Selfish “Christianity” 35

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.

Love, as the world defines it, is okay with adultery. The selfish heart hates it when it is told that it is sinful and wicked for lusting in the heart and looking at others with lust in the heart.. The selfish heart hates it when it is told that it should dress in such a way so as not to be a stumbling block to others and be a cause for another to lust. The seventh commandment is for people not to commit adultery, but the selfish heart will commit adultery with thousands in the heart and not think anything is wrong. The selfish heart will make many excuses and justify itself in all ways as it fights the heart of the seventh commandment.

The seventh commandment teaches us that God is always faithful and that His people are to be faithful as well. It teaches us that not only are we to be faithful physically, but with the heart as well. Not only are we to be faithful physically and with the heart, but we are to be faithful spiritually as well. In the book of Hosea God called the nation of Israelite whores for their lack of faithfulness to Him. This is to say that they were spiritual prostitutes in that they went after other gods and sold themselves to the other gods. The nation of Israel tried to do the outward things that God had commanded them like keeping certain rituals, but they also gave themselves to idols. In this they were judged to be spiritual prostitutes.

The selfish heart is an active, aggressive, and constant adulterer against God. It will be very religious in even orthodox ways, but it does all those things out of love for self rather than love for God. The selfish heart is like a spouse that loves other people and gives self to those others in the presence of the spouse. It is spiritual adultery in the face of God. For example, an orthodox minister can preach with precise orthodoxy and yet have a heart that loves self and does all out of love for self. While it is hard to imagine, a very orthodox minister can preach Sunday after Sunday with orthodox teaching and do it all out of an adulterous and wicked heart toward God. A selfish heart is by definition an adulterous heart toward God constantly roving around committing adultery with self in His presence at all times.

Ezekiel 6:9 “Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations.

God hates adultery and we must not water it down. Adulterous hearts are not a light thing to Him even when the outward duties toward God are done. Even orthodox religious people have eyes which play the harlot after the idol of self and He is not pleased when the hearts of people turn away from Him. Outward faithfulness does not cover up and cover over adulterous hearts and outward faithfulness does not excuse adulterous eyes. A selfish heart is without excuse before God as it is an adulterous heart toward God in His very presence.

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