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Tuesday
Jan162018

The Lies About God and Ourselves

Francis Chan author, pastor and speaker has produced a short video about the two lies that people believe about God. I think it is worth your time to watch it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlNx7m1KW7Y

 When it comes to God, people make up all kinds of doctrines and teachings about Him that are just not true.  Sometimes these doctrines become personal agendas that get mixed into how we present God to our communities. Again if you go back to Francis Chan’s video, people do think they are good people and so naturally good people go to heaven. No one punishes good people, but heaven is not based upon being a good person. The same is true when we think that because God is love, He will never punish anyone. The pendulum in our doctrine has swung towards God being only love, which doesn’t tell the whole truth. If a person lives their lives under the veil of these two lies, they will be stand before God someday and say, “I was a good person, and the God of my personal belief is all about love so I can’t be punished”.  

Revelation 20:12-15 “12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

The judgment God brings to each person comes down to if your name is written in the Book of Life. Your name doesn’t get there by being good. In fact, your name doesn’t get there by just believing in a good God. Your name gets in the Book of Life by surrendering your life and heart to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is the criterion that gets you into God’s kingdom, and not because you think you are good, or that God is all about love. 

Oswald Chambers (My Utmost For His Highest) focused most of his writings on the idea of the old man, the old nature is to be buried, and the new man in Christ being our constant goal as Christians. Oswald Chambers taught that whatever you yield to has the power over your life. This is one of the reasons we see such a powerless church - our constituents are yielding to the culture, self, and ideologies that do not support His kingdom. Going to church means nothing, being a part of a small group means nothing if it doesn’t yield in you a more surrendered life to Christ. That is the bottom line. We have churches today that have the philosophy of a corporation where everything is about the bottom line.  Our mantra today in the Church is: More people, more money, more budget. I would like to see the verse of scripture that supports this idea. I understand we want success in what we do because our goal is to bring people to Christ. Yet, when you look at one of the most spiritual people in the Bible (the Apostle Paul) he had a different attitude. 

Acts 20:24 “24 But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course ] and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Phil 3:8 “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.”

So I am convinced people do believe lies about God, and about themselves. Both of these get carried over to the Church, and people come into church and they leave believing these lies. So at the end of the day, why do we think this is okay? Why do we think we are good, or why do we think success is more budget and more recognition? We made some serious errors in how we see our importance in comparison to the Savior who gave His life to save us. 

Think about it. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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