With a title given for an article like the one above there are sure to be some who would immediately write me off as being too judgmental, a legalist, or even a heretic. But what if I were to say that the title above is based on a plainly written piece of the scriptures? Would it cause you to stop and think and read and think some more? Let’s find out.
There are many people in Christendom (I’ve heard it myself) who believe that the love of God is all that matters when it comes to one’s doctrine, practice, profession and salvation. And while saying that the love of God does not play the largest role in these items is furthest thing from my point, my major point is that there’s more to sound doctrine, an active practice, a holy profession and eternal salvation than the love of God for us. What I’m saying is that a mindset that says, “The love of God is all that matters” can and will cost many people their soul.
So where do I get the audacity to say such a thing? Well, to be perfectly honest it’s not my audacity that’s saying it. It’s not Matthew’s, Mark’s, Luke’s, Paul’s, James’, Jude’s, Peter’s or John’s audacity either. Neither is it an audacious “Old Testament” commandment! The warning comes straight from the mouth of Jesus:
“Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will go into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the pleasure of my Father in heaven. A great number will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, were we not prophets in your name, and did we not by your name send out evil spirits, and by your name do works of power? And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.” (Matthew 7:21-23 – BBE)
Is the love of God all that matters according to Jesus’ admonition? Or does our love for God and doing His will actually play a much more serious role than what some present? Am I still being too judgmental, or a legalist, or am I still a heretic now? If you believe so then I would earnestly encourage you lay aside the costly lessons of men and women and take a seat with the rest of Jesus’ disciples at the foot of the mountain (Matthew 5-7) because it’s there that you’ll find that our mindset towards God can cost us as much as God is willing to pay for us.
“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)