Was Judas Iscariot an Authentic Christian? Neither is Anders Behring Breivik

July 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

In the wake of the massacre in Oslo, Norway, once again, the issue of Christians and Christianity comes to the fore, simply because the individual in question who perpetrated such a heinous crime against humanity stated that he is a Christian.  He also pretended to be a police officer during the commission of his crimes, but no one buys that.  Apparently, it’s easier to believe that an insane individual who could unthinkingly kill people at random, could also be a Christian.

I don’t believe for a moment that the atheists and agnostics of the world truly believe that this guy was a Christian.  However, they will have no problem using that as a weapon against what they believe is the intolerance of Christianity.  We are accused of being intolerant because of the moral code that we constantly look to in living our lives.  While that moral code is perfect, our lives are not.

I find it fascinating that with Jesus were the original twelve men who were called to be His apostles.  Those twelve included Judas Iscariot, who ultimately betrayed our Lord and turned Him over to the religious authorities for a mere 30 pieces of silver.

It is clear from a number of places in Scripture that Judas Iscariot, though part of the Lord’s founding group of twelve, was never authentically part of that group.  He was there in body only.  His mind and his heart were far from the Lord.

Judas Iscariot, at least in some ways, reminds me of a Socialist wannabe.  He tried hard to act as if he cared for the poor even complaining that the woman who broke open an alabaster bottle of oil, pouring it on Jesus’ head and feet, should have instead sold that oil and given to the poor.  Jesus took him to task for his comments because Judas really didn’t care about the poor.  He merely wanted it to look as though he did.  Moreover, what the woman did was in effect, prepare Jesus for His upcoming burial.  You can read about this here in the gospel of John 12:1-8.

Now the reality is that though Judas spent roughly three and a half years with Jesus, he ended up having no clue about who Jesus was and His ultimate purpose in becoming fully human (while retaining His full deity).  Judas did not understand that Jesus had come to not only fulfill every aspect of the Law, but to also volunteer Himself as humanity’s Savior and Israel’s Messiah.  While the latter rejected Him as Messiah, He did successfully offer Himself as Savior through death on Calvary’s cross; the death of a criminal.

Judas understood none of this and in effect, was always on the outside looking in.  Why did Jesus even choose Judas?  Apart from the fact that it had been designed that way, I believe it provides greater credence for us today because in Judas, we see one who literally hung out with Jesus, watched His miracles, heard His sermons and noted the way that Jesus interacted with people.

In spite of all of this, Judas remained unconvinced.  Though he was absolutely part of the original twelve, even bein recognized as an apostle, we are told that though Judas was part of that group, he went out from them.  In other words, he was never truly emotionally or spiritually part of the twelve and because of that, found it extremely easy to walk away from them.

This is clearly seen in John’s gospel, chapter thirteen, we read of the last supper.  In verse two, we learn that Judas had been “inspired” by the devil to leave and betray Jesus to the religious authorities.  In fact, Jesus Himself knew who would betray Him and states it.  “I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth my bread lifted up his heel against me,” (John 13:18).  In verse 21, He makes it even more clear.  “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in the spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me,” (John 13:21).  In verses 26 and 27, in response to inquiries from His apostles regarding the identity of the betrayer, Jesus responds with, “He it is, for whom I shall dip the sop, and give it him. So when he had dipped the sop, he taketh and giveth it to Judas, [the son] of Simon Iscariot. And after the sop, then entered Satan into him. Jesus therefore saith unto him, What thou doest, do quickly.”

Please notice that the text tells us “then entered Satan into [Judas].”  In order for the devil to literally enter a Christian, he would have to overcome the indwelling Holy Spirit, which is impossible.  This is why it is also impossible for authentic Christians to become possessed of Satan.  We can be harassed and bothered by them, but not possessed, because Satan is incapable of overcoming the “strong man,” the Holy Spirit.

From all accounts, it is very clear that Judas was not an authentic believer in Jesus.  Though he “followed” Jesus for roughly three and a half years, Judas was absolutely not spiritually part of Jesus.

Judas is like the person who attends church, yet has never received salvation.  They go to church because that is their habit.  It is part of their life, but simply going to church does not make them part of the invisible Church.  They are merely part of the visible Church.  Anyone who sits in a pew is part of the visible Church.

This is Judas.  He was part of the visible crowd and he appeared to be part of Jesus’ inner circle, but it is clear that he was not.

The gunman in Oslo, Norway is not a Christian, by his own admission (see previous post).  He is no more a Christian than he is a police officer and he tried to present himself as that as well.

The world will never understand what it means to be an authentic Christian.  They do not understand the spiritual connection that exists.  I have talked to numerous people who call themselves “ex-Christians.”  They become angry or at least frustrated when you tell them that they could not have possibly been a Christian.  They say they were but are not now.  Many of these so-called ex-Christians wind up becoming either agnostics or atheists.  They deny that God exists, or they’re not sure, yet try to tell us that while they were “Christians,” they believed God, did everything Christians do like praying, reading the Bible, going to church, etc.  But these things do not make a Christian.  These things are often the result of being an authentic Christian, but are not proof in and of themselves.  These individuals do not like to hear Scripture like 1 John 2:19 quoted, which states, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.”

In that verse, John the apostle explains that just like Judas, these people were part of the Christian “group,” yet it is clear that because they left the group, they were seen for what they truly are: non-Christians.  John says that anyone who is an authentic Christian remains.  Those who leave – according to John – were never truly authentic in the first place.

Ex-Christians and the world at large can argue and disagree with that sentiment, but so what?  What is their authority?  Themselves.  John’s authority is God.  Judas was part of the original twelve, but did not remain with them.  His true colors came to the fore and he was seen for what he was, which is nothing less than an unbeliever.

The gunman of Oslo, Norway may have stated that he was a Christian, but his actions erase that testimony, showing him for what he truly is: an unbeliever.  In his own words, the gunman stated he was not very religious.  He is obviously insane, believing himself to be part of some resurrected Knights Templar, there to save the world.

God has a plan for this world and it looks like it involves Islam.  Ultimately, according to Daniel 9 and many parts of Revelation, this world will eventually become one, both economically and from a religious perspective.  It will be through both that a final, one-world leader will rise to claim his time as man’s ultimate authority.  The Antichrist will reign for seven years, with the last three and a half of those years being the worst tribulation this world will ever see.

It may well be that God is using Islam to help bring this world to that point.  Anders Behring Breivik had designs of saving the world – or at least Europe – from Islam.  He chose an evil, murderous way to accomplish his goals.  That is neither humane or Christian.

The worst part of this is that those who complain about “right-wingers” and “Christians” do not believe their own press.  However, that will not stop them from using this situation to further their Socialistic tendencies to help create a one-world government, economy, and religion.  They erroneously believe that this is the way to true peace.  God will allow it to show that it is not the way.  He will also allow it to bring about the final revolution (Battle of Armageddon) that will bring the Lord Jesus back to earth.  He and He alone will reign supreme from that time onward on earth, as He now does from heaven.

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