I am so saddened by the willy-nilly application of Bible truths nowadays. People make it say whatever they want to – so it will thereby backup their own wishful thinking.
I thought the whole idea was “having God in your life”. How can God be pleased with random religiosity?
That will never work with God. The Bible is the standard for Christian thought, seeing as how we believe God inspired Godly men to write as He guided them. If you’ve got a thought, and it’s new or amplifying (adding to…) the already God-given Word… then it is not in the Bible, and it is not “God’s Word”. 1
We must be wise and understanding, discern, choose between:
- God’s Word or the world’s word
- What is merely your thinking – or God’s thinking.
- What is of God – and what is of mere men 2
Are you under a deluding influence, led astray from true faith in Christ?
3 Blessed is he who reads
and those who hear
the words of the prophecy,
the things which are written in it;
for the time is near.
- Faith alone is worthless
- Faith is “completed” by our “works”
- True faith channels itself through obedience
- No obedience = no faith.
14 What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient—genuine faith produces good works.]
20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless?
22 You see that [his] faith was working together with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed [reaching its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience]. – Verses 14, 20 & 22 of James 2:14-26
Believers contrast dramatically from “unbelievers” (those who reject the truth) in all three verbs emphasized here: read, hear, heed. We actually read it, the Bible, hear it, the spiritual meaning, and heed it, the message. All three.
Like the rich young ruler who “went away sad”, many today may really “get into” the first one – but never the second and third, the true spiritual meaning and the heeding part.
Many folks, even the churchy types within churches, are the Hebrews 6:4-9 type who love religion, who revel in the songs, relish the fellowship… but never truly gave themselves over 100% to Jesus. They stay in the world, believe with the world, vote with the world, and …live as they choose.
I call them God-damned “believers”, because they are still living under His condemnation, not saved. See: Why suckling with the mother cat does not make the piglet a kitten
In contrast, the born again are “in the world – but not of this world” (John 8:23; John 18:36). We cannot avoid being “in” the world since our body stays here for now. But we can choose Jesus 100%, with all our heart, and not let our life be content to live in sin.
An attitude before our Father
– Source: Accepting what God rejects
As my father used to say, correcting his impudent son: “Who do you think you are?!”
That little rebellious streak is also what was in the mind and heart of the rich young ruler seeking to justify his thinking before Jesus. Our natural thinking is not one of submission to God. In the natural, we hate to submit to anything! So the ruler went away sad, because Jesus replied to him, “One thing you lack.” The same is true of…
…you who still have that little impudent place
in your heart,
before our Father who is in Heaven…
Do you think you can tell God what to do, and then waltz into His Kingdom? That’s acting like a five year old!
God, the God, not some little god, is our Father – based on the reality that He saved us. Or have you not been saved (Hebrews 6:4-9)? It behooves each of us to really examine the evidence, and make sure we are not following some “other” god. The actual God of the universe is the One you want. He is the only one that we should give credence to.
One day we will all stand before God. If we are born again, He is our Daddy (“Abba”), and we will be home! But, whether you believe in Him or not – He is our Creator God. And He, not you, will be calling the shots.
– Source: Accepting what God rejects
7 Do not be deceived,
God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows,
this he will also reap.
8 For the one who sows to his own flesh
will from the flesh reap corruption,
but the one who sows to the Spirit
will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NASB)
God rejects evil. Do you?
Or have you made it part of your lifestyle? We must not call “good” what God calls “evil”.
Christians following Jesus
Self declaring Christians cannot follow another (other than the Jesus of the Bible) and still truthfully call themselves “little Christs” (the meaning of the term “Christian”). Jesus will not be fooled by that. (See: verses 21-23 of Matthew 7:13-29.) Paul said,
3 For our appeal does not come from delusion or impure motives, nor [is it motivated] by deceit [our message is complete, accurate, and based on the truth—it does not change]. – 1 Thessalonians 2:3.
Which will it be: Your thinking or God’s Word?
I live-out my faith by my actions. How about you? Anything less is “useless” religiosity. Why would anyone want to follow mere men?But
are you willing to recognize,
that faith without [good] works
– James 2:20
My living shows – and God knows
My living shows that I, without a doubt, truly follow Jesus Christ. How about your life?
Anything less, well, that puts the authenticity of any so-called “Christian” in question. When examining our life – there must be a stark contrast between us and the world… you and those “Christians” following their own thinking.
My failure with a sin
As followers of Christ – sin is still lurking around, no doubt, and trying to devour us, and we may fail Him. That failure of a sin disrupts our walk with Him.
But we do not have to sin. And we do not make any sin a practice. Failure is not a practice. It is a fracture. And Jesus heals the fractured soul.
Jesus does not condemn the believer’s fractured soul. People wrongly do (condemn and reject), but Jesus forgives a repentant heart, loves the struggling sinner, and restores.
“Practicing sin” is something “habitual”, an on-purpose choice. But we confess and reject our sins, not letting any sin become habitual.
We follow Christ and make it our life-long objective to be more and more like Christ, little by little adjusting our thoughts and wants (“conforming…”) to be more and more like what Christ wants. (Also see: Philippians 3:10)
Credo to credo …Right living is more than sloganeering
the world of today is saying:
“In this house, we believe: Black lives matter / Women’s rights are human rights / No human is illegal / Science is real / Love is love / Kindness is everything.”
Bible believing peoples think differently, and live differently – obviously, since the world does not follow Jesus. The world, having not recognized the true God come in the flesh, does not believe the words of the Bible as having come from God.
In stark contrast with the world’s current slogan (quoted per Cheaney) this is a biblically correct (“BC”? instead of “PC”?) slogan all Christians can support, per Cheaney:
In this house, we believe:
Kindness always / Love is selfless /
Science serves; it doesn’t rule /
Humans are priceless / Male and female are real /
All lives matter to God.
Inline with Janie B. Cheaney, I agree and would build on her house declarations (since I am a teacher first – then a writer). To further counter what the world’s slogan says, I would be more specific:
All human lives are priceless, killing your baby is not any woman’s right, humans breaking laws is illegal, your science is not God, love is selfless and kind (see how 1 Corinthians 13 defines love), kindness softens law enforcement, change laws to be just and kind.
– Source: Accepting What God Rejects
Can a “so-called Christian” be so mired in support of vile values, that he of a sudden is revealed as having a hardened heart that is not actually regenerated? Is he given over to that which is not of God? On That Day, Scripture tells us, many will stand before God, the Eternal Judge, and hear Him say, “…Depart from Me… I never knew you.” (That day of judgement: Isaiah 2:12, 2 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Corinthians 1:8, Malachi 4:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Luke 3:7)
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ ”
How scary for me, someone who actually believes Scripture, to have deceived my self, and arrive before God saying but, but, but “…but Lord, Lord…”, discovering too late, on That Day, that I was never “in Christ” at all, ever. How eternally horrible. (Matthew 7:21-23).
Consider these biblical views:
What Jesus Stands For
- If Jesus taught for it – then He is for it still.
- If Jesus taught against it – then He is against it, still.
How ’bout you?
“For” and “Against”
- pro-Jesus: Are you “for” what Jesus taught “for”,
and “against” what Jesus taught “against”?
- anti-Jesus: Are you “against” what Jesus was “for”,
and “for” what Jesus taught “against”?
- pro-Jesus: Are you “for” what Jesus taught “for”,
– Source: What Jesus Stands For
Excerpt from Examples of False Doctrines:
“knowing who to avoid is an important warning…”
If you are not a follower of Jesus – then, knowing who to avoid is an important warning. If you are a follower of Jesus – then, knowing who to avoid is an important warning. Or do you want to go down a dark snake hole?
There are so many ways to get lost in false teachings, erroneous thought – which leads us away from the Truth – and into apostasy. God Himself is the One that establishes what is “true” and what is “false”, not today’s false teachers. Perilous times are here. We need to be wise in a very unwise world during these End Times.
This list of false teachers, false teachings, and apostate groups is not a thorough list, but this article gives us a sense of what is out there in these end times – and how extremely important it is to be “Berean“, search the Scriptures, and stay faithful to what has been revealed in the Bible.
Teaching “another gospel”.
Excerpt from Do not attend apostate churches: There are many false teachers out there. Many actively teach “another gospel” which is not the same message Jesus and His disciples taught. They are empty suits, full of distortions and half-truths, and outright “doctrines of demons”.
False teachers are church leaders who reject the Bible or portions of the Bible – they reject the gospel preached by Paul and Jesus… and begin to teach “another gospel” which is not the one from Jesus. These false teachers begin practicing unbiblical practices and lead astray their flocks into their own gospel. These false prophets come from “within” Christian churches. – What false prophets are like.