Is this Love? Q3 – false teaching


The Q2 post resulted in a conversation, and then another, and then another …

I like “unpolished”, Paul … go for it.

Thank you, Lord.  But, dear reader – this is a rough cut write.  It is not intended to scratch, fray or hurt.  But I have the sense it may for some.  You have no obligation to read any further.

Thank you, Paul.  Remember that I am here as well – always.

Thank you, dear Lord.  Okay …

Why do faith, worship and praise songs of love seem “too obvious” – whereas “secular love songs” don’t?  By secular I mean pop songs, slushy songs, mushy lyrics – the music usually frowned upon (even dismissed as trite) by us church folk.

Although I keep meeting individual followers who never frown – they laugh, they roll, they rock. They see God in “secular”.  Just as I often don’t find love in “faith”.  There is God in both and God in neither.  

Why do faith songs frequently focus on the “we should love”? The implicit (and explicit) debt … sin … blood … inadequacy … unworthiness … grace ( we can never repay) … love (we can never match) … eternity (we can never prove) … and sin (we can never stop).  Faith love songs teach debt.  Love songs just … love.

This is not an us and them attack.  Nor is it intended to demolish.  This rough cut write is because He led me to two “almost the same” song titles.  One was “My god, I love you … I want all of you – here I am – all of me!”. The second was “Our God, we love you.  Thank you.”  Faith songs teach – love songs love.

Which led to this “rough cut ponder” … The teaching of “false teachers”: Just what is “false teaching”?

I only ask because a Christian tradition of teaching a fear of sin, of a debt that is morally bankrupting, encouraging a lifestyle that can exclude and isolate, with a teaching that requires repetitive sacrifice and grateful forgiveness, and then prayers that “only (seem to) work” with the mantra of “in Jesus’ name” at the end … is that not even vaguely questionable teaching?

Follow me.  Love yourself no less than others.  Love others no less than yourself. And if you want – Love Me.  Oh – and sin no more.

So how come we have latched on to the teaching of sin-avoidance rather than love?  An honest, consuming, all-consuming, all-giving love – whilst at the same time this teaching teaches us to worry about false teachers.  Ones who teach love rather than sin-avoidance.

Just seemed worth mentioning.

Thank you.

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4 thoughts on “Is this Love? Q3 – false teaching

  1. I’m not sure if I know exactly what you’re question is, but I’ll take a stab at it. The whole of being a Christian should be love—loving God completely & loving those around us. If you love your neighbor, you aren’t going to commit adultery with his wife because it would cause him harm. If you love God, you’ll want to stop doing things that He dislikes. If we avoid sin simply to justify self, (basically with self-righteousness as a motivator) then it isn’t worth anything.

    • If we avoid sin simply to justify self, (basically with self-righteousness as a motivator) then it isn’t worth anything.”

      Hi Elihu – there wasn’t a question in this one, just an observation. The questions are birthing the observations – just like yours here. An observation about “Is this Love?” – because I see and hear so much teaching of sin and sin avoidance with the obligatory “And remember God loves you – let’s all praise the Lord!” thrown in as a given.

      Your “stab” was that observation, thank you! 🙂

  2. “So how come we have latched on to the teaching of sin-avoidance rather than love?  An honest, consuming, all-consuming, all-giving love – whilst at the same time this teaching teaches us to worry about false teachers.  Ones who teach love rather than sin-avoidance.”

    It totally puzzles me, too, Paul. Sin avoidance is the fruit of love. We are compelled to not live for ourselves because of Christ’s love…our faith works through love… We seemed to have gotten the whole thing backwards!

    • “!sdrawkcab”

      At 8.30pm (UK time) there is another question – Q4. And as I was writing it up, God piped up and asked if He could ask me question this time. So Q4 is not “backwards” but is a switch!

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