little worried, but then I found a whole bunch of verses that do say that Christ is God..I was unpreprared to refute him that day, but I was glad that I did the research..cause next time, I'll know that I know that I know, and have the proof to back it up. I gathered all of the verses onto a few pages, printed them out, and gave them to the "false prophet" (my private nickname for him)..verses both on the trinity and on Christ's deity. He read at least some of them, and them wrote down one verse ..Timothy 2:5, where Christ is referred to as a man..well, duh! I know that part, you're just missing the biggest part..oh yeah, I also told him that I didn't think he was saved. I don't want him to miss out on salvation because I was too polite to say something.. the truth hurts, but in this situation, I think it's merited. Oh, and as for the cursing..Ephesians 5:4.
I have listed the verses I found on this page as an easy reference in case anyone has a similar situation.