i. simple elegance or refinement of movement.
“she moved through the water with effortless grace”
ii. (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
That’s what grace is. Pure and simple. God’s love, manifested in salvation. Now off and on throughout my various internet debatings I have heard the same idea bandied about. It is unBiblical, in fact, it is anti-Biblical. The difference being, it not only doesn’t have the blessing of God’s breath, it actually tells instructs you to do something that God expressly tells you not to do. What is this diabolical heresy?
“Follow your heart.”
For years I have thought it was just goopy sentimentality strained from the sludge of the movie industry and a generation of people raised on Disney, but something more disturbing and insidious has presented itself as the culprit.
Not God’s grace as it is actually defined, or as people who understand words know it, but God’s grace as defined by all those people who say “hey wait a minute, I’m a liberal, and I’M a Christian” whenever you point out the CLEAR impossibility of that very thing. Here is that definition:
grace (ENLIGHTENED CHRISTIAN DEFINITION)
i. The gift of prophecy as bestowed upon everyone who has repented which negates the entirety of the Bible in favor of a direct conduit to God’s will, which, contrary to scripture, is completely contrary to scripture.
People literally think that God himself speaks to them through their heart and tells them things that are anti-Biblical.
Honestly, it may very well be the case that they are being spoken to, but it isn’t by God, and that means they should be very, very careful.
Here is why they believe this lie: it’s difficult sometimes to understand the will of God, and it’s even more difficult for us to accept his will when it is contrary to our own morality.
However, as my most favorite book of the bible states, God wanted us to be prepared, so he gave us his word.
2 Timothy 3:12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
So God not only knew that this would happen, that people would stray from his word in favor of their own stupid hearts, he made provisions for it! How do we find those provisions, especially if our mind is not exactly a topical index for the Bible?
Well ye olden times you would ask a pastor or maybe look at a concordance, or an actual topical index for the Bible. Today you would simply google your question. What you will find when you google “should we follow our hearts biblical text,” in the first link is a gotquestions.org answer to that very question.
You can also skip the middle man and go straight to www.gotquestions.org. It’s a wonderful site with a wonderful Biblical explanation of nearly everything, they are sola-scriptura there and it is excellent.
That gotquestions page will lead you to a very very very straightforward passage.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
9The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
Also in the book of proverbs you will find:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Do not depend on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways remember him.
Then he will make your paths smooth and straight.
So God expects us to trust in him, not ourselves, it is PAINFULLY clear. It seems pretty logical too. On the one hand you have a being who sometimes steps in dog poop because they do not watch where they walk, and on the other you have the all powerful creator of the universe and everything, who put the dog poop there in the first place because it’s funny when we do that.
And God doesn’t really care about our idea of fair. We are diseased imperfect beings, made so by our own will. He made us perfect but gave us free will and we departed from him willfully. We clearly do not have excellent judgement skills.
So stop, please, stop thinking that God couldn’t possibly want this or God couldn’t possibly have commanded that. The only link you have to God almighty is his written word. That’s it. If I keep having to tell everyone that you HAVE TO CHECK THE BIBLE to understand God’s will, people are going to think I am an idolater and that I worship the leather bound book that contains God’s word.
For the record I am not, I worship God, but I cannot sufficiently express how important it is that me, you, and everyone in the world, should they be so inclined as to follow God, determine his will only from what he has stated that it is. NOT from the bowels of your own diseased minds which are likely what you sought out God to fix in the first place.
Now, thinking this backwardly has raised my body temperature considerably, so I’m going to go dunk my head in a bucket of ice and sing the ABCs to make sure I still know them.