Three Lies About Christianity, à la Bill Whittle

bill-whittle 33Yesterday JTR posted a wonderful stirring speech by Bill Whittle, in which the compelling and TRUE statements he made were rewarded with more than one standing ovation from the audience at this year’s Western Conservative Summit.

Among the most eye-opening points he made was that our culture, for the past 40 years, has been instilling three false ideas into our minds:

  • Wealth is un-earned;
  • Everyone is special;
  • Let us (“liberal” government) help you.

He unpacks his ideas about cultural decay and how to fight it, in that speech–which you should really go and watch (it’s Sunday, you’ve got time, right?).  But as I listened to him yesterday afternoon, it occurred to me that a similar set of lies has paralyzed the Church and kept it from being effective:

  • You can be “good enough” to please God;
  • Everyone ultimately goes to heaven;
  • Evangelism should be left to “the pros.”

Serpent

That first cultural lie is in fascinating contrast to the one  Bill Whittle mentioned. I understand him when he lauds the self-made millionaire who really DID earn his money–despite the Left’s constant insinuation that the rich are thieves who deserve to be taxed into oblivion.  But MY point is that, contrary to the age-old lie that you can earn God’s approval, the gospel is founded on the opposite: no one can be good enough for God. (see Romans 3:9-12 et al)

If we could, then what need would we have for a Savior who paid the penalty of sin for us?

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Granted, our government’s help is officious and counterproductive, creating a welfare state and taking away all incentive to work for oneself. However,  we really DO need outside assistance in order to be fit companions for the God of the Universe.

LoveNot only that, but eternal salvation is not a given for all humans, at least not the way I read it. Take the ubiquitous John 3:16:

“For God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

See that highlighted phrase?  It identifies a particular group (“whoever believes in Him”) and tells us what WON’T happen to them (“they won’t perish”). Which certainly implies that those who DON’T believe WILL perish. Salvation, though not earned, is not universal. I suppose that would be the “bad news” of God’s Word.

The amazing Good News is that He really wants our company enough to take on human form and die in our place. He loves us and has saved all those who accept the gift of salvation.  (see Ephesians 2:1-5)

If we really believe that, how can we keep it to ourselves?

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I was especially struck by one image in that speech yesterday. Whittle, quoting Tammy Bruce:

 “Truth has presence. Light has presence. You can’t put darkness into a room….There are no darkness generators.  All you can do is take the light out…and keeping all the light out of a room is a lot harder than you’d think…truth is on our side…”

one candleJust as each of us, by calling the Left on its lies, can do our part to shine the light of Truth into our political and social worlds, so EACH of us who know the Lord should be actively countering the devil’s lies where we live, work and play, for the spiritual good of those we know and love. The Bible doesn’t tell just pastors and teachers to live this way. Rather:

“Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. “

Philippians 2:15, NLT

Bill Whittle makes an especially impassioned statement toward the end of his speech:

“If this party can’t sell freedom, private property and virtue, then we don’t deserve to be in this business. “

I say Amen to that. And if those three ideas cannot take root again in American hearts, then the freedom of worship we’ve enjoyed for 200 years may soon be lost.

But even more importantly, and because we must redeem the time for the days are evil, I say to every believer:

If you can’t speak love, repentance, and forgiveness to everyone you know, then do you deserve to be called a Christ-follower?  No matter how much we love our country…do we not love our Savior more?

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7 responses to “Three Lies About Christianity, à la Bill Whittle

  1. livinrightinpgh

    It is SO essential that Christians arm and educated themselves with The Word. It is our only way to discern that which is of God and that which is of the great deceiver. Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth: (2 Cor 11:3)

    “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

    Which is why he then went on to write to the Church at Ephesus:
    “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

    Whether in the realm of politics or in the realm of faith, lies are most easily perpetrated upon the uneducated.

    • I agree, PGH…and yet, there are scores of educated folks out there who have swallowed the liberal Lie; and scores more who have bought into the prosperity gospel or some other heresy. Human nature? Path of least resistance? I suspect it has a lot to do with a desire for the easy road and the wide gate…and so the many walk on to destruction.

      • livinrightinpgh

        I guess much depends on how you and I are defining the term “educated”. Speaking from the standpoint of books and “knowledge”, yeah, there’s probably a lot of “educated” folks. But I’ve always operated under the notion that “WISDOM is the moral application of knowledge”. (Didn’t YOU just do a post on this subject?)

        I am certainly NOT a prognosticator, but one of the things that the Bible speaks about occurring during “end times” is that false prophets (thinking: Bhagwan Shree Rajineesh, et. al.) claiming to be The Christ will perform signs and wonders that will confound even many Christians.

        “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 (NKJV)

        Straight is the gate, and narrow is the path…..

  2. How important and timely are your ending words GBL, “No matter how much we love our country…do we not love our Savior more?”. For so long we’ve believed that both of those were possible at all times without conflict…but now we need to make sure our priorities are straight – there is no doubt where our true allegiance lies.

    • I want to teach our granddaughter, Lucy, patriotism…but it’s getting harder to speak well of a country I barely recognize from my childhood. And it was already changing then. Thanks for your presence here, Greg. You are an encourager to me!

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