The fourth obvious lie believers tell themselves, even with all the evidence to the contrary, is that they can twist God’s arm into doing, accepting, or condoning something which is not in His nature to do, accept, or condone.
God will not be pressured, threatened, browbeaten, or extorted into doing something He would not otherwise do, even if it means disappointing some self-important cleric or clergyman. God does not change for the whims of men, nor does He change with the changing world of men.
To insinuate that if we hold our breaths and puff our cheeks long enough God will not call sin something He currently does, is juvenile, childish, and foolhardy.
Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”
Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Because some men put in so much effort into trying to change the mind of God on certain things, eventually they talk themselves into believing that God has in fact changed, when in reality it is their own mind trying to salvage some remnant of self-importance.
If God has said a thing, and I come along and say something opposite of what God has said passing it off as the will of God, then not only am I a liar and a fool, I am at enmity with God Himself.
Shocking as it might seem to some, there are pastors a plenty today, at enmity with God. There is no other way of interpreting it or otherwise framing it to make it seem less heinous and tragic than what it is. Spiritual leaders today, by the boatload, are at enmity with God, and wouldn’t you know it, it’s the selfsame ones who lie about what God has said, condoned, or accepted that seem to be the most popular in our day and age.
The devil has no problems promoting those of like mind with him. The enemy has no problems promoting the lukewarm, duplicitous, and heretical because he knows the more people listen to them and follow after their teaching the easier it will be to shake the faith of the selfsame people to the point of nonexistence.
At the risk of repeating myself, the devil has always been a big picture sort of guy, while the self-centeredness being preached from the pulpits is making the church a smaller and smaller picture sort of entity.
We’ve gone from ‘go into all the world, preach the gospel to all men’ to ‘if we can get the loan, we’ll just build a bigger building’.
Hedonism has made even something as all-encompassing as the need for salvation and for God through Christ Jesus, a selfish, self-absorbed thing, wherein if we’re doing fine, if we’re paying the bills, if our church gets full on Sundays, we don’t care about anything or anyone else.
Our selfishness has caused us to compromise our principles, our compromised principles have caused us to compromise the truth, and the compromised truth has caused us to teach a lie, because we know that if we can forcibly widen the path, more people will join our little clique, and we’ll be able to keep our doors open longer than the guys preaching the truth. It’s all interconnected, and it all leads to the same desperate state wherein men become nothing more than clanging cymbals, making lots of noise, but really not much else.
We reject the notion of obedience toward God outright nowadays because it implies we will have to submit ourselves to His authority, and that is something we are simply unwilling to do.
We want to believe it when we are told we are little gods and therefore can establish our own level of morality, level of faithfulness, and level of worshipfulness, because it would mean we are in control, and that is what men today can’t live without. Even if it’s just an illusion, a figment of their imagination, they are content to continue believing they have control over their lives, and as such need not submit to a higher power or authority.
God demands to be worshipped on His terms, and any man who takes one of His commandments for a suggestion will reap the whirlwind in the end.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.