Musings 88

One of the most obvious ways (from Romans 1:18-32) that God hardens hearts and turns men over to sin is when He hardens their hearts toward Himself and turns them over to various forms of humanism. The core aspect of sin is always in relation to God.

1. Men suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them.
2. Men exchange the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man
3. Men exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator
4. Men do not see fit to acknowledge God any longer
5. Men are haters of God
6. Men approve the sinful practices of others even though God hates those practices

It is possible for preachers, even conservative preachers, to suppress the truth in unrighteousness? It is possible for preachers to exchange the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man? It is possible for preachers to exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator? It is possible for preachers not to see fit to acknowledge God any longer. But can it be possible for preachers to hate God? Is it really possible for a man to be outwardly devoted to the things of God and yet hate the true and living God? Is it really possible for a man to preach a gospel that speaks of Christ and yet hate the true and living God?

If a man is not preaching the truth of the nature of God then it is certainly possible that the preacher does hate God. It is from hatred for the truth of God that moves some men to preach what is not true about God. The unbeliever is at enmity with the true God, which should show us that the preaching of a real unbeliever (regardless of how religious that unbeliever is) is an act of enmity toward the true God. If the churches in this nation and this nation in general are under the judgment of God, then there is no doubt that we are being turned over to a spiritual blindness and given over to blind leaders as well. When the spiritual leaders in name are blind, they are also dead. But despite their deadness to spiritual things, that does not keep them from thinking that they are spiritual leaders. These spiritual leaders (in name) still hate the true God and all of their religious teaching and preaching are committed to the teaching and preaching of a false god and they do that out of enmity and as a way to suppress the truth of God. They suppress the truth of the true God because they hate Him and do not want Him as God.

The weight of this is enormous and should awaken people to the importance of truth. Any man can take a pulpit and preach morality and good works. Any man can take a pulpit and preach something of an exposition of the text and speak nice words of Jesus and of God. But it is also true that all of those things can be done as an act of enmity toward the true God while the preacher is deceived about the true God. Is there any wonder that the true God is not being preached today? Is there any real question why we are having such a hard time finding preachers that declare the truth of the living God in our day? It certainly appears that there is more enmity toward the living God being spread than the truth of God is. It certainly appears that the preachers (as a whole, but not absolutely all) want to hide God from the people. Would they do that if they loved the true God and the people?

It is the highest love for a man to tell others the truth of God, so surely it is as far as love that one can have not to tell others of the truth of God. If it is the highest love for a man to tell others of the love of God, then surely it is enmity toward God and man to give men the wrong teaching of God. What a terrible judgment on a person, a church, and a nation to give them over to hardened hearts where they don’t see that they are in darkness concerning Him. What a terrible judgment to send on a people to give them preachers who are at enmity with Him and will not speak the truth about Him. What a terrible judgment it is to have learned men in the letter of the Bible and nice men too who are at enmity with the truth of Him even as they write learned books about their false god. Oh how we must have a man here and a woman there who will give themselves to ask God to change hearts to love Him. We must have people who are tired of not hearing the truth of God who will begin to cry out to God to give them ministers after His heart. We must not settle for anything less than the truth of God from our pulpits. We must seek the face of God to give us courage and strength to stand up and appear as something other than gracious and winsome as we seek for preachers of truth. Without the truth of the true God, there is nothing but a false god and error to be preached.

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