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“A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9

 

Recently I was given a dream where I found myself walking along the shore, and ultimately through shallow ocean water. Everything seemed fine until I noticed a great white shark lurking within the bottom of the water. I quickly raced out of the ankle deep water just before the shark could grab me in its enormous mouth. Yet as I stood safely from the edge of the water, people were treading along, unaware of the danger which was lurking in such a pool of water – and that is the great deception. I watched people walk by, not fearing the mangling teeth of this ocean predator and all I could do is warn them – to no avail.

We are living in such a time where many are being deceived in this hour, where anything and everything other than the cross is being preached or taught in many churches across the nation. Doctrines of devils, the focus on works, foolish signs and wonders, the rash of so called “prophets” are flooding the waters in the modern church and many are becoming entangled and ultimately destroyed by much of the false gospel being preached by so many who call themselves “pastors”.

Paul made it very clear in Galatians 1:8 “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” The fact remains, unless it’s the cross, unless it’s Jesus Christ and him crucified, unless it’s the gospel where Christ is lifted up and the plan of redemption is thru the blood and not works, not church membership, not in intellectualism, it’s a false gospel and one you need to stay away from.

In the dream I saw how easily the people would not listen, they thought that by walking in shallow water would not be harmful to them, but what most people don’t understand is, shallow water is often times more dangerous than deeper water. Having lived in Northern California for many years, and venturing out to the ocean, I would often times walk out along the beach every sunset and meditate, and sometimes I would tread in shallow water. But it was one particular day when I was treading in just ankle deep water, when I noticed something quickly dart between my two legs, it turned out to be an sea lion. Although funny after it was over with, still, it is widely known that in warmer waters, even in shallow water, sharks are able to attack humans, even if its only ankle deep water – that’s the deception.

Shallow water is even worrisome for ships. When a ship is moving in shallow water the gap between the ship’s hull and the bottom is restricted, the streamline flow of water past the hull is altered and the result is seen as a greatly increased transverse wave formation at the bows and again at the stern. In fact, the increased size of the stern wave is a sure indication of the presence of shallow water. The energy expended in the waves formed by the ship is a loss from the power available to drive her, and therefore in shallow water her speed is reduced. 

These effects may become excessive if the depth of water is less than one-and-a-half times the draught, particularly if the ship enters such water at high speed. She may become directionally unstable and fail to answer her rudder at all, and the draught aft may increase so greatly as to cause the propellers to touch bottom. The effects are likely to be particularly pronounced in ships where the propeller slipstream does not play directly on to the rudder. The effects of shallow water on steering in restricted waters such as canals or rivers are usually worse than in the open sea, and are more likely to have dangerous results. The only way to regain control is to reduce speed drastically at once.

Shallow water is very dangerous for swimmers as well. Many times what appears to be still waters can be deceiving, for even in shallow waters, the undercurrent can be so destructive that the undertow can literally grip the legs of a swimmer and literally pull them under and out to sea, drowned underneath the powerful currents below. Shallow water is dangerous.

So is a shallow gospel. A shallow gospel message that does not save, does not heal, does not establish the Christian nor convict the sinner, that focuses on self and living a “good life” in this world, is a shallow gospel, it looks safe, it sounds safe, it looks fine to tread in, but in reality, the undercurrent (deception) is so strong, that those who are not careful, will get caught up in the undertow and forever be lost under the strength of the lies the current is flowing in. This is the result of the shallow gospel message being preached in many pulpits, not the cross, not the power of the Holy Ghost, but a self fulfilling gospel which is void of any true power to the hearer and a doctrine of devils to those who believe.

Paul told Timothy “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
There is no question that many are treading in spiritual shallow water, unaware of the dangers which is lying in wait, and his name is Satan. Take heed of the words of Peter, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

If it’s not the cross, if Christ is not the object of faith, if salvation comes by any other means, if strange manifestations (gold dust, angel feathers, apparitions of Mary or Jesus) are placed center rather than the word – run from such! For it is a deception and will forever damn your soul for eternity.

 

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

Comments
  1. […] THE DANGERS OF TREADING IN A SHALLOW GOSPEL. […]

  2. People are surely accountable for their half truths, unless they repent. We need to preach the whole truth and accept the bible completely and not partially according to our worldly taste. Good post to read. God bless you 🙂

  3. karentraa says:

    Good truth. Good, clear warning. Thanks for the “in-depth” explanation of your water analogies from this land-locked landlubber. 😉

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