Jesus Christ an Extremist?
the Lord be Considered an Extremist by Even His Followers?
Timothy S. Morton
Fanatics, Extremists, and the Lunatic Fridge
The world and man in general has an
inclination to label people. Mainly because of its insecurity the world
likes to place people in convenient categories so it can better [it
thinks] understand and classify them. Although there can be many
classifications, basically there are two, conformists and
non-conformists. Those who conform to the world's collective viewpoint
and those who don't. It goes without saying your author [and even you,
dear reader, merely because you are reading this] is grouped with the
But what about the Lord Jesus Christ? Where does He fit in these
arbitrary classifications? It is only natural to realize He didn't
conform to the world because the world [from the worldly perspective]
murdered Him. But what about those who profess to follow or believe on
Him? What does their actions and words reveal about their true attitude
concerning Christ and the Scriptures? Do they truly follow the Lord or
do they merely profess to follow Him. Below we will identify some of
the views of the Lord as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and see how
His views line up with the prevalent Christian "philosophy."
To say that Jesus Christ was not ordinary is an understatement. He had
a unique birth, a unique life, a unique death, and most of all a unique
resurrection from death. Christ also held unique views about the world,
man, God, sin, death, and judgment. The religious leaders of His day
were adamantly opposed to His "new perspective." They deemed Him a tool
of Beelzebub or Satan and manipulated the Roman government to have Him
executed. Notice it was not what Christ did that led to his
execution, it was what He said! However, the Lord was so contrary
that He wouldn't stay dead. Just when the world thought they were rid
of this non-conformist, he came back!
Views Concerning the Scriptures
In general the world lumps these same
Scriptures with all other religious writings as merely expressions of
"man's search for meaning in a world of questions" blah, blah, blah. It
doesn't treat them as the very words of the creator at all. This is to
be expected. However, many of those who profess to follow Christ
believe much the same. The most liberal of those who profess Christ
treat the Bible as if it is mainly a book of fairy tales and many of
the more conservative insist these pure words are no longer available
in their purity. All we now have are reliable manuscripts and
translations. Neither group believes what Christ believed. How about
- He believed the entire Old
Testament as delivered to Him was God, His Father's, pure unadulterated
word [Luke 24:44].
- He never once questioned the
copies of these Scriptures He had. He never once appealed to the
non-existent "original autographs" as an authority on anything.
- He believed every word of these
Scriptures was more stable than the entire universe [Matt. 5:18] and could not be broken [John 10:35].
- He placed His own words on the
same level as these Scriptures [Matt. 24:35].
- He insisted man could not truly
live without every word of the Scriptures [Matt. 4:4] or in any sense be holy and
clean without them [John 17:17].
- He read the Scriptures
literally, not as metaphors or mystical poems.
- He declared He was the
fulfillment of the Scriptures [Luke 4:21].
Christ's Views Concerning God and Himself
The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is
obvious. He is either Jehovah God manifest in the flesh [try that on
your Jehovah Witness friends] or a pathological liar. The world and
liberal choose Christ as a liar. Of course they won't openly say that.
They are much too "caring" and "sensitive" to speak in such negative
terms, but they nevertheless deny His deity. They will boast Christ was
a great teacher, prophet, minister, etc., but never God manifest in the
- He said God was a spirit and
must be worshiped in spirit and truth [John 4:24].
- He declared He existed before
Abraham [John 8:58].
- He said He should receive the
same honor as God the Father [John 5:23].
- He revealed whoever has seen Him
has seen the Father [John 14:9].
- He said everything the Father
has was His [John 16:15].
- He said He was the only person
who knew the Father [Matt. 11:27].
- He insisted He and the Father
were one [John 10:30].
Views About Man and the World
Will the world tolerate being called
evil? Hardly. The world and many "Christians" believe there is no
legitimate concept as "evil." They deem it an old fashion notion that
is past its day. To them there is no true evil in men or in the world,
and by no means an evil Satan who is opposed to God. All men are
brothers an every person has a spark of divinity in his soul. People
may do things that others see as wrong, but this does not mean they are
evil, only misguided.
- He said man and the world were
evil [Matt. 15:19], the religious leaders were
evil and even His disciples [Matt. 7:11, Matt. 15:19].
- He taught of a literal evil
being called Satan who influences man [Matt. 12:26].
- He insisted man was in such a
hopeless state that he must be supernaturally born again to overcome it
- He taught that man was not to
seek the world or worldly things because it and they are destined to
burn [Luke 3:17; 2Pet. 3:10].
- He was not impressed with any
worldly thing including God's worldly temple on earth [Matt. 24:1-2]. However, He was
fascinated with created things such as a flower [Luke 12:27].
- He believed man, the world, and
all creation were divinely created by God in six literal days as
revealed in the Scriptures [Matt. 19:4, Mark 13:19]
The thought that man is in a hopeless state is even more repulsive to
the worldly. They insist "man is the measure of all things" and able to
secure his own salvation, whether physical or spiritual by his own
efforts. They look at all the advances mankind has made in especially
the last century and flatter themselves into thinking man can do
whatever he sets his mind to. Nevertheless, the Scriptures insist this
world will burn. What thinkest thou? Whatever your opinion it doesn't
change the facts.
A very many who profess Christ have swallowed the musings of secular
science in believing man has evolved from lower lifeforms over millions
or billions of years. The Roman Catholic's have accepted this lie as
well as most so-called mainline denominations. This places them
diametrically opposed to the clear statements of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Views About Sin and Salvation
Among many the concept of "sin" is
quickly falling away. It is another old-fashioned notion. Along with it
the idea that men will one day be judged for sin is also waning in
acceptance. This modern evolving society has no place for such quaint
ideas. Instead, as mentioned above, people just make mistakes or are
misguided. "They don't intentionally want to do wrong." "Thus what kind
of God would judge His children and send them to hell even if there
were such a place? " "God is a God of love, not hate and judgment."
- He insisted sin
was real and must be judged [John 5:14].
- He spoke of a
literal burning hell as the dwelling place of the wicked [Matt. 25:41].
- He preached that
belief in Him and Him alone was the only means of escape from sin,
judgment, and hell [John 10:7-9, John 14:6; Acts 4:12; .
- He insisted
redemption was to be secured by His own blood [Matt. 26:28].
- He declared that
all other paths to salvation were counterfeit and futile [John 10:1].
Furthermore, to the liberal even if there is sin and that God does
judge, the thought that the literal blood of Jesus Christ is required
to purge these sins is offensive and repugnant. They want nothing to do
with such a "slaughterhouse religion." There faulty concept of "love"
will cover all sin without sacrifice. There dogma is a diabolical
fantasy propagated by an evil spirit they refuse to believe exists.
However, probably the most offensive statement of Christ and repeated
by His faithful followers is that the way of Jesus Christ is the only
means of salvation. This is branded as intolerant hate speech by the
world and liberal "Christians." They suggest God would be some kind of
bigot to limit the means of salvation to only one method. To them it is
an unacceptable thought. "What about all the faithful of other faiths
and beliefs in the world? Are they doomed just because they don't
accept and follow Christ? " Of course, they are you ignorant pagan.
They will all burn like a torch, just like
you, unless they receive Christ.
Christ's Views About Service
The modern idea that Christian service
is merely going to church now and then and is at the most a part time
activity is foreign to the Scriptures. Christ declared that Christians
were saved for service to Him and other. The two great commandments are
to love God, and after that love thy neighbor. True love will bring
service to both. How fare thee, gentle reader? Dost thou measure up to
the holy standard?
- He insisted every believer was
to take up his cross an follow Him in a life of sacrifice and service [Mark 8:34].
- He taught believers were not to
live for themselves but for the service of others [John 13:14].
Christ's Views Concerning His Return
The worldling and the liberal don't
even believe Christ rose bodily from the grave, let alone return in His
resurrected body. They believe He is only a spirit. The thought that
the gentle carpenter from Nazerath who wouldn't harm a fly would
personally slay His adversaries in a huge battle is also repugnant to
these clowns. Christ came the first time as a meek and humble lamb; He
will come the second time as a vicious and bloody warrior. Many don't
want to be associated with such a Savior.
All is clear. The Lord Jesus Christ was very plain and vocal in
proclaiming what He believed, and His doctrine did not line up with the
"conventional wisdom" of His day nor of today. He was considered an
extremist then and even more so now. Many today want to be identified
with the modern false concept of a christ who is a social reformer and
has socialist leanings, but most refuse to be associated with the true
Jesus Christ and His far reaching doctrine.
The day is at hand, dear reader, in which it will cost one to be
identified with the true Christ. It may cost him friends, a better job,
a desired social standing, etc., and in some countries other than
America maybe even his life! There is always a price for sticking with
the truth and being associated with Jesus Christ and His doctrine. Is
that a price you are willing to pay?