The more I grow in God, the more I seek Him and spend time in His presence, the more I realize how subtle the devil’s devices and deceptions truly are. The Word of God tells us to be watchful for a reason, and the reason is that only by being watchful will we be able to see the subtle works of the enemy and not be caught up in them.
Today I want to discuss two of those subtle devices, and I know at least one will seem anathema to the ‘God is love and nothing more’ generation, and because they are unwilling to search out the Word and see whether what I say is in harmony with it, they will lash out and call me names, perhaps even put up another website denouncing me as an unrepentant heretic.
(Don’t bother looking for the website I am referring to. The ‘prophetess’ who ran it was sued for fraud by people she’d bilked out of their hard earned money over the years, and closed up shop. Her web domain is no longer viable.)
The first subtle device which incidentally serves to warp men’s perception of God, who He is, and why Jesus had to come and be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, is the notion that all Jesus preached was love.
Every time a conversation arises around topic that is volatile, the ‘Jesus preached love’ card gets pulled from the sleeve, replete with hand gestures and a hardy voilà.
‘It’s not our concern that men are dying in their sins, it’s not our job to protect the church from the wolves, it’s not our duty to preach the righteousness of God, all we have to do is preach love, ‘cause Jesus preached love!’
Really though? Was all Jesus ever preached, love?
What about repentance? Did He ever preach that? Maybe a little bit, just a smidge? What about self-denial and self-renunciation and picking up our crosses and following after Him? What about the Kingdom to come or the home He went to prepare or the Helper who was to come after His ascension? Did He speak on those things too, or was Jesus just a less haggard version of John Lenin telling everyone, everywhere, all the time that all they needed was love, man?
Matthew 10:34-36, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’ And ‘a man’s foes will be those of his household.’”
Yes, Jesus did preach love, He preached loves for one’s brothers and sisters in Christ, He preached love for God, He even preached love for one’s enemies, but that’s not all He preached.
When we attempt to eliminate all the other things Jesus preached and taught, and take it upon ourselves to say all He spoke on was love, we are distorting the truth, and men will not see the real Christ for the distortion we are attempting to show Him through.
Sin destroys. For us to say with a straight face that God winks at, accepts, embraces, and even loves something which destroys His creation is ludicrous and asinine.
Sin also separates man from God. In being separated from God, those unwilling to repent can never enter in, can never partake, nor can they be welcome into His kingdom. If God is okay with His creation being separated from Him for all eternity, why go through the trouble of sending His only begotten Son to die on a tree so that selfsame creation might be reconciled unto Him?
If you love your child and you see them playing with a knife you don’t roll your eyes and say ‘you silly goose, here’s a sharper one,’ you run and you pluck it from their hand and make it known to them how dangerous playing with knives is.
The second subtle device which I began to notice as I was outlining the series on prayer is the notion or presupposition that the act of praying or being a prayer warrior is somehow reserved for the widows and the elderly ladies in the church, the selfsame ones who make the same sweet potato casserole at every potluck.
Kings prayed, priests prayed, soldiers prayed, generals prayed, the Apostles prayed, Jesus prayed, and yes, even widows and elderly ladies prayed. None of us is exempt from talking to God. None of us is exempt from establishing a relationship with Him, and the fact that when we say ‘prayer warrior’ the first thing to come to mind is that little old lady in our church, shows just how well the subtle devices work.
1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.