Have We Been Deceived?

There are a lot of lies floating around in politics today. But there are even more floating around in the world of “Christianity”. Do any of these sound familiar?

1. You are beautiful and important and wonderful.

God says:

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (I John 1:8)

2.  We do not need to study God’s Word, but can read other “spiritual” material instead.

God says:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:10-11)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

3.  My interpretation of God’s Word can be different than yours, even if it disagrees with basic doctrines that have been held for 2000 years. 

God says:

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. (Romans 16:17)

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (2 Peter 2:1-3)

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.(I Timothy 4:16)

4.  I need to be like the world to win the world.

God says:

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, (2 Timothy 4:3)

 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (Titus 2:11-13)

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. (I Corinthians 3:18)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. (I John 2:15)

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (Matthew 5:13)

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19)

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)

5.  I can do what I want because God is about love and would never send anyone to hell.

God says:

He who says he abides in Him {Jesus} ought himself also to walk just as He walked.(I John 2:6)

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:18-20)

The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. (Psalm 9:17)

But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him (Luke 12:5)

As I searched for all of these scriptures, I realized that it really comes down to this: Do I believe the Bible to be the holy, inspired, inerrant Word of God?

If I don’t, then I can twist and turn it however I want to. I can change doctrines of old to mean whatever I want and I can ignore certain passages that I do not like.

But if I do believe that the Bible is the Holy Word of God, then I have a responsibility. I have a responsibility to know it and to live by its words. I have a responsibility to share the truths found within its pages– all of its pages, not just the passages on loving my brother (which seems to be the only passages that matter to many Christians these days).

Many have denied basic Truths found in the Bible and still call themselves Christians. That is a dangerous, dangerous place to be. Because in Matthew 7, God makes it clear what will happen to many who thought they believed: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Look, it is certainly not for me to judge any individuals. But the deceit I see taking place in what used to be God-fearing, Bible-believing, fundamental churches and denominations is downright frightening. We cannot close our eyes and shut our ears to it!  We can’t pretend like it’s not happening!

God be with you as you follow Him in these dark and dangerous days.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. To deny the basic truths of Scripture is to deny our Christian faith. The building blocks of our faith, and specifically our spiritual foundations must lie in the doctrines of Scripture. Without these basic doctrines and truths, our foundations are on shaky ground and only leads to suspect Christian living. Many new Christian are not being grounded in these truths of Scripture and consequently from an early age learn lead unfulfilled Christian lives. We to get back to the importance of expository Bible Preaching and exposition, instead of the superficial topical preaching that is so popular today and which only leads to the comments made in the above blog

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    • Amen and Amen! Sadly, in this entertainment and “me”-oriented society, most people do not seem interested in hearing about doctrine (as evidenced by the crowds leaving churches who preach in an expository manner without all the bells and whistles of rock music, dramatic performances, and lessons from movies). But it only through knowing doctrine and God’s Word that we can spot false teachers and understand God’s views on the issues of life. It is in a very sad state we find the church today.

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  2. You think it’s a lie that people are beautiful and important? God loved us to send His only Son to die for us and why you think God did that? Because we’re disgusting insignificant and despicable? We are made in the image in of God.

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    • It’s a very careful line we walk when it comes to this particular lie. It is not because of our goodness that Jesus died for us, but because of God’s love for us. He loves us in spite of our sinful, wicked state. So, yes, to answer your question, I do believe that scripture is clear that this is a lie that many Christians believe. I would encourage you to search scripture for truth, rather than listening and reading popular preachers and teachers. I am confident that if you search scripture, you will see that it is because of God’s love for us that He provided salvation. There is nothing of which I can boast. You might find 2 Corinthians 12 a good place to start your study.

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      • I’m not into fashionable preachers or the like. I only read. I don’t that impression from scripture and have always fundamentally disagreed with this idea of self-degradation in hymns and things. I agree that we are saved because of God’s love, but that does not make God’s creation any less beautiful or important. Just a difference of what scripture to emphasize I suppose.
        Psalm 139:13-14.

      • Oh, I love Psalm 139! It is one of my favorite passages. Like I said, it’s a very fine balance. The verses you mention show that God loves us deeply and cares about each one of us. My concern comes in that if we think we are so awesome we will a) not understand our need for a Savior and b) think we had something to do with salvation. It is clear in scripture that God saves us from our sin because of His great love for us, not because of anything we can do. It is my fear that modern day Christianity has magnified man so that we become the center of our salvation instead of the Lord Jesus (just listen to a CCM radio station for a few minutes). Hope that makes sense! It is certainly a fine line.

      • Yeah, I get where you’re coming from absolutely. I worry about the other side more. Like when you tell people that they are retches and worms sometimes keeps people from stepping up and doing more, being more. They feel like they don’t deserve to be saved. You’re so right that it’s a fine line.
        Enjoyed our conversation. Hope the Lord blesses you.

      • Yes, I’ve enjoyed it, too! Thanks for your thought-provoking comments. May we learn and grow more like Jesus every day!

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