Heresy starts in a Christian’s heart and mind. The point of divergence is when they adopt a secular world view of who they think a good god should behave like, as opposed to who the transcendent God of the universe actually is. This god serves their perceived needs whether they be physical or spiritual, material or sexual, real or imagined, basically anything that caters to their personal health and happiness. The Bible teaches us that we must die to what we want, and live to what he wants. This involves crucifying or putting to death any idea of our own personal fulfillment or gain. Dying to ourselves is not particularly appealing to most Christians, especially when the Christian bookstores are loaded with self fulfillment manuals. Turning to the god of self-actualization is a game changer. When Henry Ford was asked how much money was enough, his reply was one dollar more. Man is never happy enough or fulfilled enough apart from being found in Christ. His way is to die to ones self in order to truly live in Him. Like their master the devil, perpetrators of the false god of self fulfillment don’t play fairly. They prey on the weak in the faith, the vulnerable, the offended, those who lack a true understanding of dying to their fleshly desires. They venture onto the quicksand of Christian liberalism. Once the forbidden line of orthodoxy is crossed, everything is up for grabs. Once the holy scriptures are subject to the scrutiny of logical minds rather than divine revelation by faith, nothing is sacred.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.