* Continued from Part One
In the previous related post, we tried to establish that teachings that attempt to draw people to the Father by 'threatening' them with pending judgment and wrath are contrary to the Father's recommended pattern. Now in this post we shall look at why despite the seeming succeess of these methods, they are counter-productive
1. Such messages brings about fear-driven Christians
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8: 15
Teaching people to run to God so as to avoid judgment and wrath (from this same God), only leads to Christians whose relationship with God is fear-driven (i.e. fear of wrath – driven).
Now we know that fear is a spirit whose end result is bondage and torment (amongst other things); because fear hath torment (1 John 4: 18). Thus imagine teaching people to exchange one form of fear and torment for another form of fear and its torment; how helpful do you think that would be to the concerned?
Amazingly, it is always easy to identify those that are driven by fear in their relationship with God. They are only interested in the lawful and not the expedient.
In other words, they reason thus, as long as it is not ‘sin’ or I can convince myself it is not ‘totally’ wrong, I am free to do it even if it is not wise to do so.
How many Christians do you know have this mind-set? Now you know why; wrong message!!
2. It breeds selfish Christians
…we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5: 14 & 15
Teachings that advocate a ‘god’ who draws people close to Him by threatening them,only raise people who follow God because they want to avoid judgment and as such are very self-centred.
They try to give God what they think would keep Him happy while doing things as they please.
In simpler terms, they ‘serve’ Him by praying to Him and doing other religious activities but live in total control of their life, choosing where to work, when to do things, etc.
As far as they are concerned as long as I am not ‘sinning’, I am free to do what I want to do; after-all He is only concerned with who is doing right and wrong.
But then you cannot blame them, who can have a good relationship with someone that is out to look for your faults and punish you accordingly?
Part 3 to be released on 24/03/16