Unbelief Thinks God Can Be Gamed

You think you can come to church on the outside, and sing the hymn on the outside, and listen to the sermon on the outside, and have your heart far from Him. The Scripture talks about this problem- with their lips they approach Him, but, their hearts are far from Him.  THAT IS WHAT UNBELIEF DOES.

Unbelief submits to God externally; there is an unbelief that rebels against Him, defies Him. But, through various circumstances that unbelief is brought to church, that unbelief is somehow baptized, that unbelief is somehow brought into the domain of the church and is under the discipline of Christ. That form of unbelief lies to Christ, pretends to submit to Him, but is lying to Him. This unbelief feels that God can be worked, God can be gamed.

As Spurgeon said, „If you are listening to the devil don’t expect God to listen to you”. If you are listening to the devil, even if it’s the devils whispering, don’t expect God to listen to you, even if you’re shouting.If you’re loudly proclaiming to God that you love Him and serve Him, you praise Him, but you’re listening to the devil whispering and you’ve got a secret channel communication set up, don’t expect God to hear you.

The psalmist says it very plainly, „If I regard iniquity in my heart, if I’ve got a privileged place in my heart for iniquity, then don’t expect God to hear your prayer.”

Now, you may say, all of us stumble in many ways, you talked about us all having dross that has to be removed, none of us has arrived, we’re not at the day of the resurrection yet. Don’t we all have iniquity in our heart? The answer is yes, that’s true. We all  have remaining sinfulness in our hearts, but notice the psalmist doesn’t say , „I have iniquity in my heart, he’s assuming that we do.” He says here, „If I regard iniquity in my heart”, not „if I have sinned”. He’s saying, „If I regard sin, if I’m renting out a ‘room to sin’ in my heart, I would say- you could have this part of my heart, you can have this part of my life, of my soul, of my emotional piece”, you’re in effect saying to God, „You cannot have this piece”.  That’s what it means to regard iniquity in your heart.

If God were to mark iniquities as it says in another psalm- Who could stand? I am not talking here about absolute perfection. I am talking about silver ore that is willing to get in the furnace. If the whole thing is surrender to God in principle, the silver ore has dross in it. You don’t have to be perfect to begin the process. Of course we are imperfect, of course we sin, of course we have iniquities and things we struggle with. There’s a reason why at the beginning of our service we get on our knees and confess our sins. But, YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO COME HERE (church) REGARDING INIQUITY IN YOUR HEART.

That iniquity in your heart must not be a treasured possession. It must not be the sort of thing (about which) you say, „God, anything but this. I’ll do anything you want. I’ll go here, I’ll go there, I’ll sing this, I’ll say that, but you can’t have this lust. You can’t have this bitterness. You can’t take away this pettiness. You can’t take away this form of self centeredness”. That’s regarding iniquity in your heart.

Unbelief Thinks God Can Be Gamed from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

6 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. gabi bogdan
    aug. 24, 2012 @ 00:39:55

    excellent points…

    • rodi
      aug. 24, 2012 @ 10:00:46

      yes, I especially appreciate how he defined ‘regarding iniquity’ in our hearts. I also liked that at his church they specifically pray for forgiveness and confess sin at the beginning of every service. It makes good sense to do so before we lift up our hands to worship God.

  2. gabi bogdan
    aug. 25, 2012 @ 01:22:00

    he he he i have been watching some more of his vimeo clips
    this is funny…. guess I need it to be in a cage for exactly 2 years

    • rodi
      aug. 25, 2012 @ 11:19:51

      that is pretty funny, also the 50 pound head comment. You know I can think of another thing we need to repent of, based on what Wilson said. I think we sometimes have the same impatience with unbelievers (especially if they’re close to us) and we either give up on them or get aggressive (you know start with the ‘hell’ thing. Great clip. Lots of great clips there, I wish we would have heard of Doug Wilson sooner! 🙂

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