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The Jesus Revolution

A clever marketing company has laid out the red carpet for this new leader. Is it the Jesus we all know, the One our grandparents introduced to us through the Holy Bible? I could give you a quick answer, but I would like you to decide.



'I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false. (Revelation 2:2)



These are the words Jesus spoke to the church in Ephesus. He also said, 'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Revelation 2:4)


How can Jesus compliment the church in picking out false teachers yet be fronted with losing their first love of Christ – the real Jesus? In our culture, the masses have emphasized overcharged “love,” so the church has lost its ability to discern who the false teachers are. So, what kind of love is Jesus referencing?


The short answer is that God is love (1 John 4:16).


The longer answer might shock some readers. The “kind” of love that replaced God is love that the Ephesus church initially believed is nothing short of a demonic “love” that embraces sins, lifestyles, gender identification, or other self-identified identities. We grace teachers once called it the movement of Gracilism – excessive grace that embraces salvation WITHOUT coming to the end of yourself, repenting of all sins, and accepting the indwelling Life of Jesus.


I was also a part of the first Jesus Revolution in the 70s. Not once did the revivals I attended address these issues. It was a full-on love fest with “Jesus” at the center of the gatherings. We were discouraged by the state of the organized church, hated wars, and were revolted by the thought of submitting to authority – of any kind. I was “proud” to be called one of the “Jesus People.” However, I didn’t receive Jesus INTO my life at our rallies.


 

I hunted down a pastor in the local community who explained the finer points of salvation and led me to the real Jesus. Even then, I intuitively knew something was wrong with our Jesus Revolution. It wasn’t long before I