During the super bowl, the "He Gets Us" commercials debuted, leaving this idea of Jesus to millions watching that do not represent the true Biblical jesus. This message gave a watered-down "Sunday school" version of Christ which is extremely dangerous and heretical. Their claim: Jesus was tolerant of those with different lifestyles and values. He invited everyone to sit at His table
The Truth: Jesus, throughout His ministry, was surrounded with sinners; however, He actively got them to turn from their sinful lifestyles. This is evident with women like Mary Magdalene and men like the man at the Pool of Bethesda who He told "stop sinning." Jesus might have invited them to the table; however, He also said that if they didn't change and follow Him, He would not see them in heaven as stated in Matthew 7:21-23. Trying to modernize and redefine the Son of God is extremely heretical. Jesus wasn't some guy that people can relate to. He was the Son of God who was both human and divine. If He is like us, He would no longer be God. They try to make Him an example of being a good person rather than a Savior of sinner while also not presenting the Gospel. The Jesus that is in the "He Gets Us" ad is not the true Jesus of the Bible. The ad's "Jesus" portrays Jesus as a "good example" of who to be like. It paints Christ in a way that is inclusive when, in reality, Heaven isn't going to be inclusive because the only ones that get to Heaven will be the ones who repented and are saved. "He Gets Us" paints the picture that one doesn't need to repent or be saved to truly know Jesus and get to Heaven. Their claim: "Jesus didn't want us to act like adults." We are to have a childlike faith.
The Truth: Jesus never uses this idea of a childlike faith. instead, He gives this idea of being meek. This idea was not that one was to act like a child but rather to receive God's gift of salvation through joy and humility. Rather than living as a child with childlike faith, we are called to grow in spiritual maturity. This is evident in Hebrews 5:12-14 which states, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" Their biggest issue is simple. They want to modernize and redefine Jesus while not presenting the Gospel and giving ways that one can come to Christ. On their website, they even state that they do not, as an organization, use their mission to get people into the Church or into studies regarding Christianity. If an organization claims to be Christian but does not teach the true Gospel, they are heretical. If an organization claims to be Christian but doesn't let you know that you are sinful and need to repent to be a Christian, mark and avoid this organization. If an organization claims to be Christian but claims that "Jesus has represented the ultimate good that humankind is capable of aspiring to," then they don't understand sin nature, the need for salvation, and should be avoided. As bad theology is broadcasted all over the world for millions to view, it continues to damage both society and the soul because it leaves people longing for saving but not being given the Savior. Watered-down Christianity filled with "inclusive" ideology isn't Christianity at all. You cannot get to Heaven without recognizing your sin nature. To truly love someone, you must tell them the truth, regardless of how they feel about the truth of the Gospel. The "He Gets Us" Campaign will continue to do damage but rebranding God without allowing for the truth to be spoken. Evil most be called out and truth regarding sin and salvation must be spoken.
Cover Image From Timothy Eberly