I was driving down the road the other day, listening to a christian radio station, when a song with a great beat and smooth melody came on the radio. Life is stressful, and I tend to grab a hold of these moments of inner peace whenever they come by. Completely oblivious to the words that the artist was singing, I hummed along, completely wrapped up in a rare “feel-good” moment.
Hearing Without Listening
Towards the end of the song, I was jarred out of my momentary bliss by a Voice that said, “Will you STOP and LISTEN to what is being said??” Unfortunately, I was only able to decipher pieces of the chorus as the song faded into the next song, so I decided to look up the lyrics online as soon as I got home. Here is what I found:
“More Like Falling in Love”
by Jason Gray
Give me rules
I will break them
Give me lines
I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet
It ought to be
More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
Yeah … this is a “christian” song.
Now, I have nothing against Jason Gray – I don’t even know him – he may be a really nice guy that wants to seek God! But his song perfectly reflects the attitude and philosophy of the modern day church …. in a nutshell:
“Don’t give me rules … I just want to ‘feel’ something.”
In most charismatic circles, it is taught that “living by the Spirit” is living in a constant state of awareness of another realm – the supernatural. Adherents to this philosophy constantly are looking for the unseen, miracles, intimacy and other supernatural manifestations.
I cannot and will not deny the reality of the supernatural, God’s ability to communicate with us, or the comfort that comes when the Holy Spirit touches you, however to focus on these things and exclude obedience to commands that God has put in place will always end in disaster. Look around you … it is VERY easy to see the fruit of this mindset.
If the church continues down this path of disobedience, it WILL self-destruct.
Walking in the Spirit and obedience to the Word go hand-in-hand. Just like “faith without works” is dead, so “walking in the Spirit” without obedience to His commands is a lie.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those [who live] according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
What are “the things of the Spirit?” Are they not the things that proceed from the mouth of God? How can we say that it is scriptural to pursue “the supernatural” and yet ignore the commandments of God?
It’s simple … you can’t.
No Love for Truth
This kind of thinking births supernatural lying signs and wonders.
And then the lawless [G459] one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
An emotional, touchy-feely gospel permeates our christian culture. This is a direct result of bypassing God’s commands, rejecting His Ways and enmeshing ourselves in a culture rooted in Greek philosophy (another post for another time). We think we love God because of the emotion that we feel, because we worship exuberantly or praise extravagantly, but the bible doesn’t define “love” that way.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
Do you see that? That is how we love God, we obey Him … and what’s more, it’s NOT burdensome! Obeying His commandments is a delight!
After God’s Own Heart
But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law [is] within my heart.
I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
Your testimonies also [are] my delight [And] my counselors.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.
And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love.
Their heart is as fat as grease, [But] I delight in Your law.
Do you see a pattern here? If David was going to get emotional about something, it would be about obedience to God’s commands! Why? Because He REALLY loved God!!
If we want to be “men/women after God’s own heart,” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) perhaps we should do the same?
All of us need to understand that “falling in love” with Jesus means “falling in love” with the Eternal Word of God. It doesn’t change to fit our times and it doesn’t “pass away” to fit some false doctrine.
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The Word of God, Jesus, is Forever …. and we are called to an Everlasting Love. The more you obey the Word, the more you will hear His Voice … and you won’t have to fear being deceived, because the Holy Spirit will be teaching you all things.
May we all walk this Walk … for it is only in this Walk that True Unity will be found.