Mocking God?

Gene Peacock

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap;...".

This severe warning is sounded in the Scriptures, but is virtually ignored by most of the alleged people of God," who seem to think that they can fool God into thinking that they are worthy of salvation because they have learned a formula which they can follow in their "worship services" which they attend as spectators, having delegated to someone else all active roles, all meaningful activity. If the quality of their salvation is contingent on the quality of their activity, as the above quotation implies, they are in for a rude shock. Being members of an institution, the "church," they have faith that their individual flaws, their individual inactivity, their individual unconcern about the salvation of the lost, is somehow covered by the righteousness which the Christ imputes to the "church." They even believe, some of them, that one who has been saved by the grace of God cannot be lost, whatever he may do or not do, and their lives reflect this belief. This attitude flies in the face of the passage quoted above.

Those who might not go that far with the foolishness of their thinking, nevertheless that somehow, by attending "worship services," or "prayer-meeting," or "training union" everytime the doors of the "church-building" are open; that by singing, by praying, by listening to a paid pulpit preacher, by paying a small (or large) amount of money, by partaking of the Lord's Supper, they have fulfilled all their necessary requirements, and that God is therefore pleased and obligated to receive them into heavenly bliss. Somehow, the injunction to teach all creation the Good News does not apply to them, only to "missionaries" and "ministers," without realizing that God has made all of his saints missionaries and ministers, since we are all sent to serve all mankind by telling them the good news of God's love and Jesus' sacrifice in their stead.

Of course, they feel no need to go and teach others wherever they may be found; after all, all of them are invited to attend our "services" and listen to our paid pulpit preacher. Therefore, it is their fault if they never hear and understand and appropriate the "good news" to their lives; we can't be held responsible for their failure to attend our "services." Sadly, we can't even recognize that we are mocking God. We think we "have need of nothing," and cannot recognize that we are "poor, and miserable, and naked, and blind," but God, who understands the "heart" (intentions) is never fooled by superficial appearances, but knows what we are really like. This should produce humility in us, rather than the arrogance we so frequently exhibit to our fellow-travelers.