I know this probably sounds crazy, but given the choice, I would rather be around a demon-possessed heathen than a deceived christian. With a demoniac, at least they’ll come out and say “I hate God,” or “I hate the Bible.” The battle lines are clearly drawn out and you know where each of you stands in the relationship.
With a deceived christian, it’s a different story. They will never come out and say “I hate God,” they will just live their lives according to their own terms under the guise of “freedom.” Most christians don’t want to crucify their flesh and die; they’re content to swim in the cesspool that is the world, with one hand on the salvation ladder… their illusory escape route.
They will have a rude awakening when He returns.
There is an obvious line in the sand.
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
The Scripture above draws a pretty clear line in the sand. If you love the world, you hate God. Hey, I understand – these are pretty closed-minded and absolute words for our relevant society, but they are His Words.
And He was talking to those in “the church!”
How does a christian become an enemy of God?
Deceived christians will not come out and say that they hate the Bible. They will just prioritize the Scriptures according to their own preference, omitting some passages and embracing others, calling it “wisdom” to soothe their theology.
They may enjoy the Sunday school stories of the Old Testament, but anything more is just too much for their dispensationalism-laced minds to handle, so they feel this need to “cut the fat,” getting rid of anything that clashes with their religious worldview. Usually, this involves diminishing (or outright ignoring) the value of any Scripture before Matthew 1:1.
This was something that they were trained to do from the day of their alleged “conversion.” Back when I was younger (oh, so long ago), it was a common practice to hand new converts a little truncated “Bible” with the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.
Some sweet old man (or woman) would say, “Just start with the gospels, [insert name here], and you’ll be on your feet in no time. Everyone starts out this way!”
The heretic, Marcion, would be proud.
As a result of this foolishness, a new convert plunges headlong into the wonderful words of our Messiah with no historical, cultural, or even scriptural backdrop to what they are reading. This erroneous way of studying Scripture makes the “newborn babe” an easy target, easily molded and shaped into the image of the discipling church.
It is highly unlikely that the new convert will ever be told that most references to Scripture, the Word of God, commandments and the law in the New Testament are referring to the Old Testament!
Does that make you gasp? It’s true!
Your love for God is not defined by your feelings and emotions.
Did you know that the apostles didn’t have the New Testament to refer to? What do you think Yeshua meant when He said the following?
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.
Side note: Did you notice how these Scriptures pay absolutely NO attention to your emotions or feelings when defining your love for God? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t “feel” something. Oftentimes, I get choked up when I think about how much I love Him and how much He’s done for me. But to define my love for God by what I “feel” is completely irrelevant.
Jesus didn’t come to start a new religion.
I have some news for deceived christians. Jesus didn’t preach new commandments. He didn’t preach against the commandments of His Father – in fact, He promoted them! (Matthew 5:19, 19:17, Mark 10:19, etc)
Just step back and think about it for a moment.
If the Son of God came to this earth to start a new religion called “christianity,” completely opposed to the laws of His Father’s Kingdom, then He was a rebellious son and worthy of stoning. Do you really think that was what our Messiah was all about? Do you really think He came to promote a religion opposed to the Kingdom rule?
Time and time again, so-called believers have failed to understand that He was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19). Yeshua did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). Yeshua did not break one commandment… not one!
And we are to live as He lived!
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Come on, dear friends – connect the dots!
Obedience and Your entry into the Kingdom
Obeying the commandments of God is SO important… NOT obeying them can actually keep you out of the Kingdom! The prophet Isaiah spoke of a time when the Kingdom of God would manifest itself on this earth.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.
Will everyone be able to enter the new Jerusalem? Don’t be so confident! The Scriptures make a distinction.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
True Acceptance of the Father’s Ways
Most will not.
Do you say that you love God with your mouth, but show that you hate Him by your lifestyle? Do you say that you love the “Whole Word of God” but find yourself skipping over parts that are uncomfortable to your flesh?
We absolutely must stop blindly following the imposters in the pulpits who have swallowed everything they learned in seminary (cemetery) without so much as a second thought.
Do you actually think that our unchangeable God (Malachi 3:6) acted one way for 4,000 years, with a certain set of standards for His people… only to change His mind and show up as Jesus and have another way of doing things for 2,000 years (calling it “christianity”), with one set of standards for His people, and another set of standards for “the Jews”… only to SWITCH BACK to the Torah when the New Jerusalem comes down? (Isaiah 2:2-3)
Or is there something in our belief system that needs to change? Can we humble ourselves long enough to consider that maybe… just maybe… our understanding is off?
Maybe our perspective has been tainted by the traditions of man. Maybe… just maybe… we profess our love for God when, in fact, we are His enemies.
I know the pill is bitter. Swallow it… I did.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
Look, I’m no better than any of you. There are areas in my life that could be categorized as “hating God” because they don’t line up with His Word and I’m on a quest to find those areas and CHANGE because I really do not want to be “disqualified.”
May I suggest you do the same?
There is no better time than now to take a closer look at your walk with God. After all, we’re closer to His return than we’ve ever been! If fear and trembling takes hold of you, allow it to do its work. The fear of the Lord is a GOOD THING…