Pride, Part 71

There are many hidden things of pride. This horrible sin which is at the very root of sin hides itself in religious things if not especially religious things. It is obvious that heresy comes from pride but it may not be so obvious that pride is also present with orthodoxy. It is obvious that pride is present with humanists, but it is not so obvious that pride is what drives the modern professing Church in many if not most instances. Listed below is a list of some religious things that churches do that can come from pride. When churches seek God for self-centered reasons rather than for God Himself, they are being religious from out of proud hearts.

As long as a church seeks itself in honor and numbers and things like that, it will not seek God Himself.

As long as a church wants to be popular in the eyes of the world, it will not be popular with God.

As long as a church wants to be approved by the world, it will not be approved by God.

As long as a church wants have the world be pleased with it, God will not be pleased with it.

As long as a church wants its entertainment that it calls worship to draw crowds, it will not have God.

As long as preachers preach to tickle the ears of human beings, they will not have the ear of God.

As long as people pray for themselves instead of the honor and glory of God, they will have themselves rather than the honor and glory of God.

As long as a church focuses on evangelism to get the crowds in, all it will do is fill the Church with unbelievers who hate God.

As long as a church focuses on external morality, it will not have the inward power and presence of God.

As long as a church focuses on buildings, its focus will not be on the Temple of the living God.

As long as a church has a focus on prayer as a method, it will only pray to itself.

As long as a church only prays for the physical problems of people, it will remain blind to spiritual issues.

As long as the Church has a focus on tithing as a way to bring blessing, it will do nothing but give to self.

As long as preachers gather in conferences to entertain themselves and see friends, they will be entertained and see friends but not see God.

As long as preachers go to conferences just to have their minds instructed, they will just fill their brains while their souls starve.

As long as people just read the Bible as a duty or for reasons other than to know and love God, they will have only fulfilled their duties and God will be unknown to them.

As long as people do good works in order to be good people or to be seen by men, self will only be served.

As long as elders and deacons use the position they have to exalt self, God will not be exalted.

As long as elders and deacons use the position to do their own will, the will of God will not be sought.

As long as a church exists to make “me” happy, the pleasure of God will not be found.

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2 Responses to “Pride, Part 71”

  1. Nick Says:

    You said that unbelievers in church hate God. Our pastor said last Sunday that nobody who goes to church hates God. Is he right?

    • Richard Smith Says:

      Sorry I am taking so long in answering your question. I usually get an email when someone leaves a post. To be blunt, your pastor is very wrong on that issue. Again, I have to assume that there is no surrounding context in the statement. I would argue that in the modern day the vast majority of those who attend “church” hate God and they go to “church” out of hatred for God and their own self-righteousness. The Pharisees went to the synagogue and were extremely religious, yet they hated God. All men are at enmity with God until they are truly converted and are made lovers of Him by grace alone. Men hate true holiness, they hate the Gospel of grace alone, and they hate being helpless and unable to help themselves in the presence of a thrice holy God.

      In light of that, the “gospel” that is preached and taught today is so watered down that people who hate God will not reject it. It is a so-called gospel that is apart from the truth of man’s depravity and sin, apart from man’s helplessness in sin, and apart from the idea that God is sovereign and He saves those whom He is pleased to save and that is grace and grace alone. Sinners are not saved because of who they are and what they do, but in contrast to who they are and what they do. This is taught in Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 3:1 – 4:6. God saves the ungodly and not the righteous and He does so in a way where it is to His glory alone. Unregenerate men hate that and will not give up their supposed and imagined “free-will” in order to look to grace alone.

      It is also possible that men are considered to love God when they attend “church” because they love the so-called “God” that is preached and taught there. In most places today the “God” that is spoken of is not the God of the Bible and so men can love that “God” with their unregenerate heart that loves to hear of a God that pleases their selfish nature. The unregenerate man will love those that love him without a change in his proud and selfish heart. So perhaps it is true that few people hate the god that is preached today, but that does not mean that men do not hate the true God. It just means that men love themselves and when they hear about a “god” that loves them they love that god.

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