Discernment

The Name of the Lord

We have separated the name of God from the identity of God.

Election years make this crystal clear. Many believers today praise the name of God, but reject the will of God, the identity of God. They are Christians (Christ-ians) but they advocate positions that are blasphemously anti-Christ.

Leftists Protestant Letter to Congress Anti-Israel

Leftists protestants write an anti-Israel letter to the U.S. Congress.

Pro-choice Christian (contradiction in terms) button

Where in the Bible does it say that Christians are to be “proud”? And as for abortion: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” ~ Jeremiah 1:5

We got here by telling people that all they need to do is accept some guy named “Jesus Christ” as Lord and Savior, and they’re eternally saved. We focus on his name, but we neglect his character traits, because they are politically incorrect. It’s easier to just tell people that he loves them, and leave it at that. Sorry, but that’s not good enough.

This idea of separating the name of God from the identity of God, in order to get all the benefits with none of the discomfort, is not Biblical. Separating God’s name from his identity leaves us with a bunch of meaningless letters. You can’t simply praise the name of God, yet blaspheme the identity of God. I’m not talking about sin. All Christians sin, and hopefully we feel the tug of conscience when we do. I’m talking about advocating morality that spits in the face of God.

In this verse, Daniel praises the name of God:

“…Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.” ~ Daniel 2:20

Now, go to the Book of Daniel and find one example of Daniel saying you can push for ungodly morality as long as you praise the name of God. You can’t, because he doesn’t. Daniel didn’t simply praise a name, he recognized and accepted an identity. Today’s theology has so separated the name of God from the identity of God, and has denied the characteristics of God in such a cowardly way, that many of today’s believers know God in name only. They wouldn’t be able to pick God out of a lineup.

Cartoon police lineup

Image Source: Perry Bible Fellowship, pbfcomics.com

Daniel chose the death penalty rather than violating God’s will, yet believers today think nothing of not only violating God’s will, but advocating moral positions that violate God’s will. Today, large swaths of the Bible are sacrificed on the altar of politics. However, Daniel chose to sacrifice his own life on the altar of God rather than sacrificing the Scriptures on the altar of politics.

“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:19

Salvation is not a no-strings-attached deal.

And I love how the church has broken the Bible into “essential” issues and “nonessential” issues. We call some issues “primary” issues, and some issues “secondary” issues. And we label some issues “salvation” issues, as if some issues are not.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. ~ John 1:1

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. ~ John 1:14

“I and the Father are one.” ~ Jesus Christ, John 10:30

If you can read those verses and discern where the Bible ends and Jesus begins, and where Jesus begins and the Father ends, and where the Father begins and the Bible ends, and which parts of the Bible we can simply disregard as “nonessential,” and which parts of the Bible aren’t really that important to the Father after all and can be disregarded for political expedience, and which parts of the Father are “salvation” parts, and which parts of Jesus are not very important and can simply be considered “secondary” issues instead of primary issues, then you have revelation and insight unlike no other person who ever lived. The verses say that the Father, and Jesus, and the Scriptures are one! They are not a la carte. You can not pick and choose the parts you like.

Take a look at the Third Commandment:

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. ~ Exodus 20:7

Read that commandment in light of what I’ve written so far. Does it sound like God expects more of us than just not yelling “Jesus Christ” when we hit our thumb with a hammer? He does not want us claiming to be part of his team if we are not! Here’s an analogy.

The 2012 Super Bowl was between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Picture a guy wearing a New York Giants uniform on the field. However, he doesn’t line up with the New York Giants. He lines up with the New England Patriots. He blocks for the Patriots. He scores touchdowns for the Patriots. He celebrates whenever the Patriots get a sack. But the Patriots lose. Does this guy now get to celebrate in the Giants’ locker room just because he called himself a Giant? He’s done nothing to show he’s a Giant. In fact, he has done everything to be an obstacle to the will and plan of the Giants’ coach. Do you think the Giants’ coach will let him into the locker room for the celebration? Absolutely not! Yet we believe that Christians who do everything worldly possible to thwart God’s game plan will be joyously welcomed into the great locker room in the sky simply because they identify with his name. It ain’t gonna happen.

The Bible is always proven true.

5 replies »

  1. Good article! I will admit, before I read it, I was concerned when I saw the pin that says “Proud to be a Pro Choice Christian”. I thought, “Oh no! This can’t be!” LOL! Then I read the article and saw that it was quite the opposite! God bless you! Enjoyed the read! And you’re so correct in what you’re saying. What you’re referring to is the lukewarm Christians…who aren’t really ‘Christian’. The verse I keep posting over and over lately, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev 3:16 It’s a shame I have to use that verse ‘so much’ lately..but lukewarm seems to be a major ‘trend’ lately. You and I sin and we make mistakes. So I don’t feel we’re condemning other people as though we’re better; rather, what we’re saying is ‘call your sin what it is! Quit trying to justify it and deceive yourself so that you don’t have to feel convicted! Because that conviction will lead to repentance!’ God bless you!! ♥♥♥

  2. Unfortunately, I see some self righteousness here, typical of the traditional right-winger who believes that Republican = Christian. It does not. I also see proof that you haven’t taken a moral inventory of the Republican party to see the unbelievable amount of sin within it.

    Let’s start with making money an idol that is worshiped like a god. I know God finds this distasteful and an abomination.

    Next, we can look at what the right has done to our planet. The right has decimated the planet due to their greed.

    Remember when Jesus said that when you give to others, you give to Him? When you clothe and feed the hungry, you show your love for mankind. I see no love within the Republican platform that only thinks about greed, self, and is resentful that the poor might get free health care. Talk about HYPOCRISY!!

    The Pharisees were blind too. They thought they were the top Christians, didn’t they? Were they ever misled. Maybe open up your heart and ask God to show you where the right is sinning just as much as you claim the left is. Maybe God will show you. I’ll pray that this will be the case.

    God bless you,

    The Warrioress

  3. I don’t recall using the words “Republican” or “Democrat” in this post, or any other post on my blog. It appears that you are projecting some personal stereotypes you have. We all know the ugliness that comes from stereotyping certain groups. I will pray for you.

    I do agree with you that money is worshiped like a god. Just look at the unprecedented greed displayed by the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s unimaginable that people would actually carry signs demanding that other people pay their debt– debt that they willingly agreed to incur, and promised to pay back. So much for honoring a contract! And look at the legions of “Christians” demanding that the government give them free stuff. In the Bible, does God tell people to demand free stuff, or does he tell us to be industrious? Furthermore, it is theorized that Abraham may have been the richest person who ever lived, yet he is the father of the faith. Jesus was buried in the tomb of a rich follower, Joseph of Arimethea. Class warfare and divisiveness are de riguer for Leftist propaganda, but they are not suitable for Bible teaching.

    As far as the planet goes, you could not be more wrong. The Leftist eco-terrorist regimes of the USSR, North Korea, China, and Cuba abide by no environmental regulations whatsoever, and pollute God’s Creation without consequence, and without criticism from their “Christian” aparatchiks on the Left.

    Finally, regarding Pharisees, you may want to review the signatories of the Leftist “Christian” rant to Congress that I posted at the top of this page. I don’t believe you will find any shortage of Pharisees there.

    God bless you too!

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