The God We Create in Our Minds
by Lynn Sheldon
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I spent some time viewing some of the “Living Waters” interviews last night. If you are unfamiliar with “Living Waters” you may know them as “Way of the Master.”
So, I’m viewing one of their Gospel presentations and find out the person Ray Comfort is interviewing is a cross-dresser who claims to know Jesus and is comfortable in his skin, as a cross-dresser.
There are many today, who have decided to live their lives the way they want, regardless of how the Bible views their lifestyle. They tell us they have no problems with their sinful lifestyle even though their lifestyle. They remind us that God accepts them just the way they are
However, God does not accept them in their sins, because the god they worship does not exist. Their God is an idol in their mind. Their God is this loving, non-judgmental God that accepts all lifestyles and fleshly lusts and desires. In essence, their God does not care what they do, as long as they love Him.
I used to believe the same thing. I had a sin I could get rid of no matter how hard I tried. My mind was never free. I came to hate my sin, but I could not get past it. So, I told the Lord, “You’re just going to have to accept me this way.” Of course, He didn’t and I am thankful for that. Over the next year or two, God set me free.
When you don’t know the real God and build your own god out of your lusts and desires, you don’t fool anyone, but yourself. The real God does not accept sin in us. He died for our sins. If He accepted sin in us, then He could have done it without stepping down from heaven and dying on a cross. But He did not accept sin then, and He does not accept it now. Our minds tell us one thing, but God says it differently. He tells us, the wage of sin is death.
God’s Word tells us many will call Him Lord, but few will find heaven. On that day, the day our Lord calls us home, many will cry out “Lord, Lord!” but Jesus will tell them, He never knew them. The God they served was not the true God, but an idol created in their minds.
God’s Word says, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” ( 1 Cor. 6:9-10).
Look, if you’re thinking adultery or having a sexual relation with an unmarried person outside the marriage bond are acceptable to God, they are not. Again, I am not saying if you do these, you cannot know Jesus. I’m saying the real God condemns these. And if your heart does not condemn you, you are either hardened in your sin or you serve another god and not the Creator who calls us to holiness.
If you steal, lie, cheat, get drunk often, view pornography or slander others and these do not bother you, you have either hardened your heart toward God or you serve a god you made up in your mind.
The man interviewed by Ray Comfort confessed that he continued to pray about whether his cross-dressing was wrong. Well the fact that he kept praying about it shows me he knew it was wrong. And it shows me he might know the Lord, because it continued to bother him.
I cannot judge whether a person has the Lord or not. That is between the person and the Lord. I can however judge someone by his or her fruit. And this was the point Ray Comfort made. He told the man by cross-dressing he was hurting his Christian witness. For me, those who live in open sin do more damage than good when they claim the Lord and promote their sin. They send the wrong signal to others and they cause problems in the body.
Paul had a situation where a young man had a sexual relationship with his stepmother. I am sure the young man thought he knew the Lord. Paul did not address the man’s salvation. Instead, he told the church members, unless he (the young man) stopped his behavior, they (the church) should remove him from their presence. Why? Paul worried that others might mistake the church’s silence for approval, leading others to do the same or worse. In essence Paul told them, this man’s sin and their silence could eventually infect their entire church body. Read 1 Corinthians 5
So what am I trying to convey in this article? Your fruit must line up with God’s Word. If you are Christ’s and you are in open sin, you do damage to the body by promoting your faith while ignoring your sin or giving life to it by promoting your sin as normal for you.
God will not be mocked. Sin is sin. We cannot mix God’s glory with it. This is why He calls us to become living sacrifices. We are to turn from our wicked ways and repent. However, if we cannot stop on our own, then we need to ask God to give us the will and the power to quit (Phil. 2:13).
Be careful not to serve an idol in your mind, a god who does not line up with the real God. Take your sins to God today. Let Him give you the will and the power to have the freedom you want and the courage to live it out.
Author: Lynn E. Sheldon
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