7/4/2015 Mike’s Blog: God’s Relevance in the Age of Disbelief

 “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’ and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.”'” (Ex 3:14)

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.” (Matt 5:17-18)

As religions of man constantly water down the message, the truths, and the person of Jesus Christ in order to make Him less intimidating and more marketable, and this so they can attract more seekers, claim more converts, and build bigger buildings to appear more successful to the world, the phenomenon of God being defined by our perception of Him grows. Many have come to the point where they believe God is impacted by those perceptions because many, like the Laodiceans of Revelations 3, have created a lesser god they believe to be the Real McCoy who is indeed defined by perception rather than reality.

One of those false perceptions instituted in an effort to make Jesus less intimidating is the abolishing of the law in favor of grace. This is not the case, for He could no more abolish the law than He could abolish Himself. The law and grace were one in Him (John 1:14). Jesus was the Word [the law] made flesh (John 1:14). If Jesus came to abolish the law, then He would have been “a kingdom divided against Himself” (Matt. 12:25), and such kingdoms cannot stand.

Due to our sin nature, every man has a slightly different perception of reality and truth. Because of this our mandate as believers is to “bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:15), and this because we are daily confronted with deceptive paths Satan and the world try to lead us down. But God’s identity is truth in Him, not illusion dictated by what our perceptions make Him to be. Per our example because we desire the law to be abolished, and this so we can live in fealty to our own desires and not obedience to His commands, does not mean it is abolished. Truth is never abolished.

Every time truth is embellished or changed, the result is never as truly attractive or satisfying as the original. This is abundantly evident in the failure of what we are serving up as Jesus to excite the men in the pews. The less they see to engage them, the less relevant God becomes to them. But does that mean God is becoming irrelevant? God has no mandate to conform to our perceptions in order to remain relevant. If God’s relevance were to be measured by everyone’s perceptions of Him we would live in the spiritual anarchy of the polytheism of the New Ager, and God would cease to be the Great “I AM.” He would then become the lesser, “We Are.”

The only people Jesus will become irrelevant to are the ones who misperceive and misunderstand Him. The Bible repeatedly and consistently tells us these will be “many”. With the same consistency, the Bible tells us those who accept and live in the truth of properly perceiving Him will be “few”. Regardless of what the many do, and how many millions or billions that may be, Jesus did not come to save nations and worlds, He came to establish His new temples within the hearts of individuals. He will never be irrelevant to His few, His “remnant” that He always keeps for Himself. He will remain relevant to them because they will be the few who see through the lies and deceptions to believe the truth.

The only destinies that will be impacted by our beliefs surrounding God are our own. It is our eternal relevance that will be established by God’s perceptions of us, not the other way around. Therefore, any false perceptions we may hold are not a “Him” problem. They are an “us” problem. If the Gospel becomes irrelevant in America it will be an America problem, not a God problem. He is the ultimate arbiter of what is true and what is not. He is the final and indisputable arbiter of what is relevant and what is not. That is because He is the living, everlasting, unchangeable truth and we are a mass of contradicting beliefs, perceptions, and subsequent delusions.

Paul the great Apostle said, “For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted. But the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness [our illusions] and disclose the motives of men’s hearts [where illusions begin]” (1 Cor. 4:4-5). Paul was saying he was the worst possible arbiter of his own condition, as are we all, and that until the Lord makes the call we wait for the truth to be revealed and then trust and live according to His judgments.

Reigning as the existent truth, God does not need to prove Himself to us. He merely sends the Spirit to convict us of who He “is”, and allows us to either accept or reject that. To those who worship an illusion the battle is lost already, for they never knew Him nor He they. John tells us God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). To seekers of truth who worship Him thus, He will never become irrelevant regardless of the false perceptions generated through popular cultures and times. God will forever, simply and profoundly, “be”, and the law that He both gave and is will likewise “be”.

We will come to know Him for who He is or we will not. But regardless, it will not affect His relevance, irrelevance, existence, law, or “truth” in any way. As we move through time towards the end of time on earth, and religions pews become more and more full of what Michael Wells used to call “unbelieving believers,” the only ones made relevant or irrelevant, saved or damned, by our perceptions and beliefs will be us. Jesus Christ, the “truth” (John 14:6), will remain the same yesterday, today, and yes forever (Heb. 13:8). Will we get on board with the way, the truth, and the life or will we suffer the consequences of being swept up in the age of disbelief? That will be the ultimate “us” question, because God has already determined who He is. And while what we think of who He is does matter to Him, it matters not the slightest concerning Him.

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