Let No One Delude or Deceive You – the gospel of lawlessness

(FB post August 21, 2014 – in response to this article on Plato’s Third Form of Atheism )

“The third form of “atheism” accepts that there is a God and that God is concerned with human beings. But this “God” is soft-spirited and easily placated or appeased. He makes no stringent moral demands of human beings. He wants us to like ourselves and like him. So it’s fine with him if we do pretty much as we please, whatever we please. He is an “I’m O.K., you’re O.K.” divinity—the perfect deity for an Age of Feeling.

The mortal threat to Christianity today…does not come from Plato’s first and second forms of atheism, but from the third. Few believers are likely to be led astray by the arguments or personal example of Richard Dawkins, for example. Dawkins, after all, presents arguments; he doesn’t simply appeal to emotion. And the defects of those arguments aren’t difficult to see. Many believers, however, are being led…into Plato’s third form of atheism—belief in an imaginary God made in the image and likeness of man, as man is conceived in the pseudo-religion of expressive individualism and me-generation liberalism. It is a most convenient “God” who is always willing to say, “do whatever you feel like doing, darling; I love you just the way you are.”” (from article on Plato’s Third Form of Atheism by Robert P. George)

Please do not be deceived by the gospel of lawlessness! (My heart is pleading this in ALL CAPS with many exclamation points). It is not from the true God of the Bible. It is not the gospel of the real Jesus.

“Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments [for these sins], for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6 (Ephesians 5:3-17 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/… )

The word translated “comes” is present indicative Greek verb form – a present continuous fact – though we understand this in light of God’s long-suffering and mercy that compels Him to passionately pursue us when we stray and to give us time to repent. But His long-suffering must not be misinterpreted as acceptance of sin.

This exact same concept is also seen in Colossians 3 – where the Greek is accurately captured by the Amplified version.

“So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God). It is on account of these [very sins] that the [holy] anger of God is EVER COMING upon the sons of disobedience (those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will)” Colossians 3:5-6

Know the Truth! Love the Truth! Please do not depart from it no matter the cost! Do not be deceived!

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