One young woman said: “So for the past couple of weeks I haven’t really been feeling that close to God, I fell away from him and this is what brought me back.” She goes on in a YouTube video about God not judging us and that all guilt is from the devil and that the god she worships is not just at all, but that no matter what you do you can always return to him, that it does not depend at all on what we do. Yet, if it does not depend on what we do, then how can we “come back” to Him. We would then be doing something and it would not make a difference if we did that at all, according to her reasoning. It is the Reductionist gospel. Here is my reply.
” 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” [2 Peter 1:3-11]
As you can see from Peter, Nellah, you are incorrect. It DOES depend on what we do, but not on our own power. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness. If we do not use these, then it will not happen, because He will not force us. The consequences will be according to what we do with what He gives. And if we have been careless with something so great as the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, will we escape the punishment for such neglect? Just telling yourself that God is unjust and that He does not mean what He said about the Covenant of Jesus Christ, does not change it. You cannot rewrite the Covenant. You can either choose to walk in it or not.
God offers the Grace that allows us to walk in it. If you do not take that Grace and walk in it, then you do not have that Grace. No amount of imagination can replace the sovereignty of God. Either do it or don’t, but don’t imagine that you can make up a god in your heart that is different than the Living God of the Bible and then claim you are OK. This is idolatry and why James calls out and commands us what we must do:
“1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” [James 4:1-9]
She claims that all guilt is from the devil and that God never gives us guilt. She refers to Jesus saying he did not come to condemn the world. BUT, there is a guilt that does come from God, because God is just. There is guilt from the devil, but it is unjust guilt. When you feel guilt for something you did not do or for something that was not a sin, that is from the devil. Guilt for something you have done or for sin you have committed is not from the devil, it is from the just God and is healthy and useful, if it is not regarding a sin that leads to death. This is all in the Scriptures, but you have to stop inventing your own answers and embrace God’s Testimony. He is smarter than us.
PLEASE STOP trying to teach from the Bible. You are completely wildly off base and misquoting Scripture after Scripture. Jesus, coming as the Lamb of God, did not come to condemn, as He said in John 3, but in the immediately following verses He states that there is a condemnation and it is based on GOD. You see that same condemnation repeated in 1 John 1 regarding the light vs. the darkness. And God does condemn or else He could not judge as the Judge on the Judgement Day. and He does not show favoritism and is just in all matters. Quit fabricating your own god and worshiping the thoughts of your heart. You will be led farther astray if you continue down that path. It is, as James rightly calls it, idolatry.
One woman wrote a response to that video: “You’re never too far to come back to God – great video!”
Then what happened to Israel? Then what about the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Then what about the loss of the sacrifice of Christ by trampling it underfoot? There are many warnings in the Scriptures that caution us not to push it too far.
There is a point beyond which God will no longer respond to our cries. Not because He doesn’t want to, but because we have submitted ourselves to obey sinful flesh once again. That flesh will deceive us to make us think we are genuinely repentant. But the heart is deceitful above all things and completely beyond cure (Jeremiah 17). Desiring sin repeatedly will empower our flesh to deceive us and make us imagine we are genuinely sorry, but it cannot fool God. We give our flesh that power over us when we continue to give into sin, repeatedly. Once we have gone too far, we find ourselves in that situation of being without a sacrifice, while trying to fool God, but really fooling ourselves into thinking we are sincere. God is not a fool, but we are!
There is a point beyond which that power we have given to the flesh traps us and there is no longer any way out. That is when we imagine in the vanity of our hearts that we are forgiven and to do that we set up an imaginary god, made in the way we want Him to be. And then we feel forgiven, the imagination of forgiveness. Woe to the person who has gone this far!