One danger these days involves the use of feelings instead of facts. If you’ve been in a public school you’re quite aware of the problem (John Loeffler says we’ve gone from being right to feeling good about being wrong). Unfortunately, that disease infects the church as well, and it’s not a new problem.
Way back in the oldest book of the Bible, after Job loses everything his three “friends” appear on the scene, say nothing for a week, and when they finally speak, what do they say? Rely on the Word of God? Prayer? Nope. Feeeeelings … nothing more than feeeelings.
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. (Job 4:8)
For the next 30 chapters, that’s the theme. Job, you must have done something wrong — some sin, some evil — for this great calamity to come upon you, for that’s what I’ve seen.
In other words, experience based religion.
Think about this the next time you’re relying on feelings instead of facts, and remember the problem with the emerging-this, purpose-that, post-modern philosophy sweeping through the church destroying many in its tidal wave of filth — the denial of absolute truth, substituting feelings for facts.
Thou shalt not do this.
Fast forward a few thousand years to the time of Christ, and—surprise—the problem still exits. Peter of course was a man of action (even when silence was called for), lived with Christ, ate with Christ, lived with Christ.
If anyone knew Christ, it was Peter.
Yet what does he say in his letter regarding relying on experience-based religion?
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Peter 1:6)
I was there Peter says. Remember who was on the mount of transfiguration? Yep, that was me. Walking on water with Jesus? Me again. The last supper? Still me (okay, denying Christ three times was me too, but nobody’s perfect).
Get the idea? If anyone could rely on experience and feelings, it’s Peter. Yet he warns of not doing that.
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19)
Even for the guy who was there, the guy who (along with James and John) knew Jesus best, Peter warns us not to rely on experience, but the Word of God.
Why then in the post-this, emerging-that, social justice, and other “modern” movements return to what we know we’ve been warned against? Are those leaders knowingly leading people astray, or are they uninformed and unlearned?
Either way, if you choose to follow their misinformation, you’re toast.
Now that you know the dangers of replacing the Word of God with feelings, will you heed the warning of Peter, or listen to slick snake-oil salesmen trying to get you away from the bedrock of God’s Word?
Because at 3AM, you’ve got what you’ve got, and you don’t want what you grab for at 3AM to be useless snake oil … unless you like living in the Matrix.