Selfish “Christianity” 81

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).

It may be the case that all has been said on this issue that I can possibly say, but this issue is still burning in my heart. It is with sorrow and anger at times (should be true mourning) that I see what is thought of as Christianity in our day. Preaching (so-called) is either nothing more than “emotionalism” in some way or is an intellectual lecture. Preaching can be moralism or simply a call for a person to make a choice. Where is God in all of this? There are appeals to do more and appeals to give more, but where are the appeals to behold God more and appeals to love and adore God more? Where are the clear proclamations of the glory of God and the glory of Christ?

The evangelism (so-called) of our day (as seen in the preaching and in people talking about it) is focused upon the selfishness of man and is an effort to get that man to make a choice based on that selfishness. God is set out as little more than a benevolent being who cannot do anything without the power and permission of man. Where is the sovereign God of Holy Scripture in all of that? Can it be that the modern professing Church has so far capitulated to the world and to the false theology of self that it has bowed down to the great antichrist and the anti-God? In our so-called evangelism are we in fact treating men as little gods and as more important and as having the strength that only the true God has? Where is the true God in all of this? Where are the clear declarations of the living God and His sovereignty over all of His creatures?

If the heart of a man is longing for God and longing to be fed with the biblical Christ when that man goes to a “church” service in our day, will his longing for God be satisfied at all? Will he be fed with the biblical Christ at all? If not, then what is that man likely to hear? He will hear of how wonderful he is, or perhaps of how much he is loved, though one may get hammered for the sins of the flesh. But will that man hear of his inability or will he hear of what he must do? Will that man hear of his sinful nature and how it must be changed or will he hear of his responsibility to believe certain things?

The services are usually built around man and what he must do. The selfish heart of man is ignored and not even dealt with. Man can do all that he is usually told is required of him from a selfish heart, but that is precisely what man needs to be converted from. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” If the heart within you is selfish, then all that is in you is darkness. If the light that you think is in you is selfishness, then how dark is all that you think is light within you. Could it be that a selfish heart takes all that is light and makes it darkness? If so, could it be that a lot (majority, vast majority?) of what is thought to be light today actually be darkness?

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One Response to “Selfish “Christianity” 81”

  1. Cafazzo Franco Says:

    there is in all the “right” circles a true conditionals; to the reformed and creedal folks there is within the preaching the deep seated belief that they are justified not due to Christ dying as a substitute ; but by faith and repentance; and they must keep themselves by continuing to evangelize and abide in the spirit. There is grave misunderstanding about justification by faith within the believer’s own conscience. they speak of cheap grace and downplay the finished work of Christ. They look to men’s writings like mr Pink to say that Christ alone, yeah, but…..there is nothing to offer to God from a sinner that is anything but an abomination. they attack the grace preachers of the 1640’s by calling them anti=nomians. None of them were ever in distress over their own unbelief and total depravity. they talk about Luther and abuse his writings. why won’t you leave that camp? because it comforts you that you can be under their spell and think that you have repented and made your “business” with God as one pharisee told me once.

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