Slippery Slope

Apparently, there are some in the Christian world who are deconstructing their faith. They tear down their beliefs, bit by bit, piece by piece, verse by verse. They rip apart their Christian faith, leaving it in shambles. They question every biblical truth that they’ve ever learned and once believed. They call it deconstruction. They’re unlearning the biblical truths they have been taught. They’re now going against God and His Word, against biblical truths and values and teachings. Questioning. Challenging. Doubting. Oh. It’s okay to question. It’s okay to challenge. It’s okay to doubt. But when someone starts denying biblical truths that they once held dear is when they’ve headed down a slippery slope.

What does that say? Why does that happen? I can’t say for sure, but there are some possible reasons.

It seems it’s happening to Christians more and more. And I have to believe that at some point, either they were hurt by another believer, or they’ve failed to develop a strong devotional and prayer life. They stopped reading their Bible, or perhaps they’ve never faithfully read it. Perhaps they never really got to know God on a personal level. Or, perhaps skepticism has set in. They’ve begun to deny the truth. They’ve begun to twist truth to fit their life and their goals and their dreams. They’ve decided that biblical truth no longer matters and it no longer stands. They’ve torn it down. They’ve cut it apart. They’ve twisted it into something that is no longer biblical.

People question different aspects of their faith. It’s only natural. As you grow and learn, you start to question and wonder about why and what and how. Some things just may not make sense. Things like heaven and hell. Suffering. Miracles or the lack of them.

And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:22-23

Perhaps they’ve been persuaded to worship God in ways that are contrary to biblical teaching. Perhaps they’re disillusioned with the church or the church leaders. Perhaps they realize they can’t change the world, after all. Perhaps it’s no longer cool to ask what Jesus would do if he were in their shoes. Because then they may have to act in a way that isn’t comfortable. And apparently, comfort is preferred over obedience.

Now I’m not one who can say whether they are or aren’t a Christian. That is between them and God. I certainly don’t want to be their judge on that fateful day when they’ve taken their last breath and they’re standing before God. I don’t want to be God and have to decide their eternal destiny. But when someone starts twisting Scripture to suit their ideologies, they’ve given in to the evil one. They’ve given in to Satan. Because he will twist and turn truth in to lies, and he will turn lies into truth. And that’s exactly what’s happening.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 1 John 2:15

I read news articles about Christians who are deconstructing. Former Christian leaders now teach classes about deconstructing your faith. And people pay to be taught these lies. Again comfort over obedience to God’s word will cost a huge price, whether it’s this side of eternity or in eternity.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Romans 1:21

So my thought on this is why don’t we relearn the truth. Why don’t we dig deeper into the Bible? Why don’t we dig into commentaries and biblical sources? Why don’t we listen to teachings from strong biblical teachers who know the truth and who have shared it and taught it and lived it? Why not? Why don’t we stop leaning into ideologies that are manmade? Let’s start digging into the Bible. That is where we find truth. It may not be comfortable. It may not always be pretty, but it is God’s truth. And when we begin denying it, we are denying God’s sovereignty.

God’s word will always stand. Always. But when we start cutting it apart with our newfound ideas, because God’s truth no longer suits our needs or our wants, we’re sliding down a slippery slope.

When we replace God’s truth with ideas that someone has created out of warped thinking, we have turned our back on God.

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:13-14

We need to be careful when we start replacing biblical truth with current social agendas and call them biblical. These social ideals are just that. Ideals. Ideologies that someone is using to replace biblical teaching. And it is being accepted as the new gospel. Shame on us. If we knew our Bible better, we wouldn’t fall for these false teachings. We would know when we’re being set up. We would know when we’re being betrayed by those we should trust.

Current social issues can cause one who isn’t firmly rooted in the gospel to pull away from biblical truths. Some of these issues are critical theory, racial reconciliation, gender and pronoun changes, and the pro choice agenda. Just to name a few. We need to stop and examine those ideas to see if they are actually biblical. What does the Bible say about those teachings? What does the Bible say about self care? Or about teachings that say we are enough on our own? Or about prosperity? What does the Bible say about alternate lifestyles? What are the gray areas that the Bible doesn’t even address? These are the questions we should be asking as we dig deep into the Word of God. Because manmade ideas will fall short on Judgment Day.

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