“For I the Lord do not change…” (Mal. 3:6). I believe in the unchanged God of Christianity. But Christianity has changed and I believe it has changed in a way that shows a “falling away from the faith” (2 Thess. 2:3) as predicted for the end times. It may seem odd to speak of “the unchanged God of Christianity” but when there are so many religions, each with its own god, I feel it necessary to make the distinction. I do believe that the God of Christianity is separate and distinctive compared to the gods of other religions. He is not only Creator God, Alpha and the Omega, Almighty God but also the “Word that became flesh” (John 1:14).
A changed Christianity
A changed Christianity and world system have moved closer and closer together in morality, outlook and beliefs. The world around us as we know it, is changing at such incredible speed. This rapid change causes feelings of anxiousness, helplessness and frustrations in many people’s lives as they try to keep up. Added to this is the realization that mainstream Christianity has changed some fundamental, foundation beliefs over the past few years. Christians who have opposed these changes feel alienated from the one place they should not, namely the church. I feel more and more like a a stranger here, not only in the world but also in this changed Christianity. Alarm bells ring loudly.
Technological discoveries and advances in science have brought many wonderful advantages. Churches now use modern technology in church services and organisation. But my concern is not about the use of technology in churches but rather that the world system has infiltrated and changed Christianity. Nowadays very little separate Christians from the world. Actions regarded as sin and taboo for Christians 10 or 15 years ago, are now acceptable and accommodated by this changed Christianity. This is done through changed interpretations of the Bible, compromising with humanistic views, adopting worldly views of morality and wordly business systems.
Many churches have adopted the same worldly organisational styles of big business as if the church is an organisation and not an organism. The church is described in the Bible as “the Body of Christ”. That means it is a living organism with many members (functioning parts). It cannot be run like a business organisation with a management style in line with the world’s style. The following happens in this church business model –
- mega-churches are now the order of the day, the bigger the better;
- organised church services do not allow any freedom for the Holy Spirit;
- there is no place for spontaneous participation by members as described in the Bible;
- people with business skills as opposed to people with spiritual gifts are put in leadership;
- management styles that equates the pastor of a church to a managing director or CEO of a business with all the perks, including bonuses;
- pastors/ministers drive luxurious, flashy cars, dress in flashy Italian suits with the jewellery to finish it off, with the image of a successful business man;
- a Sunday morning “teaching” is often more about “how to prosper in this life”, “how to get what you want” than on “how to serve one another”;
- compassionate caring and sharing with members less fortunate and hurting are non-existent and such members are put into “programmes” run by professionals with “worldly skills” as opposed to “spiritual gifts”.
Changed attitude towards God
So it is small wonder that there seems to be a changed attitude towards God as if He has also changed. Changed in His attitude towards sin in general. That He has become “soft and amenable” to this changed Christianity with its modern, worldly lifestyle. But the truth is, He is the unchanged God.
Listening to many of these mega-church preachers, one can be forgiven in thinking that God is now more interested in our comfort than He is in our holiness.
Many Christians think God is like a “slot machine” for instant gratification. Bless me now, Lord! In general Christians now expect a “quick fix” from God whenever they experience hardship or adversity. If God does not “get me out of this situation” quickly, then my faith and trust evaporates.
Zen “gurus” and “holy men” of other religions are then approached for instant help. It is not strange anymore to hear of Christians who have turned to Buddhism and having a higher regard for the Dalai Lama’s teaching than for Jesus Christ’s teaching.
An unchanged God
“God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind.” (Numbers 23:19). Christians need to be reminded that our God is an unchanged God. It is deception to think that God has changed. The Lord who said “I do not change” also said, more than once, in the Bible, “…be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45 and 1 Peter 1:15 -16). Yes, He is holy. Do we even know what that means nowadays?
Holy means to be “consecrated, sanctified, sacred, set apart”. God requires holiness from us because He is holy. He requires us to be “set apart” from the world and the world’s way of living. It is a fatal mistake to think that the God of Christianity has changed. He is the unchanged God of the ages, of “yesterday, today and tomorrow”. He is the Rock of Ages, the refuge for the downtrodden and needy, the just and righteous God and, He is wholly holy!
Not an accommodating God
God has not changed to an obliging and accommodating God. He still hates the sins described in the Old Testament. Sins of adultery, fornication, murder, idolatry, unnatural sexual acts, lies, bribery etcetera. He hates the sin but loves the sinner. We hear all the time that God loves sinners but do we hear in the same breath that he hates sin? Where does that put us in our relationship with an unchanged God?
We are supposed to be strangers here on earth in the way we conduct ourselves. 1 Peter 1:17 (NIV) “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear“. But what do we find? Christians, in general, have become quite at home here in the world and many churches reinforce that through watered down and downright false teaching.
What you sow you will reap
What you sow you will reap. The unchanged God of Christianity forgives sin but never lets us escape the result of our sin. We hardly ever hear a teaching in churches on that. He loves sinners, hates sin and forgives those who confess their sin and bring them in right relationship with Him through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. However, what you sow you will reap. If you sow in the flesh, you will reap a fleshly result. If you sow in the spirit you will reap a spiritual result. Think about that for a few minutes.
The “God is love” slogan
You will find the reality and truth of the unchanged God through His own revelation of Himself in the pages of the Old Testament. Do you ever read the Old Testament? Changed Christianity has watered down and glossed over His covenant laws of how Christians should conduct themselves in the world system. Christians, in general, have lost the fear of God and awe for His holiness. In many instances, He is now just known as “God is love”.
God is love is generally interpreted, “God’s love will cover all our carelessness in the way we conduct our lives as Christians here in this world”. It is also interpreted as “God is love and so you don’t have to turn away from you sinful deeds, God understands you are weak. Jesus has paid for your all your sins.”
Yes, it is true, Jesus has paid for all our sins. However, the Bible does not teach that we are helpless against our fleshly desires and that God’s love covers our sinful deeds. We need to repent and turn away from a sinful lifestyle!
“God is love” is also a popular, unifying slogan because it fits in with other false religions’ false gods. Many Christian leaders have encouraged the slogan as a basis for fellowship with religions that do not accept Jesus Christ as God’s Son. False religions uses the “God is love” slogan to lure Christians into their “social and humanitarian organisations working for the good of all humanity.” But this is a a distortion of the fact that God is love!
“By this the love of God was manifested to us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. …Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1John 4:9 – 16 NASB) (emphasis mine).
You cannot separate “God is love” from “abiding in Him” and you only “abide in Him if you confess “that Jesus is the Son of God.” This is very important and totally ignored by the deceivers and the deceived. So if you quote “God is love” in relation to people living immoral, sinful lives without telling them to repent and turn away from their sin, then you are perpetuating false doctrine.
God loves sinners that is why He sent Jesus to pay the price of their sins. But God hates sin, especially willful sinning.
God has not changed His mind about sin
We need leadership in churches that will bring back Bible based teaching revealing God has values, laws and order that have not changed. The God of Christianity is the unchanged God values, order and clarity. I list a few verses from the Old Testament to refresh your memory –
- Lev 19:1 “You must be holy because I the lord your God am holy”.
- 18:22: “Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden for it is an enormous sin… do not defile yourself with any of these things the heathen do… The entire country is defiled with this kind of activity…”
- 19:31 “Do not defile yourself by consulting mediums and wizards for I am Jehovah your God… (also Lev 20:6).
- 26:1 – 2 “You must have no idols; you must never worship carved images, obelisks, or shaped stones, for I am the Lord Your God. You must obey my Sabbath laws of rest, and reverence my Tabernacle, for I am the Lord”.
- Deut 8:11 – 16 “Wealthy and prosperous we become proud and haughty forgetting who blessed us in the first place.”
Defend the truth
It is time to proclaim again the truth about the unchanged God of Christianity and to be reminded that the God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their immorality, is the same God of today. And Jude (in the New Testament) confirms it when he writes ‑
“And don’t forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, all full of lust of every kind including lust of men for other men. Those cities were destroyed by fire and continue to be a warning to us that there is a hell in which sinners are punished.” Jude 1:7 (emphasis mine).
Also in Jude 1: 3 “…urging you to stoutly defend the truth which God gave, once for all, to his people to keep without change through the years.”
I believe it is time for Christians to stand up in churches and defend the truth of the biblical principles which are eternal. The same truth that have protected the children of God through the ages against the corruption of the lies of Satan and his servants.
My blog posts are one of my efforts to “stoutly defend the truth which God gave,…”.
The truth about –
- the unchanged God of Christianity;
- His requirements for holiness;
- Jesus Christ the Head of the Church;
- false doctrine and false teachers;
- Christian separation from the world;
God’s unchanged laws have carried us through to this day and are now under attack, more than ever, not only by those in the world but by deceived Christian leadership who believe Satan’s lies.
I am compelled to alert you to be awake, to read the signs and to discern the lies and half truths that will lead to “falling away from the faith”. I leave you with this Scripture verses from Hebrews 12:28 and 29 – “Since we have a kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please God by serving Him with thankful hearts, and with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.”
May our unchanged God have mercy on us! Let us repent from our worldliness before it is too late.