Deuteronomy 5:6-7 – The Tough Sell of One Way to Heaven in an All Road Lead to Heaven World

Posted: December 16, 2016 in Book of Deuteronomy
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Deuteronomy 5:6-7

You Shall No Other Gods Before Me

I recently had a relative post something very bizarre and random. For this relative that I love dearly, he is at the very least, quirky, and that’s why we love him. He posted that he was “glad that most Muslims don’t think all Christians believe like Warren Jeff.”

According to www.wikipedia.com, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Jeffs, Warren Jeffs is the Mormon is the former President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) and a convicted felon currently serving a sentence of life plus 20 years. His prison term is the result of being convicted in 2011 of two felony counts of child sexual assault. Jeffs gained international notoriety in May 2006 when he was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on Utah state charges related to his alleged arrangement of illegal marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls. He was arrested in August 2006 in Nevada, and agreed to be taken to Utah for trial. In May and July 2007, Arizona charged him with eight additional counts in two separate cases, including incest and sexual conduct with minors.

 

My reaction to his post was that “I was glad that Mormonism is not Christianity.” His response to that was that statement was, “They consider themselves Christians and so do many other faiths. I personally leave that up to God because I do not judge others as [s]ome people do.” Wow, that is where we are in today’s world that Mormons and people of “other faiths” consider themselves “Christian”. My debate with him was intended to demonstrate that because Mormon beliefs are fundamentally at odds with Scripture, that additions and edits that they have made to the Bible, and the fact that they do not believe Jesus Christ to be God in the flesh (that Jesus Christ is one and of the same essence as the Father and the Holy Spirit, has existed since before time began with the Father and the Holy Spirit) and as such Mormonism does not qualify as Christian. Thus, what Warren Jeffs believes is not a reflection on Christianity. Mormonism by its very nature is not part of the Christian church.

 

Many today seem to believe that “being a Christian” is a loosely held term for believing in something greater than yourself. So, in that sense, as my relative said, people of other faiths can “consider themselves Christians.” Further, his statement about Jeffs reflects a fear of offending Muslims. This is the essence of the age of tolerance. All roads lead to heaven is the cry of the day. We can believe in Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, or some or any combination of any and all religions out there and it is OK and makes you a “Christian”. We have made tolerance of all belief systems the belief system. What this has led to is that there is no belief system. If we are not appearing as tolerant to all beliefs or no beliefs we are vilified and crucified in the public domain. Thus, tolerance of everything and of nothing is the new religion. It is the new god. We have become the arbiters of this new religion, this new god. In an effort to ensure that we are all inclusive, we have excluded God from our lives. We have made tolerance of anything as our god. I define what is right and wrong not some Supreme Being. As a matter of fact, I define who God is now. The god of tolerance is this amorphous collective belief that we are all gods and what is good for you is OK and what is good for me is OK. That is our god today.

 

I am not condemning those who believe in this manner. It simply points out that Satan has deluded us into believing in this way as he has done in so many different ways throughout eternity. It also points out that we as Christians, the real ones, have cowered in the face of the onslaught of the god of Tolerance of All Things, in the onslaught of humanism. We have become scared of Jesus’ own statement that He is the only way, the one and only way to our Father in heaven. We sat quietly inside our churches and not engaged the culture with the message of Jesus Christ. We have allowed the world to be seduced by the belief that whatever we believe is good and that man is good and can win his way to heaven whatever that may be by being more good than bad. This god is before what God has set out before us. It’s simply easier to say that if you do more good than bad that you will get to heaven whatever you believe that it is to face the world with the message that we are all sinners to the core and that even one sin prevents us from spending eternity in heaven with the one true God. We have made tolerance our god before God.

 

This idea of the age of tolerance where tolerance is the god itself and where the term, Christian, can be used for any and all people is what I thought of when I read today’s very simple passage, Deuteronomy 5:6-7 that states:

 

6 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

 

7 “You shall have no other gods before me.

 

A god is whatever people use as the driving force in their lives. Some people literally worship other gods by joining cults or religions that are not of God. In this age of tolerance, we have made ourselves gods by violating this very commandment. Our everything goes mentality is an easy god to believe in because it demands nothing of us. We define our own world, and our own morality. That just makes it so easy. If you tolerate everything then you really don’t have to believe in anything other than what you feel yourself. We can make anything our god. There, we make God all tolerant and whatever you do is OK. No need to read God’s Word. The god we have created just knows our heart and we believe the fallacy of our innate goodness. This is our god today. Not the one true God. We believe in an no-effort god that requires nothing from us. We like our god to be defined by us and not defined by Himself.

 

As true Christians, we must be able to demonstrate to the world that we are not our own gods and that there is only one God and it is He who defines who He is. It is He who has demonstrated to us that we are wholly incapable of keeping His laws of holiness and goodness and purity. It is He who defines that our sin, even just one, condemns us and excludes us from His presence for all eternity. It is He who defines that we are condemned to eternity in hell as a result of our first sin, not to mention our whole lifetime of committing sins against God. It is He who in His justice has every right to condemn us there. It is He who in His love for us sent us His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth and live the perfect and sinless life. It is He that allowed His Son to take on the wrath of God for all sin as the sinless sacrifice on the cross. It is He who defines that whomever believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that it is only through the belief that He died for our sins on that cross that we are saved from our just punishment from God. It is only through the sinless covering of Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ only that we are saved.

 

It is a tough sell in this age of tolerance to say that there is only one way to heaven and that we are all dreadful sinners that cannot save ourselves. It’s never been easy and it won’t get easier in a world where we would rather take the easy road of believing that we are our own gods. That is easier than admitting that there is one true God and thus having to consider what He has to say in God’s Word. It all starts with this one simple passage.

 

Amen and Amen.

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