Have You Been Discriminating Against God?

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Discriminating Against God

Selecting certain Scriptures to the exclusion of others is like treating the Word of God like a big cherry tree… picking and choosing certain Scriptures to back up your theological viewpoint and/or personal opinion.

The Word is Always True… Always

I have relatives and friends who are convinced that God is like a Father… Always patient and always doting on His beloved children. They use Scriptures like Psalm 86:5 to back up their viewpoint:

Psalm 86:5
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

I also have friends who are convinced that God is wrathful and adamant about obedience… He’s like a Father who beats his children with rods and will not let any sin go unpunished. They use Scriptures like Hebrews 12:6 to back up their viewpoint:

Hebrews 12:6
For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.

Both sides will stand tenaciously behind their own viewpoints, refusing to see the other side. But what they don’t realize is that they are BOTH RIGHT, because Scripture is always true… at the same time, they are BOTH WRONG to think that they have the only valid knowledge of God.

Are You one of these people?

The truth is we are all susceptible to this error. When the Holy Spirit reveals to us a new aspect of God’s character through Scripture, we have a tendency to “camp out” on that revelation, convinced that we have special insight into the many facets of God. From that point onward, every time we find a new Scripture to back up our viewpoint, we add it to our arsenal to use, while trying to convince others that our revelation is right and their revelation is wrong.

It is inevitable that we will all make this mistake at least once, some time in our lives.

The Same God…

We must come to terms with the fact that sometimes, in our own carnal thinking, God’s ways will not make sense to us.

  • The SAME GOD who loves all, and doesn’t want anyone to be lost also ordered the Israelites to go in and slaughter entire cities (including pregnant women and babies)!
  • The SAME GOD who put us here on earth, also says that we are sitting with Him in heavenly places!
  • The SAME GOD who says in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from His love also says that it is possible to have your name erased from the Book of Life (Rev. 3:5)!
  • The SAME GOD who came in the form of a man to save the world will also come back and send everyone who doesn’t accept Him for WHO HE IS to hell forever!

Now, can you love a God like that?

Friends, we have to understand that we must accept and receive God for who He is, not what we want Him, or understand Him, to be. It doesn’t necessarily have to make sense to us… it only matters if it makes sense to Him.

Our Brains & the Transforming Word

There is a well-known, often-misused Scripture that, taken by itself, can leave you feeling pretty hopeless in your quest to know God:

Isaiah 55:8
“For My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, nor [are] your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

Link: Why Revival Really Tarries

Fortunately, in Romans, He throws us a lifeline.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

This is why it is SO important that we continually spend time in the Bible, allowing our way of thinking to be molded, tweaked and changed by His Spirit and the inherent power of the Word of God. Gradually, our minds will be transformed so that, in the end, we can confidently say, like Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:16, that “we have the mind of Christ.”

It is during this transformation process, that the enemy can trick us into believing that we know it ALL, and everyone else is wrong, even those who dearly love the Word of God and have another scriptural viewpoint. Whenever this happens, we have fallen into pride, and the transforming work of the Word is twisted and unfruitful.

I’m not saying we should regard or tolerate the words of false teachers, or any other deceptive ministries/ministers, but if we all come together with our scriptural insights and learn from each other, like the Body should, we would have a better glimpse of who He is and what we are meant to be.

Ephesians 4:13
…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
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16 replies on “Have You Been Discriminating Against God?”

  1. The Holy Spirit as our teacher will get us all to the same place as we study the word. We must learn how to discern His teachings from deception. I think of 1 John where it states that we have an anointing from the Holy One. From my understanding He will let us know what is right and wrong doctrine through an understanding of scripture.

    We will continue to learn as we progress in the revelation that is in Scripture but was lost. We can learn from one another through the plumb-line of the word and the Holy Spirit.

  2. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
    Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    2Peter 1:19-21
    The scriptures say what they mean and mean what they say, only in the context in which they were written.

    For example, in Matthew 25 we have the parable of the talents. This is talking about money and only money. It is not talking about your ability to twirl a baton.

    Another example would be Luke 6:38. There is no way you can use this as an offering taking up scripture when you leave it in its context. If however you are looking for a way to extort money, GO FOR IT, its been proven to work all over the US every Sunday for years now.

    1. I’d be interested behind your reasoning that the talents are “only” about money. I have something to comment, but I’d like to know where you’re coming from ….

      1. [Old English talente, from Latin talenta, pl of talentum sum of money, from Greek talanton unit of money or weight; in Medieval Latin the sense was extended to ability through the influence of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14–30)]

        The parable itself may have other application, but the word here is only talking about money.

      2. Hi Kevin,
        have you written an article about the talents? (If so, can you put the link here, I would like to read it). I am not sure, if I understood Jesus parable correctly.
        I only know, that preachers from the charismatic corner used this parable to put pressure on me (and others). They said, that the talents have to do with my God given calling and that I have to “live out” my “taltents/giftings/anointings” – to bring glory to God. If I don’t do so, God would not be pleased with me and I will be put into outer darkness in the end (like the one in the parable).
        But not everyone in the world has the opportunity to “live out” the talents. For example the christians in the 3rd world countries. So I guess, Jesus has ment something different with the parable as the charismatic preachers teach.
        So, I am not even sure, what Jesus ment with talents…
        What is your viewpoint on this?
        Would love to hear/read your thoughts.

        1. Hi Doris, preachers often make an association between our Western word “talent” (meaning special ability that you’re really good at – dancing, playing the tuba, running hurdles) with the Greek word “talenton” which is directly associated with money. It’s a really sloppy association and is usually used to try and manipulate people into giving of their time and effort (pro bono of course) to the church. But Yeshua is talking about money here.

          Mat 25:18 – “But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.”

          So, IMHO, this is about money… but at the same time, God “delivered unto them his goods” – things to steward [things to guard and oversee].

          To take your example of someone in a 3rd world country, they may not ever SEE money in their lifetime! Yet at the same time, God does give people things to use, to guard and oversee. Children, for example. Poor or rich, children are often overlooked “goods” to watch over and steward. Here in America they often get “hidden in the earth” (v25) or basically given over to the world’s system.

          Anyways, that’s a little mini-sermon… hope that helps.

          1. Yes, it helped! Thank you very much for the explanation! The example with the children makes sense.
            Concerning the parable with the talents: When Jesus ment money, would this not mean, that the prosperity preachers are right and God wants us all to be rich and invest the money wisely (eg in the financal system)? And if so, why does HE say at another place, that it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom and asked the rich young guy to sell all and follow after Him?
            In the parable with the taltents, the one guy received punishment, because he hasn’t invested the money and multiplied it.
            To be honest, I do understand your explanation Kevin, in your other post. But I don’t understand why Jesus told that parable. HE contradicts Himself (and all His other teachings) with it. Could it be, that Jesus never told that parable and that it was added from someone in the past?
            PS: Sorry, that I ask such silly questions. If you have further insight, I would appreciate your comment.

          2. No, the prosperity preachers are not right. The point of the parable was that we should take what God has given us (whether it be money, “talents,” children, etc) and use/multiply it for Kingdom purposes. This is not a plug for the Babylonian financial system, LOL.

            Jesus never contradicted himself. But translations, our own biases, etc make it appear like He did. It is OUR understanding that needs adjusted, and that can be very difficult, believe me.

  3. I have really important question about ouiji boards I am a christian and when I was about 7 or so I used a ouiji board at one of my friends houses I don’t remember what I asked, it was a dumb question I myself moved my hand. To the yes or no. A couple years later I Learned what a sin that was. And it scared me. I forgot about it. As I grew closer with the lord. But yesterday I was at a sleepover with some friends and they were watching the amity billed horror. And then started talking about ouiji boards are a way of letting demons in. I now am scared that i am bad because I used and a ouiji board and that God will not forgive me. I do know that he always forgives but. I would never have done it if I would have known how dangerous and what a sin they really are. A reply would be great thank you in advance.

    1. Sin is sin, we do stupid things while growing up because of our ignorance. You are not possessed nor have you committed some “awful” sin that Jesus nor God won’t forgive you for. Read Acts 19:11-20 or the whole chapter. “Burn” you bridge by asking for forgiveness THEN do not repeat. Don’t dwell on past sins that have been forgiven, that will make you weak in the Master and cause you to stumble. Be as Paul said; “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13. Move on, keep your eyes on the prize you are attempting to obtain in this race for the Master, don’t keep looking back at your old life.

    1. Hi! Absolutely He forgives you and there is no reason to be scared! Just the fact that you are concerned about it shows that you are NOT “so far off the deep end” that there is no turning back. If you didn’t care about what you did, and were determined to continue sinning in that area …. that would be a cause for concern.

      As far as watching garbage like the Amityville Horror, that’s a concern.

      Watching horror movies is kind of in the same area as using Ouija boards, and taking that kind of material into your soul (your eyes, ears and mouth act like “windows” into your soul) … will basically have the same affect. These movies are filled with witchcraft and satanism and can do equal harm as a Ouija board.

      My advice, FILL UP with the Word of God. It will change your way of thinking and you will end up repulsed by these horror flicks. If you want to talk to me “offline” about this, please feel free to email.

      Kevin Kleint
      Email: kevin@honorofkings.org

  4. The problem lies when one person’s “views” or “insights” contradict another’s I have been wrong before and I have corrected others. Correction in believing in a lie is not a welcomed thing in this nation during these last days when people have chosen to not look unto the Word and His Holy Spirit to teach us. We all go astray and the “church” corporate system is not of such that allows for reproof. They have statements of faith and doctrines of men that they have subscribed to.

    1. Scott is right. Doctrines & commandments of men in “Church” through their creeds & statements of faith will not allow for rebuke or correction in those institutions, to do so will get you labeled “intolerant” or guilty of a “hate crime” Which is why you have to go else where for the truth and/or even fellowship. Sites like this. None of us are perfect nor have all knowledge, we all need rebuke and correction to keep us on the right path and so that we do not stray off that path. If no believer had bothered to rebuke & correct me I’d still be dead in my sins and without hope. I thank God that he sent someone into my life that had the balls to tell me I was way off base and dead in my sins if I did not repent of my actions and turn to God. He was not concerned with being tolerant, nor labeled with hate crime, he was concerned with my soul and my relationship with God!

  5. Absolutely! His love is constrained by his justice, his mercy is constrained by his holiness. He can’t nor won’t go against his nature. He sets the standard we don’t. For some reason he loves mankind, yet he will not tolerate disobedience no matter how much he loves us. If anyone truly wants to find out God’s character they won’t find it in the New Testament, you get the real picture of God’s personality, character in the Old Testament. Since he does not change that picture he presents in the OT shows us what he likes, dislikes, how he deals with treats those who obey him and those who do not. How he wants to be worshiped how he does not want to be worshiped. As for his son, our Savior & Redeemer he too tells of his character, personality and gives us plenty of warnings regarding the same issues of his character. So indeed we are without excuse when we stand before either of them. You are right: take the WHOLE counsel of God, do NOT cherry pick your favorite verse(s).

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