Indore Baptist Church
August 29, 2021

The Ambiguous God of Today’s Christianity

Passage: Isaiah 14:26-27
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The Ambiguous God of Today’s Christianity
“This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” (Isa 14:26-27)
I want to talk for a little while about the God that Christianity serves today. I even hesitate to use a capital “G” when describing this God – because he seems to be such a little god – but I am certain that even many truly saved individuals do have some misunderstandings concerning God. The content of the sermon today, is a series of observations about the so-called god of much of Christianity – and the god of the religious world outside of Christianity – in which such a god is subject to the whims of man, and servant to the changes and changing times that affect all of Creation. These blatantly false (and heretical) beliefs concerning God, can only be countered by a Biblical understanding of the Power and the Might and the Authority and the Sovereignty of the God that made Heaven and Earth and all that in them is.
When I say that the World at large, and Christianity as a whole, believe in an Ambiguous God, I mean that they believe in a God that is Uncertain, Unclear, and even Flexible. Webster’s defines “ambiguous” as an adjective meaning, 1 having two or more meanings 2 not clear; vague. Another word that comes to mind as I consider the God that the world acknowledges is the word ambivalent. This word, when used as an adjective, carries the thought of having simultaneous conflicting feelings. To me this describes the God that much of the world acknowledges today, but it does not describe God as He truly is. The World thinks of God as wanting one thing – but accepting another. They think of God as One that Hopes for something – but settles for something different. They see God as a God that Plans one way – but reluctantly adapts to whatever comes.
The phrase “These are Uncertain Times,” is one that is certainly applicable to our day and times – especially from a human perspective; and for the average member of Christianity, this phrase is likely applicable, even when it comes to God and His Rule over Creation. However, the phrase “Uncertain Times” should never be one that daunts or deters the True Christian – the one who serves the True and Living God. How can the times be uncertain when God is not? Isn’t all of Creation, whether past, present, or future subject to the Will of God? Isn’t our God both Maker and Ruler of all that exists? If we put our trust in Him, and if we have faith in Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Redeemer, there is no reason or cause for us to worry or fear for our futures. God is still God, and He is in control. He is not indifferent to the state of affairs; He is not ignorant of the goings on in the world; He is not powerless to accomplish His Will. Rather, He is faithful to His people; He is wise to know the beginning from the end (and all the times in between); and He is a God Who is certain in His desires and intentions. Indeed, our God is not Ambiguous, He is certain, He is true, and He is in control.
Today, let’s think more in depth about the True God, and His Certainty and Sovereignty – as opposed to the Ambiguous and Ambivalent god of Christianity.
He is Uncertain in His Love
I will confess that this message that I have today, is one that primarily deals with the Sovereign Grace of our God. And the first point that I want to address is the Love of God. The world, and Christianity today, would have you to believe that our God is Uncertain (Ambiguous) in His Love. In other words, the world of Christianity believes that God loves everyone, and that He indiscriminately casts His Love upon every creature. Well, I am here today to show you that this notion is not Scriptural. My God, that I serve, is not a God of Uncertain Love. He is very distinguishing in His Love, and He sets His Love upon certain people and individuals.
Someone might say that I am denying to some extent or diminishing the Love of God. I beg to differ. Perhaps some of you that are listening today might be amongst those that have always thought of God as only a God of Love. Perhaps you just have a picture of Him as One that Loves men as a Grandfather loves his Grandchildren. And as a Grandfather, he just intercedes from time to time when men really need him, but the rest of the time he allows men to go as they please. If they fail to acknowledge the Grandfather’s love, then He is saddened, but helpless to do anything about the situation – kept at a distance by those whom he loves, and unable to break the wall of separation between him and his loved one.
Well, I want you to know that this is not a fitting description of the God of the Bible. When I tell you about the Distinguishing Love of God Almighty, I am not lessening or diminishing His Love, but rather I am giving His Love an Active Ability and an Invincible Power. When I say that the Love of God is distinguishing and discerning – invincible and unerring in Its application – I am ascribing to the Love of God the same Sovereign and Holy characteristics that are inherently found in each and every one of the attributes of God. If you listen to the world, you will hear about a small god who is only able to accomplish what small gods can – a god, who on a personal level, is subject to the whims and the decisions of men. Would you rather believe in a God that is a God of Distinguishing, Invincible, and Certain Love – and has Power to act upon it; or would you rather believe in a God of Ambiguous, Universal, and Uncertain Love – and is Powerless and Helpless to elicit a response?
The Lord said to Jeremiah, “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer. 31:3.) The only excuse that the Lord God needed to draw Jeremiah or the Children of Israel, was that He loved them. His Love is sufficient cause for Him to act upon. He does not need to wait for the Permission or Cooperation of any man, people, or persons.
But, besides seeing that His Love is Sufficient Cause, and all the reason that He needs, we must also see that His Love is not set upon every person. We read the words of Moses in Deut. 7:6-8, “For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Once again, we see that the Lord set his love upon this people, not for any reason or merit found in men, but because the LORD loved you. His Love is the only reason that He needs, and in fact, no reason (or worth, work, or merit) of men will be accepted, or will be counted as contributory to his account, or will be included in the final determination of whether that one is loved by God or not.
But the thing that I want us to mostly see from this particular passage, is that there were other people that were not included in this number of the ones that the Lord God loved. Remember the Lord said that the Children of Israel were the fewest of all people. His Love was not set on all people though, but on this Nation which was the fewest of all people. His Love was set upon this people above all people that were on the face of the earth. Not all were loved by God. Therefore, the ones who continually and finally reject Him as Lord and Saviour, must not have ever been loved by Him at all – else He would have acted upon His love. Hell is full – and will be fuller still – of those who have rejected God out of hand, and who have continued in sin and rebellion all their lives on this earth. And not one of these has ever been a recipient of the Love of God – else they would have been saved, and would not have fallen into Hell. It doesn’t mean that these are undeserving of Hell, for surely they are sinners, just as we were and are, in the flesh. It doesn’t mean that God is unfair; rather, the existence of Hell and the terrible and just fate of the wicked, is an awesome backdrop upon which the Grace and Love of God is presented unto mankind. There, but for the grace of God, would we all be! Every man deserved Hell. But God gives to us better than we deserve. This gift of Love and Grace is not given to all – else grace would not be grace. But there is no basis for any man to declare God to be unfair or cruel. Surely, He has gone beyond what any god of man’s own devising could have ever been or ever done – He has loved the un-loveable and saved the un-saveable. He has redeemed the wicked and despicable, and satisfied His own holiness and justice in the process.
This love of God and the discerning, sovereign, and gracious nature of that Love, is the same today as it has always been throughout the history of man. The God of the Old Testament, that was a Distinguishing and Certain God, has not changed. Remember that God said, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6.) And then we read also, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” (Heb. 13:8.) He is still a Choosing, Discriminating, and Distinguishing God, even today. If it weren’t for His Love, His Grace, and His Faithfulness, we would have all been consumed in sin and destruction. In the case of those whom He loves, He gives us, not what we deserve, but what He has determined to give: “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam 3:21-23)
The ones that Jesus Christ loved in Eternity past, are the ones that He Loved when He died on the Cross. The ones that Jesus Christ Loved when He hung on the Cross, are the same ones that He loves today. He has never changed; His Love has never changed. His Affections and Love have never been Misplaced or Vague in their direction or what they were sent to do.
He is Unclear in His Commandments
Another mockery that Christianity has made of our God, is it has perpetuated the idea that God is Unclear in His Commandments. How does Christianity do this? Well, the religious world of today does this by giving license to men and women, and churches and denominations, to believe and practice whatsoever they desire, and still be considered “Christian.”
You know, my God is not Ambiguous (or Unclear) in the things that He has Commanded men. God has commanded men to do certain things and to serve Him in a certain way. Men are not just saved, and then called into service, and then allowed to serve Him in whatever way that they see fit. But, rather, men are Saved, Called into Service, and then Commanded to do certain things. At the end of the Book of Judges, we read a sad declaration concerning the spiritual condition of the Nation of Israel. “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Jud. 21:25.) Even men that are saved, will wander off in their service to the Lord, if they follow the leadership of the flesh.
This is exactly the condition of Christianity today. Men have incorporated their own desires, and their own traditions into their service to God, and they are doing that which is right in their own eyes rather than that which is Right in the Eyes of the Lord. The Apostle Paul told the Galatians, “As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:9-10.) So, we can see that it is not our job to please men, even ourselves. But rather it is our responsibility to do the things that please God, and not the things that please men.
God is not Ambiguous as far as what it is that He has Commanded us to do. There is not any Uncertainty in the things that men are responsible to do in their service to God.
The Holy Word of God, is the Rulebook by which we, as Christians, are to live. If you desire to serve the Lord, then you must do so by the Guidelines that He has given us in the Holy Word – the Revealed Will of God. The Bible contains in it the Doctrinal and Practical things that we need in order to serve God. We are not to allow the world to commit its evil un-rebuked, nor are we to allow the ways of the world to invade our Churches un-checked.
Moses told the Children of Israel, before they were to enter the Land of Canaan, “Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.” (Deut. 12:7.) And yet we see that is exactly what they did, as evidenced by the verse that we just read in the Book of Judges. In fact, we read in Prov. 21:2, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” Christianity today, is a system of religion that allows men everywhere to make their own way to Heaven, and to live however they like on the way there. We live in a day of Political and Religious Correctness, in which men and women are permissive in their toleration and where it is callous or cruel or intolerant to protest against the Wicked Imaginations and Evil Deeds of the men and women around us. But we must never forget, that the same God that gave the Law to Moses in a written form on Mt. Sinai in the Wilderness, is the same God that wrote the Bible and is the same God unto Whom all men will one day give account.
Our rule should be the same as the Faithful Bereans: “But these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11.) If something is condemned in the Bible, than we should abstain from it. If something is approved in the Bible than we should partake of it. The rule is that simple, but the application is much more difficult. It takes a great deal of study, and a great deal of searching the scriptures daily before that we can find whether those things are so.
What a tragedy it is, that Christianity today tolerates (and in some cases endorses) sin, and is leading Christians into a Place from which they will gather no rewards! What a tragedy is that Christianity today attempts to be so Ambiguous and Universally acceptable, that it is leading the unsaved man into a Place of Eternal Death! And this is all done in the name of Religious Toleration in the Service of an Ambiguous god who must not have any Clear Commandments for men to abide by.
He is Flexible in His Purpose
The last point that I want to mention today, is the fact that men of religion and Christianity as a whole have descended to the point that they seek to deny God His Immutable Purpose and Will. Instead, religion today presents to us a God that is Willing to do whatsoever it is that Man would like Him to do. In other words, men today tend to believe and teach that God is there – waiting for our need of Him, or our request of Him. He awaits us – we don’t wait on Him; He is led by us – we are not led by Him. Our course is ours to chart, He has only advice to give. They believe that there is not a Predestined Plan, or a Foreordained Will of God. They believe that things just work out, maybe somewhat according to the Desires of God, but not precisely tied to any definite End or Living Purpose.
I want to be sure that you understand today that our God is Sovereign in His Will and Purpose. All things that happen are according to His Purpose and His Will. Now, I am not saying that the evil and wicked thoughts, deeds, and words of men are according to His Commandments, but I am saying that they are allowed by God and incorporated (from before the foundation of the world) into His Purpose. I suppose that many people today imagine that the wickedness and the depravity that are so obvious in the world are indications of the failure of God to impose His Will and Purpose upon mankind. However, as I have said, these things are only allowed by God, and will work out to further accomplish His Purpose.
We can see this from Is. 45:7. “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” I know that this verse is teaching that God can bring Disaster or Calamity or Judgment upon whomsoever that He desires, but it is also a verse that teaches that God uses all things to further accomplish His Will. This should be easy to understand given that we are also taught here that all things exist because of Him.
This thought is made even clearer by the words of Solomon: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (Eccl. 3:1-8.) All of these actions are not actions that would be necessarily good things, or commendable to God in every single application. But these things are things that must come to pass, and things that must be worked out, because they are used of God in accomplishing His Purpose.
Now, let’s apply this thought that man has devised concerning the Flexibility of God’s Purpose to the Salvation that God has provided for those that are His. Men would have you and I to believe today, that God is willing to save any individual – only based upon that individual’s acceptance of Him. This is true – but what they don’t tell you is that God has the Identity of those that will be saved already imprinted upon His Mind. And He knows who they are that will Accept Him, and He knows when they will do it. This is because He knows that without His Coming unto them they will never believe. And He knows who they are that He will come unto. In fact, those that will believe on Him, are the very ones that the Saviour died for. Jesus Christ did not die for a Nameless and Faceless multitude; He did not die in order that men might be saved, but He died in order to save those that He Loved. We read in Eph. 1:3-6, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly place in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” We read also “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Mt. 1:21.) There is no Flexibility or Doubt in this statement. God knew that Mary shall bring forth a son – it was inevitable. God knew that thou shalt call his name Jesus – it was inevitable. And God knew that he shall save his people from their sins – it was inevitable. This is because all of the Will and Purpose of God is Invincible, Inevitable, and Irresistible.
We cannot imagine that a Sovereign God that can do whatsoever He pleases in all of Creation, would somehow give up that Sovereignty in the case of Salvation. We cannot imagine that a God that Does All Things according to the Counsel of His Own Will, decides instead, in the case of Salvation, to subject His Will to that of Man. We must admit, that in the case of Salvation and the Atonement that was made on the Cross of Calvary, God is every bit as Sovereign. He died on Purpose, with a Purpose. His Death was not an Accident or a Failure or a Pleading Sacrifice that was forced upon Him. But, He died for a Certain People and not just in a Flexible (Ambiguous) way, saving whoever it was that decides to come to Him, but He dies for those that He Loved already. He does not Love someone as soon as He sees that they love Him, but rather He first loved them, and that from before the foundation of the World. If His Love could and did exist before the World was created, then we must assume that His Sacrifice was meant for those, and that He did not encounter some additional loved ones later on. His Atonement is not sufficient for all, but instead it is meant for a particular people.

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