I’m sure there are more but there are four major lies that much of the church has been deceived into believing, and not only believing but spreading and promulgating like a malignant cancer from healthy cell to healthy cell, infecting anyone whose spiritual immune system is weak, or whose foundation is not deeply rooted in the Word of God. Today I want to reveal these four great lies to you, that you might know them for what they are, and keep your heart clear of them.
The first major lie that much of the church believes today is that God is love without justice.
It is by far the most prevalent, and most destructive lie that is being circulated within the church, one that gives license to sin and worldliness, because well, ‘God is love, and love covers all, and no matter what I do God has to love me just the way I am.’
Because we deny and negate the justice of God, we abuse His grace, and trample on the blood of His Son, all the while breathing a sigh of relief thinking to ourselves that there will be no consequences to our actions. There are more dimensions to God than just love, and we’ve talked about the multidimensionality of God often enough. Yes, God is love, but He is also just, and He is also holy, and He is also righteous. We cannot take one attribute, or one dimension of God, and dismiss all the others, because we like the love part but not the justice part. God will not deny His justice just because man chooses to deny His justice. He is just, it is proven in the Word and no matter who attempts to discredit His justice, they still have God’s own words to contend with.
Psalm 19:8-9, ‘The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
So what happens if we don’t confess our sins? What happens if not only don’t we confess our sins but we keep on sinning? God remains both faithful and just, He is unchanging in that regard, and if we do not confess our sins, He will be faithful and just to judge us.
The very definition of confession is the admission or acknowledgment that we have committed a crime or are at fault in some way. When we confess our sins, and we are forgiven, and cleansed from all unrighteousness, we don’t go jumping back into the mud pit, we don’t return to the life we once led, because God would have cleansed us for nothing.
The second major lie that much of the church believes today is that truth is relative and not absolute.
Sorry, this is not a debate between which burger tastes better, or which carbonated beverage you prefer, there is no relativity in the truth of God. When something is relative, it is subject to individual opinion. Personally, when I used to drink carbonated beverages I preferred Mountain Dew. Now I know other folks prefer Mr. Pib, or Dr. Pepper, and they’re welcome to their opinion, because it’s a relative issue hinging on the bias of the individual. When the Word of God says ‘thus says the Lord’ however, opinion does not enter into the equation, it is not a relative matter; it is absolute truth, spoken by the mouth of God Almighty.
‘Well, you believe your way, and I’ll believe my way, and God will sort it out in the end.’
Well, no, I won’t believe my way, I’ll believe God’s way because that is the only way, and no other way exists, and if you desire to be with Him in eternity, then you can’t believe your way either, but rather must believe His way as well.
The third major lie that much of the church believes today is that materialism is a means of divine blessing.
I have even heard men go so far as say that those who are not financially blessed are in fact cursed, and absent faith. If we are to believe this, then all the martyrs of old were cursed, the apostles of Christ who died gruesome death because they would not deny Him were cursed, and the only one truly blessed was Judas ‘cause he got paid.
We don’t serve God so we can get rich; we serve God because He is God, and King and Lord and Savior. We don’t love God because if we do He’ll give us a big house, we love Him because He first loved us and sent the one person that was most precious to Him to die in our stead. When will we realize that Jesus is the greatest treasure in the universe? When will we realize that God already gave His best for lowly lost souls such as yours or mine? When will we fix our eyes on Him, rather than stuff, when will we pursue Him rather than materialism?
The fourth major lie that much of the church believes today is that we should be led by purpose and not by the Holy Spirit.
Because we refuse to submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and our purpose is of course to build our churches or our ministries, then we pick and choose doctrines that attract the flesh, that are pleasing to the flesh, that do not challenge the flesh and that coddle the flesh. When it is purpose guiding us and not the Spirit of God the flesh takes center stage in all our decision making.
John 16:13-14, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”
Sadly it is the paradox of the modern church, a cycle that continues to repeat itself powered by its own inertia. We reject the Holy Spirit because He is too demanding, because the Holy Spirit is not among us we fallback to programs and purpose and entertainment, because we’ve fallen back on these things the sheep aren’t getting fed, and because the sheep aren’t getting fed they’re either dead, dying, or with the ebbing strength that remains go seeking after nourishment.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth was sent to guide us, to tell us things to come, and to glorify Christ. Absent the Holy Spirit, we have no guide, we will know nothing of what is to come, and we will not glorify Christ in our lives.
This was just a surface scratcher of sorts, and more could have been said, but as Ecclesiastes reminds us, too much teaching wearies the body, and tomorrow is another day, and another opportunity to delve into the Word of God and see what He would teach us.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.