Monday, May 21, 2012

Wrong theologies

In one of our meetings, our staff and I discussed about some of the wrong theologies (understanding of God) we unconsciously have that messes up our activity, devotion and ministry.
Here are some of them:
1.  God won't mind us giving in to temptations from time to time especially after a streak of spiritual victory. 

Have you ever experienced a big fall after a streak of victories? 
It is mostly because of the lie the devil whispers to our ears that goes something like this, "It's been a while since you last fell. You've been doing really well. How about a break? God wouldn't mind... it'll be ok. You've earned it."
Two seconds after you give in, here comes the condemnation rushing in.
here's a scripture reference to remind us of the truth:
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!  No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-14 (NIV)
2. Sometimes God is not looking. 
So you glanced at porn. T'was just a few seconds.
How about the fact that you are nice and patient with everyone else but your little brother;
or you didn't return the change.
it's ok, God is not looking.
We know in our mind it's not true but too many times we contradict it by what we do.
The whole Psalm 139 reminds us of that nothing escapes God's attention.
Here is a part of it:
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar. 
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways. 
Psa. 139:1-3 (NIV)  
3. God doesn't mind when I do it my way as long as I believe it will result to His best.
Might as well say, the end justifies the means. But that's not the biblical, instead it's Machiavellian.
Here are some scripture references pointing to God being particular with the way things are done:
Leviticus 25:18, Deuteronomy 6:3, Deuteronomy 12:28, Joshua 1:17, Joshua 23:6, James 1:22, Luke 6:46
4. God is good, God will understand.
Yes God is good and yes there is nothing that God does not understand.  But it does't mean that just because....(fill in the blank), God will bend HIS MORAL STAND.
God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill? Num. 23:19 (NIV)
5. Experience is the best teacher not necessarily God.
The truth is not just some information but a person. His name is Jesus.  
It is easy to say this but most of the time it is not reflected in the way we live.  Especially with the way we help others;  Just look at how many times we catch ourselves giving advice from experience rather than or not necessarily from God's word.  The thing is, your advice may have worked on you but it doesn't mean it will work for others.  Here's why: though you think you have the same situation, it still happened on a different time and it involved a different person.
For the LORD gives wisdom,and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Prov. 2:6 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2Tim. 3:16 (NIV)
What about you?
What are some of the mindsets you have that God made you realized through His word to be destructive to your relationship with Him? What we believe about God will always dictate what we do with our lives. Let everything we believe be subjected to the light of His word.

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