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Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

By Pamela Couvrette

Not only is the world a mission field, but the visible church is as well. The battle is for truth through rightly divided scripture and sound doctrine. If you’ve tried to correct a brother or sister in Christ, you are familiar with the desire to set them free from lies. We share our corrections out of love, however, at times it can be misinterpreted for division. Thankfully, there are a few who are teachable, however, I often receive this verse from those who are deceived:

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

Yes, you are correct that is not a verse from the bible, it is a verse from a song of the world*. Exposing error seems to have no place in the church these days despite what scripture says (Ephesians 5:11). The cry of the wolf pack is to love love love one another in spite of truth. The command to love resembles a free pass, while the call to truth now means divisiveness.

Well, I say, liar liar, pants on fire.

How the World Love Us

The world flatters and seduces as it tells us what we what desire to hear. It builds us up and invites us to believe that we deserve everything simply because we exist. It whispers sweet nothings about our inherent goodness. It enchants us as it dangles beautiful baubles and trinkets while we become secure in ourselves and in our possessions. The world strokes our ego and we become self righteous as it reassures us that we are gods.

Those who are worldly succumb to the lies. They inhale the buffet of false arguments, pretensions, and myths (2 Corinthians 10:5, 2 Timothy 4:4). The world gives comfort at first and we feel secure, important, and wanted in it’s arms, then slowly it constricts us as nothing is enough anymore and we become trapped in the lies. We miss the betrayals because we are mesmerized by the image in the mirror that the world holds up before us. The world says, “all you need is love”, then it kills and destroys. The world lies and we follow down it’s wide path that leads to destruction.

How False Teachers Love Us

Like the world, false teachers have corrupted minds and lie (2 Timothy 3:8,Jeremiah 28:5-9). Many follow their sensuality (2 Peter 2:2), are greedy (2 Peter 2:14), and will use apparent godliness as a means of gain (1 Timothy 6:5). Even their actions which seem godly are not (Matthew 7:22-23). Like the world, sin and repentance is not spoken of because ‘God loves us and we’re doing just fine’ (Jeremiah 6:13-14, Jude 1:14). They too offer a buffet of falsehoods which the listeners swallow (Ephesians 4:14), and thereby become confused and bloated from false hope and empty promises (Jude 1:12). False teachers love us as the world loves us by telling their listeners what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3). They cater to the flesh by providing entertainment, and dangling material wants that soon become needs. They promote mystical practices which satisfy the desire to become god-like. These teachers also say “all you need is love” as they persuade the deceived that sound doctrine divides when in fact, it is the false teaching that divides (Jude 18-20). They love as the world loves and since they speak for the father of lies (John 8:44), their path leads to destruction as well.

How Sound Teachers Love Us

God has given us biblically sound Pastors and teachers who know they are shepherds and are responsible for the spiritual growth of their flock. They speak the truth in love so the church can grow more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15). We are to be renewed in knowledge (Colossians 3:10), and in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:23). It is the word of God that brings growth. If the flock does not have a right understanding of the word, it will be spiritually immature and worldly (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). These sound teachers teach from scripture, not from man made fables (2 Peter 1:6). True shepherds teach of sin and repentance and do not permit Jesus-Loves-You-As-You-Are Altar Calls. Sound teachers tell us the hard things that the flesh does not want to hear and nourish us in good doctrine (1 Timothy 4:6) so that we can become mature in Christ. We are sanctified in the truth which is the word (John 17:17). They keep us off the broad path and steer us toward the narrow gate.

How Jesus Loves Us

Jesus does not attempt to flatter us, in fact He tells us what what our flesh does not want to hear. He called the scribes and Pharisees blind fools, hypocrites, serpents, and vipers (Matthew 23:1-33) so that we may know truth. Through the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth that He sent (John 16:7), the truth of our wretchedness is revealed and the lies are exposed. Jesus does not water down truth. He does not dangle the possessions of the world in front of us instead, we are not to be of the world (1 John 2:15-16). Jesus does not offer a smorgasbord of doctrines to choose from, He offers the only way Himself. Jesus is the narrow gate that leads to eternal life. Jesus loves us in truth. He is truth (John 14:6).

Beloved, we cannot separate truth from love and still call ourselves Christians. We must unite on the basis of sound doctrine not appeasing, worldly love. Yes, God is love, but love is not God. Let us tear down any false idols we have with that misconception. Let us pray for wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and brotherly love.

Contending in the love of Christ,

Pamela

*All You Need Is Love, The Beatles, 1967

** verses are in ESV

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As a former atheist and New Ager, Pamela is passionate about writing for the defense of the Christian faith and truth in the areas of apologetics, discernment, and rightly dividing the word of truth. Visit her at http://www.GuardingTheDeposit.com

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