Selfish “Christianity” 19

John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

Philippians 2:19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.

John 7:7 “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.

John 15:24 “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

And when, in addition to these measures, the general strain of what is said to sinners is adapted to work upon their selfish feelings and animal passions, as most of what I have heard has been, and some of it extremely well adapted to work up those feelings to a high pitch, it would be strange if some affections were not excited which they might readily mistake for true religion. When God is represented as desiring their salvation, without the least qualification, and that his desire for it is infinitely strong, what impenitent sinner, that has the least seriousness of mind, is not prepared to be pleased? If “sinners love those that love them,” as our Lord assures us, they can love such a being as God is represented to be, without any change of heart. A God of all mercy, is just such a God as sinners desire. Will it be said that his justice is also brought into view, and that the terrors of hell are exhibited? True; but in what light are they exhibited? Is it not commonly in a light to which the selfish heart will as readily accord?                        WILLIAM R. WEEKS.

The selfish heart (being full of self, love of self, and guided by selfish interests) is held out in the open for all to see by the Lord’s Prayer (as popularly called). Instead of praying from the heart for God to be hallowed and glorified, the selfish heart longs for self to be revered and glorified. The religious self may pray for God’s name to be treated with reverence and awe and for His name to be glorified, but the only reason a religious self would pray that would be so that others would think highly of the prayer or perhaps for self to admire the religion of self. The horrors and wickedness of self is not seen in the outward words as such, but in the desires and intentions of the heart. In the modern day it is the outward things that have taken over and love for God as the desire of the heart is not thought to be all that important other than some lip service.

Selfishness, as a horrible idol, always wants to be first and that even before God. Selfishness, as should be clear, wraps around the heart and remains with self even in the things of religion and in some ways even more in the things of religion. As can be deduced from the kindness of Jesus toward open sinners and yet apparent harshness toward the Pharisees, there could be more of self and more opposition to the true God in a religious heart than in the hearts of open sinners. This is why there are so many false gospels and false versions of differing gospels in the world. The way of evangelism today is to present a message about God and the Gospel that will not even disturb selfish sinners at all and show them the sinfulness of their hearts and the desperate selfishness of their hearts. The so-called God that is presented is a false god and is pleasing to the hearts of selfish men. Selfish men love the idea of a God who loves them and has done all it takes for them to go to heaven other than believe. Salvation is left in their own selfish hands and hearts and that is precisely what they desire.

Selfish sinners will pray for their God to give them their daily bread and the self will remain undisturbed, but the heart that loves God will pray for God to give it food that it may love Him and live for His glory. The Scriptures teach us that whether we eat, or drink, of whatever we do we are to do it for the glory of God. This is something that the unbelieving heart cannot bear and does not truly want. Even if the religious person prays (says the words out loud) for those things, it is grating to it and it does not truly desire its daily bread so that it may live for His glory. Instead, it desires daily read so that it can live for self and the glory of self. Oh how pleasing to sinful self is the religion of today and of the god that is preached today! Oh how the true God is not spoken of from the average pulpit (and that of conservatives as well) and so the selfish heart goes untouched and does the average religious things for self.

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