His faith is skin deep. As long as life treats him well and his prayers are answered, he believes. He seeks for his soul to be soothed so it is important to attend where the music will give him what he needs. He looks for sermons to be short and lightly seasoned with the scriptures, but not on anything that is controversial, for he hates confrontation and believes this to be condemning. Live and let live – in all peace he says is his philosophy. God is about love and we are all His children so as long as we can just live together. He reads a lot, but not from the bible. He knows the basics and believes that’s all that matters, because the God he believes is so very loving, kind and gracious – he is at peace with his faith, so it must be right: for God gives His peace to those who believe in Him he maintains.
This man walks in his own devised ‘faith’ where it pleases his flesh and has nothing to do with the condition of his soul. The lie he is happy to walk in gives to him what he wants and because he is content with this he believes this to be God’s peace. He continues to fill the blackness of his unregenerate soul with sin because he remains in bondage. He sees the chains that bind him not as something to want to be free from, but what he needs and must have and do. He continues to fight and argue with those around him because he is self-righteous. It is they that are wrong, and he that has been wronged, so he stands prideful and perfectly right in his own eyes. He seeks to be soothed because of the stress of life that envelopes him and reaches for his objects of choice that bring him peace and comfort. He will never let these go, because they are what calms him, and he feels God understands this. No one is perfect, and ‘by grace go I’ – he says and regards himself humble before God in recognizing that he is no saint, and God knows his heart means well at least. He does not see that he is the same as he was yesterday, the day before and last year. He has not grown in the inner man in becoming the new creation that new birth in Jesus Christ affords. He does not see that he is far from the truth, because the truth is not in him – and continues to live the lie.
This lie is the truth – for many of us who say they believe in God. The god of this world has blinded their eyes.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh. Jude 20-22