An entry from my journal.
“Due to so many mainline churches of today increasingly becoming more prone to apostasy and heresy in their desire to be “relevant” in a changing society; I find it increasingly more fruitful to re-discover the words of mighty stalwarts from our Christian past. -g.w.”
“Some people have no sense of the vileness of their sin, and no sense of God’s infinite and holy opposition to it. They think that God has no higher standards than they have. So they get on well with Him and feel a sort of love for Him–but they are loving an imaginary God, not the real God!
There are others whose self-love produces a sort of love for God simply because of the material blessings they have received from His providence. There is nothing commendable in this either.
Self-love can produce a merely natural gratitude to God. This can happen through wrong ideas about God, as if He were all love and mercy, and no avenging justice; or as if God were bound to love a person because of the person’s worthiness. On these grounds (people) may love a God of their own wishful imaginings, when they have no love at all for the true God.”
Jonathan Edwards –- 1703 – 1758
I was recently reading a classics author who got onto the subject of love versus sensual love. By that term I reckoned he was referring to what is now known as “casual sex.” He said, “It ceases to be a devil when it ceases to be a god.”
It made me pause reading and ponder over that single statement for a time. That is a very pithy observation in my estimation, for can we not say the same for all devils that lead us toward self-destruction by the promise of ecstasy? Whether sensual pleasures, riches, power, revenge – you know – the usual suspects that want our worship as gods.
I sincerely doubt there are any within my reading purview who have not been hurt, or may even now be experiencing pain, because of finding that the god they pursued was revealed to be a devil in the end. ~It ceases to be a devil when it ceases to be a god~ But of course, by that time there is pain to be healed. Thank Almighty God for Christ Jesus. The Healer of the wounded heart – and Surgeon for all of our wounds. Physical and spiritual…if we will only let Him. -G.W.
Why I love the Christian Classics – where are the mighty men of yesteryear this year?
“Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:13-14 [ The Hebrew for I Am sounds like LORD in the English.]