Wednesday, March 23, 2016

My Religion Is . . . Love?

I do not know much about Krystal Harris or what her beliefs are, but if the lyrics to her song My Religion from her 2001 debut album Me & My Piano are any indication, she is in for a rude awakening. The chorus to this song goes like this:
My religion doesn't hate
It will never turn you away
It always understands

My religion won't condemn
Always lends a healing hand
Yeah, yeah, it's love
My religion's love
The first things that come to my mind when I hear this chorus are these: Biblical Christianity does hate—it hates sin and will not tolerate sin or those willfully living in deliberate sin. Biblical Christianity will turn people away—people in the church who refuse to repent while willfully living in deliberate sin. The Bible often commands us to turn away from certain kinds of people and cast certain kinds of people out. If you do not believe in turning people away, then you have no concept of church discipline. and/or excommunication. Biblical Christianity does not sympathetically or empathetically understand with regard to sin and choosing to live a life of sin. Biblical Christianity does and will condemn—it condemns sin, and when Jesus returns He will condemn those dead in their sin to an eternity in Hell. Since biblical Christianity is all about Jesus, and teaches that Jesus will condemn the wicked, ultimately our religion does condemn. If you do not believe it condemns, then you must not believe people will end up in Hell, which means you likely believe in Universalism.

With everything going on in the world right now, it would not surprise me in the least if Krystal was lending support to immorally sinful concepts such as homosexuality through these phrases: "My religion doesn't hate," "It will never turn you away," "It always understand," and "My religion won't condemn." The main reason why I tend to think this is because of the words of the opening verse:
There's nothing wrong with tradition
But tell me where it says
Not to follow our hearts
That's why so many of us are so confused
And will never live up to your rules
When it comes to religion, what is her idea of "to follow our hearts"? Biblical Christianity is supposed to be following Christ Jesus, imitating Him and growing in holiness, grace, and truth. What exactly does she mean when she talks about "never live up to your rules"?  Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will obey My commandments." So much about the words to this song tend to lean in the direction of caution. But, because I do not know anything about her, and because I do not know her heart, I will give her the benefit of the doubt and presume that she actually means something biblical by those phrases.

The statement that really sticks out is, "My religion's love." Sadly, this is the case for many professing "Christians" in the church today. Their religion is love. They have turned love into their god. The Bible says, "God is love," and they have said, "Love is god." They are guilty of idolatry. If your religion is love—and not Christ Jesus, then you are on your way to Hell on a greased pole. Love is not a religion, and it had best not be yours if you claim to be a Christian. Love is the law of the Christian life, but it is not the religion of the Christian. Too many professing "Christians" worship love as their god, having elevated love to a position of deity. If your religion is solely focused on love at the expense of everything else the true religion stands for, you are headed down a dangerous path.

Because love is the law of the Christian life, the Christian religion will hate. If Christians love babies, they must hate abortion. If Christians love marriage, they must hate divorce. If they love righteousness, they must hate unrighteousness. Because love is the law of the Christian life, the Christian religion will turn people away. Jesus frequently and deliberately turned people away by His hard sayings. Paul told the Corinthian church that they were to turn away the man who had relations with his step-mother. Because love is the law of the Christian life, the Christian religion will condemn. It condemns sin in the flesh. It condemns those willfully living in deliberate sin. To say, "My religion's love," is not only to not understand love, but it is also not to understand the religion you profess.

Christ Jesus is the center of all of Scripture. He is the center of Christianity. He is the center of all things, and well He should be. He is the Creator of the universe. Redemptive history is concerned with Him and all about Him. For the genuine born-again Christian, our religion is Jesus. Our faith is in Him, our hope is in Him, our trust is in Him. He is our all in all. He must be the center of all things in our lives. For many professing "Christians," the name of Jesus is never found on their lips, but the word love, with all the false notions they have associated with it, drips from their lips like poison. "Love this, love that. Love, love, love..." Their unspoken motto is, "As for me and my house, we will serve love." If your religion is love, I suggest you repent and come to Jesus before it is too late for you.

My religion is Jesus, the Creator of the universe, the Saviour of those who earnestly believe in Him, the Author, Preserver, and Finisher of our faith, the King of kings and Lord of lords. What about you?