Selfish “Christianity” 79

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.

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.

“Self is the great antichrist and anti-God in the world, that sets itself above all that is called God…It sits in the temple of God, and would be adored as God…It is so far from bending to the righteous will of the Creator, that it would have the eternal will of God stoop to the humor and unrighteous will of the creature”

(Stephen Charnock).

In the last post (Selfish Christianity 78) I tried to set out some of the basics regarding the simplicity of God and how it is that selfish sinners hate the whole of God rather than just a part here or there. In fact, this should be used to humble believers as well. We are not commanded to love just a bit of God or a particular aspect of God, but instead the command is to love God which the simplicity (unity of the whole God with Himself and not made up of parts) of God teaches us is to love the whole God. Oh what terror this should bring to selfish hearts when those hearts are awakened to understand the degree that they hate God and all of God. The selfish heart must have his or her nose jammed into this teaching and held there in order to gain a sight of his or her heart.

There is no escape for the selfish heart at this point. There is no place to run. One cannot run from one attribute and find refuge in another because God is One and all of what we think of as attributes flow from His oneness and are one. The selfish heart will fight and try to flee from one attribute to another in order to find refuge, but that is impossible when we take into account who God really is. It is simply a selfish heart that hates God trying to find refuge in the idols of the selfish heart. The selfish heart (as Charnock says above) is anti-God and is against the whole God. May God open the eyes of some to see how wicked this really is.

Let us view the selfish heart in light of the great and holy God who loves Himself and does all for His own glory. The selfish heart is constantly suppressing the truth of some aspect of God in order to continue on in what that selfish heart desires. The selfish heart, however, is really suppressing the whole truth of God and as such hates the whole God as it is straining to remain god to itself. The selfish heart as the anti-God in the world can be a preacher who under the guise of orthodoxy and religion lives for self and uses that religion as a means of hatred toward God. Is there any wonder that “Christianity” is so “weak” in our day when so many “ministers” hate the truth of God and preach their hatred in the guise of truth? Yes, it is true, the last sentence (and more in the past and more to come) will be said to be mean and hateful. That is only if those words are not true.

Let us also consider what a selfish heart does when it says it is preaching the Gospel and says it is evangelizing. The selfish heart, though it may be orthodox and conservative, will actually be preaching out of self-love which is hatred toward God. That selfish heart will evangelize out of love for self rather than love for God and its neighbors. The selfish heart, then, preaches and evangelizes out of hatred for God and even the whole God. The selfish heart is preaching a false god and evangelizes with a false love for others. The selfish heart is opposed to the whole of the true God and all truth as it relates to Him. A selfish version of “Christianity” is no Christianity at all and is in fact hatred toward the whole God and the whole of humanity.

A selfish idea of Christianity is not only no Christianity at all, it is opposed to true Christianity because it is opposed to the true God. A selfish heart can be orthodox and conservative and yet it is all of those things in hatred of the true God. A selfish heart can use orthodox Christianity as a means of exalting self and yet it will do so in hatred of the whole God and true Christianity. We simply must be awakened to the dangers of the selfish heart in our nation or we will continue on the path of having a religion that hates God and Christianity and as such we will be deceived with a great deception.

When our preaching and evangelism ignores the selfish heart of man and the truth of the simplicity of God and how it relates to selfishness, we are preaching and evangelizing as children of the devil and simply deceiving others. If the Pharisees of the day could cross seas in their way of evangelism and only make children of the devil twice as bad, can we say that our day is doing anything different? Could it be that our methods of evangelism and missions are ways of hatred toward God and teaching others to hate God? What if selfish sinners are preaching and evangelizing in the name of truth and yet their selfish hearts do this in hatred of the whole God and a way of suppressing the truth of Him? Is this really that far out? It was what the Pharisees did. What if it is in fact true?

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