“…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” -Jesus (John 14:6)
We live in a world today where everyone (For the most part) wants to create a god to suit their sin. Everyone likes their Jesus the way they want Him to be. Some people like a Jesus that’s okay with homosexuality. Some people like a Jesus that’s okay with fornication, serving other gods before Him (Namely known as idolatry) and so much more. What we are seeing in the professed churches of America today is an absolute joke. Just because you “call” yourself a Christian, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are one. I can park myself in a garage, but that doesn’t make me a truck! I saw post on Facebook a few days ago from an article published by the Pulpit & Pen that said this regarding Hillsong New York Pastor Carl Lentz:
In a recent interview on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Carl Lentz explains that he hopes that churches like his will “transform the way people experience their relationship with God.” Oprah then asks Carl Lentz, “Do you believe that only Christians can be in a relationship with God.” His reply,
No, I believe that when Jesus said that “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” the way I read that, Jesus said that He is the road marker, He is the map, so I think that God loves people so much, that whether they accept or reject Him, He’s still gracious, and He’s still moving, and He’s still giving you massive red blinking lights, for chances to take a right turn when maybe you’d take a left, but I believe God loves people, and that’s what this whole Gospel is based on, it’s love….
Well, this guy’s first and his last mistake was the fact that he said well “…the way I read it…” What? The way you read it? Are you kidding me? You are not called to interpret the Bible to create a Jesus in the form of how your twisted mindset wants Him to be. You are called to take the Word of God and conform yourself to it, extracting who Jesus is, not how you and so many others have tried to make Him out to be.
Whether people accept or reject Him He is still gracious, says this man?! So, the Judge of all the earth which can only possibly do that which is right, when a guilty criminal stands before Him on Judgment Day who has blatantly rejected God by being a liar, a thief, covetous, an idolater, fornicator, blasphemer, or murderer doesn’t’ have to worry because God will just will be gracious with him? How can God who is so good (Matthew 19:17) overlook a man’s crimes against Him and let that man into Heaven who has rejected his only means of Salvation, namely Jesus Christ! The Bible says in Matthew 10:32-33, “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in Heaven.” If you have rejected Christ by not repenting of your sins sincerely from the heart (Psalm 51:17) and turning from them and have asked the Lord to wash you in the blood of Jesus and trusted in Christ ALONE for your Salvation by faith, then you are not going to Heaven. It’s as simple as that.
This Hillsong Pastor said, “…that’s what this whole Gospel is based on, it’s love…” You’re right, it is based upon love, and as such let me remind you sir, that if you look to the cross of Christ, there you will see demonstrated God’s love for mankind and His hatred of sin. At so great a sacrifice of His only Son (John 3:16), is He going to overlook sin? Absolutely not! Because God is love, He must punish those who commit sin if they choose to reject Him, His truth, and His Son. Because God is just and because God is good, He cannot let evildoers go unpunished if they reject Him and choose another path, that’s what makes Him good and that’s also what makes Him a God of love. All roads will lead you to the Judgment seat of Christ, not Heaven. There is no path to God other than through Jesus Christ our Lord (John 14:6). The Bible is very clear on that. Once again here we see a fine display of a man’s own version of Jesus and God, then what the Bible tells us He is.
So many people just think that God is a God of love alone, but they forget that He is also a God of Judgment and wrath who will not at all acquit the wicked (Nahum 1:3). Remember, God is angry with the wicked everyday as the Bible tells us in Psalm 7:11 and no loving even earthly judge would let a guilty criminal go.
I’m sick and tired of this mamby pamby, cheesy Christianity that’s absolutely false and fake and, in truth, not real Christianity at all. These mega-churches for the most part teach nothing of the cross, nothing of denying yourself, nothing of the suffering of being a Christian, and nothing of the rough road that you will have to walk if you choose to deny yourself, pick up your cross daily and follow Christ (Luke 9:23; 2 Timothy 3:12). It is only this Christ can make your life better and can give you what you want…peace, joy, and lasting happiness. Their Jesus can fill the God shaped vacuum inside of your heart (Which is unscriptural) with His love and joy even though you live your own selfish sinful lifestyle, no matter what you do according to them, you don’t even have to believe in God’s only Son and you can still go to Heaven. Absolute rubbish!
The very nature of God is the fact that He is God, you are not. The Lord tells you in His Word who He is and you correct yourself accordingly. God IS GOD. You cannot pick and choose Him how you want Him to be, He IS who HE is. So the next time you hear this garbage, simply go to the Word and find the truth for yourself. No man or church no matter who he is or how popular is Church is, is above the Word of God. Remember that!