In the beginning, God made humans in His image (Genesis 1:26-27).
Since then, man has been trying to reverse this and give God a makeover. Instead of becoming more like Christ and allowing God to change us (2 Corinthians 5:17) sinful man has been creating their own image of God.
This, according to Scripture, is creating a false god or idol. Many want God to be a feel-good, buddy-buddy, user-friendly, politically-correct god that fits best our selfish desires and needs. God’s Word, which accurately describes the nature of God, has been sidelined to compromising standards and popular beliefs.
God has been given a makeover to make many feel better about their sin. Statements about a reinvented God abound today.
“God accepts me even if I don’t live up to the truths of His word. Jesus is my homeboy. God wants me to be happy. God doesn’t want me to feel guilty about my chosen lifestyle. How could a loving God send anyone to hell?”
When people lack a relationship with God they tend to recreate His nature, mostly because they do not know Him. When Moses went to meet with God on Mt. Sinai, the Israelites replaced God with an image of a golden calf. Moses was their first idol. When he was gone, they needed something else to worship. Instead of waiting on God’s instructions they invented their own god.
Making God more politically correct to promote perverted morals is idolatry. Not being comfortable with what God’s Word says used to be called conviction of the Holy Spirit. The intent is to remind people of the holiness of God and that we, too, are called to be holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Conviction of sin requires repentance, not reinvention. Instead of submitting to the creator, we attempt to become the creator. The thought is if people can reinvent God or His standards then they can comfortably live any way they want and do anything they please.
Instead of being fed truth, those who choose their sin over God’s standards exchange it for a lukewarm diet of rotten doctrine bent on appealing the masses. It’s like picking and choosing which of God’s divine characteristics and standards you want and disregarding the others.
A watered-down faith disables the work of the Holy Spirit. Self replaces conviction. Attempting to make yourself feel good about your sin is turning yourself into the idol to be worshipped.
But Scripture says He doesn’t change. If this is true, then why are we trying to change Him? In Revelation 1:8, God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
A relationship with Jesus Christ by reading, understanding, and obeying His complete Word is the only way to keep from veering off the straight and narrow path. Only God can reveal to you the deceptions, manipulations, and lies from Satan.
Believers must be able to discern a counterfeit faith from the truth. Satan desires you to be blind and delusional so you will be in bondage. I pray you will search the Scriptures and know the true God in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Stephen Harrison is associate pastor of Family Church at White Hall.
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