A Note from Vicar Loum

Gnosticism fights against Christianity! As a society, our Christian faith has come up against many challenges, but the Lord has upheld the truth that He is risen. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, we have seen many come to join our family of God. We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ that are being persecuted all over the world and may God strengthen them. We in the United States might not be going through what the eastern world is going through, but we definitely have things fighting against the will of God. This week, we are going to talk about Gnosticism, which is one of the things fighting against God’s will.

Have you seen the movie the “Matrix”? The Matrix was one of my favorite movies growing up in the 90s and still today many love watching this movie. However, did you know that the movie depicted Gnosticism beliefs? Well, do not worry, do not feel like now you have to hate the “Matrix” or get rid of all your movies that share this ideology. All we want to do for you is to make you knowledgeable about the beliefs, so that you can have a strong Christian response to the teachings of Gnosticism.

Gnosticism is “a prominent heretical movement of the 2nd-century Christian Church, partly of pre-Christian origin. Gnostic doctrine teaches that the world was created and ruled by a lesser divinity, the demiurge, and that Christ was an emissary of the remote supreme divine being, esoteric knowledge (gnosis) of whom enabled the redemption of the human spirit.” (Oxford Dictionary) Reading this definition should make everyone realize that it is not a different form of Christianity, but it is a non-Christian idea. In actuality, many of the apostles were fighting against this theory in their writings in the Scripture. This notion of Gnosticism encourages the idea of self and removes the idea of the Biblical narrative. The narrative that is in jeopardy stems from the creation story to our salvation, which is very crucial for our Christian faith. Gnosticism says that we do not have a Savior and in essences says Jesus Christ did not die to save us from our sin. Moreover, it says that our Lord is not perfect and He did not create a perfect world and is responsible for the chaos of the world. Therefore, we must begin to give a respond to this theory. 

In response to Gnosticism, we have to agree that we are broken as the world is broken. We see the missile strike on Syria and we see death, but this is not of God’s will. Our Heavenly Father created a perfect world, but through disobedience by Adam and Eve (looking at self, instead of looking to God) our world became imperfect and full of all what we see. However, the Lord in His love sent His precious son to redeem us by His blood. This saving grace is free and we do not have to do anything, but believe in His finished work on Calvary. Christ is Risen and death could not hold Him and our perfect Father, who created everything and is above everything desires to have a relationship with us.

...Vicar Loum